A Chance of Showers

Mar 11, 2011

John Keatley and I have been collaborating for a while now and we have done some amazing work together. In the capture process, he is the best at what he does. Now I’m doing my best to add a little retoucher to his brain. He has really started thinking like a retoucher and truely has a knack for composite work. Working with John feels like a true partnership and our collaboration is really picking up some speed. There are quite a few things we have finished recently that are just about to be released, and we can’t wait to show off all of our hard work.

Currently we are working on a new ad campaign for MiiR bottles. We are unbelievably excited about the way it’s shaping up and we can’t wait to share. I thought I would let you in on a bit of our process for capturing pieces and parts for compositing.

For this project, we need to build with water. Using water as a building material is tough because it’s clear. It’s only defined by it’s highlights, shadows, and the distortion it causes to whatever is behind it. Without a solid form, we had to find a way to make it do some of the work for us and capture it in that state. How would we do this? Well, we thought that throwing water in someone’s face might work.

Mark Miller (a reporter for KOMO news here in Seattle) agreed to be our guinea pig and he was amazing! It was chilly day near the beach, and he let us toss water at him for about 45 minutes. (don’t worry. we warmed it up. the first bucket at least. ) I’ve never thrown water in someone’s face, and especially not over 100 times, but I have some pointers for anyone looking for a new hobby: It’s not as much shoulder. It’s all in the wrist.

I’ve included one of the shots John captured. It shows a nice arch of water we were able to “freeze” in time. (pun intended). The things John can do with one light and a piece of soggy white seamless. He was shooting at 1/500 of a second and everything is just so crisp and tack sharp. With his Hasselblad, John can really grab all the detail. I included a detail it give you an idea.

I can’t wait to show you (and Mark) what we did with all the water in the face. I hope Mark thinks it was worth it.