Thursday, December 12, 2013

4th of July Christmas?

So many people want Christmas in July, we did things a little differently. We had 4th of July in December.

My boss, Jeff Jensen ( had made some plans for our team to get some in studio time after a long day of meetings. His instructions to us were "bring a tripod, a camera, long lens... and a filter you dont care about...earplugs could be nice too"

We went down to a studio in Salt Lake City area where a friend of his is in a Co-Op studio (NSL Studios) look them up on Facebook if your in the area. In the back of his car was a plethora of goodies- Christmas Ornaments, little ceramic figurines, and a dozen eggs... eggs?

Needless to say based on the image above, you can see what was in store for these little festive pieces of glass.
RGB Explosion
One of the studio guys had this neat little device that was attached to a airsoft gun. It had sensors that would detect how fast the BB was going, all we had to do was measure the distance, set the flashes, turn off the lights, and set the cameras for a long exposure... yes, a long exposure. In this case we were shooting at 5 sec, f11, ISO 200

That egg on the right looks a little too happy, guess he does not know whats in store for him next
Once we got bored shooting things (did I just really say that?) it was time to bring out the big stuff... explosives! Ok, firecrackers, but it might as well been dynamite. Now (most) of us safely were hiding behind a wall, foam core or another person to avoid the flying shards of glass, Jeff was the "fuse man" and yes, he still has all his fingers and most of his clothes came out unharmed.

This little piggy went...

Bad Santa
Super Nova Ornament
No REAL mythical holiday creatures or jolly old elves were harmed in the destruction of their figurine counterpart. Please do not try this at home (use someone else's place). We are not trained professionals, and this just shows what happens when 7 bored photographers have time, explosives, and a lot of tarps to cover the walls get together.

1 comment :

  1. Oh man, these turned out fantastic! This is always a great time, that's for sure. I love how the ornament/fire cracker images turned out. Pretty FANTASTIC!