The Incinerator

Ryan and I took some more pics last night for my new photo project, diverging from the floating and flying and opting for more Hitchcock-esque scenes.

Ryan modeled for me but drew the line at going into the incinerator.  Something about the whole being Jewish and not wanting to climb into a chamber for fire.  I understood.

Here’s a taste of what we did, I will be posting all of the new photos to PiczarPhoto today.  I promise (or at least I’ll do my best haha)

There are a few more still and I’ve got tons more to take before I’m finished with this project.  I absolutely live for comments and critiques so have at it.  Thanks friends.

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Not Really Duality But…

[Update…ish] People in my photo class really liked the pics 🙂  Even though it doesn’t fit my idea of duality.  They said I don’t have to be so strict with how I construct a photo. 🙂

So we had the idea but it didn’t really come to fruition.  Still we had a fun time taking pics!  Thanks guys for letting me blind you with 2300 watts of light for so long.  I need a set though.  Ryan reminded me we have a garage.

So, I think I’m going to turn our garage into a photo studio.  Thoughts?  It would be perfect!  Just need to get a background stand that can hold like a 10×10 or 10×20 canvas of white or black.  Black is what I wanted tonight.  I really need to get that set up.

Here are some random shots.  No photoshopping yet cause… I need to be sleeping.  Again, I am not sure I will be able to use these on this project; I’m just so torn as what to do for it.  Argh!  Why does this have to be my final project that I go blank on?

Now I give you the pictures from the shoot.  Plus one of Micheal in front of the setup and then one of my bedroom right now.  I should be asleep but it’s those damn light lines from my blinds that got me to post this!  You’ll see 🙂  Click the pics to enlarge and navigate through the shoot.


So I did a really quick mockup of what Private could look like.  Seriously, I popped off two shots and ran out so I could make it in time for dinner at Kaldi’s where I am now. 🙂  Love their veggie panini.

Anyways, here goes my thoughts for Private.


And fuck me running, I forgot to do one of the tub.  Grrr.  I’ll do that when I get home.  I think Ryan and I are going to raid a few public restrooms tonight, if we can handle the stormy weather.

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Wine and Cheese Bistro Photoshoot

I did a photoshoot today at the Wine and Cheese Bistro featuring Chef Cyr and his dish, Seared Scallop with Spring Asparagus and Apple Cider Country Ham Vinaigrette.  Yes, quite the mouthful.

Micheal and I went to the Wine and Cheese Bistro a few weeks ago and were definitely not impressed.  We had a good time but the salad was weak and the cheese tray a disappointment.  I guess we just ordered the wrong things because the dish that Chef Cyr delivered to the table today was beautiful and if it tasted as good as it smelled, incredible.

The lighting in there wasn’t so great.  Was hoping to use the “natural” light in the restaurant but had a sneaky suspicion that I wasn’t going to get that option.  The combination of overhead, low wattage incandescent lights with the green tinted sunlight streaming in the windows… yuck.  Green faces and orange foreheads.

Here’s what I had taking a shot of the area before adding my lights.


Then, we turn on the left light and see what that looks like.  It is a 650w light bouncing off a white light screen.


Let’s try the right light.  It’s a 1000w light shining through a softbox to diffuse the light.


Put them together and this is what you get!  1650 watts of lighting power!  Muhahahaha!!!


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So here are a few shots of the dish and Chef Cyr.  He was a fantastic sport getting his picture taken.

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I had a fun time taking the pictures and he was fun to talk to while I did the portraits.  I wish I had another softbox so I could close the aperture a little more to decrease the depth of field but, oh well.  Sure looks a lot better than what I started out with!  Just goes to show the necessity of good lighting.

Oh, and that I’m a huge nerd… 😉

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My New Lights

I made some cool photography goodness tonight.  I have the stuff to make another set, but just ran out of time.  But basically I turned <$100 in cash into >$1200 of lighting equipment.

My DIY Light Ring

My DIY Softbox

Not bad considering the price and that I did it without that whole making a plan thing, just ran to Lowes right before it closed and the wonderful people there helped me get the stuff I was going to need.  I way over bought and actually am going to be able to return stuff and get money back tomorrow.  How awesome!