Deconstruct this.. 2011 Begins!
A semi-skeleton 3D model of the existing am/fm radio
Time for the first project post of the year, and there won’t be as many as in 2010, ill tell you why: This year the projects/briefs are larger in scope but fewer in total and this means ill be going a little more in depth with the detail, but will of course keep it clean and jargon free for you lovely readers!
From Dreams Come Reality
It’s amazing how life takes you down a path. You close doors, open others, and then sometimes, a few years later, the old door gets opened in a new way.
Back in my day, there weren’t many colleges that had 3D animation as part of a curriculum, and even fewer that had it as part of a BFA program. I sought out and went to Bowling Green State University in Ohio just for this reason. I got my BFA, went out into the world and made 3D my career. As my career went further, I did 3D less and less. I got burnt out and my fascinations turned to other things like photography. I guess my thinking was…why make pictures from my imagination when God has placed such beautiful things around me? Or as Maynard James Keenan wrote in the Tool song, Right In Two:
”Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability to lift an eye to heaven conscious of his fleeting time here.”
So, I embraced photography and it has opened my eyes to the world. But as I started shooting more IMPOSSIBLE Project stuff, I noticed there weren’t too many accessories for it. I wanted to use filters for my black and white work like I do in my Black and White film photography. I started putting IMPOSSIBLE film in other cameras to get this, but I missed shooting my SX-70.
I have a buddy (another 3D guy) that had an idea and he made it a reality by 3D printing it from Shapeways and it has taken off. His PoiseCam came into being only because of 3D printing. That got me thinking…what if I could make a filter holder for the SX-70 and brush off my 3D modeling skills and put them to use again for making something real?
And that’s what I did. I will blog more about the beginnings, the tools I used (all FREE!!) and the steps I took in later blogs, but for now I just want to share something that, not too long ago, was a thought…a sketch…a dream.
It’s my first working prototype of the Clip-It for SX-70, 3D printed at Shapeways.com. It’s a filter attachment that simply clips on the front of any SX-70 and you can slide in filters. Yellow filters, ND filters, Orange Filters, Red, Blue and others. Here it is:
It has a yellow filter that just slides into it and a yellow filter over the electronic eye that the SX-70 uses to make exposure. The cool thing is, you can take all of that off and put in other filters, use the filter over the eye, or not.
I’ve gone through a few prototypes and learned a lot. There is about a 2 week turnaround from Shapeways and their quality is really good. But it does mean that I have two weeks to wait to test out my ideas. But this time, it all worked out! I even had some early feedback from some AWESOME IMPOSSIBLE shooters based on a screen grab of my model, and now it’s here. A big thanks to everyone that told me what they wanted in this kind of product, it’s really helped expand what it does.
So, how does it work?
Well, for this example I put in a yellow filter and slapped in some PX100 UV+ in my Polaroid SX-70 Time Zero Autofocus Model 2 and made a sexy black and white shooting machine.
Since you can remove both filters, I wanted to shoot a shot with just the yellow filter over the lens. Since a yellow filter needs to be compensated 1 stop, I just slid my light/dark wheel over two notches (or 1 stop) and took this shot.
The chairs are a light blue in real life, so the yellow filter brightens them up and the spare bits of grass really stand out over the dirt and the overall image is a bit more contrasy than a standard PX100 shot.
Yellow filters also help with skin tones. I usually try to grace these pages with photos of my wife and my muse, but she was busy when I was going around doing test shots, so I just used my hand to show how softer skin tones get, but yet keep the contrast of the wrinkles in my hand. Once again I put the light/dark wheel 2 notches to light.
Having shown that the filter does indeed work on its own, I wanted to make sure you could slide on the “stalk” and cover the electronic eye to get the camera viewing the exposure the same as the lens. I set my exposure dead center and took the following shot.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the first results. It’s so easy to clip it on and off and shoot with. Having the option to cover the electronic eye makes shooting black and white so easy. But if you just wanted to shoot 600 or 680 film, you could just slip in an ND filter and not cover the eye. It’s exactly what I’ve been wanting.
And I’m happy I put the hood on it too. I initially put it on because I wanted to protect the filter, but then I evolved it into a true hood and I am glad I did. Even if I didn’t have a filter in, I have kept the Clip-It on, just to avoid sun flare.
There are MANY MANY steps still to take, but having a working prototype that I can actually use is just downright amazing to me. I am glad there are places like Shapeways that can help people bring their dreams to reality.
More to come soon, but for now, I can’t wait to go out and shoot some clouds!
As always, check out my latest on my Flickr page.
L’Aquila in 3D with Google SketchUp
Rebuilding L’Aquila in 3D with Google SketchUp http://bit.ly/fouzSi On April 6, 2009, a powerful earthquake struck l’Aquila, Italy
Discovery: Google SketchUp has swords
OMFG GUYS BEST DISCOVERY. I have the worst time trying to draw swords in perspective but I just discovered that Google SketchUp has a boatload of sword models you can download and then in the program move around and angle how you want.
THIS IS LIKE A SAVIOR FOR DRAWING SWORDS.
Ahem. Sorry. I’m excited.