Sketchup file here.
We went to watch Race 8 of the America’s Cup final last Saturday and were lucky enough to see one of the most dramatic moments of the final so far – one which turned the race from something very close to a runaway for Oracle Team USA – and nearly ended in disaster for Emirates Team New Zealand.
Here’s my picture of the moment disaster nearly struck
And here’s the moment from the America’s Cup YouTube channel : at 1:00 in the clip or watch the segment in full –
Back in the spring of 2013 I started talking to Rob Collins, a luthier in Hebden Bridge in the UK, about a commission for an eight string tenor ukulele to be built entirely out British woods. Last week I received this beautiful instrument from him. I’m very pleased with it and am just getting to grips with the extra precision to play an 8 string cleanly. But even though I’m still learning it’s immense fun, and a beauty to look at, and play.
For the enthusiasts here are are the specifications
Soundboard and sides – cherry (Prunus avium)
Back – cherry again but a piece of timber from the graft where the favoured variety meets the rootstock. Inspired by seeing Ben’s baritone on Rob’s site.
Rosette – London plane (Platanus x acerifolia typically a hybrid of P. occidentalis and P. orientalis)
Fretboard and bridge – laburnum (Laburnum anagyroides)
Headstock faceplate – yew (Taxus baccata)
Neck – yellow poplar or tulip-tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Hampshire Wood Supplies has the full story about sourcing the wood for the neck.
Another roll back from NCPS. Still very happy with this Ilford film – Delta Pro. This is 100, my favourite so far. The “white” tulips were actually red, taken with a red filter. The trees were just coming in to leaf, they have that look about them – just coming back to life again. [flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157633148023992″]
I have been trying out Ilford Delta Pro 100 as a candidate for my default everyday B&W film. I already like Ilford Delta Pro 400 for something slightly faster.
And so far I’m liking it. The contrast seems just about right on well exposed negatives and the mid-tones seem to carry a lot of detail.
So I will probably use this from now one and retire my use of the old standards FP4 Plus and perhaps also Pan F.
(Ilford Delta Pro 100, 1/30s f/5.6 Contax 645 with 80mm f/2.0