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The Ice Blazer

Ice Blazer Zoid

Wolves reside in many different places. Some live in forests. Some live in zoos. Still others linger upon ruined worlds orbiting distant, dying stars.

You guessed it: this is yet another exploration of Strobist techniques. I’ve uploaded a picture to help explain the setup. A gobo’d flash at camera left spills light through a red gel and across a mat board background. Overhead, a gridded flash (the key light) fires through a CTO gel down onto the scene while another flash at camera right fires through a purple gel and folded snoot to further define the edges of the model. To give the illusion of soil, I sprinkled railroad modeling turf over parts of the scene. The background scenery is constructed of mat board scraps and discarded 35mm film canisters.

Update: After reviewing the original for a time, I decided to reshoot the picture. In this revision, I’ve strengthened the key light and reduced the power of the light on camera right. This eliminates the shadow stretching away from the latter light and better defines the detail across the top of the Zoid.

It’s Cupcake Time!

Calliope celebrates her birthday with Huckleberry and a balloon!

Did you remember? Yesterday was Calliope’s Birthday!

(Special thanks to Dornick for the cupcake idea.)

Aperture Siren



The Gyre

Outlaw Cat Fishes With The Stars

Outlaw Cat sits atop his hijacked villa and fishes using stars as bait!

Good friends Kate & Sam recently sent me a little surprise in the form of an Outlaw Cat figurine — along with some small pieces of their excellent rendition of Lost Dzimba. Since both the figurine and the buildings were of the same scale, I was compelled to combine them, leverage my newly acquired Strobist skills, and take the picture above.

(For the curious: here’s a quick shot of the setup. White balance was set to daylight. Two flashes gelled with CTO (full and half) were firing from camera left. One was bounced, and the other snooted to provide a directional light down and across the scene. To highlight the star at the end of the fishing pole, I held a flashlight against a flash grid and directed the light just over the star’s face.)

Throwing Muses – Not Too Soon

Like Merlin Mann, I am a fan of Not Too Soon by Throwing Muses (though perhaps not to quite the same extremes…). A great song by an excellent band.

Calliope’s Book Posters

Calliope's Book Posters

This is how the “Calliope’s Book: Speed + Time” and “Calliope’s Book: Stop + Rest” posters look when printed.

The color, print, and paper quality are terrific, deviantART did a nice job packaging them for shipping, and you’ll note that Calliope now possesses all of her many, many knees.

They work well together, don’t you think?

(I’m seriously considering ordering some 20″ x 30″ versions — just to see how they’d look. At that scale, the print quality should still be above 300dpi.)