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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.

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.

 

Camera Set For Tungston Light.

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

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.

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!

I've never tried super macro before, this was new to me!

 

I simply attached my 50mm 1.8 lens (with aperture held open with blutac) backwards, to my 105mm MACRO lens.

 

I then shone a torch at a bug and snapped at a ⅓ of a second.

 

Magic.

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

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

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/

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

unexpected flip trick

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!)

This month Lugnuts has a "Lemons or LeMans" challenge.

 

Initially I wanted to build a lemon, such as the Tucker Torpedo, Chevrolet Corvair or Delorean or even a second Edsel, but none of these ideas really got me excited, as I feel I have been building too many cars that are too similar lately. I'm no fan of race cars in general, but I started looking into Le Mans racers, hoping to find a challenge there. As you can see, I've made my choice.

 

The Porsche 935 was a racing version of the famous Porsche 911 and between 1976 and 1982 almost completely dominated its racing class. The example I'm building is the Sachs Porsche, which went on to become first in its class and fifth overall at the 1980 Le Mans race.

 

Obviously there is a lot I still need to do. The rear of the car is completely unfinished, but when done will have a large spoiler. It is a race car, so it won't have much of an interior, but I do want to have some interior details and I want to spend some time on making the engine look good. Finally I will have to make a fair few stickers with race numbers and various sponsor names.

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

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.

FINAL PIECE

 

acrylic paint, collaged butterflies reproduced in various sizes, pins, candle wax, tissue, blutac and fairylights

120 x 100 cm

Time keeps on slipping: 27 identical photocopies (presented blutac’d to wall), 1188 x 1470mm, 2016

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/

all this cycling's killing me. it's the hills

One of our students makes a different model out of blutac everyday - this little robot is fully articulated, and was so cute I had to photography him for my '11th hour' photoblog

Date: 03/09/2012

 

Theme: Kneadable

 

Materials used: BluTac, Needle

 

Techniques: Needle used to shape detailed sections. The rest was molded by hand.

 

Difficulties that arose: Handling the object became a difficulty as it started to lose it's detail everytime I'd move it or transport it somewhere, so I needed to retouch it again. I had to attach another piece of blu tac to the back so that it would be stable.

 

A problem also arose from this as the blu tac stand would get in the background of the photo and I would need to move the camera in order to place the trunk infront of the stand, blocking it from sight.

 

At first I had the tree infront of a solid white background, but when I looked back on the pictures the shots looked plain. Although the tree was in high detail and well photographed, the background was lacking and looked dull.

 

Also, with the camera that was available to me, it was difficult to get close up shots without the tree blurring, which was a let down because the tree had a very high level of detail.

I have been forced out of my comfort zone and will be doing a wedding on Friday so I thought I would practice an old favourite. No flash here but a spotlight in the right top corner that gave me the shadow I needed. All I need now is the Brides wedding ring instead of this old timer. Must try and do something about the very thin pages of the Bible and the text of the previous page showing through.

If you try it, use a small bit of Blutac on the bottom of the ring to keep it in place.

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.

a little messy yes. I hoard.

the blutac penguin enjoys it's natural habitat

(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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..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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RAWR! Here is Nessy.

Another 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 F5.6 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 second / F5.6 and ISO 100

 

Levels tweaked slightly (and desaturated) in Camera RAW then converted to JPEG and cropped in CS5

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

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