Living in a Cardboard Box, and Other Fun (DA 15ltd)

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Living in a Cardboard Box, and Other Fun (DA 15ltd)
May 21, 2012

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Exploring old, decrepit structures with a camera is a time-honored pastime.

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Sometimes, though... These buildings have tenants . Seen only out of the corner of the eye, more like a movement or disturbance...

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Until they choose to make themselves... seen . (!)

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OK, bored with haunting, off to the park....

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Nice day...

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Not for long. Storm moving in fast.

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Time to move out.

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(And just some unrelated from today. Same storm, though.)

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Awesome. Feels like watching a story unfold.

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First may I say: BRAVO!!!! For getting into the cardboard boxes with the kids. Good Job Dad!

Second: Great series! Those shots at the end seem worthy of a thread of their own. You are really getting this lens down!

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Nice work! Those interior shots of the boxes are great, the boxes looks huge with the wide angle.

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Another absolutely fantastic series MC. Kids and cardboard boxes. How much more exciting than that can it get? It can't IMO.

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Like it!!!!

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Nice shots. I immediately recalled the 80s song "Living in a Box" by the band of the same name ...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_in_a_Box_%28song%29
... and now I can't get it out of my head.
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Great stuff MC

Does bring bad some sad memories here in Oz where 2 kids were playing in a cardboard box on a vacant lot when a cement truck unknowingly ran over them and killed them - the driver probably never got over it.
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Beautiful.

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Great stuff.

Reminds me of when my kids were little. We inherited a large cardboard box made of three ply corrugated cardboard. They had heaps of fun with that. It was amazingly strong too. I could stand on the lid.
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Ah the days of cardboard "forts"
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Oh to find joy in a something as simply as a box. I remember those days well.

Great shots. Nice lighting on the fort "interiors".

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Very nice shots, all. The peole living in cardboard boxes around here are not as cute or friendly as your subjects. Keep up the great work.
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Awesome story telling as always!

Now i need to find some cardboard boxes for the little one!
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Pentaxtic, Lloyd,Lee, Ron, Ogl, sfa, Dean, Vorda, John V, SRT201, Roy, Miles
In reply to moving_comfort, May 21, 2012

Pentaxtic wrote:

Awesome. Feels like watching a story unfold.

Thanks, that's how I hoped it would come across, as it unfolded.

UtahManSir wrote:

First may I say: BRAVO!!!! For getting into the cardboard boxes with the kids. Good Job Dad!

Second: Great series! Those shots at the end seem worthy of a thread of their own. You are really getting this lens down!

Thanks Lloyd, appreciate it. Thought about another thread for the last few, but since they're tied together by lens and weekend (and storm system ), just threw them in here.

LFLee wrote:

Nice work! Those interior shots of the boxes are great, the boxes looks huge with the wide angle.

Thanks Lee. As they started playing in there I knew the 15 would answer the call.

brandrx wrote:

Another absolutely fantastic series MC. Kids and cardboard boxes. How much more exciting than that can it get? It can't IMO.

Thanks Ron. I'm always surprised about what kids find the funnest - it's usualy not the fanciest stuff.

ogl wrote:

Like it!!!!

Thanks a lot Ogl!

sfa1966 wrote:

Nice shots. I immediately recalled the 80s song "Living in a Box" by the band of the same name ...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_in_a_Box_%28song%29
... and now I can't get it out of my head.

I refuse to listen to it, then. (Thx!)

ozdean wrote:

Great stuff MC

Does bring bad some sad memories here in Oz where 2 kids were playing in a cardboard box on a vacant lot when a cement truck unknowingly ran over them and killed them - the driver probably never got over it.

Thx Dean. (Those boxes will be staying in a non-traffic area of our driveway only, but that's pretty tragic...)

Vorda wrote:

Beautiful.

Thanks.

John Venables wrote:

Great stuff.

Reminds me of when my kids were little. We inherited a large cardboard box made of three ply corrugated cardboard. They had heaps of fun with that. It was amazingly strong too. I could stand on the lid.
Just show you don't need expensive toys ( cameras excluded )

Thanks John. Indeed, about $18 worth of material including tape.

SRT201 wrote:

Oh to find joy in a something as simply as a box. I remember those days well.

Great shots. Nice lighting on the fort "interiors".

Thanks - seeing the light inside the box when I stuck my head in one of the doors initially made me think about snapping some pictures - it was pretty cool looking with the sun streaming in, the shadows...

Jay Martin wrote:

Very nice shots, all. The peole living in cardboard boxes around here are not as cute or friendly as your subjects. Keep up the great work.

Thanks Roy/Jay.

miles green wrote:

Awesome story telling as always!

Now i need to find some cardboard boxes for the little one!
Thanks!!!

I had taped a couple old boxes together last year and my 4-year old remembered that and had been bugging me to do it this year, and I kept telling him I'd get to it.

A couple days ago he tried to do it himself using some really old, ripped boxes he found, so I felt bad and brought home some new Home Depot boxes and built that structure taping them together in a kind of modular way along with some older Uhaul boxes I still had. He helped me out with design advice and some of the taping

It's really somewhat spacious inside, and warren-like, so they have to move through it to get from one end to the other.

My rule for maximum-enjoyment box forts : resist the urge to add too many doors and windows. Having it be 'secret' inside really adds to the enjoyment. Design it so it feels like they are going through 'tunnels' that lead to a few more open chambers, and put at least one 'tower' up where they can stand and survey for any external attacks

New extra-large boxes are only $1.89 each at Home Depot, and I ran out of packing tape and started to use 3M duct tape - don't do that . Cardboard is porous and that brand of duct tape only really adheres well to non-porous surfaces like plastic, steel, PVC, etc. Use packing tape, it's made for cardboard.

Once it's put together, it's pretty structurally sound but light and can be slid around, back in the garage for storage, etc.

Glad you all enjoyed the series!

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Certainly answers the queries as to whether the DA15 is suitable for real estate work

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Fantastic series. I love what you've done.

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Excellent work, as usual, Jay. Numbers 6, 7, and 13 are my favorites.

By the way, I took your advice the other day and tried shooting this lens a lot lower and at various angles. I have to say that really helped me get a better idea of how to use it. I still have to get the hang of shooting blind (read: focusing blind), but I at least made progress. I hope you don't mind my posting a few here, but I would sure welcome some feedback from you -- suggestions for improvement.

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Col K10d wrote:

Certainly answers the queries as to whether the DA15 is suitable for real estate work

Thanks, Colonal!

citrontokyo wrote:

Fantastic series. I love what you've done.

Thanks very much Citron.

math guy wrote:

Excellent work, as usual, Jay. Numbers 6, 7, and 13 are my favorites.

By the way, I took your advice the other day and tried shooting this lens a lot lower and at various angles. I have to say that really helped me get a better idea of how to use it. I still have to get the hang of shooting blind (read: focusing blind), but I at least made progress. I hope you don't mind my posting a few here, but I would sure welcome some feedback from you -- suggestions for improvement.

Thanks Joe. I'd say those are a perfect usage of the lens as-is. Like how you caught the sun there

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Intresting PP
Love that smile of your kid from 11 & 13
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Hello moving_comfort

again great pictures from you and your DA 15mm!

It's a pleasure how you use this lens and what perspective (or points of view) you use, like in the pictrure No. 14 ( the boy with the bike)...simply great.

thanks for posting

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