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11
May
17

Cineo Quantum C80

Cineo Quantum C80

So as we all know if you can find the end of a rainbow then you should find a pot of gold but have any of you ever wondered what’s at the start of the rainbow? I think I may have the answer (well for modern rainbows anyway).

 

It’s got to be the all-new Cineo Quantum C80 Led light panel. Cineo describe it as “the ultimate creative lighting tool” and who am I to argue. From the outside it looks like a large version of the HS units by Cineo with the normal black and red styling. It’s manufactured using lashings of extruded aluminum that make it robust enough for our industry (just like its predecessors have proven to be) yet keeps its weight down to under 23 Kg. This is impressive when you consider its size (60 x 120 cm / 24 x 48”).

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Delivering an impressive 50,000 Lumens of “beautiful, easily controllable, full-gamut light” the C80 packs a powerful punch of 800 watts at maximum power but it’s the controllability that makes it really shine.

 

Four independent knobs on the rear of the unit give you complete control over all the C80’s features, let me take you through them one knob at a time.

 

Master. This one controls the dimming, 0-100 % as you would expect but set to correlate exactly to camera stops so 50% would be one less stop and so on, that’s a very nice feature in my mind.

 

White. This knob allows for accurate CCT adjustment as on many of Cineo’s other panels and allows for fast, precise setting of any desired colour temperature.

 

Colour. (And here is where the rainbow reference came from) This allows you to add saturated colour to the output with control over the hue being displayed on the control panel.

 

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Blend. (Nope nothing to do with coffee sorry) Controls how much saturated colour is added to the white light, adjustable anywhere from full colour to full white.

 

If knobs aren’t your thing then all the above can be controlled using DMX cables or even wireless DMX with the built-in Lumen Radio feature.

 

With the C80 the same colour shading can be achieved regardless of CCT. Hence plus 2 Green added to 3200k CCT will look the same as plus 2 Green added to 5600K CCT, provided that the camera is correctly white balanced. (We could call this Cineo’s law and physics students will have to learn it for years to come, bless them)

 

Now for the technical bit, Cineo have developed Phosphor-converted saturated colour LED’s that work with the same phosphor recipes as their white LED’s. This means that they combine well to produce a natural looking spectrum featuring cineos deep-red colour rendering (that’s as red as a pom on Bondi beach). Furthermore as all the LED’s use the exact same colour dye so they all carry the exact same thermal stability.  I think this means that everything gets old at the same time hence the light remains accurate throughout its life.

 

Oh completely flicker free, and silent operation also feature as we have come to expect from Cineo.

 

A solid 10 / 10 for my Brucie coolness rating I think this time!! I’m a fan of Cineo products and they have delivered another great addition to the range hence Pixipixel are getting them in.

 

The one slight downside is we don’t actually have them yet, but they are on order so watch this space.

However if you would like to take a look, why not join us for our free lighting workshop on the 16th of this month at Rida East Studios. The QC80 will be making an appearance along with cinematographer extraordinaire Adam Suschitzky BSC give us a call to reserve a space.

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13
Apr
17

ProLights Lumipix Batten

Looking at lights like this makes me wonder if we will soon see the demise of the gel industry altogether. I must admit that I hope we don’t, having spent years learning about CTO, CTB and the ever-amusing oddball amber (162) and seedy pink (748) amongst the plethora of other coloured gels available. I guess we will all get used to dialing in a colour on the back of the lights rather than correcting them at the front with giant sweetie wrappers and no doubt it will be easier, cheaper, and more accurate this way. I can’t help feeling we are likely to lose something of the craft of lighting along the way.

 

Still, far be it for us to stand in the way of progress, so we are fully embracing the new LED technology and it’s minimal need for gel. A good example of this is the new Lumipix batten from ProLights. This is a 12 bank LED light batten with the ability to produce more than 16 million colours without having to use a single sheet of gel. And I thought there were only 7 colours, well that’s how the rainbow works isn’t it?

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Not only will the Lumipix display lots of pretty colours but it will allow you to do all sorts of combinations and effects with them. I feel that this has been designed with the stage in mind rather than the big (or small) screen. They would be perfect for concerts and that type of show with in-built microphones and adjustable sensitivity to allow for music mode where the lights will respond to music themselves. Also full Dmx control is available right down to the individual LED’s so you can change colours and make pretty patterns to your hearts content.

But before you tune out its not only rock bands that can use this, you image-makers may find them useful too. In our world we would think of them less as a disco light and more of an all-purpose flood or fill light.

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Rather nicely they have a flicker-free operating frequency of 400HZ to allow for relatively high speed filming, and a LCD display user interface so you can play with the settings without having to put it through a complicated control desk.

IP33 protection and a maximum power consumption of 40W will keep the gaffers happy. You folks will also appreciate the minimal 3.2 kg weight and the robust aluminum body designed to disperse heat and also protect the lights.

Interestingly these battens are also capable of being “pixel mapped” This term describes how a bitmap or image can be displayed pixel by pixel on a series of lights thus creating a video screen of sorts. I presume this would be used for displaying simple moving patterns or images.

However, I can’t help thinking that this feature could be employed to make the ultimate big HD screen experience. As each unit has 12 x LED lights, I calculate that 158 ½ units side by side would do one line of a HD display and about 170 thousand units stacked up would complete it. What an impressive screen that would make, being 150metres wide, however, you may have to watch it from outer space. Anyway we don’t quite have enough of them for that and even with the minimal 40 w max power draw per unit it would still draw 6912000.00 watts in total that’s over 30 thousand amps.

As far as specifications go each unit has 12 tri colour High-efficiency CREE LEDs giving a LUX of 1360 @ 1m, the optics give a beam spread of 19 degrees. Several DMX selectable configurations are available (2,4,6,7,9,18 or36) for advanced or basic controlling. A tough aluminum body to aid with heat dispersal and a controllable fan for forced ventilation will prevent over-heating.

Each unit has twin brackets for hanging that can also be used for floor positioning.

A power output has also been built in to allow for up to 10 units to be joined together using the one 230-v supply (less distro required)

So all in all this is a very nicely thought through product with some great features and I will give it a 7 / 10 for my Brucie Coolness Rating, only slipping slightly because its too difficult to ride home with on my bike for parties.

 

Cheers all BB

 

20
Jul
16

Volte Face by Oliver Curtis

Volte Face by Oliver Curtis.

 

Oliver Curtis has turned his back on convention and just about everything else with his upcoming exhibition and book titled Volte face, roughly translated as about-face.

 

The expression volte face originally stems from the Italian word “voltafaccia” with volta meaning turn and faccia meaning face. Imagine for a moment what the Mona Lisa must look out at every day from her vantage point on the wall in the Louvre or Lincolin from his giant stone seat in Washington and you will have some idea of what Oliver has been shooting since changing his outlook on a visit to the pyramids of Giza in 2012.

 

Oliver recounts how after walking around the base of the pyramids he found himself stood with his back to the tomb looking out over the city of Giza under a vale of smog on the horizon and a selection of “human detritus” adorning the desert sand immediately in front of him. Now for most of us that would be a cue to turn round and take some pictures of what we flew to Egypt to see in the first place but not for Oliver, instead he saw something else, a new perspective.

 

This is the mark of a great photographer, having the ability to see and to see things the rest of us miss or just overlook it’s a skill that cant be taught in my opinion you either have it or you don’t and that explains why I am sat here writing a blog I guess.

 

The exhibition is taking place at the Royal Geographical Society from the 19th of September until the 14th of October and Pixipixel are proud to be amongst the sponsors and look forward (or even backward) to seeing many of you attend. At this point it can’t hurt to point out that admission is free.

 

Oliver is also producing a rather nice book of this project that I have yet to see, but presumably is best read from the back to the front in the spirit of the whole idea.

 

In reflection on this project Oliver explains that “Volte face is an invitation to turn around and see a new aspect of the over-photographed sites of the world – to send our gaze elsewhere and to favour the incidental over the monumental.

He continues to explain that “despite the landmark not being present in the photograph, the images are still suffused with the aura of the construction, the camera lens effectively acts as a nodal point and by giving the photograph the title of the unseen partner this duality becomes a virtue.”

 

By visiting the exhibition you will see that Oliver has produced some stunning images of familiar places in a way that we have never seen before and that itself is no easy thing, so we would like to congratulate him on his creativity in putting this outstanding body of work together.

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04
Dec
15

Something a little different from the KOTW

Violet and The Vicarage

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One of my biggest pleasures in life is food, good food, preferably cooked from scratch at home and if possible cooked by someone else.

I was raised by a great pair of cooks at home and have been lucky enough to sample a wide range of cuisine from around the world. Unfortunately living with a vegetarian and a fussy eleven year old, coupled with getting home late after my commute from London each day has turned this pleasure into a bit of a weekend only thing.

My mid week meals tend to consist of fairly standard fair from the freezer and a lot of quorn. Don’t get me wrong we still get to eat but I just don’t get to spend any time being creative in the kitchen in fact my copy of the chefs bible “Escoffier” hasn’t seen the light of day for nearly as long as my Kitchen Aid (I have memorized béarnaise anyway and that’s the best thing in the whole book) I do still try to make an effort with dinner when we get to have a family meal and am quite creative when it comes to making a jacket potato, cheese and beans look good (to an 11year old anyway) but my food styling skills are well out of practice I’m afraid.

This weekend I get to knock up a couple of curries as we have some friends coming over and I am really looking forward to some serious pestle and mortar action and adding a few more turmeric stains to the kitchen worktop.

By this point you are probably wondering what on earth Brucie Blogger is on about this time, are Pixipixel moving into kitchen hire?

Well no we are not, well not yet anyway. I am trying to set the mood so I can tell you about a rather “tasty” project I got us involved in with the lovely ladies at Violet and the Vicarage.

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Our involvement started about a fortnight ago when I received a call from Kristin Perers. (A renowned food photographer biased here in Hackney)

She and Claire Ptak operate Violet and the Vicarage and between them they offer the most mouth watering sounding food styling and photography courses, run a bakery, style and shoot for numerous cookery books and write a bakery column in the Guardian so they are a busy pair to say the least.

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Claire owns the bakery, is a food stylist and is just starting her weekly column in The Guardian “Cook”. Kristin is a food and lifestyle photographer with a background in styling, painting and fashion design.  Together they decided to start Violet and the Vicarage Workshops to share their experience and knowledge about food, photography, publishing, styling, writing and how to be self employed, stay creative and run your own business doing something you love (in Hackney!)

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We supplied a small amount of kit and a few freebies for some show-bags for last weekends course with a view to gaining some exposure for Pixipixel in this culinary world (and perhaps something from the bakery).

From the reports I am getting back from Kristin the weekend went fantastically and with a bit of luck another twelve eager food photographers and stylists will soon be knocking on our door and attempting to bribe me into a discount with sticky cakes and yummies of all kinds.

 

I have very much missed the Coco Black photo shoots I used to host in the studios I worked at down under and my mate Dean Cambray who would keep the office supplied in “broken” chocolate so I am all for any involvement we can get in this side of the photographic world.

 

Well I am hungry now and inspired to make my weekends curry munching look spectacular and taste even better, so if I have managed to wet your appetite as far as food styling and photography goes please contact the Ladies at Violet and the Vicarage for more details, or at the very least pop into the Violet bakery on Wilton Way in Hackney to sample some great baking or check out Claire’s column in the Guardian.

 

If you are already a foodie kind of photographer or stylist then why not pop in to see us too while you are local because good food photography needs more than just great looking food it needs great kit and we have everything you could ever need for your next project.

 

http://www.violetandthevicarage.com

 

Bon Appetit BB

 

Stop the presses Kristin just told me they have scheduled another workshop for may 2016 so get in quick foodie people!

08
Sep
15

Mototake Makishima, Update

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Calling all Fashion and film enthusiasts.

Following on from our recent blog regarding Mototake’s latest fashion film “One Day” that has been accepted into the Fashion Film Festival Milano.

Screening dates have just been announced and “One Day” will be screened twice, firstly at 11:30 am on the 20th of September in the official selection screening room and then again the following day at 2pm in the Statement Room. One Day will make up part of a program of films entitled “Capsual 1”

I do hope some of you can attend and support Mototake.

But those of you who can’t make it in the flesh please take a moment to participate in the online voting for the audience award at

http://fashionfilmfestivalmilano.com/

Voting takes place from the evening of the 22nd to the 28th of September.

Once again we wish to pass on our best wishes for success to Mototake, we shall be crossing our fingers for him and hoping he achieves the reward that his film deserves.

A link to the festival is below

http://fashionfilmfestivalmilano.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/FFFMilano-2015-Program-Approvato-5.09.pdf

Cheers all BB

04
Sep
15

Congratulations are in order for Mototake Makishima’s fashion film “One Day” Nominated for Two Prestigious Film Festivals

makishima logoMototake Makishima’s latest Fashion film “One Day” is described as following “two workers in search of individuality in a mysterious pagan-like blue world. Constrained in a monotonous culture and overshadowing power of the idols, the protagonists’ contained emotions inevitably explode” Now I don’t know a great deal about fashion but I feel like that every morning on the commute in from home.

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Seriously I wont even try to pretend that I am any kind of expert (x as in former and spert as in drip under pressure) in the world of fashion or for that matter fashion films, however having watched “One Day” I can report that it is a visually stunning piece of filmmaking, showcasing the British fashion brand Toogood, the choreography of Ivana Sehic and the musical composition of Marc Teitler.

Somewhat more importantly (well to us anyway) it was filmed using equipment supplied by us here at Pixipixel.

Now we can’t really claim any responsibility for the film’s success but did play our part by offering Carolina Takagi (the producer) a very special deal on our equipment and this no doubt helped the project get off the ground.

I don’t know if it’s the Fashion, the dance, the score or the magical masks from Sarah Kaye-Rodden but it seems that this film is destined for greatness, having already being accepted for two prestigious film festivals.

Firstly the Milano Fashion Film Festival (20-22nd of September) and secondly the BAFTA qualifying, Aesthetica Short Film Festival (5-8th of November). Neither has announced screening dates just yet.

I will add some links later to these but may I draw your attention to the online voting for the audience award at the Milano festival, as we would love to see Mototake win.

When I spoke to Mototake recently he said, “I would love to direct more fashion films. I believe that I can bring my experience working on both artistic and narrative films into the genre. Also I trade in visually orientated story telling which would suit well in fashion films.

He would also like to travel the world with his films and “Never retire” (never retire……. these artists are crazy you know).

So please watch out for “One Day” at a festival near you soon and check out Mototake’s other work at.

WWW.makishimafilms.com

Hopefully you will be suitably inspired yourselves and once you have an idea then you know where to come for your director and equipment.

Now please don’t all swamp us with requests for support as we can’t help everyone and still maintain a healthy float at the Howl at the Moon. However we do like to get involved in the “right” projects from time to time so you never know. Get your thinking cap on and I could be blogging about how we helped you win a Bafta next time.

Finally we at Pixipixel would like to take this opportunity to send Mototake our congratulations and wish him every success with “One Day” at both the festivals and in the future.

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Links

Milan fashion film festival

http://fashionfilmfestivalmilano.com/#second-edition-title

Aesthetica short film festival

http://www.asff.co.uk/asff2015/

Mototake Makishima biography

http://www.makishimafilms.com/about/

10
Aug
15

“Not Tonight Josephine”

“Not tonight Josephine” we all know that quote don’t we? Napoleon is credited with going for a fight rather than having a night of passion with his lover and glad to say he lost too. But what he should have said was “how about on Thursday”. Ok so he would have missed that date too due to being somewhat dead but that’s not what I’m getting at.

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You can spend an evening with Josephine, Napoleon and a host of participants from the battle of Waterloo here in London this Thursday thanks to the amazing time travelling photographer Sam Faulkner as he hosts a curators talk at his exhibition “Unseen Waterloo: The Conflict Revisited” in the Terrace room at Somerset House.

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Sam has been traveling back in time to the battlefield at Waterloo for the last 5 years using Pixipixel equipment to help. Now don’t get excited we only offer our time travel equipment to a few people because most of them want to travel back to a point before the invoice and that doesn’t really work for us I’m afraid.

Sam has spent the last few years attending the annual Waterloo re-enactment in Belgium and using his “battlefield” studio has created a series of breathtaking images of the participants looking magnificent in historically accurate uniforms.

His Images transport us back 200 odd years to a time before war photographers existed and painters weren’t quick enough to catch the action.

Officer, chasseurs à cheval de la garde impériale, France

Eighty life-sized portraits are on display hung against a backdrop of Hainsworth scarlet fabric (the very same as used to dress the British Redcoats in the battle) they evoke the forgotten faces of the battle and cause us to re-imagine moments of hope, glory and defeat. Curated by Patrick Kinmonth (international stage director and designer).

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The exhibition is also stunningly captured in a book of the same name that it should grace every coffee table.

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We at Pixipixel are so delighted to see our equipment being put to use on such a creative and worthwhile project and with such a stunning end result, its hard to imagine that Sam could have taken any better pictures even if we could have sent him all the way back in time.

So if you like great images, history, battles or just want to treasure an English win (we don’t get that many) then get yourself along to Somerset House.

Opening times for the exhibition are 10 am to 6 pm most days and the talk from the photographer himself this Thursday 13th August is from 3 pm for 45 mins.

http://samfaulkner.co.uk/

http://www.unseenwaterloo.co.uk/




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