This project was a lot of fun. I wanted to simulate painting, and to give the work itself some say in the way things would go. After a lot of experimenting with various techniques, I decided to work with boid particles, and dynamic paint using particle systems to generate brush strokes.
The boids needed some motivation in order to achieve the sort of aesthetic that I was going for. I generated to groups of particles, assigned each one a color, and made them mortal enemies. Boids operate on a set of very basic rules, and by manipulating the variables for each particle system and sculpting the terrain on which the face off in battle, I could control the outcome of work to a degree without interfering in the actual composition.
These images were printed to duratrans and backlit for display at the 2016 Idaho State University College of Arts and Letters New Years Gala.
Went out to McTucker Pond with X Finney to shoot landscapes for an upcoming series. Here is one of my favorites from the session. I was shooting handheld so i am pretty happy with the level of clarity in the shot.
For this assignment we are required to shoot a photo essay. I decided to tell the story of a blank canvas becoming a work of art. Karen Lei has been drawing for ten years, and recently decided to take up painting. I enjoy her artwork so I decided to focus on one of her paintings for this assignment. Karen started the process with a sheet of masonite. She coated the masonite in gesso, and let it dry before continuing. She begins with a single brush stroke, and then her idea starts to take shape. It was cool working with an artist for this assignment. The painting studio where Karen made this painting had nice even light. The room is lit by skylights and windows on every wall. Between my 50mm f/1.8 and my 18-270 f/3.5, it was easy shooting.
This assignment was to take environmental portraits. I decided to take some portraits of Jared Beck with his collection of firearms. This project was great for me. I really enjoyed working with Jared, and it was fun trying to balance the background with the subject.
This assignment was to take a feature photo. I decided to interview Geran Call with Robotics and Communication Systems Engineering Technology program at Idaho State University College of Technology. Geran gave me a tour of the 3d printing and robotics labs. This was a great experience. First he introduced me to the 3d printed R2D2 (from the movie Star Wars). This radio controlled droid is fully functional and life sized. It has motorized accessory ports, the head rotates, it drives around, and it can even talk in the classic R2D2 style. Geran teaches his students to design and build functional robotic systems using 3d printed and laser cut parts. The team also built a fuctional Wall-E robot from the Disney Pixar Movie Wall-E. We explored the 3d printing lab and Geran demonstrated how the big 3d printer can blend plastic and rubber to achieve custom physical properties in the resulting printed material. There are so many cool things in the robotics lab I had to struggle to stay focused. A robotic guitar caught my attention. The guitar has one string and a computer that controls the amount of tension applied to the string. There is also a robotic strumming mechanism that holds guitar picks. The computer controls the tension and strumming to create music notes and ultimately guitar music. The last stop on the tour was in the robot lab where Geran showed me the 3d printed robot arm. The arm moves ping pong balls around and plays beer pong. This tour was awesome, and Geran is an interesting person. I really enjoyed this assignment. It was hard to decide on a single image for my assignment, and I am glad I can put the whole story up here. I hope you enjoy and get inspired to make something cool!
Geran Call with the 3d printed R2D2 robot. Geran runs the Robotics 3d Printing Lab at Idaho State University College of Technology where this R2D2 was built.
One section of the 3d printed R2D2 dome sits on the work bench. The Dome is being fitted with motors and sensors.
The 3d printed R2D2 is filled with sensors, wires, and motors. This section houses the speakers and electronics for a sliding tray mechanism.
This Wall-e robot was built at the ISU College of Technology Robotics Lab. It can drive around, talk, use its hands, and articulate head and eyes.
Geran stands next to the big 3d printer. This machine can print in multiple materials, and can blend stiff and flexible materials for desired properties.
This skull was 3d printed from a CT scan of a real persons head. The gear shape is a fusion of stiff plastic and flexible rubber all in one print.
The Robotics 3d Printing Lab at ISU College of Technology is working on this robotic guitar. The robot strums a single string that has a controlled amount of tension applied to it resulting in a musical note.
Geran Call demonstrates the functionality of the 3d printed robotic arm. The arm was designed and printed in the ISU College of Technology Robotics Lab.
This 3d printed robot arm is designed to manipulate ping pong balls. It uses sophisticated sensors and high precision motors to make fine movements.
The Boy’s 3200 Meter Race at the 2015 Simplot Games was a close match between Elijah Armstrong of Pocatello, Idaho and Levi Thomet of Kodiak, Alaska. Levi pushed Elijah the entire race, and the two of them left the pack behind. The energy in the Holt Arena during that final lap was at a very high intensity level. Elijah came in first with Levi right behind him; just one second from a national record. This was my first experience with shooting a live sports event. I found it to be a fun and challenging project. I was also shooting video footage of the race while covering the story for this assignment. I had a great time.