The Reel Deal

And speaking of vintage technology…. with the lightbox setup already in place, I figured there were some other vintage tech items to photograph.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

I’d recently purchased a 16mm film reel from Urban Ore as a prop. So I tried a few of the yellow/blue polarizing filter shtick like with the cassettes.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

The effect isn’t as dramatic, because there isn’t enough of the clear plastic to do the rainbow effect. But I did like the general hues given the background.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

I also really like the plain pattern of the film with the backlight peeking through and the slight curve of the lines.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

I also had a good time playing around with the film leader.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

Unfortunately, my light table is too small to show the entire reel.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

Dropping a color gel behind the setup added a bit of drama.

16mm Movie Reel

Looking at some of these, I thought they might work well as book covers, so I made up a simple mock book jacket as a sample of how I think these images could be used.

California is Full of Beans!

Warning: This post actually has nothing really to do with Silicon Valley!

Outline of the State of California (Michael Halberstadt)

Some time ago I ordered some cookie cutters with the intention of making some stock photo artwork. The idea was to shape other objects into the shape of states.  I had a list of things I thought would make for a cool juxtaposition, but not all really worked as planned.  My studio lighting setup is less than ideal, and our studio is a bit of a mess much of the time, which also kept me from finishing up this idea.

Recently my studio mate needed to darken our windows for one of his projects and it so happened that I just got an LED video light. So “painting with light” seemed like a good way to approach this subject.  If you aren’t familiar with the concept, you can take a long exposure and move a constant light source around your object for a unique result. I’m pretty happy with the lighting, though I hadn’t factored in the reflections from the metallic sides.

What did seem to work easily were a few agricultural products that fit nicely in the state frames. I poured a few different types of beans with varying success- coffee and pinto seemed to work best.

I have a list of other ideas what to stuff to frame up in the shape of California, and other geographic boundaries. But until you see them here, I’m gonna keep ’em secret.