This is the first follow-up post to Thoughts for Thursday: Cemetery Supplies. This will be a recurring topic on its own, and as such I’ve removed “Thoughts for Thursday” from the title, that and it’s Saturday.
The first item I have for my kit, as I mentioned before, is the bucket. It’s nothing more than a plastic bucket that once held 35lbs of kitty litter. Sure, one could buy one of those big buckets from Home Depot or Lowes (I think they are 5 gallon buckets?) but for me the kitty litter container works because 1. It was free after I used up the litter, 2. It has a snap on lid just like the buckets I could buy elsewhere (a feature I definitely wanted), and 3. I go through those buckets regularly and if the one I’m using ever breaks, then I likely have a ready replacement (or will in a week or so).
The first item in the bucket came as a result of cleaning out my car, kind of serendipitous, right? I’ve had a lot of good suggestions as to what to put in my kit, many about what I should have on me for the photographing of stones. One not mentioned, but that I’ve seen the results of is the use of a large mirror, which can help reflect light on to stones in such a way that the lettering really pops out when it wouldn’t have before. Now at this point, I’m not going to be toting around a closet-sized mirror wherever I go (I plan to just keep the kit in my car), and a smaller mirror would only be good for highlighting details of the stone, not the whole thing, so I was happy to find in my car what I found. What did I find? My old sun shield for the windshield. I bought it for two dollars one hot summer day, and the thing’s quality is really a reflection of that as the suction cups ripped out of the sun shield within a matter of a couple of weeks. However the sun shield is a foil like reflector on one side, and so I tried it out and it works just like a mirror and will redirect the light to where I need it to go. It isn’t rigid at all, so it curves right inside the bucket too! The only customization I need of it is to make a foot strap so that I can use my foot or another object to make the shield fall down straight without the set-in folds (good for storing in the car when it was a sun shield, not so good now) appearing.
Yay for having two free items for my kit! Stay tuned as I plan to reveal more kit components as I get them.
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