Chris Clor Abstracts

This is a series of abstracts I photographed at the Bilbao, Spain Guggenheim museum. The building is very unusual architecturally speaking and the ceilings and walls provided tremendous opportunity for creating abstracts with the many curves, angles and mixed lighting. The photographs were made with a Sony A7r and Sony24-70 lens. I have also included a photo of the exterior of this beautiful building which may help to explain the dramatic curved walls within.

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“Norman” another video vignette from the “Behind Closed Doors” series.

The talent and cat were filmed on a green screen and composited using After Effects with Primatte Keyer, my go to keyer for green screen work. The set was constructed in CG using Cinema 4d. The video camera used is a Sony FS700 with 4k upgrade and an Odyssey 7Q+ recording 4k RAW.  I also shot stills simultaneously with a Sony A7RII mounted on top of the cage of the FS700.  Hopefully this will become an ongoing series for me as I have plenty of ideas for future installments! .

“The Cook” video vignette

Here is a quick video vignette of “The Cook” as part of my series “Behind Closed Doors”. The actor was filmed on green screen as the entire room set including stove is CGI. I used a Sony FS700 and an Odyssey 7q+ to record raw 4k. Attached to the top of this rig was my Sony A7RII which I used to shoot the stills. I used LED lighting exclusively here for the video and the stills.  The smoke rising from the frying pan was filmed separately against a black background and added to the video comp in “screen mode” which makes all of the black pixels transparent. Software used: Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D and Arnold render.

Video breakdown of “Bushido”

This is a simple video that shows the steps used in creating this image. The room set was created entirely in CGI with the exception of some of the foreground props, a few props in the bathroom and the clothing on the chair and floor using Cinema 4d and Arnold Render.  The video shows the transition from wireframe to the final render and also the post render work in photoshop.

Since the room set was created before the talent was photographed I had a precise plan for my lighting set up for the studio shoot.  Since the final render was not initiated until after the talent shot was selected it allowed me the opportunity to adjust the room set to the suit the talent’s pose and also, if needed, to tweak the lighting within the cgi set to match the talent’s lighting.  From there a lo res render is made and a rough comp of the scene is created in photoshop.  Final tweaks to the cgi set are made and the scene is rendered. I use Arnold Render for Cinema 4d. This render engine is capable of producing stunning images but it will bring your computer to it’s knees especially if you plan on rendering in the background and continuing to work on other projects. For this reason I pass the scene files off to my render machine, a Mac Pro 12 core with 64 gig of ram, identical to the machine I use for everyday work, with the exception of a processor upgrade installed by a company here in the UK called Create Pro. The machine is dedicated to rendering only. The render at the resolution required took 39 hours…ouch! That being said I could have optimized the render settings and sampling to reduce the render time with negligible impact on the final scene but since I had time I let it fly with the higher sampling rates.  So…planning your work and optimizing the render settings is crucial in order to allow for enough time to render especially with tight deadlines.  The scene is also rendered in passes which may include a specular, shadow, depth, etc. A final ambient occlusion pass is made as well. Once all of the render files are generated it’s off to photoshop for the final composition and grading.

The talent and detail props were photographed with a Sony A7R II with a Sony 24-70 zoom at 35mm focal length which matched the viewport camera in C4d.

Thanks to Lisa Clor  (www.LisaClor.com)  for her brilliant styling and our wonderfully creative talent Billy Wright (Ugly Models UK) .