Kenny Batallones works as a Financial consultant. He is also a student of sequential art, photography, and game development.Tweets by @kenibatz
A speed modeling and animation exercise using an Optimus Prime action figure as reference.
This version of Optimus Prime is from the Transformers Classics toy line released in 2009. The Mobile Command Base (Trailer) and the Rollout Drone (Roller) are fan-made limited edition toy accessories. I only have the action figure and used reference images for the trailer and for Roller.
I loved working on this model! Especially since Optimus is my favorite Autobot. It’s not 100% accurate though and I took liberties with the overall color scheme (particularly the Trailer and Roller) but I had to rush the development process to meet time limit I gave myself.
The animation is short, but I plan to extend it when I have time to fix the rigging and improve the textures.
The desert background is courtesy of Humblebeez.
See the original video!
I took a year off my career as a mobile application and game developer so I can focus on learning 3D Animation, Modeling, Rigging, etc. Direct link to the demo reel video.
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Earlier this year, I had the privilege to work again with make-up artist Anne Sentillas. She and Egay Cubelo organized a photo shoot for their models’ portfolios.
Lovely model Anja was the first one I took pictures of. It was our first time working together so a little bit of ice-breaking was necessary. When we found out that we were both alumnus from the same school, the shoot proceeded as if we were long-time friends.
This is one of my favorite beauty portraits as it shows off Anne’s wonderful make-up work and Egay’s styling skills.
Lighting: Classic clamshell setup with an octagon softbox on top and a softbox under for fill. 85mm lens on a Canon 400D.
The Gakkenflex TLR is a 35mm film camera that uses 135mm film.
Like a scale model kit, the Gakkenflex needs to be assembled together. The parts are made from excellent quality plastic and can be fit together within a couple of hours or less.
I’ve always wanted to own a film twin-lens reflex camera, but the practical application and the nature of my photography subjects makes me wary of investing in a Rolleicord or a Seagull. The Gakkenflex, however, is very affordable as it costs even less than the Blackbird Fly.
When I had a cosplay shoot with my friend Daniela, I used the Gakkenflex as one of her props for her “not lolilta” costume.
Arvi and Cam invited me to take photos of their 1930’s themed party. This is one of my favorite pics.
Aside from the fact that Arvi looked so glamorous, it was an opportunity to use the specular reflection of the wood surface behind her as an aesthetic element of the photo.
Lighting: a LumoPro LP120 flash; shoot-through umbrella, camera left.
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Pitt is comparable to the Incredible Hulk in terms of looks and power, mainly because his creator, Dale Keown, is a fan favorite artist who worked on Marvel Comic’s Hulk.
When Dale joined Image Comics, his contribution was Pitt: a half-human, half-alien powerhouse who - aside from having superhuman strength and durability - had a telepathic bond with his brother, Timmy.
Strobist: Vivitar 3200A, above and just slightly in front of the subject. Flash is radio-triggered with Flash Waves.
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When I shoot with my LC-A+ (Lomo Kompakt Automat), I’m never completely sure if I’ve captured a moment properly. The results I get when the film rolls have been processed are usually somewhere between “WOW” and “WTF”. I think that’s what I like best about Lomography.
Lomography’s "The Ten Golden Rules"encourages one to have fun. With photography being the most inexact of sciences already loaded with jargons like f-stops and “the inverse square law”, lomography just encourages one to “Don’t Think” and just shoot.
I’m not completely sold on that. I suppose that rule is great if you just want to let go and have fun. Depending on what kind of pictures you want to take, a more academic path to photography is still worth considering. "Learn the rules before you break them", or so I’ve heard. Besides, when you know how to shoot like a pro, imagine what wonders you can do with a lomo cam.
Nonetheless, I love my LC-A+ and thoroughly enjoy having it by my side when I don’t want to bring my DSLR. It is lightweight, elegant, and durable. People are also less likely to think I’m a professional photographer (a big advantage when taking pictures of my friends at the local park).
In my almost-semi-professional career as a photographer, I’ve used the LC-A+ for portrait and fashion, but my creative preferences lean towards using it for editorial and landscape photography. The blurred effects and over-saturated colors results seem to visually resonate better with me when the photographic subject just needs to be as real as possible.
To find out what kind of results you may want, here’s a snippet of tips on choosing film for lomography that I learned from Daniel Y. Go, one of my favorite photographers. Check out his incredible photostream.
as for film, I buy and use expired film simply because it is cheaper :D
You need to know what type of images you prefer. When cross processed, different slide films give different results. For example, Velvia and Sensia, (35mm) gives off a pinkish/reddish/orangy color tint. Provia/Kodak elitechromes/Agfa CT Precisa gives off greenish/bluish tint naman and more often than not expired film will give off funky color shifts and added grain. But it all depends. Kaya I agree, expired film is not that crucial, more crucial is the film brand and the developing process.
If you want vignetting. Shoot in bright condition, using slower film. I find ASA 50 to ASA 100 to gives off more vignettes, But if you want vignettes regardless of the light condition, invest in a Holga 135BC, the lens there has a mask that “forces” vignetting regardless of the light condition.
If you want to see the different effect and looks of different films. Do a search in my photostream for the following keywords. Sensia, Velvia, Provia, Kodak Elitechrome, Agfa CT Precisa, Holga 135bc :)
One final thought on the subject of lomography. As with all fields of photography,lomography is expensive and often quite a lot of fun.
I believe that’s the only thing you can be sure of. :)
Leaving our favorite camera at home makes us sad. Well, now we can have our favorite camera with us wherever we go!
YARLY. Today’s tutorial will teach you how to dress your cell phone up like your favorite camera - so that you’ll never be caught without it.
p.s. You can use this method for other gadgets, too! Read through.
p. p. s. Thanks to Joey for teaching us how!
Photo credit: Joey Celis
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