Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bathroom remodel

My husband replaced the shower stall in our bathroom sometime in the last 1-3 years (I've completely lost track of time for all the various projects that are in progress nowadays).  Well, this week he finally finished it, courtesy of our attempts to get our home refinanced and the appraiser shaking his finger at us.

Here's what it looked like a week ago:

and here's what it looks like now:

The paint shade is "paprika" and it's what we used in the kitchen when we got that redone about 5 years ago.  The edging around the shower is sheets of molded plastic that you cut to shape.

We still need to add some crown molding along the ceiling/wall juncture, and we're planning on hanging a big mirror on the back wall above the towel rack, but that's just window dressing. 

There's more pictures here.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

My birthday came early this year

Ever since my beloved old Nikon bit the dirt and I replaced it with my current Canon, I've been horribly missing the macro function the Nikon had, that the Canon needed a separate lens for.  I put it on my Amazon wish list and forgot about it for awhile.  When I went back and looked a couple of years later, it had doubled in price. I put it on the back burner again, and the next time I checked it had gone up another $200.  Bummer.  But last week, when I checked, I found a factory refurbished lens for almost half the current retail price for a new one.  It was still $150 more than it would have been if I'd just bought the silly thing when I first got the camera, of course, but that's water under the bridge now.  I shouldn't really have bought it, not when we just paid the taxman and car insurance last month, but if I'd let it go I would totally be kicking myself for months.

So here it is:

Previously I've been taking large pictures as close as the stock lens would allow, and then cropping images down in Photoshop.  No more!

Here's a couple of comparison shots between my stock lens and my new baby:

I'm going to have to play around with the depth of focus for a bit, obviously, but that won't be a hardship.

Off to go play now....