Total Meltdown

Total Meltdown

When Shelly opened up the pandora box of where do you want to take your editing I felt the complete scala of rainbow colors (and beyond) passing by and was actually pretty close to a total meltdown experience.

The question is maybe too large to answer in our life time but it is still a question we have to ask ourselves and is for sure part of every photographers inner monologue and will pop up here once in a while at #stuckinplastic (and we even may find its own #hashtag for it).

When IG (instagram for those of you who are not into acronyms) took filtering and direct feel good snapshots to the next level on the iPhone, we actually took the quick snapshots into the next level and added some magic to it that was previously only reserved to the inner crowd.

And that is great, and we should embrace it, explore it, extend it, use it, filter the heck out of it ….

Now, at the same time it is actually just that, taking your picture to the next level.
It is liberating the inner beauty of what is already there.
It is extrapolating it, magnifying, making it more visible.
But it can only do as much with the RAW (pun intended) material we present it.
A bad composition will not turn into a masterpiece because we apply a Hefe (not the beer, the filter) or a Lord Kelvin to it.

And sometimes we will push a good composition and well lit balance over the edge and ruin the experience with post processing and filters.

I love HDR (especially the kind that takes a tripod, a golden hour, 3 exposures and some heavy post processing in the studio and when you post it no one actually thinks it’s HDR and just loves the scene), I love filters, I love artificial lightening, I love cleanup as ultimately the picture needs to be telling the story, be magic, pulling you in, regardless of the tools used …

Now at the same time I love a low ISO, an f stop that gives me a bokeh I cannot artificially recreate and glass that allows me to blow up my pictures full frame without the need to crop (you know the whole macro discussion) and deep down I believe in craft to reach art …

So, will we discuss “technique” here on #stuckinplastic ?

Yes, for sure (unless you tell us to shut up and tell us you only want the pictures).

So whenever it make sense or Shelly decides to open up the box of magic we may be taking a deep dive in filters and techniques …

Let us know in the comments below what you think about “post processing” …

Totally M.

Pink

Pink

Here is a quick #selfie of Pink, our makeup artist who did a great job in keeping our crew and actors alike animated and refreshed during the shoot. Not only with her make up brushes, but also with her great voice.

Her favorite song yesterday on the set was the old time classic of Meridith Brooks

I’m a bitch,
I’m a lover,
I’m a child,
I’m a mother,
I’m a sinner,
I’m a saint,
and I do not feel ashamed.
I’m your hell,
I’m your dream,
I’m nothing in between.
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way.

And that is true, we wouldn’t want Pink any other way !

Spring is in the air …

Hyacinthus

While a fresh rainy snowstorm here in the Stockholm Archipelago canned the plans of an early morning spring shoot on location, we decided to stay inside and turn things yellow in The Studio this morning.

While the crew turned all their energy in setting up The Studio for what is going to be on of the first bigger projects here on #stuckinplastic we found Dorky exploring the fresh Hyacintus we had standing in the green room.

Bigger project ?

Yes indeed, Shelly and I had a great long distance working session last evening where we laid out the foundation of our first big project and the crazy thing was that we were actually already both working on our own on a very similar idea.

I am not going into the details yet, but it involves two individual art projects coming together between Seattle and Stockholm including Lego, Pictures and some great Fun …

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Alea iacta est …

While Shelly is exploring her creative inner self with new powerful filters on instagram, this side of the pond was extremely busy today with slightly more down to earth artistic errands like creating and submitting a portfolio for the entrance exam with the grand jury at Fotografiska in Stockholm for their autumn group exposition, called Höstsalongen.

Having the graphical systems back up and running to get access to all the digital raw data did help in getting the job done a few hours before closing time …

Now the big wait has started to see if the grand jury will accept some of the selected works.

Fingers crossed while we keep watch over Hill 937 … 

Houston …

Houston, we have a problem …

It is not the first time we encounter a challenge in one of our adventures.
And most of the times it is just that.
An issue, a challenge, a something to overcome, a window of opportunity and almost never it turns into a problem (even when we ran out of fuel and had to make an emergency break on asteroid 99942 also known as Apophis we never really talked about a problem, we merely created great conversation for the latest edition of the hitchhikers guide of our galaxy).

Now, when the hard disks here in The Studio stopped spinning last Wednesday, and our main graphic systems went in a full meltdown we showed some signs of anxiety.

Would our backup strategy hold up, as it was a long time ago (read never) since we actually put the whole system under a disaster recovery test and now we were experiencing the real thing …

When calling in the genius support troops they confirmed the hard disks were the single point of failure and needed to be swopped out (ouch).

We took the deep dive and with a straight face informed them to go ahead as we had full backups at hand both on site and in the cloud.  So a few hours later our main graphic system restarted and welcomed us with a fresh image asking to install from scratch or recover from a backup.

With sweaty hands (remember that first wedding shoot ?) we clicked the restore option and selected the last successful backup and the recovery process started …

A good night sleep later, and we were welcomed with the smell of fresh coffee and a fully restored graphic system.

So, while Houston did not need to come to the rescue, disaster can strike and the last thing you want is that your digital images are lost for ever or your lightroom catalogue has gone to the digital happy hunting grounds …

Do take a second to see how you make sure you have a digital copy of your images save for future generations to come.

Houston, over and out …

Gandalf …

The last few days we have been deep down in strategy discussions with Darth and team on how to take Deathstar Inc. to the next level. And while I cannot go into all the details here on the different color codes of the strategic Deathstar levels (his favorite color is white) we did touch on #stuckinplastic and a possible art exhibition in the board room of Deathstar Inc. in the coming months.



Gandalf™

While I took quite some pictures of the team exploring the dungeons of the Deathstar (I will post some other later as they really connect with Shelly fundamental truth on the need for exploration) I love the facial expression of Gandalf (who joined the team last minute to advice the bcg dudes) when he explored the force field in lower dungeons …

Time to get back to the break out sessions …

Ketchup™

Ketchup™.
The final frontier.

Like Shelly mentioned we are having a great bumpy start here with getting things rolling. Now do read on, as things are not as bad as they may seem from the outside but we have to get our NDA out and about …

Aye, NDA or Non Disclosure Agreements (and so not the DNA aka Deoxyribonucleic acid stuff we all have inside us) as Darth, Vasa and M all need to agree to be mentioned here on #stuckinplastic before we can share the stories with you …

I had a great time in coaching M with all his go lives the last few weeks and his debute around the globe has been pretty successful yet we did not secure an official go from the HQ to show you the behind the scene pictures so I can only recommend “another” great M ovie .

Darth on the other side, really loved the project and was all for in getting us up and rolling as long as we made sure we took some green tea along next time we visit the Death Star … (note to self to pass by Harrods before traveling back to the DS)’

As I mentioned to Lady S. I will keep you all up to date on the progress (or lack there of) of Sir D. and his green tea …

Me2

The very first post …

I have gotten the honour of posting the very first post here in our new brick log on stuckinplastic.com and what else is better suited as a picture of Shelly landing in a far away destination ruled by Vikings from the North to kick these amazing adventures off …

Now, do stay tuned while we get the bits and pieces of the whole brick log worked out for you, but we (read me) are pretty proud we managed to get this very first post out without harming any bricks in the process.

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