Posts tagged: Statue/Figurine

Picture of the week – Sleeping

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By , May 14, 2010 8:31 am



Sleeping

Originally uploaded by idarknight

Well, this is from the same series that I shot about a month ago and it seems that in my quest to find something more long term… things are sleeping. Hopefully however, they will emerge from this gestational period to become something great. I know my PhD activity certainly seems to be moving in that direction.

Picture of the Week – A very little something

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By , April 30, 2010 8:29 am



A very little something

Originally uploaded by idarknight

This week, I felt very much like Pooh – very little brain, content, but not really getting any further than I was before. But I should try to keep one of the Bear’s most precious traits, nothing seems to get Pooh down. I’m sure things are going to get better with my search and this past week I made some contacts that might very well bear some fruit and if nothing else, like Pooh, helping others ultimately helps one’s self.

Today, after another long run (thankfully the sleet that was predicted hasn’t come – we have bright blue skies instead), I might try to get out to the Muttart Conservatory and take some shots there – surprisingly for the first time.

Picture of the Week – Not bouncing time

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By , April 23, 2010 10:03 am



Not bouncing time

Originally uploaded by idarknight

Well I finally got around to shooting this lamp, and at that not until this morning. It seems that with all sorts of time, everything else seems to flood in to fill the void awful quick.

If you take a look at the Flickr stream, you’ll see what Tigger is looking at and why it’s not time to bounce. This seems to be good advice for me right now as well. I seem to be sharing quite a bit with ‘ol bouncy pants.

First, it seems like I’m the only one of “me” out there and as I’m applying for positions, that becomes more and more obvious. This can be good or bad, but it seems like it might be good at least in the short term. Second, it seems like there is a little something that is resting now, but that could grow into something quite amazing. I just have to wait for it to wake up and then make sure I’m there when it needs to be able to take flight.

Photographically, I shot this series in an improved light box with two flashes, and umbrella and my trusty secret light background material. I played around with some really small apertures and they did nicely show some detail and they did indeed get a massive DOF, but I liked the wide open shots better. They also didn’t show just how dusty my sensor has gotten – time to clean I guess.

Picture of the Week – Angel of Christmas

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By , December 24, 2009 9:27 am



Angel of Christmas

Originally uploaded by idarknight

Well, I don’t think I’ll be able to get to the computer tomorrow morning – being Bug’s first Christmas after all – so I’m posting early. I really like the mix of madness and serenity in this shot. It really does seem fitting for the season.

I had to take this shot leaning over the ropes so it was completely a mind’s eye composition. I knew what I should get in frame and where everything should turn out and for the most part I got it. I think I took three shots of this and this might have needed some cropping to get
just right”. What getting this shot suggests to me, is that if you know what you want, and how to get it you’ve done more than half the work. If you know what your camera will give you under the conditions you’ve done just under half the work. The remainder is hitting the shutter and the little bits of post production to get it ready.

Picture of the Week – Party Animal

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By , December 18, 2009 8:50 am



Party Animal

Originally uploaded by idarknight

This was certainly one of the stranger displays at the Festival of Trees this year, and I didn’t think I’d be able to frame it in such a way as to tell a story. But I think I got. It’s supposed to be an ostrich in full ball regalia and if you look at the whole statuette, it actually looks rather odd. But like this, it could be a mask that is waiting for someone to pick up and wear to the ball. Of course, if you have the inclination to wear masks to balls, you might have an ostrich stand to put things on while you get ready.

Outside of the story, I really like the colors and the contrast in this shot. The bokeh is pretty good as well. Shooting low light makes me long for a full frame body so I can get that bokeh with much less distance, but one has to make do with the tools in hand.

Finally, Apple has released the update to the OSX Camera Raw that Aperture and iPhoto use and the 7D is now supported. If Santa is reading this, check the list, I think I’ve been a good boy this year 🙂

Picture of the Week – Winter Fun I

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By , December 11, 2009 8:58 am



Winter Fun I

Originally uploaded by idarknight

Well this week has seen the city in a deep freeze and because of it, many people have been inside. But as it warms into the negative teens and with the amount of snow out there on the ground, I’m sure that there are going to be a number of rosy cheeked youngsters who are going to be out there building snow things.

Photo wise, this was from a set I wanted to be sure to have a deep DOF so that I got as much of the face in focus as possible, but with the way things went, I managed to almost get it. The noses were missed. But even with the miss, it seems that the result is still pleasing.

Picture of the Week – Yukon Comes Home

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By , December 4, 2009 9:09 am



Yukon Comes Home

Originally uploaded by idarknight

Well, winter in Edmonton was inevitable, so I thought this shot from the Festival of Trees was fitting for today. After all, Yukon did make his way through some of the most fierce weather to help out Rudolph. I was holding Bug while I was taking these shots, so I was shooting more or less blind (using the focus points to compose), relying on a fair bit of guessing and chimping. I’m not that happy with the colors, but that’s what there was on the cake and shooting at 800 does tend to force some compromise.

A hat tip to the artists who made the cakes and houses.

Picture of the Week – ‘bell

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By , November 27, 2009 8:52 am



‘bell

Originally uploaded by idarknight

Our tree has a Tink Tree topper and Bug’s first ornament is this Tinkerbell. Bug, just like many other babies of her age is enjoying getting into everything, just like Tink. This was taken in a series of other macro shots where instead of trying to get a razor thin DOF as I usually do using large apertures, this time I stopped down. One of the issues that I had with this in the past was being able to get enough light. This has been remedied quite handily by the reflector card and wide angle screen on the 580exII, especially when you step up the power.

Using the flash, I was able to get almost the image that I wanted. I got the subject and the background that looks like a light tree with some nice bokeh. But there is some significant shadow, which if I used my second flash as a slave I could have dealt with, but then I might have flooded out the background. If I get a chance, I am going to do this shot the same way, but on the tripod with a long exposure and see what the difference turns out to be.

Picture of the Week – Tender Story

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By , November 13, 2009 8:56 am



Tender Story

Originally uploaded by idarknight

Well, Remembrance Day has passed, so that means that Christmas is officially allowed to start at the house. Last night we picked up a new wreath, but we don’t have our tree up yet. Last year we were waiting for Bug to arrive, not knowing what sort of adventure we’d be in for. I think we picked this ornament up for her. It seems that more than anything else, Christmas trees (at least for us) have become ways of remembering times and places to be thankful for. Almost all our ornaments have a story behind them. So this is all fine and dandy, but what does that have to do with the photography of it?

Well, photos tell stories, and while I was using this shot to play with multiple flashes a year ago, I also tried to get the reflection of the trio in one of the bulbs. I tried to make it really obvious that there was a reflection at first, but with the flash setup I had at the time, the light was too harsh. Now I might very well be able to do a better job with a reflector umbrella and another year of experience.

So I pulled this shot out of the archives to take another look at it and to see where I’ve grown.

Picture of the Week – Vampire Mickey – Home Coming

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By , November 6, 2009 7:45 am

This isn’t so much about the picture, but rather the setup. This was the first time that I’d carved up a pumpkin to include “glow zones”. I wanted to do some 3D sculpting as well, but the skin wasn’t thick enough.

Photographic wise, I wanted to find a way to show the glow and actually play with the fact that the pumpkin was a lantern. It worked out pretty good I’d think.

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