Boid Particle Flows

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.

The original prints are now available for sale.

Free Photoshop Actions

Here are two free samples from my Detail Mining Pack which is available for $25.00. It includes actions and tutorials.

You can download the two free sample Detail Mining actions from this dropbox link

Color Seduction Assignment

This assignment was interesting. I do not usually convert my photos to black and white, but I found that many of my photos work really well as grey scale images.

Blue Hour Architectural Shot

For this assignment I had to go out and shoot an architectural shot just after dusk. We were supposed to create an image that emphasizes contrast between the deep blue natural light at that time of evening, and the warm man made lights as they turn on for the night. I have always thought the LDS temple in Idaho Falls was really cool looking on the Snake River. The building is made of marble and is lit up by flood lights all around the exterior. It seems to glow against the night sky, and reflects brightly in the river. I thought this would be an interesting effect when photographed with bracketed long exposures. I am pretty happy with how this project turned out, and it was fun hanging out with the ducks and geese along the river while waiting for the light. The only problem was the wind. It was strong enough to push up little waves on the water rendering the reflections very soft.

Finding Themes Assignment

For this assignment we had to look through our archives and find a universal theme in our previous work. Then, take a weekend and shoot 15 shots specifically planned out to represent or comment on the chosen theme. It was hard to look at my photos through this filter at first, but I eventually started to see a theme emerging. The theme was isolation. I decided to shoot the assignment in the Idaho desert where I go to seek isolation. The following shots are some of my favorites from the weekend shoot.

Self Portrait Assignment

Here are my self portraits for Advanced Photo Media at Idaho State University. The assignment is to make 5 self portraits that tell my story while focusing on manipulating light. I had a lot of fun shooting this assignment. Doing so required me to branch out and experiment with new techniques. Each of these photos was made using a different work flow. Most of them using some blend of multiple off camera flash and natural light. Others are more technical. The “Ghost of a Classic” photo with the 27 Chevy is an example of on that was extra fun. I went out to Pass Creek in Leslie, Idaho and located this old car that I found when I was a kid. I shot the portrait with 2 speed lights and shoot through umbrellas synced to the natural light and 2 speed lights with blue or yellow gels. I then shot a series of shots with hand held flash and colored gels. I wanted to create some extra mood with the colored light in the shot and I wanted to split tone color grade the highlights and shadows in camera. I feel like it was a success, but I ended up with 4 gigs of photos to layer up…. nightmarish. The shot “Battle Station Status” was shot in my studio and is a combination of a 3 flash set up, natural light, HDR bracketing, and long exposure. It was really fun shooting all these photos and I learned a lot from the experience.

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