Friday, July 1, 2011

Sci Channel "Rebrand Montage #2"

check out the latest project I was on while at Imaginary Forces. This is another short cut of some of the graphics we did :)

Directed by Ronnie Koff

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Science Channel Rebrand

check out the latest project I was on while at Imaginary Forces. This is a short cut of some of the graphics. :)

Directed by Ronnie Koff

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Product photo test #3

I got back from the dentist and decided to try some more product photography. Liquor was involved.

Yn560 (umbrella) camera left. Yn560 (umbrella) camera right, 430exii for background. Reflector (white board) directly above camera. Fired with cybersync.

Shiner Bock beer Francis Ford Coppola wine

(C) Derek Ptacnik 2011


Taking photos while at the dentist = My hobby is officially becoming an obsession.

Getting my chipped tooth fixed by the happiest old Asian man in dental history. He told me to put my sunglasses on (to block the light)


Sunday, May 22, 2011

My first studio portrait.

Originally uploaded by ptacnik

I did a quick lighting test with erin, playing with some new gear. This is my first attempt. Pretty happy with the results, but any suggestions/critiques are appreciated!

480exii (umbrella) camera right. Yn-560 (umbrella) low and back camera left. AB800 for background.

(C) Derek Ptacnik 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tropicana Flip Book

This is the first project I worked on while at Imaginary Forces. Check it out!

It is also Featured on the front page of Motionographer! :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

thunderbolt (lighting test)

Really like this phone (if only the battery would last longer)
BTW if you have an Android phone and are looking for a good camera app, check out Vignette. Worth every penny.

(C) Derek Ptacnik 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Product Photo Tests

7D 32mm 1/320 sec at f16 ISO100
DIY light box.
AB800 camera left (high), AB800 camera right (straight) both diffused with several layers of paper and frosted plastic. 430exii front/left 1/16 power with orbis ring. All fired with Cybersync.

I love everything abut this camera. I'd love to have a bulb mode and even a hotshoe, but even without those two things this point-and-shoot is the best i've ever used. A friend of mine dropped it a few weeks after I got it, (that's what the big scratch is on the side.) Still works great.


"The Beach Camera" this one never leaves my bag. When the lens comes out you can hear the crunch of sand in the gears. The back screen has two large black dots but the camera itself works just fine. Love the texture on this one.


"The College Camera" I forgot I even had this thing. Its been sitting in a 'junk box' for years. A friend of mine dropped it, so the card door doesn't close. But with a little piece of tape it stays shut and the camera works just fine.

(C) Derek Ptacnik 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

7D Cmount

Originally uploaded by ptacnik

Canon EOS 7D with a 12.5 mm 1.4 C-mount television lens.

Doing some tests now and will post soon. Thought it would be fun to try.

The lens vignettes slightly but for the most part fills the frame. So far I have yet to capture an image in focus. With the iris almost completely closed and with a shutter time of around 30 seconds I am able to get close. But so far no luck.

I would guess the lens actually needs to be closer to the sensor? which i assume cant really be done without damaging something.

(this photo was taken with a canon powershot s95. This is also my first attempt at product photography so any suggestions are welcome!)

(C) Derek Ptacnik 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

selects: Denver + Nebraska trip


The photo above was taken in Denver :: the rest are from Nebraska---------





(C) Derek Ptacnik 2011