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Alex

Next door neighbor Alex also paints. Seems I know a lot of artists. Lucky me!

I think I have this whole Brenizer thing worked out. I purchased a proper VR rig from Really Right Stuff, and now making these is a breeze. I can shoot a whole 49 image series in less than two minutes. Setup is pretty easy. With the lens wide open, I can work with a lot of different types of lighting. And the resulting panorama stitches flawlessly in AutoPano Pro.

A comment I’ve heard a couple times now is, “Wow, this looks like it’s out of a magazine!” That’s what this special focus trick does. Makes it all seem larger than life.

Get a taste of a 5,000 pixel wide version below. The full-resolution render is 4 times larger and sorta mind-boggling.

Two questions remain. Should I try to shoot these in HDR, and who’s next?

Andrew

The first of what I hope will be several shots of my favorite genius in one of his many workspaces.

I didn’t realize when I shot it, but at 70 images, this is the highest resolution image I ever made. It would print beautifully ten feet wide. I’d like to see that.

The featured image above has one of Lightroom’s Split Tone filters applied. I like the look. I’m very tempted to apply some worn edges to the image and beat it up a little.

The full-color image looks like this.

Nick’s Cove

Kelly and I stopped here for oysters on the way to Point Arena. The food and the view were both excellent.

We also saw this happy furball in need of a trim.

Peek-a-boo. I see you! Barely.

Jack

I am so happy to have Jack as a friend and neighbor. And not just because he was kind enough to sit for me today. It’s also because he possesses many things I covet, none less than his cool and inspiring workspace filled with tools and toys. I feel my creativity jump whenever I set foot in here. If this playspace were mine, I might never leave it.

After looking at this awesome image, I definitely want to shoot everyone with the Brenizer Method. You know that I have always been inspired by medium and large format photography. This method enables me to fake it convincingly, and maybe even kick it up a notch. Best of all – it’s pretty easy. After I got things set up, (a single LED light to the left to put a twinkle in Jack’s eye) we were done shooting in less than ten minutes. Might have been five minutes. I don’t think I was at Jack’s place for much more than 30 minutes total. All it takes is a decent fast lens, PhotoShop and a willing subject to pull this off. Who’s next?

Forty-six images were combined with AutoPano Pro to produce a breathtaking 22,000 pixel-wide masterpiece. What you’re seeing here only hints at the level of detail. (Jack, you missed a button!)

(What, no 4K or 5K monitor? What are you waiting for??? Do it! Now!!)

Here’s a treatment inspired by images I love at shorpy.com.

Lifeng at Work

Twenty-five image bokeh panorama shot at the office today.

I’m learning a lot about the process of creating these. The 90mm lens I’m using seems to be a bit long and a bit slow. It’s not easy to get good coverage without taking a lot of shots. The depth of field is not shallow enough with the 2.0 lens. The background would be easier to work with if it was further out of focus. It also seems like more natural backgrounds – plants, trees, etc. would make things much easier due to their randomness.

More to come. Need to practice.

To really see the effect of this technique, you need to see the image at its full-resolution.

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