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Our Fastest Sequencer Ever!

A fun project for this special day.

From the e-mail sent to the whole company:

Finished with subtle touches from the impenetrable genius of industrial design guru Jim Pire, the new system’s speed will leave the competition in the dust.

Have I ever told you how much I love my job?

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.

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 Our “real” real product shots are required to have a pure white background and a reflective white foreground à la outdated Apple ads, but this is almost impossible to achieve with a pure white product box, which is what drove me to rendering our packaging in the first place. Cinema4D gives me much more control than a camera in these difficult situations.

This image illustrates something else which is impossible to achieve photographically – infinite depth of focus.

Photo Dude-ness

I created this for fun as a gift to a special friend who got a new camera for Christmas and wants to learn how to use it. The whole process was easy. I used my beloved FourSquare to my right and a small slave flash to the left to provide a bit of fill, but decided not to use it and instead used the flash on the DSLR I’m holding with the output power set to 1/50th. I had no assistants, so I had to shoot 53 goofy shots to get one that worked. The rest is pretty basic PhotoShop.

Arm Chair Nature Photography

I put my recently purchased 15 foot USB cable to work this morning. I set up this simple rig and connected the cable to my iMac, launched a tethered session in Lightroom and went back to my work. Then whenever I heard the high-pitched squeak of a hungry hummer, without even looking out the window, I hit command-tab to switch to Lightroom and remotely triggered the camera as fast as possible. Here is the very first shot!

Coming in for a perfect landing

Here’s the third shot.

Shootin' the bird from my office chair.

Nikon’s fabulous lighting system allowed me to shoot these at 1/5000 of a second and still use flash. The only problem is that there seems to be a tiny pre-flash, and these hummers are FAST! Often they are well into skeedaddle mode even before the shutter trips.

But then, once in a while this happens.

Beautiful, isn't he? Kelly named him Scarface.
You lookin' at me?

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