Today seemed like as good a time as ever to start a Photo Du Jour post. Every day I will post an image, generally something I processed that day.
Today’s classic pinup image is titled “Peek A Boo”. Deanna B. is the model, dressed in classic schoolgirl style featuring a tartan miniskirt and heels. This image was shot in my Plano studio in 2009.
… You get this:
When I got to the studio today, I found the refrigerator door ajar about 3 inches. Which caused me to think “WFT?!?!?!?”
Opening the door a bit further, this was what I found.
In addition to the obvious mess here, a sizable quantity wound up underneath the stereo system – and the microwave.
But wait, there’s more…
So here’s where the majority of the diet coke wound up…
Needless to say, cleaning this up was a project.
With no running water in the studio and the closest source of H2O being down the hall to the common bathroom, you can imagine how complicated it was to clean all this up – after hauling all the canned and bottled drinks down to wash them in the sink. Everything that wasn’t a sealed drink was a complete loss. And the freezer converted an impressive amount of humidity into about a one inch thick layer of new ice.
So this is the culprit. The cause of all the fun and games…
You can see how the can swelled up until the seam that keeps the top fastened to the rest of the can just ripped itself loose at what must have been fairly high velocity (I’m sure it was an impressive event).
About 45 minutes later, we had all the drinks cleaned up, the interior of the fridge as clean as possible and both stereo and microwave moved, counter cleaned – and re-populated with equipment.
Then the “defrosting the refrigerator” dance… Removing as much ice as possible by hand, I then wedged a thick layer of ShamWow under the fridge to soak up all the soon-to-melt ice (I’ve been getting grief for these things since I bought them years ago. But they actually work pretty well. HA!) — and left, evidence in hand.
Upon arriving home, I took “the culprit” out to our screened in porch, where we have good light, and took a few photos of the badly-behaved container so I can forward them to the nice folks at Coca Cola. Pretty, isn’t it? And shiny, too.
You have to give their design department credit for creating a pretty, shiny, reflective (if slightly untrustworthy) container for the less caloric version of Coca Cola’s very popular cola drink.
I think they should include face shields and kevlar vests with this product.
What would have happened if I had just picked it up when it “went off”? At a minimum I’d need a bath. But I also might need a digit or two reattached as well…
So tomorrow we’ll mosey back on down to the studio to wring out the ShamWows, dry out the rest of the mess, reload the fridge and start the process of getting it back down to the correct temperature.
And then off to the store to replace the supplies that defrosted during the festivities…
Today will be a busy day, getting everything ready for tomorrow’s ribbon cutting.
Join me and the Frisco Chamber of Commerce for our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting tomorrow, July 20th at 10:00 am. If you can’t make it in time for the ribbon cutting, drop by and visit later on. I will be in the studio until noon or so. We will have bagels, coffee and the like available for visitors while you familiarize yourself with our studio.
Book a session, get a new head shot for your business cards, or just spend some time browsing my work. Hope to see you tomorrow.
Finally. After all the moving and modifications, the new studio is complete (with the exception of some new lighting equipment arriving next week. This was taken in the early afternoon. so you can see how effective our blackout shades are in keeping the studio dark during the day. Take a look: (click on the image for a larger version)
I was recently contacted by a representative of a local violin maker to bid a shoot of some violins for their brochure and website. We agreed to do a test shoot, which turned into a late-night shoot in my new Frisco studio of more than 10 violins and a couple of Violas. The entire project was shot, edited and delivered in less than 24 hours.
During the course of our project I went to take a few shots at the workshop of Kelin Zhang a Master Luthier, who makes some amazingly beautiful violins. I saw not a single power tool in his workshop and if you know anything at all about woodworking or musical instruments, you should appreciate the amount of time, skill and patience required to produce a fine instrument entirely by hand. Kelin’s work area looks much like the one my bride frequently complains about in my workshop, with piles of materials and tools in a seemingly vast chaotic scrapyard. Yet he, like myself, knows where everything he needs is located and works effortlessly amid the apparent chaos.
What impressed me most, were the “vintage” violins he produces. These modern instruments, created from scratch just this year, look for all the world to be two centuries old with hundreds of hours of use. The time and skill it must take to achieve this end result! Their website does not yet have the new images we shot, but if you wish to learn more about this local artisan, visit www.kelinviolin.com The current catalog shows violins on a black background. Our shoot was done with a white background.
You can see a larger version of this image in the Fine Art gallery.