April 21, 2017

Tourism on a timeline

We’ve been too busy to see much of the sites in Queensland – but what we’ve seen is great.

We’ve seen the Infinity Tower – which was up until recently the tallest building in Brisbane.




























We’ve seen these guys at the local pub:




























There’s a skatepark near where we are staying – graffiti is the international language of skate bowls:





















We’ve seen some of the local wildlife, safely behind glass.  Seriously – the default size for fauna in Australia is “HOLY COW THAT’S BIG!”

Three things to notice in this picture:

  1. The reflection of the oversized lizards in the glass.
  2. The look on the Flying-fox’s face – which seems to say, “I too, am amazed that they were able to catch me.”
  3. The casual way the description says “common in many urban centres.”  Common. In urban centers.  And you thought pigeons were bad.

April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017

So many cables, so many cables.

When you’re doing over a dozen shots, from multiple angles, with unique light sets, you need a lot of lights.

This is a lot of lights.










To wire these up you need an embarrassing amount of zip ties.

We used every zip tie on the continent. Almost.








Meanwhile, outside the booth, this kindly electrician runs some circuits for us.









Under the booth, cables, miles and miles of cable (kilometers really since it’s Australia).


Inside the booth, we start laying out the lights.









Meanwhile, meanwhile, we’ve got to control all this from somewhere. So Davo wires up the control panel









Which gets programmed by Christian:








And afterwards you get this:


Et voila, we have lights in the booth!


And with that, our test car becomes the first car to try out the booth.

April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017

Final painting is very dramatic

So we start with our tiles, which look like this:







Then we add some paint:








And it looks like this in process.  Notice how much ‘thicker’ the lower painted part looks, and how uniform it is.  That’s the background you’re looking for when you want a great photo.

April 21, 2017

April 18, 2017

Our client Carvana is going public

Our client, Carvana (carvana.com) announced they are filing an IPO – which is great news for them and us.  We helped them design their original roundhouse photo process.  Here’s their promotional video from this year and a link to the IPO announcement.


April 18, 2017

April 12, 2017

Our brain box

Our control center for the booth coordinates, the lights, cameras and turntable. It’s a carefully coordinated dance with a lot of steps.

April 12, 2017

April 10, 2017

A car is a giant mirror that sees everything

Shooting a car is a tricky endeavor.  Cars are metal and reflective, and thus reflect everything around them.  Literally, everything.  Back when Davo would shoot OEM photos for the Big Three, you might spot something in the reflection that turned out to be a clock on a wall at the extreme back of the studio.  One of our advantages is our awareness of the reflectivity of cars and the care we take to make sure that photos are clear of inadvertent reflections.  One of the areas where we are super careful is the surface of the dome itself.  It takes a lot of work to get that surface smooth and defect free.  We are early in that process here – waiting for final plaster and paint.  But you can see we smooth the heck out of these surfaces first.


April 10, 2017