Cowboy Blob's Saloon and Shootin Gallery

I'm not a real Cowboy, but I play one in the movies.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Photo Hack

One of the first things I learned when I started taking photography seriously is that on-camera flash is for amateurs. That said, a lens-mounted LED ring light is darned handy for close-up photos and cinematography. Besides the ring light, I have a rectangular bank of LED lights that fits on the camera shoe... but that looks too much like flash. I'd rather my photos have character, or in other words, shadows. For this selfie, I held the light out well away from the axis of the camera.  My hands were full.
What do you do when your hands are already full before you consider the light?  The threading on the bottom of the light fits the shoe adapter, but no known tripod shoe or standard light stand.  With my trusty Swiss Army Knife and a plastic gallon jug, I fashioned a light-holder that slipped over a light stand.  I'm planning on getting another of these lights; having adjustable brightness, another would make a great fill light on the other side of the axis. I don't always want the shadows to be so severe.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Let's Have a Summer Match in Arizona!

This is how you do it. Hold it at NIGHT!

Jon, his co-worker, and I checked out the Cactus League's Thursday Night Match to get some Pistol Caliber Carbine practice for next month's Arizona State Sub-Gun Match.

Nine-millimeter carbines are a blast to shoot and are economical too! Lots of clubs let you shoot them on courses of fire designed for pistols (at least in my limited experience).

First off... we're shooting a match in Phoenix when it's still SUMMER? Well, it's at night. With a Mexican hurricane sputtering to the south, it's HUMID, and the recent rains have brought out mosquitoes, caterpillars, tiny frogs... we're convinced we didn't see any snakes because they couldn't slither further than a yard from their lair before gorging on tiny succulent desert life.

This being Phoenix, we got to see some National Champions strut their stuff. Local shooting celebrities. Good shooters I used to hang with when I did Cactus Matches monthly instead of annually. Worth a few mosquito bites!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

10th Blogiversary!

How, a whole decade.  Hard to believe people still read this crap.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hooftytown Highlights



Actually Sawmill Trail downstream from Beltzville State Park.  Found two sets of these bound roses placed along the trail.  Oh, to know the story...


Interesting tree.


Interesting trees. 



Ye Olde Slate Quarry Pond.


I guess the bacteria count is too high for swimming but not too high for fishing on Lake Beltzville.


Ye Olde Covered Bridge at Beltzville SP.


Downstream from Beltzville Dam.


Falls along the trail.


You didn't think I'd take pics of actual Hooftytown itself, did you?  Maybe next year....

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Sister Binker

Oh, did I forget to mention I'm an Uncle again?

Meet my first Nephew, Baby Zeus

a/k/a Caden Archer

Delivered by the BinkerMom on 8/8

Fortunately, the BinkerDad is a cigar aficionado.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Holding Back on Me, Bob?


When the choices are painting one's kitchen or shooting some cool guns, what does Jo do when she found out I'd forgotten to bring some guns out the last time?





She really liked the 9-mm AR. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gunblogger Duty Done

Meet Jo. Some years ago, she sat on the other side of my high school Journalism class. Three years ago, she received a pistol as a gift, but no instruction or range time. This week I remedied that oversight with some familiarization shooting. Jo tackled everything from a little Bernadelli .22 to a Colt .45 ACP.








A brain fart left my Ruger SP-101 hiding in my lens bag, so Jo got a exclusive diet of automatics.  She did equally well with the GLOCK 19 and 23, but struggled with cocking the stiff recoil spring on the .45. She seemed to enjoy shooting everything I offered and got most hits on the paper plate about 15 feet down range.

Next outing will feature the revolver and a 9-mm carbine.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meat the Neighbors

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Tiny, My Hiney!

Photo hoarked from eBay.com
They're stackable, Bro!

I see lots of articles in social media about how the Tiny House Movement is so great; geez, they used to just call them "trailers/mobile homes."  If you want to live in a Conex container, join the Army and feel at home with your housemates.

Me, I want more than a dozen of these, stacked double, insulated and covered in spray-concrete just like most of the new homes in Arizona.  They would connect to towers containing spiral staircases (one would have a cargo elevator instead), and the outside walls would feature a crenelated parapet as a privacy wall for any sunbathing, etc., going on up  there. The towers would be topped with solar panels and quiet vertical windmills.

Who needs windows?  You can have all the windows you want in the inner wall.  Cameras and HD monitors/TVs give a view of the outside world... or the latest NFL game.

Don't even get me starting thinking about the basement!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Bear is Loose

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Monday, July 14, 2014

See What I Did There?

 
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