LG G5 camera glass fix

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So somehow I managed to smash the glass on the back of my phone… think I may have stuck in my back pocket with my keys or something at some point but whats done is done…

LG G5 camera glass fix

Ordered a replacement bit of glass from a website called iParts4u… LG G5 Camera Lens and Bezel Replacement

The kit consists of the replacement glass and a pre-cut sticky pad…
LG G5 camera glass fix

I first powered down the phone and removed the battery (as you can on a G5)… then used a hot air gun carefully to gently warm up the adhesive holding the existing (broken) glass on the back of the phone… I used a pair of hooked tweezers to prise the glass out… if yours is just cracked rather than smashed like mine then you would need to use a plastic opening tool (like the ones I used to do my megapod) to try and hook under the edge of the glass without damaging the phone case..

LG G5 camera glass fix

Carefully peel the glass off… you may need to slide the tweezers under the glass once you have lifted it away enough to get underneath… once off I then blew the dust and broken glass away with a lens blower…
LG G5 camera glass fix

Aligning the sticky pad to the glass was fiddly especially with my eyesight lol but once done its then easy enough to stick the glass back on the phone using a bit of gentle pressure… make sure you have the orientation right as the opening in the glass is bigger for the wide angle camera than the normal camera
LG G5 camera glass fix

And done 🙂

Bit easier than changing the glass on an iPhone at least

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B&W Film Photography

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At the beginning of the year my dad lent me his Nikon F-501 film camera to have a play with… I finally finished the 36 exposure film a few weeks back and sent it off to be processed..

This is the camera…
B&W Film Photography

…its very nicely built and has autofocus and a 2.5fps motor drive… the lenses are nice too… the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 has been on there for this film but I also have a 70-210 f4 lens too but not used that as yet…

Went to take the camera back to my dad last weekend only to be told I could keep it!!… he said I would end up with it sooner or later so might as well be now… a little disconcerting to say the least lol… but was feeling pretty pleased all the same.. love you dad 🙂

Anyway… I had forgotten mostly about what I had taken with the camera… the digital age makes taking just ’36’ exposures a little quaint but the main thing about using film for me is that it encourages me to think more about the shot and how its composed… I still do final edits in Lightroom on the scanned negatives and will continue to do so as I am not massively interested in developing them myself the old way but the point for me is it will hopefully make me a better photographer even when using (in comparison) the fairly lackadaisical medium of digital photography.

I had a fair share of ‘lets just use the film up’ type shots but there were a couple of stand out ones that I am happy with..

So here they are 🙂

B&W Film Photography

B&W Film Photography

B&W Film Photography

B&W Film Photography

B&W Film Photography

B&W Film Photography

B&W Film Photography

B&W Film Photography

B&W Film Photography

B&W Film Photography

Happy with those… have now loaded up a new film and plan to try and use it a little more…

I was hoping the next film would be from the AE-1 but unfortunately the shutter button is not working at the moment so I may have to remove the film thats in there to fix it… disappointing but old cameras are like old cars… they break down from time to time :/

Ah well… will try and fix that when I get 5 minutes… I have a spare AE-1 that I can use for bits if need be 🙂

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Pics of the week 17-22…

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I have been quite lazy recently and not taken many pictures… this is due to numerous reasons… weather, tired, weather… you get the (no pun intended) picture…

I have taken a few though so I thought I would post them up… I think I will try and make a little bit more of an effort to take some random images… seems like a decent way to keep on top of my photography skills (what there is of them lol) so I might start a regular ‘pics of the week’ post (although it may well turn into pics of the month!) so I can try and keep both my skills and blog updated (for the one or two regular visitors I get… and by regular I mean after I have sent them the link! 🙂 )

Couple of snaps of the girls in the garden…
Pics of the week 17-22...

Pics of the week 17-22...

Wouldn’t be complete without a moon shot… first one includes Jupiter in the bottom left corner..
Pics of the week 17-22...

This one is a handheld shot with the 6D rather than the 50D and bracket…
Pics of the week 17-22...

To round up I really fancied a sunset… I was too lazy to go on the clearest night of the past week which I am kicking myself about… was providing taxi services for my youngest that night and didn’t take my camera with me… golden to blue hour was glorious…. ah well… I went out on the Sunday night instead and grabbed these…
Pics of the week 17-22...

Pics of the week 17-22...

Pics of the week 17-22...

Will try and sort my shizzle out and take more pictures of ‘stuff’ 🙂

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Super Moon

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So tonight there was a ‘Super’ Moon… this is where the moon’s orbit brings it really close (well, some 221,485 or so miles 🙂 ) to the earth and is typically larger and brighter than normal…

Things did not look promising to be honest with the weather forecast being quite frankly rubbish!!

Super Moon

Spent an hour or so out the back garden waiting to see if the clouds would break long enough to get a decent shot…

Every time there was a break I had to quickly re-frame, re-focus and tweak shutter speed as it was never 100% cloud free… there was always a bit of a haze even when you could see the moon which just made it very difficult to get a properly focused and exposed shot…

But after a little perseverance I finally got a shot that I was happy with…
Super Moon

All things considered I am happy with the shot… the full moon is a tricky shot to get at the best of times.. details can be difficult to maintain due to the brightness and the way the light reflects off the surface… waxing/waning moon shots are generally better on detail especially at the terminator…

As you can see from this Lightroom screenshot the exposure was all over the place…
Super Moon

Glad I managed to capture it though… next one is November 25th 2032…

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Random post out the nowhere!

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Been quite busy recently hence lack of updates so here is a biggish one…

I have had a week off work to clear up my office which quite frankly had turned into a tip…

Office Cleanup

Office Cleanup

No real excuse other than general laziness so felt it was about time I actually did something about it… so after removing 8 old PC’s, 4 old laptops, recycling no end of boxes and paper, 12 big bin bags of rubbish and what seemed like an eternity of paper shredding I got the ‘living’ space somewhere handy…

Office Cleanup

Office Cleanup

Well worth the effort although I do have a little more to do yet but I have at least broken the back of the job and the rest should be relatively easy to manage…

In other news I have been playing with electronics…. its been a fair few years since I have done any serious electronic project assembly but armed with a kit of parts I built a drip controller and trigger unit to do splash photography… I won’t bother going into detail as I’ll post links at the bottom with all the info but here are a few pics…

Drip controller…
Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

Multi-trigger
Drip Kit

Drip Kit

The multi trigger has essentially one output to trigger a flash so as I need the ability to trigger more than that I made a distribution ‘manifold’ to fire up to 5 flashes simultaneously… I do have wireless triggers but there is a small amount of lag in firing that can be tricky to dial out so this will alow the flashes to be triggered via PC Sync…

Drip Kit

Drip Kit

The setup is a little heath robinson at the moment while I refine it but it does work as you will see in a bit…
Drip Kit

The setup works like this… the drip controller can release up to three drips per triggered event and you control the size and time between drips to create different collision effects… the multi-trigger uses an optical interrupter to trigger a delay before firing the the flashes… the camera can be triggered from either control unit but I am using the splash controller as this seems to work best in dealing with the inherent shutter lag of a DSLR.

The flash guns are set to manual at a speed of 1/64 to be able to freeze the splashes with minimum motion blur.

Using a suitable tray full of water and a background of some description you fire the flashes at that to bounce light back to the splash…

In fairness its a little more involved than that but this isn’t a tutorial, there are plenty of those on the web and a fantastic e-book I got from Corrie White who does some amazing Liquid Drop Art (links at the end) which has great info in it…

So, spent a bit of time playing with the settings trying to dial the rig in… this took me a little bit of time and god knows how many images but here are a few of my initial results…

Using square patterned wrapping paper as a background…
Liquid Drop Art

Liquid Drop Art

Using very reflective shiny red wrapping paper as a background…
Liquid Drop Art

Liquid Drop Art

Just using a frosted perspex background…
Liquid Drop Art

Liquid Drop Art

Finally a go at reflection…
Liquid Drop Art

Unfortunately the water was getting a little dusty at this point so not the best image but it was more to learn the technique than anything…

Pleased with the results and absolutely knackered from humping a ton of crap from the loft to the car and then to the recycling centre… I feel that this week I have single handedly saved the planet… and I didn’t have to wear sandals to do it either 😉

More drip art very soon 😀

Links:
Drip controller kit
Corrie White (Liquid Drop Art)
Drop photography guide

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iPod Video flash memory modding

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Further to my excursion into refurbing my iPod (see this post… iPod Video refurbishment) I took it up a level and decided to mod it in OEM++ style

I found a faulty iPod on eBay as I would rather keep my original as a working one in case things went wrong..

I have been reading that you can fit a HDD with up to 256gb capacity into this version of the iPod… the capacity appealed… further research suggested other storage formats such as an SSD could also be used… then I found references about using flash card storage…

There are a few ZIF to compact flash adaptors available but CF cards are pretty old skool these days and decent capacity is either non existent or bloody expensive… I then stumbled upon iFlash which is not only a purpose made compact flash to ZIF adaptor but also comes with a compatible CF to SD card adaptor which are more readily available in decent sizes at good prices

iFlash information can be found here…. http://www.tarkan.info/store/iFlash-bundle

This is the unit…

It comes with a compatibility list of cards so I got a 256gb one from Amazon

The logic board was damaged on the iPod I bought but other than that it was in mint condition… shame as it was an 80gb iPod and had the best logic board for the job… ah well… I found a logic board on eBay… it was from a later model 30gb video so had only 32mb of buffer memory but for a flash player its not an issue..
iPod Video modding

Removed the 80gb HDD and fitted the flash card adaptor…
iPod Video modding

Tested and restored in iTunes….
iPod Video modding

Nice bit of space…. 😀

…and compared to my trusty 60gb iPod video…
iPod Video modding

Essentially loaded my current crop of ‘ticked’ music and podcasts (plus a few new ones it seems since I last synced) … 185gb of free space is a little better than 6gb lol

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iPod Video refurbishment

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So the other week I refurbed my trusty iPod Video… 10 years old, still on its original battery, screen and hard drive… thats at least 9 years, 11 months and 28 days longer than any of my kids iPhones seem to last 🙂

The screen had ‘lines’ on it from backlight issues and hard drives older than 3 years always makes me nervous… the headphone socket was a little dodgy and would pause playback for no reason and I got a clickwheel as mine looked used… with parts becoming thin on the ground and Apple no longer pushing an ‘iPod’ product worth having (the classic being the last of the decent iPods imo) I collected a bunch of parts and got stuck in..

All ready for surgery… mines a 60gb Video (iPod 5) so I bought an 80gb hdd as an upgrade… this as it turns out was a bit of a fail… the logic board in my iPod is the early type that doesn’t support the larger hdd… DOH!!… non of the research I did into changing the hdd mentioned that… only when looking into where people have fitted 240gb hdd’s did this little gem crop up…

The logic board for the iPod 5 has a part number of 820-1763-A which in itself comes in two versions… one with 32mb on board and the other (mine) with 64mb on board memory… this is for buffering the music files to increase battery life… 30gb iPods got 32mb, 60gb and bigger got 64mb… what I needed was the logic board from the later iPod Video 5.5 which supports the larger hdd (part number 820-1975-A) and also comes as 32mb (30gb) or 64mb (80gb >)… 64mb boards are like rocking horse poop so I have found a 32mb one… it will work but reduces battery life a bit… no great shakes as it spends most of its life connected to a power source anyway..

I used this site as a guide…
https://www.ifixit.com/Device/iPod_5th_Generation_(Video)

The pics…

iPod Video refurb

iPod Video refurb

iPod Video refurb

iPod Video refurb

Obviously I didn’t realise I needed the newer logic board until I had put it all together and was trying to restore it from iTunes… obviously it was failing and I spent an hour trying to sort before stumbling on this information… DOH!!

Put the old hdd back in and all was good again…

I now at least have a working screen, headphone socket and battery (that was starting to bulge!!)… I can replace the hdd later once I have sourced the later logic board 🙂

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