The Shadowy Mantis

This praying mantis was sitting on our umbrella stand in the back yard fairly late in the afternoon. I grabbed our little Olympus tough which has a great :super close up” mode with a little LED light. The first shots were OK but kind of boring shallow depth of field praying mantis shots so I decided to change the angle and go from below. These photos are the result and I really like the eerie, sinister silhouette feel of the images. The depth of field and the darkening sky in the background make for an interesting image. I wouldn’t have been able to get my SLR gear under the mantis to achieve the same shot so it can be good to have a point and shoot around sometimes.

Enlighten 2014

These photos were from the Enlighten festival in Canberra which we managed to get out to on the very last night. We got there a little late which was a shame as the photos with the sky in the background worked out really well. These were taken with my Pentax K5 on sensitivity priority mode and while they are a little grainy I’m always impressed with the amount of light it can capture in dark environments. Was wrangling my two year old son too so pretty hard to take any serious photos but these ones worked out pretty well. Used a 1o-20mm wide angle lens.

MusicBusinessFacts.com identity design

I designed this logo for Alchemist Drummer Rod’s online music eleaning site: musicbusinessfacts.com. Rodney also works in vocaltional education and training and needed an identity  for his new business and branding for his music business podcasts. The design took some time to develop as it was quite hard to mix money and music without looking tacky. The music note with the dollar sign was created in Illustrator and then mixed with the final sans serif typography. The site has some really interesting content and is currently being redesigned to incorporate the new branding. The initial version of the site is here: musicbuinessfacts.com

 

musicbusinessfacts.com

Kaleidoscope 2013 Exhibition Showreel Intro Animation

This animation was created as in intro to my classes showreel presentation for their end of year exhibition. The static logo design was refined by the group based around the intital artwork of Rob Suthern.  I animated the logo and made this intro to take the pressure off the group who are all producing their own two minute showreel in Motion for the exhibition. It also makes a good demonstration file for teaching. Created in Apple Motion 5 – the logo type and some elements of the logo have been brought toward to add some dimension to the graphics. Some filters were applied to the square kaleidoscope image and image masked to keep the rigid diamond shape. The logo elements were all timeed to the start of Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex and then final camera, masking, filter and typography work  to complete the intro. Will be screened at Kaleidoscope 2013 exhibition at CSIRO Discovery theartre Nov.28th 7pm.

 

Metal for the Brain Logo Animation

This motion graphic was created for the last Metal for the Brain logo that I designed in Adobe Illustrator  for the final show promotion. The animation was put together recently as teaching resource to show how to animate cameras and lights in Apple Motion. Elements of the logo have been elevated in 3D space and then scaled back into their original positions. The animation uses lights and features several virtual cameras that are animated in 3d space. Tunes: Demonic Refusal Testament.

 

Crystal Skull Vodka Bottle – CIT Studio

This photo was taken in the CIT photography studio as I took a bunch of graphic designers through the basics of studio flash lighting. This Crystal Skull vodka bottle has now been used in several projects and demos of mine as it always looks so good filmed or photographed. The skull is on a mirror on top of a vanishing table. There is a light below and a key light directly on top. Really happy with how this photo came out and you can hardly tell most of the Vodka is gone.

crystal-skull-studio

Sydney Harbour at night – Hi ISO

These photos are from a trip to Sydney earlier in the year where we took Lee on his first Ferry ride on Sydney Harbour. It was a cold and rainy night but I decided to take a few pictures and try out the K5’s Sensitivity Priority mode which I have never used before. I was surprised with the quality of the images, the high ISO introduces some grain but they did clean up alright and captured much more light than was visible to the eye. I was on a moving ferry so there is a little loss of sharpness. Sigma 10-20mm Pentax K5.

Hellfest Main stages – 2008

This is a partial panorama of the main stages at Hellfest in France 2008. The band playing is Katatonia. Alchemist were lucky enough to get a spot on the festival and I had forgotten I even made this image as I only just found it on an old hard drive. Stitched in photoshop from 4 or 5 images with a Canon G9. This was a really fun day for the band and we got to see some great bands.

Hellfest-2008

Northside Lightning Cricket Logo

I designed this for my good mate Robbie’s (or the “Scorpion” as his team mates call him) cricket Team “The Northside Lightning” – Apparently they’re pretty good as they keep winning. Logo looks pretty good on the team shirts.

Northside Lightning Cricket Club Logo

Statue-Sheraton on Park

I quickly snapped this statue outside of the hotel on a work trip to sydney, I have no idea of the story behind the character but I do like the final image.

Statue - Sheraton on park

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I have setup this blog to be an archive of my work in the creative arts. I teach Digital Media and Graphic Design at the Canberra Institute of Technology and live in Belconnen in the ACT. You can find me on Facebook here Roy Boy