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2 sparklers + blu tack + bottle of mandarin liqueur = awesome fun

Saw this while I was in Tesco the other day and just knew it had to be photographed. Very strange and eye catching to see something so iconic in a different colour to what you're used to. A bit of a balancing act with no aid from glue, blutac, wires, strings, smoke, mirrors or photoshop and here it is, coke life!


Strobist... 580exii lastolite strobo with barn doors camera right bounced off white foam board camera left 1/16 24mm. 580exii lastolite ezybox speedlite camera left bounced off white foam board camera right 1/8 24mm.

More Blu-Thuhlian musings


Taking time out one day, photographing the space just up and outside the bedroom. One of just 30 shots, all pretty much trying to capture the cobweb in the upper right corner.


Lighting is a problem, standing in the break between that coming in from the bathroom on the back. Shadows emerge as a result and the prospect of turning on the fluoroscent light pings.


Strategically placed mirrors on the floor would have made things a lot easier to shoot.

Same vista as before - sunrise Lake Illawarra dawn December 31 2009.


19 shot pano ;-)


To check it out in all it's glory (!) click here to View Large On White


You can find this shot to buy

@ redbubble here.


Hello 2010 - and a happy new year to all who drop by ;-)


Thanks for the huge response and for the front page on explore! awesome.


For those who were wondering (you might not have been) here's how I created this image:

Hey Skyfisher (love the name) here's the list of 'special' equipment I use to create this image:


a) iPhone with alarm clock (seriously not kidding - it was a 5:20am get up)


b) Manfrotto190xProB tripod with an 804R head. The tripod is excellent - light enough to carry and solid enough to.. hold everything still ;-) The head is great - NOT a ball and the difference is that it's easy to pan without coming off axis - although super expensive ballheads offer this - not in my price range ;-)


c) CameraD40x - nothing special here at any time - other than good res, and easy to control. All shot on FINE and Large in JPEG.


d) Filters. I use Cokin Grad ND filters. In this case 121s and 121m on an ultrawide "P" holder. I actually BluTac the second filter on the front of the holder to avoid vignetting on the lens.


e) Sigma 10-20mm lens. Impossible to overstate how awesome this lens is. It is flat out awesome and the field of view is the reason most of these shots look so good.


f) Technique in the field. Panning to create a pano I shoot in vertical lots of the time to increase the 'height' of the image. I move in very small increments when shooting the pan. In this case I think it was 15 or so shots to cover the 180 degrees.


g) Technique at the desk. I use Photoshop's photomerge feature. It is AMAZING how good it is at putting it all together. But then the real work starts. Lens distortion to bring in the sides, layers, curves, burning, dodging, selective colour saturation, cloning etc. It's really quite a bit of work and the initial file created out of photoshop before I combine the layers is almost 900Mb ;-)


h) Oh, forgot to mention.. iPhone with weather stats and updates.. I use this it pick the morning that I think is most likely to produce what I'm looking for.. still, clouds, but not totally over cast..


And that's about it ;-0

This one was a bit messy to do :o) It took me several attempts to get it right with the camera on self timer which I thought would be easier than using the remote and having to coordinate that with pouring the sugar. The spoon is stuck to the top of a jar with blutac.

Flash through softbox from camera left directly in line with the spoon, I think this was 1/64 power.


Explore #38

The side of a shop in East London, presumably used for posters and other notices.

The various shots I took to create the final submission for my 'Still Life' studio assignment at City of Glasgow College.


I had the combs attached to a light table using blutac. One studio light was placed behind the table with a blue gel over the bulb. Then another light was placed to the right hand side.


The other half of the project is found here:

Blu-Thuhlian musings...took a bit of mixing to try and get the Blu-tac the right shade : D

unexpected flip trick

Sterling Homecare seem to have withdrawn from this branch. Pity they didn't tidy up before they left.


Blu-tac on glass never works that well in the long run.


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This is my 5th photo to make Explore. Doing well!

My daughter "Elizabeth 10" came to work with me today. An produced these two out of "Blu Tac"

Messing about with Blu-Tac and a saucer of water.

Materials I used:

Bristolboard A3

Faber Castell Pencils H, HB, 2B, 8B

Kneadable eraser and BluTac

Tombow Mono Zero erasers (it would have been impossible without them!!)

Tissues and a big fat tortillion

51 hours over nearly two months! (It’s actually a record for me!)

look at mee

i'm david hocknee

Processed with Silver Efex Pro 2


Oxford, UK

Macro Monday, a small metal cat on round mirror with blutac mouse.

Another day at the office.

..Take one cereal box & unfold, draw a Witch as you like, using a sharp knife & scissors cut out your Witch - a fine spray of black paint is advantagious. With your remaining card cut out a small crescent moon, using Blutac a-fix your Witch to a cocktail stick then push into a small hole on your 'moon card' to leave her about one inch forward. Shine a LED torch onto a white surface just behind the cutout moon - 'CLICK' your Witches Brew is ready! (Adjust levels & add stars on a Software of your choice. Thanks very much to Derek Fiechter for posting on YoutTube this great piece of music he's written - PLEASE PLAY & 'LIKE' as desired. Happy Macro Monday to all on Flickr.. Alan;-) HMM..

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Washers Held Upright With Blutac.

Small Lamp With Blue Gel Attached To The Right Hand Side.

Small Lamp With Red Gel Attached To The Left Hand Side.

Flash Gun With Yellow Gel Held Under Side Of Glass Top.

A DockPlus for the iPhone along with some blutac to hold the Pebble charger

Dalek in his natural habitat

A raw image of my blu tac dalek

Started off well, then the cloud sort of ruined it a bit. Also need to fix that slight movement from the tripod, should try using something other than blutac to hold the camera in place...


Created with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.

This is a quarter of one of my walls in my room. The wall next to this one is only half full, the rest is blank so I can use it as a backdrop if need be.


I'm about to leave for a party at the Custard Factory. I should be stumbling home at around 5am, so tomorrow's picture may be taken super early. Woo.


My hair looks shite.

Camera Set For Tungston Light.

Coin Proped Up With Blutac With Flashgun At Top Of Coin.

penguin sunning himself on a beach

There's no convenient place to store my whiteboard pens near my whiteboard. So I sellotaped them to it instead.

i seem to have had a visitor at my desk...

This assembly is quite similar to the "Three Sevens Triskelion" [previous model] - the difference being the Sevens are reversed and adjusted closer together.


Each of the 3 modules are folded from 5x1 rectangular Kami [25cm x 4.8cm] and assembled without glue. The assembly is not very stable and I had to use Blutac to hold the model down for the photoshot.


This is one of the many logos of the Tau Gamma Phi Triskelion. -


The logo is quite similar to the Trefoil Knot or the Valknut Symbols which I posted earlier -

So I just want to say that uploads over the next couple of days may be of poor quality. I have my final A Level exam on Thursday and I just want to focus on revising and nothing else. It turns out, this is my 300th upload (275th public upload). I didn't actually realise this until I came to upload the photo, so that's a good link. The theme I was working off was 'blue', with the blue light and the blue tack, but the three pieces of blue tack work nicely for the number.

Mounted on the back seat again with BluTac.

I took this shot driving around an empty carpark so I was able to stop where ever and whenever I liked. This allowed me to try a few different things which included some strobist and different exposures. I thought this 10sec exposure with no speedlight and in monochrome turned out best.




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Canon 1000D + Sigma 10-20mm


[10 Secconds]

For Blutac animals in their natural habitat group

What can i say!.... Megan Fox as Lilah from Jonah Hex..... is all there is too say! It doesn't get much better than that!

The reference is stunning, i love the romanticism of it with a touch of menace!


I've really enjoyed drawing this picture and it's obvious challenges, the biggest though was the size it's 600x420mm (A2), or 24"x 16". it's the first of this size and will probably be the last!!! (It's now been scanned)


Drawn on 250gm Bristol Board, using H2 - B8 pencils, med & soft graphite sticks, blending sticks, Blutac, pencil rubbers, loads of tissues and 74hours.


Xavi Capdevila i els aburriments a classe de català

16 days to go and I REALLY have run out of things at home to photograph.


Lucky for me blutac man came to the rescue

who is Chanelle Hayes and why is she so popular?

I bring you my treasured invention - Expanded Blu-Tac.


I bet you didn't know it could do this. I bet it's manufacturers didn't know it could do this.


I was bored, yes, why do you ask?

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