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Fujifilm discontinuing FP-100C Film :-(

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So…. I’m a little late to the sad party, but it was announced back in February that Fujifilm will be stopping production of its FP-100C peel apart pack film. It was the last hold out for pack film in the world.  Here’s some links: DIYPhotography.net, Petapixel.com, DPReview.com, PolaroidLand.net (this one also includes a good overview of the current standing of instant film in general). The black and white version , FP-3000B, was discontinued a while ago in 2014, and Polaroid threw in the towel with their pack film even earlier in 2008. Luckily, I still have a small stash of film that I’ve squirreled away for person use, but after that’s done, I guess I’ll need to find something else to occupy my photographic habits.  Maybe those cute Fuji Instax cameras?

There’s a petition asking for the Impossible Project and Lomography to step in and pick up where Fujifilm is leaving off. The Impossible Project picked up the last Polaroid production machines when they closed their factories, and are currently producing their own instant integral films, so there’s hope…

In the meantime, I’ve posted some pictures I took at the Charlton Mill in Fall River, MA.

Hallowed Raven posted

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An older piece, finally uploaded.  Intentionally dark, to look like those paintings encountered in the dark corners of ancient European churches, quietly watching the world pass by as the years of dust and smoky incense accumulate.

Mr. Hawk waits patiently…

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Mr. Hawk is online.

There’s always hawks sitting on highway lamp posts that I see as I drive around, waiting patiently. Rain or shine. Occasionally I’m luck enough to see a hawk taking off from the ground with fresh lunch in talon.  A distraction from driving, yes, but worth glancing at as I go about my commute.  I wonder what they think about as they’re waiting up there…

New photos of India Point Park, Providence

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Posted some photos I took at India Point Park in Providence, RI.  Who’s the star of the images, the towers or the clouds? It was a beautifully cloudy day to use my only pack of Fujifilm FP-100B.  There’s some wonderful gray tones in the stuff. It’s the first time I’ve tried it, and it is the last, since the 100B has been discontinued forever :-(

The power line towers marching through the park seem like awkward tall robots all holding hands and off to do business on the other side of the bay, probably having robot tea with the towers in Massachusetts. There might be cucumber finger sandwiches too, but I’m not sure since I’ve never been to a robot tea before.

Bunny + Human = Buntaur

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Still messing around with Photoshop. I did a buntaur. Because buntaurs should be a thing.

Testing Photoshop

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After many millennia, I finally updated my Adobe Creative Suite from its original form to CS6.  Everything is so new and different! Now I have to relearn these programs again, I’m doing some quick pieces to practice. Dwayne is the first one, I’ll put more up as I go…

Gotta Google-Catch ’em All!

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Dear Google Maps, I have so many things sort-of important things that I probably need to do right now, so why do you distract me on April Fool’s day with the ability to catch Pokemon on my phone?!  There’s even Pokemon from the XY series! Must resist…. but… there’s one more over there… just one more….!

 

Oh heck, I’m just going to go catch all the Pokemans today!

 

 

Show at the Olive Tap!

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I had a show opening at the Olive Tap in Providence on January 10th, and I’m finally getting pictures posted now! A tiny show, but it was super fun.  The interior walls are painted a rich Pompeii red, which makes for an awesome art-popping background. Check out the ninja kitties being all ninja on the wall:

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Wedding designs, and a trip to Venice (via Google)

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I’ve posted a little project that I did for two friends who were getting hitched (woo!), I designed a monogram and a series of 3 letter headers for them to use on their invitations.  The monogram was replicated on their cake, too, tasty!

In other worldly news, Google Maps now offers street view of Venice.  If getting completely lost on foot in the Venetian labyrinth wasn’t enough for you, do it again digitally!  Choose your mode of transport: on foot, by vaporetto (the bus boats), or by gondola.

One could theoretically park themselves and their significant other in front of their computer with some glasses of fine Italian wine, turn up the surround sound on some classic Italian love ballads, and enjoy the romance of a gondola ride through Venice without the annoyance of other tourists, stinky canals, or expensive gondola rates.  To really complete the experience, one should also sway side to side to mimic the rocking of the gondola.

Starlings Above Rome

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Around the beginning of October is when the giant flocks of European starlings start to migrate from all corners of the European Union down to the warmth of Africa in winter.  Watching millions of birds swarming in the evening sky above the Tiber River or from the top of the Vittoriano monument at Piazza Venezia, creating ever-changing abstract shapes against the rosy evening sky is an amazing phenomenon to behold….

… Unless if you’re standing directly beneath them, in which case you are treated to a gentle rain of bird poop landing on everything that exists in this worldly dimension.  The fact that the starlings like to roost within the city trees means thick layers of poop build up on cars, streets, and sidewalks, which makes getting around a little hazardous, as well as supremely gross.  The city of Rome employs the services of Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli (LIPU), who send people to walk underneath the trees in the evenings as the birds are starting to roost.

They carry megaphones that emit a sound (magnified to 10,000%) that is suppose to be recordings of the natural starling danger call, which, in theory, will humanely scare the bejesus the birds from roosting in the city.  This sound can only be described as the unholy union of a million cats in heat yowling off-key, plus the agony of a legion of crying babies, combining melodiously with the bitter song of all the sinners in Dante’s circles of hell.  Very soothing to the ears!

I like the humane aspect, but in practice, I’m not sure how well the recordings work, as I’ve watched the starlings leave one tree as a result of the noises only to settle down in another tree a little farther off.  They’re creatures of habit and like to return to the same places along their migration route.  They’re also persistent bastards that I’m sure I’ve heard cackle in glee as they paint cars with their gallons of poop.

In any case, I did an illustration to show all the layers of starling season in Rome.  There’s the graceful flocks swimming in the sky layer, the flying layer where seagulls and raptors that chase them around.  The human layer can be subdivided into 4 types: LIPU with their megaphone persuaders, the camera-toters (mostly tourists) who just want a good pic to post to the interwebs, the long-suffering Italians who have devised ways to go about their business without a speck of poop on them, and the other long-suffering Italians who have given up fighting the annual starling migration.

Wandering around Washington DC

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I’ve posted a few polaroids shots from a trip to Washington DC, mostly from around the Mall area.  The verdict: the Hirshhorn Museum is pretty damn photogenic!

Get ready for 48 Hour Film, Providence!

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Team They’re Using Tools! is getting ready to cause a ruckus at 48 Hour Film this year in Providence, RI; I’m joining in on the action when the sleepless party kicks in on July 12-14.  We need a team t-shirt first though…. or else we’ll have nothing decent to wear :-(  Here’s my entry, I was looking at old school USSR propaganda posters for this stylistic inspiration.  Go vote on the Facebook poll to choose which one you like best!

 

New Reading Materials

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I’ve acquired some new books to read recently, the first one being the box set edition of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind manga by Hayao Miyazaki:

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It’s an oversized 2-book reprint by Viz Media of the entire seven volume run and is so hefty that it would probably do some serious damage to someone’s car if it fell out of a second-story window.  But it won’t be falling anywhere because it’s too busy looking pretty on top of my desk.

Second book I just got in the mail yesterday:

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The printed version of the Wooden Rose webcomic by my friend and fellow RISD alum Tami Wicinas (plus a cool pin, woot!).  Through the power of Kickstarter, her completed digital webcomic met the physical pages of a book and now rests in my hands, ready for perusal.

Now all I need to do is find some time away from everything in life so that I can curl up with these two stories and a cup o’ tea!

 

EDIT 12/1/13:

I have to give kudos to the editors at Viz Media for all the work they put into the Nausicaa manga volumes, because they were extremely thorough!  The only parts that seem to have been edited in the manga panels are the speech bubbles, all other sound effects have been left as they were drawn in the original panels and a section at the back of each book is devoted to cataloging all the translated effects.  It’s pretty extensive, running for several pages in each volume.  All effects are spelled out in English according to the katakana, then translated into the equivalent spelling or meaning in English:

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This is page 26 of the second volume:nausciaa_txt3

And this how the translated sound effects for the page look (26 is the page number, the number after the period is the panel number):

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Brian Huber Puppet and Krissy Groupie Puppet on school portrait day

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All while stylishly sporting snuggies, the essential fashion statement!  I’ve posted the two puppets I made for a music video about snuggies.  Yes, you heard me, someone wrote a song about snuggies and sang about it, and it is awesome and then there was a music video with puppets.

These pictures are documentation of when Brian Huber Puppet and his best fan ever Krissy went to school to get their school portraits taken.  Their moms had the means to pay for the much coveted laser background.  So cool!

By the way, the We Have Lasers! website has some examples of the coolest laser portrait backgrounds that ever existed, but the classic laser will always live on.

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Short film: The Other Day, in Rome…

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I’ve posted “The Other Day, in Rome…,” a short film made with the help of several RISD EHP students in the summer of 2012.  The plot: a Girl and a Dude who live in their own musical worlds, looking for love in their lives.  Will they ever cross paths?

This being my first time making any sort of movie on my own, there were some inevitable road bumps, the main one being that I forgot to turn off the skin soften mode on the camcorder (what is this?), which apparently just makes everything slightly blurry on tape, which I suppose will make skin tones look softer in a weird, roundabout way.  I also had zero film editing capabilities, so I had to learn the very basics of Final Cut Pro in a week, wah!

But I think it turned out pretty good for a first try and, despite some horribly early morning shoots to beat the Roman traffic, I think everyone who participated had fun as well.  Hope to dabble a bit more in video mediums in the future.  Viva Roma!