The Campthing

Here are a few more from camping. (Click the images to see them larger) This was right as we were leaving. I got my camera set up right as we were about to leave to do a quick time-lapse of our camping spot. About three pictures into that, this thing appeared. I stopped the water from moving to focus the attention on the mirrored thing.

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Soon as a few of the wide shots snapped the glow above the object disappeared. A couple of minutes after it disappeared I got closer to get a few close-up shots. This is about as close to a selfie I’ll ever take. You can see my shadow in the reflection of the mirrored thing.

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In this one I was managed to catch the final camp chair and bags to be put away and the other two campers. After this, last time-lapse we took one of the last loads of stuff up to the car. By the time we got back from the car, the object was gone.

 

 

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More experiments with reflections, AE, and C4d.

 

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Smoke in the Vineyard

Last week I made my way to Eastern Washington to shoot some wine tasting notes. There was a general haze about everywhere we went. While looking for our next shot in a vineyard near Mattawa, another one of these orbs appeared. This was the only one I saw during the couple days over there, but it was reminiscent of the fires that were burning just over the horizon.

Click to view it larger
Click to view it larger

 

Here’s another look at the haze that was hanging over the landscape.

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(This was the first time that I’ve experimented with pyrocluster in Cinema 4d. It’s a little more difficult to control the size over lifetime than I anticipated, but that will leave something new for next time!)

 

Floating Oddity

I went camping with a couple friends last weekend. There were strange things floating all over. To the eye they looked like they were barely there if at all. Once you get them on camera and run the images through some treatments (see photoshop, after effects, & cinema 4d) these little strange things begin to take much stronger shape. I’ve only had the time to fully work up this one image so far, but more will follow.

Click the image to view it larger. May take a moment to load
Click the image to view it larger. May take a moment to load

This was pretty much just an excuse to practice building 3d environment maps from 360 panoramas.

Toilet Playtime

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Sometimes it’s good to switch things up a little. So today I wanted to see what I could shoot on the back of the toilet. So here is todays toilet toilet play time.

Bathroom Gaurdian

This fellow has been living on the back of the toilet longer than I’ve lived here. After so long, it only seems natural that it would be here to introduce it’s tank.

Tea-Bags

Everything was shot all in one spot, most everything involved is a vase of water, some tea bags, and some chia seeds. And this is the result.

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Camera, Tripod, Intervalometer, and lit with the bathroom heat lamp. Post was in Bridge, After Effects, and Photoshop.
Nothing like making the most of a little!

This Giant Teddy Drinks Way Too Much

Nothing like a drunk bear passed out in front of the toilet
Nothing like a drunk bear passed out in front of the toilet

I picked up this giant teddy bear about a week before Christmas for some recently engaged friends. Over the course of living together for that one week I was introduced to one of the wildest and most substance abusive stuffed animals that I’ve ever met.

This was from the night I found him in an ally. I made him have the beard soon as we got to my house.
This was from the night I found him in an ally. I made him have the beard soon as we got to my house.

I always though that just about anything and anyone could be easy to live with at least for a short time so long as you kept an understanding mind and open to new ideas. I now know that this is not the case.

The first couple of days went fine. We did normal friend things. I knew he wasn’t going to be hanging out for too long so I figured we should bond while we had the chance. Right on the bat we found that we liked to watch similar things on the television! Although for slightly different reasons.

We both love watching documentaries on the "Bear Food Network" (Animal Planet)
We both love watching documentaries on the “Bear Food Network” (Animal Planet)

Maybe it should have set off some alarms that something was amiss when I noticed how much Bear would drool as we watched this documentaries. I gave him the benefit of the doubt though. I just figured that he was hungry, and it’s only natural that watching animals would tug at his more primal urges.

The third night in Bear suggested that we do away with that television, and just have a fire in the backyard. It’s close to the middle of winter, but a Christmas bonding fire sounded like a fun idea. Nothing like being in the freezing cold and huddling near something warm(The fire, NOT bear).

Passing the bottle of Yukon
Passing the bottle of Yukon

This was the first time that I drank with Bear. This was also the last time that I drank with Bear. It was not however, the last time that I saw Bear drunk. It started off with good fun. We shared stories, found that we had been at some of the same parties, and we’re really having a great time. He had offered interesting commentary and had a funny introspective view on the stories that I told. The ones that he told we’re both funny and managed to be touching at the same time. I really felt like we we’re bonding. For a short while I was doubting the decision to give Bear away at Christmas.

Then things started to wind down for the night. For me.

Bear on the other hand, was just getting started.
Bear on the other hand, was just getting started.

Once the clock chimed 12 I figured it was about time to head to bed. (I had work in the morning) Soon as I proposed this to Bear, he told me to point the camera at him and started chugging liquor. At which point I, for the first time, met a different Bear then the one that I had gotten to know over the past couple of days. Suddenly he had wild eyes and was drinking like it was his lifeline. At this point I was trying to talk him down. I should have known better.

The neighbors security lights came on when he was peeing on their truck.
The neighbors security lights came on when he was peeing on their truck.

I was able to make apologies to the neighbors and drag Bear back to our house. Once I got him home, he was yammering about how he knew  a guy who could get some stuff. Not wanting to be a part of it and needing to sleep before work, I set him down on the couch and went to bed. About twenty minutes later I heard the front door slam. Figuring that Bear could make his own bad decisions, I rolled over and went to sleep.

About 3AM I woke up to this picture text from an unknown number.

I still don't know if Bear and his friend were messing around, or if he actually got arrested.
I still don’t know if Bear and his friend were messing around, or if he actually got arrested.

When I woke up, Bear was nowhere to be found. By the time I was off work, I was a little worried. I hadn’t heard anything from Bear. All I had heard since setting him on the couch was the picture of him maybe getting arrested. When I got home my worry instantly evaporated.

He was drunk and passed out on the couch like nothing ever happened.
He was drunk and passed out on the couch like nothing ever happened.

I tried to talk to Bear about what had happened the night before, but he just brushed me off and asked me to get him another beer from the fridge. This pretty much defined the rest of our relationship.

The holidays were rather hectic at work for me as I was having almost daily review cycles on a fully animated commercial, so I was working a lot of late nights. The next night I didn’t get home until about 10pm. Things would have gone so much better if I had worked an extra 15 minutes. It would have made all the difference. But, I got home at 10 and was greeted by this lovely sight.

My computer is forever unclean.
My computer is forever unclean.

The following night when I got home, Bear wasn’t anywhere to be seen. As much as I was growing to appreciate the peace and quiet, this also made me nervous. I didn’t know if I should be worried if Bear was okay, or for myself, that this was the quiet before the storm. As it turned out, you should never worry about Bear. Bear is always fine.

That takes us to the top photo. After getting off work, I went over to my parents for dinner. Then when I got home that’s what I came home to. It was quiet when I get there. Too Quiet. As messy as the bathroom was, what Bear had done in the kitchen was several times worse. Lord only knows what he was eating to make those colors come out.

The next day I thankfully handed Bear off to my dear and loving friends, and never before have I felt such a strong combination of guilt and relief over giving a gift. With my hands washed clean, I went home to begin cleaning and burning things in my home.

 

Click HERE to see this from Bear’s point of view and to see the few pictures that were just to bad to put up here!

 

(Yes Bear is based on a roommate I had a couple of years ago.)

The lovely people I live with

I love my roommate and his girlfriend. They always smile and run along with whatever every time I get a wild hair up my butt and want to make something!

 

Today's thing was coming out with me when I decided that I wanted to play with double exposures and masks RIGHT NOW!
Today’s thing was coming out with me when I decided that I wanted to play with double exposures and masks RIGHT NOW!

 

Jake even helps with the fill!
Jake even helps with the fill!

We just beat a huge thunder and lightning down pour as well!

As Time Passes

Keeping track of time is difficult. It feels like the last couple of months have gone by in just a couple of days.

This is what 4 hours at the beach looks like in one image. 120 photos into 1.
This is what 4 hours at the beach looks like in one image. 120 photos into 1.

I’ve been fond of time lapse for a long time, but I’m seeing so many other ways to portray the passing of time. As it becomes harder to keep track of time, it’s also becoming more interesting on how it can be portrayed.

Different sections of an evening at a fair. I stood in one spot with my camera for about 2..5 hours.
Different sections of an evening at a fair. I stood in one spot with my camera for about 2..5 hours.

I’m coming to the close of my first weekend in a couple months. After so much time of being so busy every day, I was looking forward to having time to relax. Turns out, I just get antsy and start working on things.

Bike Night @ Mill Creek

It’s been very busy lately. But amidst the general chaos of living in the 21st century, I’ve managed to built a couple projects. This is from a fun monthly event that has just taken on the name “Bike Night.” For 5 hours, on the first Friday of every month, the Mill Creek Skate Park goes from skateboards only, to bikes only.

 

If you’re interested in the music, it’s from Human Pyramids! It’s a fantastic 3 track demo that can be found right here!

 

 

The slow mo was shot on an Sony FS700, the time lapse on a Cannon 30d, and everything else on a Cannon 7d!
Editing was all done in Premiere Pro CS6 and the type was set in Illustrator.

Look for more fun stuff soon!

Three Climates – The Forest

Over the past few weeks I’ve managed to get out and about quite a bit. On these outings of work and play, I’ve managed to spend time hiking in the mountains, swimming on the coast, and walking through the flats of eastern Washington. So, starting with the forrest since that’s the closest to home. Here are the photos from said adventures!

This is the still mostly frozen Heather Lake. This is a panorama comprised of 43 separate photos!
This is the still mostly frozen Heather Lake. This is a panorama comprised of 43 separate photos! If you click though it you can see a lot of snow melt waterfalls.
Quite a few days in the mountains have been extremely foggy with the ground warming and thawing.
Quite a few days in the mountains have been extremely foggy with the ground warming and thawing.
15 1/4 second exposures of a river to make a .gif move!
15 1/4 second exposures of a river to make a .gif move!
And finally, out in the forest, if you keep your eyes open, maybe you can find the tree covered in signs of love
And finally, out in the forest, if you keep your eyes open, maybe you can find the tree covered in signs of love

Space Movers Infomercial!

This is a completely rebuilt version of the Space Movers animated .gif. I wanted to see how many different programs and thing I could integrate. The audio was just kind of plopped on there, mostly because I know very little about the audio side of things. That is my roommate Jake jake jake reading off the whole info panel as it slides by. And the song is K/Half Noise by Mum.

 

More motion stuff to come!

The programs involved were as follows,

After Effects CS6, Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, Premier Pro CS6, Hugin, Audition CS6, Flash CS6