Author: marlonv

Why and How do I want to ‘homestead’

Call it what you like, homestead, farm, plot, rural lifestyle yard. Homesteading is defined by most as a lifestyle of living sustainably within the ecosystem, by growing your own food and carefully managing your own resources in an agricultural setting. Homesteads are generally small-scale, and by that I mean a few hectares. They are seldom ... ... READ the rest

The [longer] Road To Homesteading

I consider the situation we are in, quite lucky, and fortunate. Before we met the great Mr S and his wife, we had an arduous time finding land. Every weekend was a massive trip to distant and remote places, to go see what the land looked like, what it had on it, what was real. ... ... READ the rest

2017’s Last Farming Narrative

Today is basically the last day of 2017 that I will have access to a computer. Leaving the (sh)city for the usual weekend farming chores and pleasures in a few hours, means I can write this post quickly before work. I have skipped a few months of writing, and neglected this blog a little bit ... ... READ the rest

The Weekend Expert

There is nothing as comforting and inspiring as seeing a person so dedicated and devoted to his work, that their passion overflows into you. It does not matter whether you're a professional carpenter or a weekend-engineer, if you love what you're doing, it is going to lead to something. Since I am woefully working in ... ... READ the rest

Macro Softies – A Self Discovery

There are some things in life for which recipes work amazingly well. Cooking from a cook-book, assembling a gearbox from an exploded-view diagram and mixing dangerous chemical substances, in volatile environments - to end up with (drum roll) common household cleaner. For photography, music and speeches, the written word is a guideline that could, and ... ... READ the rest

Which settings to use for macro? Your own.

I have been 'trying' my hand at macro-photography for years, and as with most things, you get on-days and you get off-days. I had some great results from barely-acceptable lenses with a Raynox DCR-250 on, other times I could not get anything past my critics (friends...) for months. I had setups consisting of tripods and ... ... READ the rest

Washing the background with f/1.4 and accidental light

During a trip to Harold Porter botanical gardens today, I decided to try out some specific things that have been nagging me for a while. I am very lucky and happy to own a Sigma 30mm 1.4 Art lens, and it's been a joy to use, it is well built, heavy and solid, it focuses ... ... READ the rest