Category: Lighting

2 Placemats and a Cheese Grater

Coolest GizmoA bit of sleight-of-hand, a little illusion, these assignments have stretched my imagination…and that’s a good thing! The assignment was to SHOOT THE COOLEST ELECTRONIC GIZMO EVER MADE – so I picked a PC board. Got this crazy idea to make it look the opening scene in the first Stars Wars movie . Do you remember the deep rumbling throughout the theater and then you saw a spaceship pass overhead? So I wanted this Stars Wars cruiser feel with stars in the background, etc.

Didn’t happen.

The making of ....behind the scenes.

Instead I managed to make a cool composite that focuses your attention on the chip – the brain inside most of our electronic devices. This board was shot upside down. Those are 2 placemats and 1 cheese grater to make the background.

Imagine this as a double page ad shot to also be used in a brochure. That means the image will be big…
Never in a million years did I think I could pull something off like this.  Today I feel I’m just a little bit better than yesterday.

That’s all we can ask for.

#project52pros #upsidedown #microchip #nofear

Just a Little Rusty

The bathroom door squeak can sound rather intense in the middle of the night.  Nothing a little can of WD40 can’t fix.  (side note:  not easily found for a reasonable price) Little did I know I’d be wanting to use same on my brain later today.

Reluctant portrait volunteer.As I was dusting the shelves, the light visible coating on my lenses jolted me. It had been over a month since I photographed with a purpose.  So tonight before dinner, sensing my dismay, M suggested we go out for a shoot.  Why not?  Many of the details in becoming an official French resident were almost complete.

The goal was to use existing street  and window illumination for the images…and attempt to consistently set a correct white balance as we moved to new locations.


Well we were both reluctant subjects…but well …we were all we had.

Looking for the light, juiced me up but all my images of M were rather the same – nicely composed but still in the “box”.   So I’m just a little rusty.


I was quite taken by the one of me that was a “mistake”.

What do you think?

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