dinsdag 15 mei 2012

First pic with the new camera

K-5 w Pentax-M 100mm f4 macro


As mentioned some time ago, I have gotten around to purchasing some new gear.  Just for reference, I post the first picture, of a half finished savage orc boar rider, which will be used as a RuneQuest Tusk Rider.
Having new gear is – of course – nice and dandy, but boy is this thing sharp:  for the above image I have to set up the camera at about 50 cm from the model.  The depth of field is only a few millimeters deep at full open, and even at f8 it’s still not enough to get the entire miniature sharp.  Massive control, and so very sharp, there’s no way I’m gonna pretend any skill at painting after this, every error, no matter how tiny, will be revealed with this setup!
The camera is a Pentax K-5, the lens is a 100mm f4 macro lens from 25 years ago, with excellent sharpness and contrast.  The picture above is without any lighting setup, just a small tripod and 2 second trigger to avoid shaking.

zaterdag 5 mei 2012

Casting session

For our first whole day casting session we decided to make a bit of everything
The blog has been quiet the last few weeks, the reason for that is a mix of too much work, the temporary pause playing RuneQuest waiting for RQ6 (and Moon Designs Pavis, which I received last week), and the fact that the weather has remained so chilly: I really prefer sitting in my hobby room without the heater blowing, and when it's so cold I can't: I just have to heat it.  As a consequence I find I head down less often.  Still, I am still painting now and again, currently working on a set of Tusk Riders, a nice collection of zombies, and I also have a bunch of NPCs that I need to finish off, just some basing and finishing touches and we're good to go.

Funnily enough, two months ago I finally bit the bullet and decided to go and buy the SLR I have been wanting for so long now.  I invested in some decent lenses as well, and theoretically I am now able to make way better pictures than before.  But setting stuff up now takes longer, making it a more formal occasion: set up the flash and umbrella, set up the scene, tripod, linear rail and 1:2 macro lens.  So far I haven't really made pictures of my modelling, but I intend to soon™.

Once work settles down a little, I'll make a bit of effort on documenting the new photography tools.