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 Post subject: My "Vader Project"
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 4:20 pm 
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Over the past several weeks I've been working towards acquiring a few Vader pieces. With this, I'm going to be working on a personal photography project I titled "Project Vader" - not to be confused with "The Vader Project". :conf

https://www.facebook.com/The-Vader-Proj ... 68/?ref=ts

https://www.flickr.com/photos/starwarsb ... 262862719/

At one time I was thinking "Project DV", but that could get dyslexically confusing with "Project VD". :eek

So "Project Vader" it is. Simple and easy.



The intention of the project is to further develop my commercial photography and product lighting ability - and the Vader helmet, as we've seen in the movies, can be very difficult to capture.

Within the project, I'm hoping to do a photographic study/comparison of Vader's helmet before (RAW casting) and after (painted/finished). This will also create a little personal archive and wall art for myself. However, based on certain agreements within the Vader Helmet community I won't be allowed to publicly show everything I photograph. I will actually need to get permission to show certain images, which I'm fine with - I don't want to overstep any agreements.

The secondary reason I'm choosing to do this, and it's a biggie. Tax Deductions. AKA My wife won't kill me with all these purchases. :lol ...In fact, the purchases become highly validated. :thumbsup


....best of all, the first of element of my project arrives this afternoon.

Gotta thank The Prop Den and a few excellent members/helmet owners (you know who you are) for making this happen. :)


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 Post subject: Re: My "Vader Project"
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 10:46 pm 
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So the Authentic Vader Casting photography project has taken on a bit of an exciting turn.

After popping a few sample photos with the Sony a7rII and a Leica 50mm Summicron, the resolving power of this combo is ridiculous, and being inspired by the artfully crafted lines and details of these helmets/faceplates, I thought it would be interesting to take the photos and create an equally artfully designed visual reference guide worthy of Brian Muir's sculpture.

I also plan to turn my Zeiss 100mm F/2 Makro Planar on to these pieces. The Z100MP and the Sony a7rII create a medium format quality camera set up.

The first four helmets I'd love to document are the TM ANH, TM ESB, SL ANH, and if I can find one, a TD ANH faceplate. I suspect this project could take a few years, but I may be off to pretty good start in 2016 - as I may acquire three of the first four. :)

***Please note due to buyers agreements with these helmets, I won't be able release all of the final photos.


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 Post subject: Re: My "Vader Project"
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 1:29 am 
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Just finished shooting raw casting of the TM ESB and the TM ANH Faceplate. This is looking pretty cool - as it should. The lines of Brian Muir's sculpt allow for so many wonderful camera angles.

Can't wait to get my new/used dome for the TM ANH faceplate to finish that set.


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