We all have done this all one time!

Have you ever pulled out your camera to shoot, only to be horrified to find that you forgot to put a memory card inside before leaving home? That’s what just happened to a NASA astronaut while he was in the middle of a spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

The 1.5-minute video above is an extended version of a livestream clip NASA shared on Twitch, titled “Left SD card at home LUL.” In it, the astronaut (reportedly Andrew Feustel) is trying to start recording footage with a GoPro camera when he suddenly asks mission control a question. Here’s a transcript:

Astronaut: “Hey, uh, Houston, I gotta ask a question about the GoPro real quick.”
Houston: “I’m all ears. Go ahead.”
Astronaut: “Pushing the button, I see a ‘No SD’. Do I need that to record? And if it’s recording, is there supposed to be a red light on?”
*A long silence ensues*
Houston: “I’m told that if it has the card in it, it should have a red light if it’s recording.”
Astronaut: “And if it says ‘No SD,’ what does that mean?”
Houston: “I think that means no card. We’re checking though, hang on.”
Astronaut: “Well, let’s just forget it for now. I’ll get it later. Let’s just not worry about it.”

Thankfully, the ISS has an impressive arsenal of camera equipment (including 10 new Nikon D5 DSLRs), so don’t worry: the astronaut isn’t going to have to rush home to Earth to retrieve his forgotten memory card.

From PetalPixel Article

UGH! Apple Photos Launching Again

Like many photographers that insert their SD or CF cards Apple Photos interrupts the download process by auto launching the app. This can be annoying and time consuming.

 "But I un-clicked the 'Opens Photos for this device' button."

Yes, but if you format you cards it is interpreted as a new device and defaults to launching the app.

The best way I have found out to deal with this is to change the code using Terminal. This is not as scary as it sounds. 

Launch Terminal


Once in Terminal copy and paste this command.

defaults -currentHost write com.apple.ImageCapture disableHotPlug -bool YES

That's it!! No more auto annoying launch. If you need to change back to the original setting us this command.

defaults -currentHost write com.apple.ImageCapture disableHotPlug -bool NO

Happy Shooting!!

Zone VI Tripod Project

I'm kind of a tinkerer. If I can try and repair or replace parts and pieces I'll usually give it a shot. My Zone tripod wooden base plate was looking tired and weather. Once a took it apart and had a good look at it, I start making plans to replace it. 

The original plate was cut from 1/2 plywood. The layers were starting to delaminate and flake off. I want something sturdier that wouldn't have this issue in the future. I chose to make the new plate from 3/4" mahogany. Good hardwood that can stand up to wear and abuse.  

I trace out the triangle shape and the holes need to attach it to the metal leg holder. When I lined it up on the miter saw the angles come out to be around 30 degrees. With the all the cuts made I moved on the drill press. 

Now this could be done with out a drill press but for making smooth, accurate and vertical holes nothing makes it easier that a press. I was able to use multiple bits to give me the desired holes and countersinks to match the existing design and hardware. I tested the drilled plate with the bolts to make sure everything lined up.

Being satisfied I moved onto sanding. I use a handheld orbital sander to round off the sharp edges and smooth my cuts. The piece really started to take form. Now it just need a coat of stain. I had some left over ebony color Minwax stain. The color was perfect for this. Deep dark and rich. It still displayed the wood grain of the mahogany. 

This was a great project to spend the afternoon on. If you are looking to do something like this and need any tips, shoot me an email.