Epic Holiday Split

The holidays are here, and life is crazy.

Having seen that recent Jean Claude Van Damme commercial for Volvo, I was inspired to create my own version for fun. It’s not our official holiday card (but that’s coming soon).

Here’s my version (click for full-size):

Epic Holiday Split

And here’s the original JCVD spot:

Rob Thomas for REAL Magazine

I’ve been waiting to talk about this shoot all year. When REAL Magazine asked me sometime in March if I’d be interested in shooting Rob Thomas, I jumped at the chance.

Now, I know exactly what you are thinking. No, not that Rob Thomas (although he’s on my list too). This Rob Thomas is the creator of the show Veronica Mars. You probably heard about him in the news earlier this year, as he and Kristen Bell led a Kickstarter campaign which raised over 5.7 million dollars for the production of a Veronica Mars movie. Since then, other high-profile film projects have gone the Kickstarter route (most notably Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here“), but no crowd funding campaigns so far have been as successful as Rob’s.

Talking with the creative people at REAL Magazine, we decided on something fun to match Rob’s personality. I sketched up several ideas, one of which involved him at a lemonade stand selling props from episodes of the tv show to help fund his film. Rob liked the idea, so we scouted locations around town that could serve as our neighborhood house.

Right before the shoot, I thought it would be funny if we added in a Ferris Bueller reference and played off the “Save Ferris” idea with our own “Save Veronica Mars” riff. In the Ferris Bueller movie, an iconic scene is the “Save Ferris” water tower that appears in the film. We added that to our image below and the scene was set.

Rob did a great job with a variety of expressions and poses, and after our shoot we took some additional shots that his agency could use for promo purposes.

Below is a great little BTS video that the crew from Reel Visuals put together. I loved working with Terrell, Lauren and Richard on this, and if you need something similar, you should definitely look them up. A big thanks to Bert Mclendon and Justin Leitner who helped out on this shoot, and a heartfelt thank you to Nell at REAL Magazine for the opportunity.

Rob Thomas Veronica Mars Image 1

Rob Thomas Veronica Mars Image 2

Rob Thomas Veronica Mars Image 3

By |September 25th, 2013|Photography|0 Comments

just a good ol’ boys

So, it’s been a while since I posted on the DB. An incredibly long while. Part of it has been that I’ve been busy on various projects, and part of it is my ‘writer’s procrastination’ feature that I was gifted with at birth. Anyways, let’s get things back into gear with some images of a shoot I did with an actual General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard.

The shoot happened because a local family wanted the car as a backdrop for their one-year-old’s birthday announcement. I’d been working with them for the last several months off and on to locate one of these vehicles in or around Austin. It turns out that there were several hundred of these use for the tv show and the film. Some were just used for close up shots, and others were set aside to be ‘jumped’. This particular vehicle was going to be a jumper for the movie a few years ago, but ended up not being used. Needless to say, it’s amazing to see this car still turning heads after all these years. After we shot for a few hours at a farmhouse outside of town, we headed into town for some lunch. Cellphone cameras were out everywhere as people were taking pictures of the car. Sometimes I think that people believe this is ‘the car’, as in, there was only one, and this is it.

This was a great shoot, and a welcome new addition to my Gears and Fuel section.

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Here’s a little shot of me setting up.

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Google Plus and a New Venture

Yes, it’s been a little barren here on the Dogblog. I would chalk it up to the intense Texas heat which has forced all of us to retreat to the coolest parts of our homes for the last few months. Only now are we starting to emerge and go outside.

First off, if you haven’t yet signed up for Google Plus, I highly suggest you do so. It has been exploding since its introduction a few months ago, especially in the area of photography. The work being posted up there daily is incredible! You can find my profile directly at www.EricGPlus.com.

Google Plus has this unique feature called a ‘hangout’. It’s a group video chat, and it also has become quite popular. You’ll find hangouts covering all sorts of topics. It’s a great way to meet new friends.

Using hangouts, myself and photographer Dustin Meyer have launched a new venture: Photog.TV. The idea is really simple: we host and record hangouts weekly covering photography. We talk about photo news, have interviews, show tips that we’ve come across, etc. I think of it as a social podcast. The format and schedule are set, but the guests are random (it’s whoever joins the hangout) and the discussion can go anywhere.

So far, we’ve had 4 episodes. We’ve talked about the current state of photography, the legacy of Steve Jobs, working with clients, and tips/tricks for getting maximum engagement on your blog (Dustin hosted that last one, as I’m in no condition to pontificate on blog engagement lately).

We’ve also had some great guests join in: RC Concepcion and Pete Collins from NAPP, Trey Ratcliff, and even super-famous (about to be famous-er) G+ singer Daria Musk.

When you get a moment, head on over to Photog.TV, watch some of the episodes, and let us know what you think. If you want to be part of an episode, head over to Google Plus and circle myself and Dustin. We record it live on Google Plus every Thursday at 12PM CST. We’ve have some cool ideas of where this could go.

 

The 2010 Christmas Card

Click for larger version

After last year’s production, Lisa and I weren’t sure how we were going to top it. We kicked around ideas all the way up until early November. Then, it hit us (Lisa actually): let’s do a Lost-themed card. This would be the only year we could do it. Plus, we had an extra bonus: my sister, Rayna, is currently in Hawaii with her husband. He’s in the Air Force and they just got assigned there. She’s a great photographer, and was excited to have a project to work on.

So, we set out to begin production. We researched some of the actual shooting locations for Lost. My sister captured some great background images. Originally, I began hunting down aircraft boneyards. I couldn’t find anything in Texas that had exactly what I was looking for, so I headed to istockphoto.com and found this plane wreckage. Perfect.

We photographed each family member in the front yard. For the compositing work, it was pretty straight-forward: match the lens, aperture, angle, etc. In fact, I will be teaching all of this at a Master Class at WPPI in February.

Vincent was heroically portrayed by our dog, Queso. Brandon and Trevor stood in as Jacob and the man in black (no, they aren’t missplaced jedis from another card).

Here’s a video with the layer build-up in Photoshop:

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Overall, we are really happy with how it came out. I have no idea what we will do next year.

Be sure to check out some of the other holiday card work I’ve been up to here and at AustinChristmasCards.com.

Michelle Valles of KEYE-TV

The June issue of Austin Woman magazine featured a cover story on Michelle Valles, one of the anchors of KEYE TV in Austin. I had a great time on this shoot, as I walked away with not only great images, but some good BBQ as well!

By |July 27th, 2010|Photography|2 Comments