About Jason Patz

I'm trained as an industrial designer, but I like doing lots of different things. I use my blog to discuss stuff I've made and stuff I like.

Nice Niece

JPatz_20140717_3J8A3937-Edit_WebMy niece came to visit for her Golden Ticket trip a few weeks ago.  We did a photo shoot that I’m turning into a composite image.  I still need to shoot the background and the effects so that one will be seen in a while.

In the meantime I tried out the ring reflector again.  I liked this picture because I think it captures a lot of true things about her but am really sad that I missed the focus.  My finger must have slipped and the camera must have refocused on the closest object which was her fingers.

King of Vanilla Creams

JPatz_20140711_3J8A3827-Edit_WebI heard on Clark Howard a few weeks ago that Consumer Reports claimed that Costco has the best widely available vanilla ice cream.  That seemed like a worthwhile thing to test, especially with another niece coming to visit for her Golden Ticket trip.  So we collected several big brands and the three of us tried them (several times).

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High Key Grunge

JPatz_20140524_3J8A3553-extracrunch-Edit_WebWhen we had friends over for dinner and games, we ran out of time taking pictures to do both high key and low key photos of everyone.  I thought it would be neat to process a couple of the high key images with a grungy/sports style.  It was hit and miss but worked out really well for a couple.  I still like the low key combo better but this reminds me of stuff I’ve seen on movie posters or promo material for Game of Thrones.

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1st Low Key and Grunge Photos

JPatz_20140601_3J8A3677-sq-Edit_WebFlip-flopping from the lighting and processing style shown in this article, I wanted to try a very dark low key look where the faces appear to just be emerging from blackness.  The catchlights are intended to look otherworldly and dangerous.  The processing emphasizes a toughness found in sports photos.  I’m very happy with the results.

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How to Display and Store One Sheet Movie Posters

 

In the days of my youth I collected movie posters.  Not to the same extent as comic books but when I saw a really cool image or I really loved the movie, I’d try my best to track down a copy.  Since it was pre-internet, finding the things could be a real challenge.  It helped that I had friends who were really interested in this stuff.  In fact, one was a movie poster designer for many years.

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2014 TPC Sawgrass

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I was lucky enough to get a pass to a practice day at TPC this year.  I’ve been out there several times and it is always fun.  I’m not a golf fanatic but walking around the beautifully manicured environment there is so peaceful and pleasant.  If you ever get the opportunity, I recommend that you go.

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