Kinect scan using a timelapse dolly //

Kinect scan using my timelapse dolly

In this scan I tested putting the Kinect on my Dynamic Perception timelapse dolly to see if I could get a smooth move. Surprisingly it didn’t do a very good job.

Here is a picture of my ghetto setup :)

Ghetto Kinect and timelapse dolly setup

3D Scan of Deanne (I got a Kinect) //

Kinect scan of Deanne :)

I got my Kinect today so I downloaded “Kinect RGBDemo v0.6.1” by Nicolas Burrus and started playing around with scanning in my livingroom. This is a scan of Deanne I made and then created a flipbook in SideFX Houdini.

Framed some prints //

Prints frames

I printed two photos from the trip to Iceland last summer and had them framed.

I have been having a blast printing photos and little computer illustrations I come up with on the Pixma Pro II printer I bought about a year ago. It is a lot of fun actually seeing your pictures in physical form and not just online. My favorite paper is the Fine Art Photo Rag paper. It has an awesome texture and a really nice tonal range. The colors aren’t as punchy as photo paper, but you get much finer gradients and tonal values.
I printed two of my pictures from the Iceland trip last year and I just had them framed. They came out great! They are now on the wall in the apartment.
Here are the two pictures I printed:

Alftavatn B&W
Some cool weather in the West Fjords

Siggraph, Vancouver and Whistler //

Flying home

Taken from the window on my airplane, this is the images straight out of the camera. The airplane window added a soft glow to the picture.

Last week I went to Vancouver for Siggraph 2011. I flew up early on Sunday morning so I would have enough time to check in to my hotel and still see my friend Fredrik’s presentation on Sunday afternoon.
The flight to Vancouver was surprisingly short, just two and a half hour. Nice. For some reason I had thought that it must be longer (without thinking about it too much). I had just assumed that since it is flying to another country, and since flying domestic in the US can take like five hours, this would be a long flight. I think this is the swede in me assuming things that were true back in Sweden :)
The conference was ok. Much smaller than when it is in LA and not as many things to go see as I normally have. This ended up being great in the end since Deanne decided to come up on Monday. We spent the week going to the conference, having lunches and hanging out with a lot of swedish fx people and going to a few parties. A pretty fun week for sure. We ended it with a dinner at Tojo’s together with a co-worker Cory. Awesome place. Really great food and the staff sang happy birthday to Deanne! So funny. Probably the highest restaurant bill I have ever had.

The crew at Tojo's singing to Deanne

When the conference was over I stayed in Vancouver with Deanne. We spent Friday exploring Vancouver on bikes that we borrowed from the hotel (Shangri-La, a really nice hotel). Vancouver is an awesome city and exploring it on a bike is awesome. Especially when it is sunny and warm like it was this Friday. At the tip of the peninsula that downtown Vancover is located on there is a great park. It is huge and they basically let the whole thing just be wild. No landscaping. The park is full of fern and huge trees. SO awesome. I loved it.
Later in the day, after shopping for some hiking boots and visiting the DD Vancouver office, we rented a car and drove to Whistler. Whistler is only about an hour and a half away from Vancouver and the drive there is gorgeous. The day ended with beer at a brewery and some really bad food.
Saturday was Deanne’s birthday so we woke up early with me singing happy birthday in both english and swedish. Later in the day we rented mountain bikes and went riding on the single tracks in the forrest all day. We had so much fun and we were exhausted by the end of the day. Deanne is so good at mountain biking and she was right behind me almost no matter how fast I went on the single tracks!
In the evening we went out for birthday dinner number two at a really nice Italian place. Italian food is neither mine or Deanne’s favorite food but we both really liked the food at this place.

Deanne biking

Deanne on one of the many little wood bridges in the forrest.

Sunday we were flying home. Our flight was from Vancouver at ten to six so we had some time in Whistler in the morning. We ended up going zip-lining. I have never done this before. Basically they put all these wires up between tall trees across a river and you slide along them with a harness. It was a lot of fun, even though we got some rain in the middle. After that we drove to Vancouver, returned the car and headed to the airport to go home.

Deanne went upside down on her second zipline!

I really liked Vancouver and Whistler. So beautiful and so much fun stuff to do!

Transformers 3 “Birdmen” Featurette //

Transformers 3 Birdmen Featurette

There is a short featurette on vimeo. Some of our work is in it :)

Timelapse dolly track //

The first timelapse done with my dolly track

A few weekends ago I went to Ojai with Deanne. We didn’t really know what to do so we just went up there after looking at the map and finding some pretty cool mountains on the map just north of Ojai along with a road going through them.
I brought a bunch of camera gear and my timelapse dolly track that I have been really wanting to give a try.
When we got to Ojai we quickly realized that it was the weekend of mothers day, and Ojai being a spa town meant that ALL hotels and spas were fully booked. Doh! The only one that wasn’t fully booked was the Ojai Valley inn and spa. It was pretty pricey, but a really nice place. At this point it was too late to drive anywhere else so we decided to stay there for the night. The place was so nice and the surroundings so beautiful. The only disappointment was the over-priced not so great restaurant. Next time we’ll eat in the village. Here is a picture of the place.

Deanne in Ojai

Deanne at the spa in Ojai

The day after we started driving on the 33. It is a road that takes you through the mountains north of Ojai. I really recommend the drive! It was so beautiful.
On the way home, we were coming down from the mountains going back to Ojai and I found a great spot to test my timelapse dolly. We were about an hour and a half early to get the really nice sunset light, but I wanted to test it anyway. I got it at earlier this year but I haven’t really had time to test it. I had printed a manual for the dolly engine controller and I had also bought a 12V battery to drive the motor. It was very easy to set up and I had a lot of fun shooting my test.

Me with my dolly

Me with my Dolly track and camera....dork

It was also the first time I got to try out my newest addition to my lenses: a Nikkor 16-35 f/4. It is amazingly sharp and I am so happy with it. The shot didn’t turn out to be anything amazing, but I am so happy that I have field-tested the dolly track.
I hope I get to take the dolly track out a lot more this summer and shoot a lot more timelapse. Stay tuned! :)

TF3 trailer is out //

Transformers 3 trailer

The Transformers 3 trailer is out! It is a really good trailer actually and a bunch of our work is in it :)

Headshot for Deanne //

Deanne Bell

A headshot I just made for Deanne

Deanne needed a headshot recently so I got an opportunity to play with my photo/lighting gear again (a nice break from only thinking about work recently).
So, after work two days ago we moved the couches and the table aside and set up a little studio in our living room. We don’t have that much space so it is a tight squeeze but it works :)
Here is a lighting diagram of the setup:

light diagram for Deanne's headshot

Lighting diagram for the headshot above

I set up a clamshell lighting setup, i.e. two flashes through umbrellas, one higher and one lower and then you can shoot through the gab between the flashes. The upper umbrella (almost directly above the camera) had my SB900 shooting through it set to 1/8th power. The lower umbrella (almost directly below the camera) had my SB800 shooting through it set to 1/16th power. Normally I’d set the lower one to two stops under the top one, but I wanted a bit more even light today so I set it to just one stop under.
After taking a few pictures with this setup I decided to add a third flash to get a little kick and texture in the hair on top of Deanne’s head. So I added a SB80 flash set to 1/64th power up high behind Deanne on the camera right side with no light modifiers on the flash. It gave me some texture and some definition in Deanne’s hair.
The camera was set to f/8 on my 85mm f/1.8 lens, to get some sharpness a bit over half way to the back of her head. The shutter was set to 1/200 to kill any ambient light. ISO was at 200 (as low as my camera goes basically).

Interview //

Ingenjörs vägen

I was interviewed for a Swedish website.

I was interviewed for a Swedish website that promotes engineering and is trying to get kids to choose engineering for college. Just a short interview. Fun to help promote something good! :)

(sorry, it is only in Swedish..)årten-larsson

My Hello world //

KåkenRace, the first CG on plate material I ever attempted

I just put my very first movie where I put computer generated content over a filmed plate up on Vimeo. Second year in college (2000) we had a course that required us to do some form of 3d project. Most people chose to code something, but I was so tired of coding and math at this point (first two years were a lot of that stuff since I was studying a masters in computer science) so I decided to do a little movie with two of my friends Fredrik and Björn.
We had no clue what we were doing. Just getting the DV footage onto a computer turned out to be a science project. We eneded up having to go to a different part of our college where they worked on media projects. We read up on how to track in 3DstudioMax and then we filmed the whole thing.
Since we had no clue what compositing was, we rendered the cars onto a background plate in 3DStudioMax. Had to get the lighting right the first time haha :)
Anyway, it turned out better than expected. We almost missed our deadline but made it in the end. The presentation was a success :)