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laser cut model - exhibition at Rondeel

Everyone talks about 3D printing scale models of architectural plans, but I think a combination of both laser cutting and 3D printing parts is a more feasible approach. We laser cut the model of this building and then I drew and printed the columns, desk, table, spaces and tiny human figures. (..)

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3D printing: difficulties

I don't know about you, but I keep reading over and over again how 3D printing will be a common thing before we know it- everyone will have one and print out their own tools and replacement parts for things they use in everyday life. I can't really imagine it being that easy and accessible for everyone just yet though. People who work with this kind of stuff tend to forget how easy all these things are to us, well, geeks, for lack of a better word. (..)

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3D prints

This weekend I had access to a 3D printer. Up until now, I didn't really have a clue what I would be doing with a 3D printer if I had one (or easy access to one) myself. Sure, you can print some cute or handy things other people made, but that's not a good enough reason for me to spend so much money on it. I admit I really love the 3D printed Dalek my husband brought back home one day (by request) (to my Dutch readers: this is a British thing- seriously people, just start watching Dr Who already!) but it's just a toy and how many of those plastic little toys do you want around the house anyway? I also love the little vase we printed (and pretty much the rest of the 3D printing world, I imagine), it's so pretty I wish I had designed it myself, but I wouldn't want an endless supply of vases.

I like creating things, not copying them. However, I'm usually a very 2D minded person when it comes to the medium I use. I take photos, I make drawings. On occasion I feel bold and I try to use clay but I usually end up making penguins then, and not much else. My brain always thinks 'penguin' when I think of creating something in 3D. Or furniture, but I wouldn't want that in clay or in small PLA printed parts.
True, my photography work focusses on 3D- spaces, the environment- but still, my medium is a two-dimensional one. And yes, I like it that way. No 3D photographs for me.

Furthermore, I hate 3D movies (the movie decides for you where you should be focussing which makes focussing on the background very hard, I don't think it adds anything to the story in any way and I am not fond of wearing the glasses either) and the 3D option on my Nintendo 3DS (gives me a headache even though some games look really cool in 3D, so I always turn it off).
I prefer architectural drawings, sketches or actual photographs above the renderings you see everywhere nowadays. Call me old-fashioned- in some ways, I really am- but the whole '3D craze' is beyond me.

As you can imagine, I wasn't too fond of the idea I'd have to use 3D drawing software. I just wasn't used to thinking like that. When I draw, I draw in lines. But I decided I wanted to make and print some things now that I had such easy acces, so I used tinkercad for the first time in my life.

My first self-made 3D print: a little box (click to enlarge)

I started simple. Well, sort of. Not a penguin- actually, now that I think of it, the thought of making a penguin hadn't even crossed my mind yet, how odd.
A box is an easy shape and I always have stuff that needs a box. I wanted it to have a pattern though, otherwise it would be too boring. Creating this pattern (which had to be perfectly symmetrical) in tinkercad took me a while (understatement; it took me ages) but I'm pleased with the result. I discovered it's not easy coming up with a nice repetitive pattern actually. It had to printable too, of course.

All the sides have the same pattern so you can see through the entire box.
I printed all the sides and then glued them together (I made cutouts on all the sides so they would fit nicely). I wanted the lid to have hinges but I went for an easier solution for now. At some point I'll work on a better lid for a box.
Part of my logo, the [•] part, is printed- or actually, left out- on the bottom of the box. I couldn't resist.

It's a small box, credit card sized. It still took the printer we used many hours to print all those sides with all those patterns.

My second self-made 3D print: a robot, inspired by a drawing I made a while back (click to enlarge)

Next, I decided to try and redraw one of my drawings in tinkercad; a drawing of a robot I made in Paper about a year ago. I changed a few things but overall it's pretty much the bot-bot as it was in 2D. I painted a few parts (by hand) to give it a bit more expression.

Bot-bot is 6,5 cm tall (the printer was working on this one for about 100-120 minutes). I have to say, I kind of love him and it was nice working on something as fun as this.
I'll be trying some other old drawings too. I've already started working on one, but it's a very difficult thing to print.

The original 'bot-bot' drawing

The original 'bot-bot' drawing

So, now I'm hooked. Seriously hooked. I really want to try some woodfill filament at some point (a mixture of wood fibres and PLA which gives the print a real nice wooden look).
I'm hoping I'll have some time to experiment some more soon. If so, I'll post the results here.

X-E1 + 14mm

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When I bought the Fuji X100, I had finally found my all-round camera- a camera with 'analog' controls, beautiful output and not too much nonsense. The only downside-for me- was the fixed lens. Don't get me wrong, I love primes, and a 35mm lens is great. I'd rather go out and about with just one prime than with multiple primes (or a zoom lens). Keeps things simple. Still, I love a bit of wide-angle.

So, in comes the X-E1. Basically an X100 with the option to switch lenses. (if you're into the geek stuff you probably already know the other differences and what the X-Pro is etc. and if not you can always look it up, but I won't bore you with the exact details- I think this is one of those cameras too many people have written about already anyway, so I'll keep it simple and personal) 

I decided to wait a little- it's not like I don't have enough cameras to work with- so I could think it through and be sure this was what I 'needed'. Yes, those quote marks.. I mean, seriously, how much do I need another camera? Will it add anything? Will it help me, or will it just be another choice whenever I go out or when I start working on a project? Is it something I think I need just because it's such an amazing little gadget?

I decided I did 'need' this camera after all, because it would give me something I didn't have- but really wanted; a very nice wide angle prime lens (21mm) on a very good little camera; a camera I wouldn't mind lugging around all the time. Which, unfortunately, I can't say about my dslr. I never take it with me anymore. It's too heavy, it attracts too much (and the wrong kind of) attention and I don't love that dslr, I never really did. It's a tool, and whenever I have architecture/ interior jobs it's the right tool. For everything else it really doesn't suit me.

So I sold my 16-35mm, a lens I hardly ever used and kept around 'as a backup, just in case'. It turns out, when I had to bring in my shift lens for repairs I considered renting that same shift lens for a job I had, but I NEVER considered using the 16-35 for it. Then I bought the 14mm (=21mm) lens with the X-E1, and did a quick interior shot to see how well it really performed. I mean, you can read every review out there and conclude it has hardly any distortion and should be almost perfect, but seeing it for yourself is kind of a different thing. Besides, I'm a bit picky.

I cropped a tiny bit off the interior shot (up, left), but didn't do any perspective adjustments or straightening. Same goes for the second shot- I was trying to get a nice shot of the pump when my cat decided she had to see what was going on, so excuse the cat. Cropped off the top there.

I'm rather happy to be honest. It won't- ever- replace my shift lens, but the quality is amazing. I'm looking forward to using that 14mm a lot, everywhere- unlike the 16-35.

(The photos in the two previous blogs were both shot with the 14mm as well) 

noorderlicht

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A yearly tradition: visiting Noorderlicht, the Dutch photo exhibition in either Groningen or Friesland. This year the exhibition took place in the old Suikerfabriek (sugar factory) in Groningen, a beautiful place (but rather cold, so learn from my mistake and don't leave your coat in the car just because it's nice and warm outside). The exhibition on the first floor, 'To have and have not' had the most impressive works. For me, Kadir van Loohuizen, Christian Kryl, Francisco Reina, Xiaoxiao Xu, and Kennardphilipps stood out most.

 

stedelijk

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We visited the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) today. I was particularly impressed with Kudo Tetsumi's work ('Cultivation by Radio-activity in the Electronic Circuit'), Yayoi Kusama's boat sculpture ('Aggregation') and with the sound installation in this staircase- which you really need to go and experience for yourself, so I'm only showing you a picture of the staircase.

~I have to admit- I don't remember the name of the artist, if it was in fact stated anywhere. I found two different blogs attributing it to two different artists, so I decided not to add to the confusion as well.

stairs to..

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When Google acquired Nik Software (the makers of the Viveza and Silver Efex plugins) last year I was a bit sceptical. There have been many initiatives and startups that have died a premature death through take-overs by big companies, so I didn't feel entirely confident about Nik staying around. However, today Google reaffirmed their commitment to the software and announced a big price reduction for the entire collection. Lucky me: I didn't buy all the plugins but because I was an existing customer I was now able to download the rest for free.

This photo is from my 50 meters series- unpublished until now- and is edited with one of the nik plugins, in case you were wondering why I combined this text with this image..

street photography - on rules and etiquette

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I bought this book at SHOOT Amsterdam yesterday (€15 at photoq - it's in Dutch and the rules apply to The Netherlands specifically). I had read up on most of the subjects by now, but not all of them. It's a great little book, pocket sized; a must-have for the Dutch street photographer- or for street photographers visiting the Netherlands (assuming you'll be able to read a bit of Dutch).