It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything. Not sure if anyone will actually read any of this. I’ve been trying to get out and take photos each weekend. Mostly it’s been around where I live and the small patch of forest we have here. But each time I go out I have a goal of not taking too many photos, but rather take a few which say something. To get a mental thought behind the photo.
When you walk around in the forest you will notice there are paths everywhere. Some are man made and some are animal trails. I find them mystical, especially when I stumble upone a trail which is in a thick pine forest and you don’t actually see much of current activity. Where does it lead? when did the first building blocks of this trail began?
I don’t want answers, but I like asking the questions.
When spring comes there is a very special type of light that shines through the canopy. It really does becomes very cheesy… “the light comes from above”
But it doesn’t feel cheesy after a few hours in the forest, it feels liberating that finally the spring is here and soon life will flourish again. It always makes me happy.
When the forest is too thick, the branches on the lower levels of the trees dries up. Even though it not good for the tree, it creates this awesome effect of a medieval weapon of some kind (bizarre I know..). They are so spiky that it hurts just looking at them.
I tried to capture it, but I need better practice and a even more evil tree.
I hope I can remember to write something next week again for my next photo session.
Summer and rain offers a opportunity to take some nice bokeh photos. This one is from last year, but now that I have my vacation… I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of rain and opportunities.
Taken with my D70
Just a quick test with yafaray, might render out a animated sequence.
The high humidity and cold weather has created some beautiful scenery around us. I’m glad I brought the camera yesterday morning.
Don’t know why.. but I really like this photo of me and Elvira. She always want’s to sit on my shoulders.
I can never stress enough the importance of getting references. A lot of times in my work when I encounter people who doesn't have that much of experience they often start working without checking references enough. And sometimes they even tell me that they have done a internet search, which basically means that they have downloaded three images and used one as a texture.
So here comes a little check list.
- Download at least 50 images for each item
- Put them into category of a style or an era
- Check with the supervisor which of the images that he/she likes
- Download more images that resembles the once that were chosen
- pick 5 favorites
- draw some thumbnails of specific features
- draw basic volumes of the item
- print out some of them and draw on top of the paper (don't do that in photoshop)
The reason I like to draw on paper is because you get a feel for the item without using a computer. You brain starts to connect the dots and you in a way solve a lot of problems before you start modeling.
If you are doing some modeling on your own just for the sake of it, you should follow the same list but add a few check points.
- Who owns this item?
- What is the story behind all the features on the item
- What's the story behind the item itself
If you follow these steps you will end up with a much greater design than what you would if you were only doing everything without references. You can do these steps also with texturing, or rather "you should do these steps with texturing".
I'm attaching an image to this little 'article', it's a work in progress that I'm doing in my spare time (for my shortfilm).
It's an old TV which the person who owns it didn't have money to upgrade it. But he did upgrade it himself, he made it a stereo tv (even though it only outputs mono sound).
I did my research here with the TV and the speakers. But rushed away with the furniture that it sits on. So you can clearly see that the TV furniture isn't as well thought of as the rest, so I need to redo that one. But it's a good example what happens when you don't follow the steps. And that you need to keep reminding yourself that you SHOULD FOLLOW THE STEPS!! I need to do that all the time.
all the best
This photo was taken 1922 . The 4th student from the right (back row) is my grandmother Asta Andersson (maiden name “Nilsson”). She was born 1914 and died 1998. It’s amazing to look at these old photos and see them as children. She was a fun and loving person, and unfortantly she had a stroke 8 years before she died, and that changed her personality. So for me my grandmother died 18 years ago.
She loved to bake and was always giving us kids candy or cinnamon buns… and for some reason she was hooked on M&M’s…