Author: thedude

Unreal 3D animation

Absolutely perfect! Read More

Happy Anniversary

We celebrated a pair of anniversaries last weekend at one of our favorite places – the spectacular restaurant at Post Ranch Inn. After a delicious lunch, I handed my camera to the waiter who took today’s featured shot. I might have framed it differently, but I love it. Read More

Headshots-III

More coworkers got brave enough to step into my amazing hallway studio for a head shot.   Read More

Happy Easter

I took a short hike today hoping to see fields of wildflowers, but I think I was about a week too early, so not a lot of flower shots today. Instead, I shot some man-made objects, including a freshly-installed Mag Spike and a bushel of unidentified metal thingies, evidently used in the construction of new Read More

Some Vials and a Box

I often do not know exactly what I’m rendering. I just try to make things look good. Unfortunately, our products will never look like this on our web site. Our “real” real product shots are required to have a pure white background and a reflective white foreground à la outdated Apple ads, but this is Read More

James Bond Gala

Saturday’s James Bond themed Xenophon Gala was taylor-made for the photo booth! I’m absolutely loving the results, but I do have one issue with the photo booth. The images that come out of it are so dazzling that they make the rest of my shots look boring. The most amazing thing is how easy it Read More

Boof Strikes Again

This is so much fun! I set up my photo booth at an event at work yesterday. Once again, the results do not disappoint. Who can resist self-portraits like these? (Yes, we occasionally do have some fun at work.) Photo Booth continues to amaze me. I have never found a better way to get nearly Read More

Most High Mollusk

I don’t like to post sad news on thedude.com, but I cannot ignore the untimely loss of my long-time friend, JimmyD. Suffice it to say that my memories of him and the amazingly great times we had over the last 50-odd years will live on forever. I know that all CLAMs will remember JimmyD forever Read More

It’s official!

After years of helping people for free, I finally started my consultancy. I hope to offer lots of services, (Linux, 3D design, photography, etc.) but my first four customers are all paying for Linux and web work. A great start! No, I’m not leaving my full-time job. I love the people at Thermofisher – some Read More

Pillows

Sewn from one of my favorite typefaces – Chuck. Motivation for Dude pillows came from this excellent tutorial. I had planned to make inflatable vinyl letters, but the slightest tweak in lighting and materials produced this by accident, and it works for me. Read More

Yosemite

After working on a few of my images, I confirmed what I already suspected. Yosemite looks better in black and white. The reason for this, as Mr. Adams clearly knew, is that you can make much larger image adjustments without destroying the image. The color image below was enhanced as much as I can stand. Read More

Welcome 2016

May the coming year bring lots of love, good health and prosperity to you and yours! Cheers! Read More

The Cawleys

The photo booth brings out the whacky side of my boss and his family during a shoot for this year’s Christmas card. Read More

Coworkers

I volunteered to shoot headshots of my coworkers a few weeks ago. Having never actually done such a thing, I realized that I’d better learn how. So, I watched a couple of YouTube videos, bought an inexpensive studio flash and umbrella, and set it up in our office hallway, where the Venetian plaster walls seemed Read More

Photo Booth Goes Mobile

I took the booth on the road this weekend and set it up at one of the season’s best tasting Christmas events – Dinner at Sam and Mari’s. They were kind enough to let me tack a red backdrop to the wall, and well, the rest is Christmas history. Click for more whacky photos! Read More

The Parinos

We had a little time to kill before dinner at Oakland’s finest restaurant a few weeks ago, and the photo booth was set up, so, well, you can guess what happened next. Read More

Joanna Makes Paper Art

Talented friend and neighbor Joanna has started to produce a series of woven paper pieces. They range in size from approximately 20 x 30″ down to about 10″ x 10″. They’re meticulously made and very cool. They look best when displayed as a group, so you can’t buy just one. 🙂 Joanna has a web Read More

Sketch & Toon PGM

The marketing team has decided that at least one of our product manuals should contain line art instead of photographs. I like this idea a lot, especially now that I’ve been able to spend a little time with Cinema4D’s Sketch & Toon renderer. Like everything else about Cinema4D, this tool is amazing. There are more Read More

Wendy and Jeff

Our dear friends Wendy and Jeff – two of the dorkiest loveliest friends you could ever hope to have. We’re lucky to have them in our lives. More fun here! Read More

3d Loft Project

I’m on the Architectural Committee here in the lofts. We’re hoping to do a little sprucing up next year, so we need a 3D model of the building. I mean, obviously, right? Since Cinema4D 17 includes a new SketchUp importer, I thought it’d be cool to do the modeling in SketchUp. This way, everyone would Read More

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