Starting School

So here I am. I’ve finally arrived at Huntington University. I moved in this weekend, but it’s taken awhile to write this because my computer is being worked on. Yep, it’s a popular refrain with me but true.
I’m still adjusting to life here, but I’ve met a few people. The orientation for all new students on Sunday night helped me to understand the school a bit better as well as get the remaining paperwork and other first-time stuff taken care of. One of the new students that I met is originally from Sierra leone, and another is an exchange student from Germany. (No, Mom and Pop, I didn’t strike up a conversation in German).
Sunday morning I went to College Park Church. (There actually is a street named College Park, which is what the church is named after). I met several students from the college there and got to know some of them a little. The service was both enjoyable and thought-provoking. One other thing was that I met with a student that I knew from a previous visit and had lunch with him and my folks.
How do I actually feel about being here? Well, I’ve started to get used to being by myself more than at home. It’s kind of depressing not even having a roommate to talk to. I have structured my schedule somewhat so that i can at least eat with people I know sometimes. The guys on my floor are really great, too. I’m doing to do okay, I think, but I still get nagging urges to run home and sleep in my own bed.

Binocular Harness Contest

I am writing about the Cougar Optics Harness. It acts like a regular camera strap but holds the camera or binoculars much more securely. The straps cross behind the back to distribute weight more evenly and provide more comfort than a simple neck strap. The official website states that the harness keeps the camera or binoculars from being jostled, such as would frequently happen on a hike. Right now, it is being offered online for an inexpensive $17.95 or $19.95 for the newer design. S&H is completely free.

Click the link to got to the website: binocular harness

My New(er) Darkroom

This has been a long time in coming. I actually started to put this together in July and did not complete it until November. There was a lot of equipment to get, and I took time to find a lot of the stuff secondhand on eBay. So here it is: my less-than-ideal B&W darkroom that I set-up myself.

I started this project in part due to a desire to use black-and-white infrared film. I got a developing tank, measuring graduates, chemicals, plastic jugs, and the rest so that I could develop film. Some of the items were easily obtainable such as a plastic water jug and twine to hang drying film on.

I then continued to acquire items. I bought a used Omega B-22 enlarger, followed by the print trays, focusing scope, safelight, etc. The upstairs bathroom that I chose for the darkroom came included with a window, which gave me some trouble getting it lighttight. A piece of blackout plastic took care of that (fairly well).

So I can get my pictures developed and printed all at home. Outsourcing black-and-white film and prints is costly and time-consuming and without personal control over the results. It’s a very unique and rewarding process for anyone willing to do extra work. I just love the simplicity of a black-and-white image. At the very least, it’s cool to do. Although whenever I do color, I send it off to a lab. I just don’t have the capability to do color processing.