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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 site coming soon. I’ll post a link here when it goes live.

We shot a few of them this weekend using this high-tech rig.

Here are just a few of my favorites.

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 be able to view the model with SketchUp or the SketchUp viewer. Now, after having done that, I realize I should have just modeled the whole building in Cinema4D. There are just too many issues with the imported SketchUp model, and there really aren’t many neighbors who will be able to open or appreciate the SketchUp model. Sigh.

A work in progress, the model is far from perfect, but I think it’s good enough at this point for the purpose of visualizing different colors on the building at different times of the day and year.

Our baseline render. A sunny morning in March with the current colors.

The above render is my baseline – a sunny March morning. Below is the latest render.

Every little 3D element adds to the realism.

The fun thing about 3D work is that every time I press render, I get a better, more life-like result.

Details make the difference. Making progress!


California’s got the most of them… Boy they got a host of them.
–Frank Zappa

So, we took the day off so that we could be home to accept delivery of a new table. Even though the table was in stock when we ordered it, we decided to wait until the shipment was complete to save on shipping charges. So, today, after a three week wait, they delivered the LEGS only – no TOP. They have offered word on when the rest of the table will be delivered. Dang! We expected better from Crate & Barrel. On the plus side, we did get this new cabinet.

On a side note, this is a Lightroom HDR image. I set the camera to bracket, and hand-held the shots. The three images were then combined and aligned automatically in Lightroom to produce this image, which has far greater dynamic range than would be possible in a normal exposure.


Crate & Barrel came through after all. They delivered and assembled the table on Saturday morning. Yay!


It’s true – the new 5K iMac is mind-blowing. Ii takes just a few minutes on a 5K retina display to realize that there will be no going back. After my boss saw it, I had no trouble convincing him that I could not live without a 5K display at work. So now I’ve been busy going through my entire image library – finally seeing my images in their full glory. This is the main reason you haven’t heard from me for a while.

My advice? Sell your kids and get a 5K iMac immediately. It will change your life. Did you do it yet? Yes? Good, because I don’t want my efforts to make retina-ready to go unappreciated. (Actually, there’s an awesome retina plugin for WordPress that made the whole process very easy.)

Another distraction is the work we’re having done on our largest wall. Andrew has been working his magic. The Venetian plaster is even more spectacular then my visualizations. They do not convey the tactile quality of the plaster. When you see it, the first thing you’ll want to do is touch it. It’s amazing.

Now we need to have a bunch of LARGE prints made. We’re in no hurry though. Why rush to cover up Andrew’s masterpiece?

Is a Fisheye the Ultimate Selfie lens?


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