Category: Work

Halloween, 2018

It’s been close to a year since I made an entry. I guess I’ve grown wary of all forms of social media. But, now that Google+ will be going away, I will try to find the motivation to post more frequently on my new Google+ inspired design. I have been setting up the photo booth Read More

Halloween Photo Booth

Happy Halloween! We had a small celebration yesterday in the office, and the boof was there! It’s a good thing, too. I would not have wanted to be caught without a camera on this fun and colorful day! Here are a few of my favorite shots.   Read More

Mission Bio Tapestri

Another fine rendering with Cinema4d and V-Ray. The newest instrument from Mission Bio. Actually, there’s a bit more to the workflow. The original customer-provided SolidWorks file was opened in KeyShot, exported as an .obj file and imported into Cinema4D where V-Ray lighting and materials were applied for output in V-Ray. The resulting layered image was Read More

SeqStudio Genetic Analyzer

I’ll bet you don’t have one of these! A new instrument rendered with V-Ray. It also has this cartridge thingie. I made a little animation which was looped during the launch announcement. Yay! Learn more about the SeqStudio Genetic Analyzer. Read More

Thedude Gets Wired, Squared

One of my renders made the Wired Magazine web site in an article titled “Fast, Precise Cancer Care is Coming to a Hospital Near You“. Nice! (Also, our amazing technology totally rocks!) That’s not the only cool place my work appeared recently. Here’s another: Read More

ION Inspector

Combining a bit of photography with 3D modeling and a PhotoShop pinch filter for this quick one. It kind of messes with my vision. That’s a good thing. Read More

Mission Bio

So many favorites from our photo shoot at Mission Bio. What a great group! Thanks to all of you. Read More

White Background for Business Head Shots

I’ve decided that the white background is my favorite for business head shots. This is mainly because they are so easy to produce consistently, but also because a pure white background is so versatile. To create these, I use a simple two-light setup. First I place a 7-foot umbrella with diffuser behind the subject and, Read More

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? Read More

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 Read More

Be Smart – Try Again

I noticed that my photo stitching software was a couple versions behind, so I downloaded the most recent version and rendered the Smart pano again. Forty image bokeh panorama shot in the garage at work on a Sunday morning. Right-click here to download a 5K version. Read More

Halloween Photo Booth

I’m getting better and better results from the booth. Not just because of tweaks to the hardware, but also due to the fact that my audience at work knows how to get better pictures out of it. (Get closer! Lean in a bit!) And although I can fit 10 or 12 people in the booth, Read More

Interns!

I decided not to these in a more casual setting than my more formal headshots. These were taken handheld with my Fuji X100 and a Nikon SB 800 flash. I wanted a bit of variety, so I shot them in different locations around he office. Read More

Thermofisher Ad

Well, we gave up on the Lombard Street idea. I thought it was an impossible shot, and it turned out I was right about that. So, we opted for another iconic Bay Area view. What I like most is that this piece will be printed 6 x 4 FEET in size, and hung around Thermofisher Read More

Seeing the Unseeable

Here’s an interesting view of one of the six rows of gear I maintain in the datacenter. Looks kinda cool, eh? You might wonder how I created an image like this, given that the rows of servers have less than three feet between them. This means I have to make the shot from about two Read More

This is not your mama’s photo booth

It’s difficult to pick favorites from yesterday’s party at work. Read More

Lombard Street

Last night I went on a scouting mission. I’m looking for a location for an upcoming project. The Creative Director floated this top-of-Lombard-Street idea. I’m certainly not the first to make this shot, but I was surprised at how easy it was to grab this 30-second time exposure on a cold and windy summer night Read More

V-Ray deliciousness

I had experimented with V-Ray a bit a few months ago, but at the time it only ran on an earlier version of Cinema4D, and when it did, it felt a bit flaky. Well, I’m happy to say that it runs flawlessly on on Cinema4D R17! My product renderings never looked better. I wear a Read More

S5 mosaic Installation

So I created this mosaic of pretty much every picture I ever took at work using a program called Mazaika. The image was constructed from more than 4,500 pictures of all the people and products that came together to enable us to create the amazing Ion Torrent S5. The image turned out to be quite Read More

Headshots-III

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

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