El Dave Photography

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Grindak Bloodbreath (by ElDave)

Grindak's bio, courtesy Privateer Press.com:

Grindak is a figure of local renown in the highlands of Ord where he roves the moors from North Berck to the Olgunholt in search of his lady love. She was taken hostage by a band of raiders, and Grindak has vowed never to rest until they meet their ends upon the wicked edge of his iron axe.

Grindak Bloodbreath is a 32mm metal miniature produced by Privateer Press for the Iron Kingdoms RPG.

My goal here was to try and match the industrial-Victorian/steampunk visual style of the Iron Kingdoms as closely as I could and that meant trying to emulate old manual film cameras with fully automated modern gear.

The first thing I decided was to avoid black and white, but still stick to a muted pallet of browns and greens. Because I painted him in very drab colors, this wasn't so hard, really. The only thing I needed in Photoshop was a warming filter overlay.

The second thing I wanted was a funky vignette. I am a big fan of TTV, and the dirty, scratchy look is exactly what I'm going for.

Finally, I had to make sure the figure's base was hidden and looked natural. I think from now on, whenever I buy miniatures, I'm going to keep them off their bases unless I plan on playing with them. I'm starting to develop a complex because you never see any of my miniatures below the knees, because I can't find a way to disguise the base. In any event, this time it worked out ok, but I think in the future, baseless is the way to go.

Shoot, this means I have to buy more miniatures. Just to paint...

Roll 2d6 + EXIF:

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

File Size: 862 kB
File Type: JPEG
MIME Type: image/jpeg
Image Width: 1316
Image Height: 1460
Encoding Process: Baseline DCT, Huffman coding
Bits Per Sample: 8
Color Components: 3
X-Resolution: 72 dpi
Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Date and Time (Modified): 2009:06:30 20:44:45
YCbCr Positioning: Co-sited
Exposure Program: Aperture-priority AE
Date and Time (Original): 2009:06:29 17:37:29-05:00
Date and Time (Digitized): 2009:06:29 17:37:29
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Color Space: sRGB
Focal Plane X-Resolution: 4433.29532497149 dpi
Focal Plane Y-Resolution: 4453.60824742268 dpi
Custom Rendered: Normal
Exposure Mode: Auto
White Balance: Manual
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Compression: JPEG (old-style)
Global Angle: 30
Global Altitude: 30
Copyright Flag: False
Photoshop Quality: 12
Photoshop Format: Standard
Progressive Scans: 3 Scans
XMPToolkit: Adobe XMP Core 4.1-c036 46.276720, Mon Feb 19 2007 22:40:08
Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
Metadata Date: 2009:06:30 20:44:45-05:00
Creator Tool: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Format: image/jpeg
Color Mode: 3
ICCProfile Name: sRGB IEC61966-2.1
Viewing Conditions Illuminant Type: D50
Measurement Observer: CIE 1931
Measurement Flare: 0.999%
Measurement Illuminant: D65
Color Transform: YCbCr
Flash Return: No return detection
Flash Mode: Off
Flash Function: False
Flash Red Eye Mode: False

Be good,
-Dave



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Sky and Sea 1

9:35 AM by , under ,

Sky and Sea (by ElDave)

And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
Was tyrannous and strong :
He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
And chased us south along.

With sloping masts and dipping prow,
As who pursued with yell and blow
Still treads the shadow of his foe,
And forward bends his head,
The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
The southward aye we fled.

-Excerpt from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The figure is the Jackal King, made by McFarlane Toys. I picked him up at KB Toys, but you may have a little trouble doing the same. I'm sure you can find him on Amazon or eBay?

All I did for this was set the figure down into the sands of Lake Michigan and snap shot after shot as the waves rolled over and around. Processing in Photoshop involved a quick contrast tweak to make all the cool details stand out. I think that's all I've got today. I just really, really like how this turned out. Oh hey, if you were so inclined, you can order prints of this photo HERE.

Yo ho ho and a bottle of EXIF:

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 37 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

File Size: 6.6 MB
File Type: JPEG
MIME Type: image/jpeg
Image Width: 3888
Image Height: 2592
Encoding Process: Baseline DCT, Huffman coding
Bits Per Sample: 8
Color Components: 3
X-Resolution: 72 dpi
Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Date and Time (Modified): 2009:06:06 22:16:24
YCbCr Positioning: Co-sited
Exposure Program: Aperture-priority AE
Date and Time (Original): 2009:06:05 18:23:55-05:00
Date and Time (Digitized): 2009:06:05 18:23:55
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Color Space: sRGB
Focal Plane X-Resolution: 4433.29532497149 dpi
Focal Plane Y-Resolution: 4453.60824742268 dpi
Custom Rendered: Normal
Exposure Mode: Auto
White Balance: Manual
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Compression: JPEG (old-style)
Global Angle: 30
Global Altitude: 30
Copyright Flag: False
Photoshop Quality: 12
Photoshop Format: Standard
Progressive Scans: 3 Scans
XMPToolkit: Adobe XMP Core 4.1-c036 46.276720, Mon Feb 19 2007 22:40:08
Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
Metadata Date: 2009:06:06 22:16:24-05:00
Creator Tool: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Format: image/jpeg
Color Mode: 3
ICCProfile Name: sRGB IEC61966-2.1
Viewing Conditions Illuminant Type: D50
Measurement Observer: CIE 1931
Measurement Flare: 0.999%
Measurement Illuminant: D65
Color Transform: YCbCr
Flash Return: No return detection
Flash Mode: Off
Flash Function: False
Flash Red Eye Mode: False

Be good,
-Dave



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Salvage (2)

5:44 PM by , under , ,

Salvage (by ElDave)

UTINNI!

Jawas, courtesy of Wookieepedia:
Jawas were typically short rodent-like natives of Tatooine. They were passionate scavengers, seeking out technology for sale or trade in the deep deserts in their huge sandcrawler transports. A band of Jawas was responsible for locating C-3PO and R2-D2 and selling them to Luke Skywalker's uncle Owen Lars. Another tribe of Jawas, led by Tteel Kkak, found Jabba the Hutt's rancor. They had a reputation for swindling, as they had a penchant for selling old equipment such as outdated faulty droids to moisture farmers, however they were extremely passive beings, and hardly put up any resistance to colonists of their planet unlike the other natives the Sand People, instead seeing foreigners as an excellent business opportunity.

Short post today, I'm afraid.

Use the EXIF:

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

File Size: 3.6 MB
File Type: JPEG
MIME Type: image/jpeg
Image Width: 2592
Image Height: 3888
Encoding Process: Baseline DCT, Huffman coding
Bits Per Sample: 8
Color Components: 3
X-Resolution: 72 dpi
Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Date and Time (Modified): 2009:06:10 12:00:55
YCbCr Positioning: Co-sited
Exposure Program: Aperture-priority AE
Date and Time (Original): 2009:06:09 18:27:58-05:00
Date and Time (Digitized): 2009:06:09 18:27:58
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Color Space: sRGB
Focal Plane X-Resolution: 4433.29532497149 dpi
Focal Plane Y-Resolution: 4453.60824742268 dpi
Custom Rendered: Normal
Exposure Mode: Auto
White Balance: Manual
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Compression: JPEG (old-style)
Global Angle: 30
Global Altitude: 30
Copyright Flag: False
Photoshop Quality: 12
Photoshop Format: Standard
Progressive Scans: 3 Scans
XMPToolkit: Adobe XMP Core 4.1-c036 46.276720, Mon Feb 19 2007 22:40:08
Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
Metadata Date: 2009:06:10 12:00:55-05:00
Creator Tool: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Format: image/jpeg
Color Mode: 3
ICCProfile Name: sRGB IEC61966-2.1
Viewing Conditions Illuminant Type: D50
Measurement Observer: CIE 1931
Measurement Flare: 0.999%
Measurement Illuminant: D65
Color Transform: YCbCr
Flash Return: No return detection
Flash Mode: Off
Flash Function: False
Flash Red Eye Mode: False

Be good,
-Dave



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The Deep End (3)

5:42 AM by , under , ,

Pooltrooper (by ElDave)

You'd think being a Pooltrooper would be a desirable assignment, but you'd be wrong. Stormtroopers HATE getting wet.

I'm in the process of doing more work on my Store (you can see the widget over on the right), and I am really enjoying it. The original plan was to only sell 8x10 prints (keep it simple, right?), but after looking through the stores of various successful photogs, I really need to get off my behind and add different sizes and options. So watch this space, true believer. Good stuff is going in soon!

This battlestation is at full EXIF:

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 54 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

File Size: 2.1 MB
File Type: JPEG
MIME Type: image/jpeg
Image Width: 3888
Image Height: 2592
Encoding Process: Baseline DCT, Huffman coding
Bits Per Sample: 8
Color Components: 3
Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
X-Resolution: 72 dpi
Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
Date and Time (Modified): 2009:06:09 18:36:41
YCbCr Positioning: Co-sited
Exposure Program: Aperture-priority AE
Date and Time (Original): 2009:06:09 18:36:41
Date and Time (Digitized): 2009:06:09 18:36:41
Metering Mode: Multi-segment
Color Space: sRGB
Focal Plane X-Resolution: 4433.295325 dpi
Focal Plane Y-Resolution: 4453.608247 dpi
Custom Rendered: Normal
Exposure Mode: Auto
White Balance: Manual
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Macro Mode: Normal
Self Timer: Off
Quality: Fine
Canon Flash Mode: Off
Continuous Drive: Single
Focus Mode: One-shot AF
Record Mode: JPEG
Canon Image Size: Large
Easy Mode: Manual
Digital Zoom: None
Contrast: Normal
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: 0
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Focus Range: Not Known
Canon Exposure Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Lens Type: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Long Focal: 55 mm
Short Focal: 18 mm
Focal Units: 1
Max Aperture: 5.6
Min Aperture: 32
Flash Activity: 0
Flash Bits: (none)
Focus Continuous: Single
Zoom Source Width: 0
Zoom Target Width: 0
Photo Effect: Off
Manual Flash Output: n/a
Color Tone: Normal
Focal Type: Zoom
Focal Plane XSize: 23.04 mm
Focal Plane YSize: 15.37 mm
Auto ISO: 100
Base ISO: 100
Measured EV: 6.75
Target Aperture: 5.7
Target Exposure Time: 1/102
White Balance: Cloudy
Slow Shutter: None
Sequence Number: 0
Optical Zoom Code: n/a
Flash Guide Number: 0
Flash Exposure Comp: 0
Auto Exposure Bracketing: Off
AEBBracket Value: 0
Control Mode: Camera Local Control
Focus Distance Upper: 0.35
Focus Distance Lower: 0.46
Bulb Duration: 0
Camera Type: EOS Mid-range
Auto Rotate: None
NDFilter: Unknown (-1)
Self Timer2: 0
Flash Output: 0
Canon Firmware Version: Firmware 1.1.1
Serial Number: 1220842575
Canon Model ID: EOS Digital Rebel XTi / 400D / Kiss Digital X (and rare K236)
Num AFPoints: 9
Valid AFPoints: 9
AFArea Width: 78
AFArea Height: 78
Original Decision Data Offset: 0
File Number: 126-4578
Bracket Mode: Off
Bracket Value: 0
Bracket Shot Number: 0
Noise Reduction: Off
WBBracket Mode: Off
WBBracket Value AB: 0
WBBracket Value GM: 0
Filter Effect: None
Toning Effect: None
Lens Model: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Internal Serial Number: H1858035
Dust Removal Data: (Binary data 1024 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Tone Curve: Standard
Sharpness Frequency: n/a
Sensor Red Level: 0
Sensor Blue Level: 0
White Balance Red: 0
White Balance Blue: 0
Color Temperature: 5200
Picture Style: Faithful
Digital Gain: 0
WBShift AB: 0
WBShift GM: 0
Color Space: sRGB
VRDOffset: 0
Sensor Width: 3948 (52-3939 used)
Sensor Height: 2622 (23-2614 used)
Black Mask Left Border: 0
Black Mask Top Border: 0
Black Mask Right Border: 0
Black Mask Bottom Border: 0
White Balance RGGB Levels: 2461 1024 1024 1382
Color Temperature: 6000
WB_ RGGBLevels Measured: 2215 1023 1024 1578
Color Temp Measured: 5011
WB_ RGGBLevels Custom: 1910 1024 1024 1594
Color Temp Custom: 4535
Set Button Cross Keys Func: Set: Picture Style
Long Exposure Noise Reduction: Off
Flash Sync Speed Av: Auto
Shutter- AELock: AF/AE lock
AFAssist Beam: Emits
Exposure Level Increments: 1/3 Stop
Mirror Lockup: Disable
ETTLII: Evaluative
Shutter Curtain Sync: 1st-curtain sync
Magnified View: Image playback only
LCDDisplay At Power On: Display
Compression: JPEG (old-style)

Be good,
-Dave



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