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Fic Wishlist March - The In-betweens of Sherlock Holmes

For March, I wish for fics describing the in-betweens of Sherlock’s life. I want to learn more about the less exciting aspects of life, and not only about the times when everything’s adrenaline and cases and experiments.

No, I want to read about how Sherlock deals with the tedium and minor annoyances of everyday life; getting clothes that doesn’t upset his senses, shopping for his poncy shampoo, going around and keeping himself updated with his homeless network, finding textbooks on his interests, getting his hair cut, cleaning the ceiling after an experiment gone wrong, going on the tube when the cabs won’t take him or he’s forgot his wallet (but not his Oystercard?) and how he manages when he does need to do errands in the crowded city without a case to distract him from all the information around him.

I want to know how he holds up, what gets under his skin, why he does the little things he does. I got inspired by a snippet from the latest chapter of On The Rack;

“Old habits are still in evidence, as Sherlock slips straight into a booth – his usual choice, as far away from the counter as he can physically get. John joins the queue and ponders for the umpteenth time why he always ends up getting their orders. At that moment, the barista bangs the filter holder twice against the drawer with a sharp metallic clang that cuts straight through the chatter of the early morning crowd. That must be the reason. The sharp noise of the steam, and the machine itself is probably enough to grate on Sherlock’s nerves.”

So this is my wish for March; more of what we Swedes call ‘kitchen sink realism’. The grey and unavoidable existence of everyday life.

I spent all day reviewing camera bags and I think I’ve finally made my choice, the Evecase XL for just under 100 bucks. I tend to carry a lot of gear in a bunch of different ways, but I’ve never had a photo backpack. I think it’s time for that to change.

I looked at the reviews from all of the different lowepro’s, manfrotos, alturas, case logic, and so many more, and I really wish this had a side opening slot, but that’s ok. My other option was the Ape Case Pro 2000 or 4000 w/wheels, but I think that this will serve me better overall after watching the youtube videos. Plus it’s about 30-40 bucks cheaper than the 2000!

And just a reminder, this is why I need a big bag!

I am also getting a smaller filter holder that clips on that’ll be nice for quick changes, and some D ring tethers, because … well… stuff happens, and it’s nice to have an additional tether for the gear.

My Favorite Baker

By @titaniasfics

Beta’d by the most amazing @eala-musings, @thegirlfromoverthepond and @akai-echo. Thank you, ladies!

Prompt: Day 1, Snow

Pairing: Everlark; Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark

Rating: T

*****

Katniss took more time than ever getting ready for work that morning.

It could certainly be blamed on the incremental chill that crept into the air as the days wore on towards Christmas. The smell of snow nipped at her each time she stepped outside and the wind blew bitterly across the Hudson River, which wound its serpentine path around the towns that grew up along its shores.

But she’d bought the elegant, green turtle neck and the matching scarf and hat set on a special whim the previous afternoon because, for the first time in, well, ever, Katniss Everdeen wanted to feel pretty.

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Harry Potter Cookbook:

  • Title: Ogden’s Olde Fire Whiskey

Information:

  • Yield: n/a
  • There are multiple Harry Potter recipes that can be found under my ‘hp cookbook’ tag.
  • Image and recipe source are the same.

Recipe:

Ingredients: 

  • Whiskey* – your favorite brand
  • Red Hot Cinnamon Candy – about 6-7 candies per ounce whiskey
  • Coffee Filter and Holder
  • 3-4 large cinnamon sticks
  • *You can use Scotch, Irish Whiskey, Bourbon, Canadian Whiskey; blended or straight–It’s entirely up to you. I used the cheapest bourbon I will drink straight-up but you can go wherever you’d like on the quality/price spectrum. Follow the rule of thumb with liqueurs and infusions: don’t use it if you wouldn’t drink it straight-up.

Directions:

  • Find a clean glass container with a lid such as a bottle or mason jar. You can also use the bottle your spirits originally came in–you just have to take a few swigs to make room for the candy. Measure how much you are adding and be sure to leave at least 1/10th of the container empty.
  • For every ounce of whiskey, add 6-7 red hot candies to your container. I used a 750 ml (about 25oz when full) bottle of bourbon, poured out about ½ cup, and added 135 red hot candies. Shake your container occasionally. It only takes a few hours for the candy to dissolve.
  • The candies are coated with carnuba wax so, once the candy is dissolved, you’ll want to filter it through a coffee filter to keep the whiskey smooth.
  • Bottle the filtered whiskey and drop the cinnamon sticks in the bottle. Leave them in there one week or more. You can also keep them in the bottle indefinitely.
  • Optional: Label your bottle.  (I decided to label it “Ogden’s Olde…”, with an “e” in the “Olde” because it seemed more appropriate, though the name of it from Harry Potter fame does not include the “e.”)

sunset at second beach

Havent been back since this was taken in May - really missing 2nd.  Need to get out there soon.

Equipment:

Camera: Nikon D800e

Lens: Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED

Focal Length: 24mm

ISO Speed: 100

Aperture: f/11

Shutter: 8 seconds

Tripod: Feisol CT-3422 tripod with center column

Ball Head: Arcatech GV2

Filter: LEE filter holder with LEE circular polarizer and Singh-Ray Daryl Benson reverse ND graduated 2-stop

Processing:

Lightroom 5.3 [color balance, sharpening, etc]

anonymous asked:

Hi Paolo, you seems expert with filters and always ready to share things about photography so I'd like to ask you the best filters to buy for travel photos? something that will burst the colors and will sharpen the image. Thanks in advance!

Hello there, thank you for the question! If you had to have just one single filter then probably a circular polarizer would be best. (It would be a toss up for me between that or a graduated ND8 filter. You would need a filter holder and the adapter for the filter holder to use the ND8 though so the circular polarizer has the advantage in terms of simplicity.)

When the conditions are right it really does add that extra pop to your images by darkening the blues of the sky and seemingly saturating the greens of foliage a bit. Oh and there is no such thing as a physical photography filter that will sharpen your images by the way; when you are adding glass/plastic in front of your lens you actually degrade the quality in terms of sharpness a little bit. The photos below will show you the effect of the circular polarizer; the one on top without polarization and the second one at maximum polarization.


morning rays

Walking down Rialto beach on a beautiful Sunday morning - loved these sunrays and the depth of the forest.

Equipment:

Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: mixed
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-33
Ball Head: Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR
Filter: LEE filter holder and LEE circular polarizer

Processing:
Lightroom 5.4 [color balance, sharpening, etc]
CS6 [composite: 2 exposures blended, luminosity masking]

Del Mar sunset

First sunset I shot while in San Diego from the North Bluff Preserve near Del Mar

Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: mixed
Filter: LEE Filter holder with LEE circular Polarizer
Tripod: Feisol CT-3422 tripod with center column
Ball Head: Arcatech GV2

Processing:
Lightroom 5.5 [color balance, sharpening, etc]
CS6 [composite: 2 exposures blended, luminosity masking]

flow with me

Cascade Creek in Moran State Park on my last trip out to Orcas….

Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: 1 second
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-33
Ball Head: Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR
Filter: LEE filter holder with LEE circular polarizer 

Processing:
Lightroom 5.3 [color balance, sharpening, etc]
CS6 [luminosity masking]