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focalist

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Sep 27, 2012, 03:32 pm Last Edit: Sep 27, 2012, 03:44 pm by focalist Reason: 1
I've never been to a steampunk event, I must check one out.  I'd only been to KRF once before, twenty years ago, as an extremely drunk patron.  Being a vendor, in fact really participating in one of these theme events is a totally new thing for me.  Highly entertaining.  I think it's the fact that everyone (pretty much) is in on the idea and theme and plays along.  KRF is particularly fun I think because the first place most every patron hits is a vendor to get a Yard of ale or mead, at ten thirty in the morning, many having gotten a head start in the parking lots.  By noon half the place has a decent buzz going, by three what you have is a couple of thousand drunks, a good half of them of them impressively armed.  This thought does give me pause, I must admit, as I am typically obnoxious as is my.. my... (idiom, sir?)  Yes!  Idiom.

We were given an obvious "out" the first day.. some guy dressed (remarkably similar looking too!) as The Doctor (THE Doctor.  Not just The Doctor.  Tom.  Nuff said.) passed by.  We agreed that it was too easy a copout despite me crawling around in the mud explaining how much I wanted to spray paint a cardboard box and be K-9, and my wife seemed to take offense at the suggestion that "Dalek" and "Wench" are both five letter words.  Oh well.  At least her allergies have settled down, I had gotten more disapproving looks from her while explaining that her coughing and sneezing were a great costume addition, TB is very period-appropriate.  However it seems that her humors (or lack thereof?) or the balance of Phlogiston have worked themselves out, with only minor forays into Ye Olde Bendryl.

That being said, I fully have called Shenanigans on the (obese) dude that showed up as Darth Vader.  

Particularly as the weather may be uncooperative, I may be able to get my hands on some gate passes, PM me if you'd like a couple and I'll see if I can get a couple for you....
When the testing is complete there will be... cake.

GoForSmoke

Could you get away with a Discworld box camera disguise, have a little demon pop out for a smoke now and then? Of course you'd need to set it down before the print came out.



Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

MichaelMeissner

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Oct 03, 2012, 02:31 pm Last Edit: Oct 03, 2012, 02:33 pm by MichaelMeissner Reason: 1

Could you get away with a Discworld box camera disguise, have a little demon pop out for a smoke now and then? Of course you'd need to set it down before the print came out.

In theory yes.  However, the OP is running a photo booth, and probably can't afford the extra time a special effect like that would take.

Now, for my steampunk camera, I have something similar with my squirrel artist.  I have several mascots (finger puppets) on my camera, a squirrel (Nutzo) who has a camera, and also two hats that match my 2 renaissance outfits, a squirrel (Livinia, named after Livinia Turlock, a female court painter for Henry VIII and Elizabeth I) who is an artist, a raccoon (Racky) that has a steampunk top hat and a set of tools, a dragon (Spark) that has his own castle, and a beaver (Eva) that will eventually get nerd glasses and handles calculations with abacus and slide rule.  When I manage to remember all of the wires, batteries, and LCD monitor, I have Livinea set up with an easel and a small LCD monitor that is the output of the camera's live view screen to make it look like she is painting the image.

Here is a picture of my 3 cameras (Olympus E-P2 inside of a 1915 Kodak Pony Premo 5x7 camera on the left, main steampunk camera in the middle with Olympus E-5 inside (note, in this picture Livinia  does not have the monitor), and Olympus VG-120 in a wooden frame on the right):


Here is Livinia with the monitor, at some point I need to wrap the monitor in wood and leather:

focalist

Okay, so when are you going to get a couple of servos and animate the fauna?  If you couldn't fit a motor inside the plushie, then put the motor inside the box and pull a length of fishing line to move it.

I really love the Kodak-housed Olympus.. that is a very cool looking rig.  The wooden pocket digi is awesome!

We have assembled quite a list of "lessons learned" during this, there's now three weeks left and discovered that people care much more about staying "in character" and playing along than explaining how we are doing photography in the 1300's.

I'm actually spending the afternoon putting together yet another camera trigger, Arduino-based of course.  Putting a phototransistor and a sound trigger in, with variable delay from sense to trigger.  One thing KRF is not short on is some rather interesting subject matter-  I have some ideas and want to try a few things with "Jacque the Whipper", and the lead trainer with the King's Zoo is game to see if we could some action shots of the trained hawks and eagles, as well as of the big cats-- including my new buddies the Ligers.  Nine hundred pounds of kitten, the big boy is...
When the testing is complete there will be... cake.

MichaelMeissner


Okay, so when are you going to get a couple of servos and animate the fauna?  If you couldn't fit a motor inside the plushie, then put the motor inside the box and pull a length of fishing line to move it.

Just what I need more ideas.  :smiley-mr-green: 8)


I really love the Kodak-housed Olympus.. that is a very cool looking rig.  The wooden pocket digi is awesome!

Thanks, the Kodak Pony Premo is the original, but I don't take it out as often now because the 1915 camera is starting to show its age.  Also, I recently had the tripod socket on the E-P2 camera I use in the Premo come out, and the camera wouldn't be able to be attached to the quick release.  I think I have the thing back together, but I'm not sure it will handle rough work.

Unfortunately, I need to rethink the wooden pocket camera, since the VG-120 is such a poor camera when doing inside stuff (outside it is ok).


We have assembled quite a list of "lessons learned" during this, there's now three weeks left and discovered that people care much more about staying "in character" and playing along than explaining how we are doing photography in the 1300's.

I'm actually spending the afternoon putting together yet another camera trigger, Arduino-based of course.  Putting a phototransistor and a sound trigger in, with variable delay from sense to trigger.  One thing KRF is not short on is some rather interesting subject matter-  I have some ideas and want to try a few things with "Jacque the Whipper", and the lead trainer with the King's Zoo is game to see if we could some action shots of the trained hawks and eagles, as well as of the big cats-- including my new buddies the Ligers.  Nine hundred pounds of kitten, the big boy is...

There are two commercial Arduino setups that have triggers like you are building, that you might want to check out in terms of ideas, etc:

MichaelMeissner

BTW, I did a talk at the Charles River Museum on the history of the steampunk camera, and my slides are here: http://www.the-meissners.org/steampunk/steampunk-camera-2012-08-12/img0.html.

As I'm starting to ramp up with Arduino, I am starting to think of things to do with embedded devices, but I haven't had any time to hack in the last couple of months.

GoForSmoke



Could you get away with a Discworld box camera disguise, have a little demon pop out for a smoke now and then? Of course you'd need to set it down before the print came out.

In theory yes.  However, the OP is running a photo booth, and probably can't afford the extra time a special effect like that would take.


A pin for an axle, a lever to move with a finger and a tiny demon statue in a smoking pose might remove the need to say cheese. It could probably use a spring somewhere in there.

What were you thinking? He don't have a whole lot of time or money to use.

I was more wondering if Discworld $#!+ would float or not?


Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

focalist

Camera triggers in general are pretty easy projects, I've made ones triggered by IR photogates, sound, among others.  I'm putting together one that I think I will keep as a perm project, as I find myself rebuilding one version or another of this every few months.  This one is the most advanced, it utilizes a 4x4 keypad and 16x2 LCD, has triggers for shutter, flash, and aux drive, and accepts an external input for triggering also.  Should cover most of my needs.  Arduino based of course!

When the testing is complete there will be... cake.

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