This article is about a design for shelves that’s easy to make (hard to mess up) and doesn’t require a full-blown workshop to construct.

The design is just horizontal slabs of wood for the shelves and vertical threaded rod with nuts to hold them in place (because a shelf without altitude is just a bit of wood on the floor). No nails or screws or glue or any other forms of joinery.

I’ve made two sets of shelves in this vein in the last few weeks, here’s the little one:

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… and here’s the big one.

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I’ll start by walking through the process of making the small one since it was significantly easier for reasons you will soon see. I’ll assume you know nothing about making things and own nothing in the tools department. …


In this post, I walk you through the composition, capture and development of a photo of the cranes at Newington Armory.

The photo

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The location

Newington Armory, on the Paramatta River.

The original

Shot with a Canon RP + 35mm lens.

1/20s • ƒ/9.0 • ISO 100

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The lighting in the original was not great, but the composition was promising.

Colour and contrast

I got home, sucked the photo into Lightroom, dropped the highlights to -100, pushed the shadows to 100, and a decent photo revealed itself. (This is why you should always shoot raw.)

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You may now notice a big fat tripod that rivals the cranes in its scale. I have excuses: the photo was taken at the end of a 20km ride (and I’m not a fit person, so that’s like 400km for anyone else). As such, I was exhausted and not making good decisions. I was crouching on wet grass (my least favourite thing to do), and was pretty sure the exposure wasn’t going to work out anyway. So I did the dumb thing and just took the shot, rather than ask the tripod owner if I could move his stuff (he was there before me, and at this point was lying on the ground some distance away). …


This is part two in a series showing the work behind the scenes to create a particular photo. Part one is here.

The photo

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I like this photo, partly because it’s all wrong. The composition is odd, it’s almost entirely out of focus, the colours are faded but not black and white, the lack of contrast is depressing, and the subject matter is a clump of sticks in a drain. Not even a pile of sticks, a clump.

In fact, as I was triaging my shots from this location, my first instinct was to send it to the bin.

The location

This magnificent clump of sticks can be seen in the first photograph in this series, you can go read that for the story of the tracks. …

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