My Science Fiction Favourite

After last month’s scary movie theme, it’ s finally arrived.. sci fi ! By far my favourite of all the movie genres.

The Crossing over of Genres

Science fiction, often called “sci-fi”, is a genre of fiction literature where the content of imagination can be explored based on science.

The choice is endless with a lifetime of favourites. So many sci-fi classics ‘criss-cross’ several genres, it’s sometimes hard to nail down the specifics. Take Alien for example, is it sci-fi or horror? Or Blade Runner, is it sci-fi or film noir?

Alien Chase

Check out this definition

According to Wikipedia “Science fiction (or sci-fi) is a film genre that uses speculative, fictional, science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar travel or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition.”

Star Wars

All of which sounds a lot like the big one…
Star Wars!
Star Wars is ‘technically’ an action-adventure fantasy film series, and perhaps it needs its own genre: science fantasy. For me, it will always be connected to the sci-fi world and is by far my biggest influence in toy photography. I couldn’t miss this opportunity to share some of my favourite Star Wars-themed shots.

And I thought they smelled bad…on the outside!

In conclusion, science fiction is a genre of imagination, innovation, and full of possibilities for the future of mankind and the universe in a way that is not only realistic but imaginative.

What’s your favourite sci-fi film? Let’s see what shots you can come up with this month. Don’t forget to tag your images with #sipgoestt_scifi and #sipgoestt

Englishmen in New York

Aliens

As part of the annual spring cleaning and preparing myself for the summer ahead I brought my body in to my local favorite store for a thorough sensor cleansing ahead of May Fourth.

After a good twelve minutes I got the verdict my body was too dirty and needed attention of the mother ship.

The Death Star …
Ouch.

Luckily I was close to the mother ship and was able to leave the body for a complete clean and check up session but was not mentally prepared to hear it would take a good two (or three weeks) to get the body rejuvenated by the friendly Stormtrooper on duty.

I keep my fingers crossed the friendly Trooper on the other side of the counter will do everything possible so I get it back before the photoshoot planned in two weeks from now.

That said, getting a mental break from being *forced* to shoot *new* and have the opportunity to revisit some of my older shoots, clean up and redefine my workflow and spend some quality time with Lightroom Five and  Epson 3880 may give a refreshing view here …

On the way back home, I felt very naked having to leave my body of choice behind and Sting was blasting from the speakers … An Englishmen in New York

Sometimes I feel like Sting or Crisp and feel like a legal alien here in Stockholm.

So what better as revisiting these shoots from our Alien friends who came in peace in 2012 …

Did you have your body checked recently ?

Me2

Footnotes to self:

Day 13 in my personal challenge  (and this is on old repost from 2012)

As always, stay tuned and leave your view in the comments below or on your social platform of choice … 

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 …

Insufferable Arrogance

“The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages.”  Cyrano de Bergerac

In our supreme arrogance we may also think we are alone in the universe, we are the only ones pursuing a particular dream or that we alone have the answers; I am not that person. I know I am only one piece of the puzzle as I strive to find my place. I want to create that which will compliment and expand the human experience.

 – xxsjc