The Squirrel People are Coming


It came to my attention that one of the FtBloggers doesn’t like squirrels.

I get brainfarts a lot. So I immediately thought of “secret squirrel” which is what we used to call wanna-be intelligence spooklets: you know the type, they go around saying “I know this and that but I can’t tell you.” (which I discuss here [stderr])

self portrait as a squirrel, 2017 mjr.

 

I was looking around on Ebay for a latex Donald Trump mask, and found a page of cool masks including a Squirrel. Well, I have a trenchcoat! And a camera! And lights!

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This is a very simple cinematic lighting trick that I use a lot. I have an overhead Chimera pan softbox mounted up in the ceiling beams, that I can hook up to the strobe controller with an extension cable. The rest of the light is a carefully-positioned gridded strip softbox off to camera right, dialed to give me f/8 against the overhead box’ f/22. My hand is in my pocket because I control the camera with a pocketwizard (appropriately named in this example) remote flash trigger modified to trip the camera. To position and compose the scene I hang the coat on a light-stand where my head will be, make sure it looks right, then position myself with my head where the stand’s end was, put the costume on, and goof around for a few minutes, pushing the button occasionally.

Comments

  1. says

    Also, if you really wanted to be nasty, the title should have been “The Squirrel People Are Coming To Get You, Iris” a la George Romero.

  2. says

    Caine@#2:
    I was afraid I was already getting a bit stalkerish, what with that pose and lighting and whatnot. No sense tramatizing our coblogborgs.

  3. says

    I love this. The pose and dark, dramatic light is perfect.

    My hand is in my pocket because I control the camera with a pocketwizard

    I usually solve this problem by setting my camera to take a shot 4 seconds after I have pushed the remote trigger button. This gives me enough time to put aside the remote and thus I don’t need to hide my hand holding the remote.

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