A couple of days ago I ran across my above book – I was surprised how good it looked to me and how well it had held up. It was the motivation I needed to get started on another one. The last couple of years I have been going out with the crew of Calm Boogie several times, and lately, I have been trying to go out at least once a month or so. Some of them I have known since they were in high school and they have been extremely supportive of my work, and I get a big wave from them whenever I see them when I ride my bicycle on the back road where their ‘shop’ is.
So I started printing proof pages [see below]. While I can roughly edit my work on the computer, I really need to hold the pages in my hand to get a good sense of how things will look, also photos that look good on my computer screen don’t necessarily look that good in print. As before I am printing on 8×10 inch Strathmore Drawing paper. Of course, it is not an inkjet paper and the image quality suffers a bit. Nevertheless to me that loss is made up by the feel and look of the paper. I am sure it is not everybody’s ‘cup of tea.’ My plan is to make a very small edition of books using the Japanese stab binding technique again, along with Kraft Paper for the cover.
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Jeffrey, Wesley and Brett hauling clams on board and washing and stowing them.
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Wesley pulling a clam belt off the stern of the bird-dog.
This past week we had a tropical storm come through the area and the waters were closed to clamming and oystering.
These littles Zines are absolutely fun to make and I should make more of them. It’s all done with one sheet of 8.5×11 paper. I use RR 2 side Premium Matte, for making this kind of stuff and some books. It is like heavy typing paper and works well with inkjet printers.
[More info on how to make this in a previous post]
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Diana and her sister wrestling a large and very heavy bag of clams onto their bird-dog in 2004. Diana’s boat was one of the earler ones to adopt the cut-out transom which made it far easier to get the clams on board. Still the bag of clams, when wet and muddy weighed far in excess of 100 lbs.
Here are Wesley, Jeffrey, and Brett in 2016, winching a bag with far fewer clams, and thus quite a bit lighter aboard their boat. While it is still a bird-dog, the boat is considerably larger than the one in the photo above.
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Wesley, Jeffrey, and Brett bringing clam bags on board while at the same time hosing them down to get the mud off the clams/bags and keep the boat’s deck clean.
I was out yesterday morning with Wesley, Jeffrey and Brett hauling clam bags aboard their bird-dog. The cut-off transom sure makes that easier.
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Jeffrey with bent rods used to stake down the clam belts [see previous post] to the Gulf bottom.
Wesley getting ready to spread clam belt on Gulf bottom. I left this one in color because I am fascinated by the water swirling around Wesley and the clam belt.
Jeffrey at the end of the tumbler, checking for bad clams and ‘trash.’ What this photo does not convey is the incredible speed, agility and team work the whole process of clamming requires and which these guys have perfected.
That is one reason I want to get better at working with videos. My video editing skills are near zero and I recently downloaded Blender to try and learn more about editing and working with videos. I sure would like to bring up my video skills up to my film and digital ones. Good luck with that…! :) Anyhow, I have started to work my way through the zillions of hours of Blender videos and thus far have gotten no further than sorta being able to import a video into Blender.
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I have been playing around with making a one sheet [8.5×11 inch] – 8 page zine since I ran across the instructions on the experimentwithnature blog. So far I have only put together one layout. Using Photoshop and layers the whole thing is pretty straight forward. Each one of my photos bleeds to the edge of each page, and I had to print several test sheets till I got everything right, but the end result was pretty nice. Since the individual pages are not cut out sheets of paper, but result from a folding of the one sheet, the edges of the inside pages ‘stick out’ just a bit. Being careful when folding, using a little PVA glue, and pressing the finished zine under some heavy photo books helped greatly in making the zine look good. I think it is a great way to present eight [or fewer] photos. Of course text can also be used, and the photos don’t have to bleed to the edges. There is lots of room in this design for some creative layouts!
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Heading out on my ride Friday morning there were interesting clouds in the sky and I planned on stopping at No.4 to see if I could get a photo of the water and sky. Just as I got off the bike the clouds moved away from the sun and bright sunlight hit me in the face. As I was fumbling around with my camera and about to give up, because the sun was just too bright, shining right into my lens, an interesting clump of clouds moved in front of the sun and I had my photo.
Wesley wrestling clam belts off the stern. The belts of clam bags are about 48 feet long and seeded with small clams. Rolled up with a length of chicken wire they are then staked to the Gulf bottom for the clams to grow.
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