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

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

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

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.

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: www.flickr.com/photos/matt_82/15719298424/

Without makeup, the details on the face are difficult to see which is why I've increased the exposure a bit - in real life she is much darker.

 

Harmony's skin is very difficult to work with. For Mirai, we can use microfine sandpaper to remove blemishes. For Ebony we can do the same but it takes double time.

The problem with Harmony is that sandpaper leaves the skin surface white which we need to dampen down with water and blutac.

 

The slush casting process by nature leaves blemishes on the surface and Mirai and Ebony are all released with a correlate amount to balance out the wabi-sabi (which you read about in the Design Philosophy post) - for Harmony however, to achieve this level of dark soft vinyl, more blemishes will be noticeable - just like the human body.

 

Do note that neither Ebony or Harmony are white skin with darker paint sprayed on - both have color mixed in at the vinyl creation stage.

 

View more at www.dannychoo.com/en/post/27318/Smart+Doll+Harmony.html

Camera Set For Tungston Light.

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

You don't even want to know how long this took to set up. Thank god for Blutac.

 

STROBIST

SB-700 above beauty dish 24mm 1/5th power.

Plastic cutlery illuminated with an LCD monitor photographed through a polarising filter, The 'Food is a lump of Blu-Tac illuminated with a laser pointer

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.

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

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

WIP shot of a terrain setup I am making, primarily to play Malifaux (http://www.wyrd-games.net/). I was just laying them out to see how much more I need to make, thought I would take a WIP shot. Malifaux needs a fair bit of terrain to keep things balanced between ranged and melee types. I figure I need about 5-6 more buildings plus a few more wall sections and some more crates etc to scatter around for cover.

 

The base is a couple of sheets of foamcore, hinged together with duck tape so it folds in half for easy storage. This has the basic stone tiling all over. The roads are then seperate bits of card stuck on with tiny bits of blutac, as are the buildings.

 

Its slightly narrower and longer than the "standard" 3' x 3' Malifaux board, more like 2'6" x 3'6". I have a vague plan to turn it into a dockside area using water to one side with some little piers and boats.

 

The whole thing is currently Dave Graffam (www.davesgames.net) stuff, his models are all pretty easy to make, pretty cheap but great quality, I can highly recommend. Nice thing is that a lot of the pdfs are multi-layer, allowing you to make several versions of the same building that look totally different.

 

More Blu-Thuhlian musings

  

My brand new Da Vinci PETIT GRIS PUR brushes hold a LOT of water and I decided it may be best to hang them so water is dripping out of them and not into the lovely wooden handles. Blu-tac and a cabinet near my painting stuff come in handy.

 

That sticky tape behind the brushes:

Has nothing to to with the brushes! I probably stuck it on there to be used later for something else :)

personally, I don't care how old my sandwich is, as long as it's been freshly cut

New in 1995. I love the hand drawn letter 'A' on an A4 piece of paper, attached to the windscreen with Blutac.

Back in 2007 when the Barraki were unveiled, my 10/11 year old self built mock-Barraki with Rahkshi feet for heads, with goofy, crudely sculpted Blutac facial features... Kinda like this! What weird things have you done with LEGO?

Back in 2007 when the Barraki were unveiled, my 10/11 year old self built mock-Barraki with Rahkshi feet for heads, with goofy, crudely sculpted Blutac facial features... Kinda like this! What weird things have you done with LEGO?

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.

 

www.sterlinghomecare.com/

 

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

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.

unexpected flip trick

Tried out a new 77mm ND1000 filter. As I was to lazy to go down to the beach, I shot it with my 70-200 lens that only takes 67mm filters, BluTac FTW

Danger Ted helped to clear up after the Spring Flower Show today, so someone made him a wee pal out of blue tack.

Photo © George Crawford.

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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: www.flickr.com/photos/matt_82/15719298424/

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. - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tau_Gamma_Phi

 

The logo is quite similar to the Trefoil Knot or the Valknut Symbols which I posted earlier - www.flickr.com/photos/61236172@N08/7175032260/in/photostr...

Este escenario es de lo mas simple pero da mucho juego. Ahí van los trucos:

 

Estructura: Las paredes son dos paneles de forexpan (sujetos con libros por detrás), un listón entre ellos para apoyar un segundo listón con el tul separador (sujeto al listón y a la cortina con agujas de tender)

Sobre el cabezal de la cama (que es un salvamanteles de los chinos) hay una caja transparente de peluca (sale en todos mis hospitales, me temo).

La cama es una caja de zapatos cubierta con una sábana vieja que ya tengo cortada a medida (también la usé para hacer el cojín)

El sofá es el de siempre pero enfundado en la manga de un jersei viejo y tensada por detrás con agujas de tender (benditas sean)

La papelera es de los chinos

La mesita de Joel es la estantería mini de Ikea

La lamparita blanca es de Casa o Natura (una de las dos)

La mesita de la sala de espera es una cajita con una bandejita de madera encima

La silla de Michelle es de Casa, para móviles

 

La gran innovación de este escenario es el gotero de Joel: un pececito que contenía salsa de soja que me vino con un pedido de comida china. Solo tuve que agujerear el tapón (con una aguja al rojo), meterle un cable viejo (de unos auriculares) y, para sellarlo y que no se saliera el agua, un poquito de blutac por dentro del tapón. Me casqué un dedo con el invento pero me encanta! Para colgarlo he usado un clip y una mini percha hasta el listón que sujeta el de la cortina, ya buscaré alguna foto donde se vea mejor ^ ^

 

one's not related to the other but it does stop me going out side and doing stuff ,,,,

   

keeping cool at home & loving espadrilles

(7/30 50mm Manual Month) I've had the idea in my head to make an image of a smoking pair of boots for a long time.

 

It's really wet and windy here so I just wanted proof of concept today really and I think it will make a good image with the right conditions.

 

I don't think the composition works here, but I was limited by space in my hall with the boots on my doorstep and of course the 50mm lens! I shall confess that I cropped the top out of this one slightly as I caught the piece of card attached to the flash I was holding in there, but this was the best shot of the smoke. Otherwise it is exactly as it was shot, no further editing.

 

The smoke is from incense sticks standing in my boots with blutac.

 

Strobist info: Two Yongnuo YN560s, first one on full power standing on the floor pointed right at the gap between the boots and the second one I hand held above and to the front at about 45 degrees with a piece of card under the flash to stop light spill onto the boots themselves.

 

I shall be doing this again, hopefully tomorrow if it isn't windy.

 

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Just playing with stop motion animation at camera club. Lots of fun.

Unflipped and cropped, the marble is resting on some blutac at the very edge of the lake.

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. - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tau_Gamma_Phi

 

The logo is quite similar to the Trefoil Knot or the Valknut Symbols which I posted earlier - www.flickr.com/photos/61236172@N08/7175032260/in/photostr...

I'm sticking some 6" x 4" prints onto a sheet of paper with blu-tac. I took these photos at the "Old Folks' Holiday Club" *earlier this week. See here.

 

Why are the photos upside down? Because I lay them on the paper the right way round and did the half nearest to me, then I turned the paper round to do the other half.

 

* The official title is "Super Stars" :)

Processed with Silver Efex Pro 2

 

Oxford, UK

First attempt at Module 6 of the 2012 DSLR Skills Course.

 

Greative lighting - using rear curtain flash on a moving subject.

 

I collected (pinched) a few ball bearings from my local car mechaninc (from knackered wheel bearings etc.) in the hope that they may "come in handy" for a photography project sometime and guess what - they have !!!

 

I placed a large sheet of black card on the kitchen worktop then arranged the balls in a triangle shape (snooker table style)

 

I setup my Nikon D7000 and 35mm lens on a tripod - focused manually using "live-view"

Set the on-camera flash to "rear curtain" and manual power of 1/16.

 

Natural light from kitchen window and overhead strip-lights.

 

The lens was set to F7.1 and exposure to BULB.

 

I also setup a short bit of card folded in half to form a "V" and rested one end on a large lump of blu-tac to form a ramp to roll another ball down and into the other bearings.

 

As I let the ball go I pressed the shutter button and once it had hit the other balls I released it - this then fired the flash.

 

This is actually the very first shot I tried using this setup and I'm very pleased with how it came out.....

 

The final exposure time was 1.3 seconds / F7.1 and ISO 100

 

Levels tweaked slightly in Camera RAW then converted to JPEG in CS5

My redesigned cockpit with 3 crew figures and turret ring in brass. Testing for size and the fit of the plasticard nose coaming. Once the cockpit was finalised it was filled with blutac, a coat of Copydex applied and then a canopy shaped lump of car body filler was cast in place. This was then filed, filled and sanded to shape to form a plug for a simple heat pulled canopy mould. Cue burnt fingers!

thanks to tom for this dog (in a box)

Trypophobia - Fear of cluster of holes, bumps, patterns, creases, indentations. For example, lotus seed pods, crumpets, cross section of bone marrow, coral reefs, honey combs, etc...

Trypophobia - Fear of cluster of holes, bumps, patterns, creases, indentations. For example, lotus seed pods, crumpets, cross section of bone marrow, coral reefs, honey combs, etc..

Gatling gun fitted to turret with blutac.

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.

"Well I once caused your cells to shimmer

And you once caused my cells to shimmer...

 

....in the darkened lonely corners

Where we place our drive-thru orders

And we go

all the night without love,

Without love."

- Elvis Perkins

  

Meet my work laptop. We're okay friends, but we'll never be BFFs. At 5 pm on a Friday, I found my fingers fashioning this heart out of a mound of blue tack, over and over again. I wasn't concerned about it. It helped the phone calls. They sounded like real messages, real people at real desks, fingers real busy.

 

Part of the 'Lovehearts Abounding In Nature' project.

Made from old not-quite user story cards and stuck to the back of the filing cabinet with blutac!

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