One of our “Emmy and the Whale” book customers sent us this picture.
For me all of the countless hours, studio shoots, computer crashes, miles driven, expenses, sweat and tears all seem worthwhile now.
Our book, “Emmy and the Whale” Is finally here! We are proud to present this book to the world. The book is about a young girl’s magical adventure with a majestic whale. Julian Burrett is the book’s author and I am responsible for the artwork.
The imagery was created by combining photography and CGI, where our talent, “Emmy” was photographed in studio with a Sony A7r, and the CGI was modelled and rendered in Cinema 4d, my go to software for most things CGI. Thousands of hours went into the creation of this book and we think it will become a favourite of children and their parents too!
Please have a look at the website: http://www.emmyandthewhale.com or the Emmy and the Whale Face Book page for a closer look. You can also make direct purchases from the website. We also ship worldwide.
Some of the words used to describe “Emmy and the Whale” from folks who have just received there copy: Magical, stunning, mesmerizing to name a few. Enjoy!
Here is a collection of images I photographed recently on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. This is my third trip to Skye and I spent a week there with my son who is a producer for a news channel and also an avid photographer. We rented a cabin that turned out to be in the middle of no where…actually if you go to “no where” and drive for a few more miles that’s where we were based. The weather was dodgy all week with frequent rain and periods of overcast. But on Skye the weather can change dramatically in a matter of minutes so we were only truly rained out once while attempting to shoot the lighthouse at Neist point. (we later returned on a better evening and while the light was good, we were met with winds of 45mph+ while standing atop the cliffs.) In all I think the weather was a plus as it provided much drama to the sky and interesting lighting. We flew into Inverness from London but still managed to drive over 1100 miles. Had one punctured tire, and countless near misses with sheep, cows, and misc. wildlife that inhabit the island. Met some great people and can’t wait to return in winter.
All in all a very productive trip although we did work our asses off for these images! Lugging a 28 pound backpack filled with digital and film gear as well as a 10lb tripod up the Old man of Stor is no picnic. Next time I’ll pare down the kit…live and learn. Oh yeah..did I mention the midges? At times these were beyond annoying…li’l buggers are everywhere. Even had one make his way onto the sensor of my Sony. Lens changes were frequent so thankfully he escaped before too many images required post work to remove his likeness…hope he enjoyed the sonic sensor cleaning ride as the Sony really shakes that thing.
I shot a mix of digital (Sony A7rII) and film (Horseman 985 6×9 camera with Ektar 100 film). Both cameras performed well in some rather bad conditions at times, wet, windy, muddy etc. The Horseman is a tank! The 6×9 negative scans are incredible. As always the Sony A7rII exceeded my expectations. Lenses used on the Sony: Olympus OM primes, 18mm, 24, 100, 200mm as well as Zeiss 55mm, 24-70 and 70-200. for the Horseman, 65mm, 105mm and 150mm Topcor lenses.
After months of work including over 400 hours of CGI and compositing, thousands of photoshop layers, 6 days of photography in the UK and USA, almost a terabyte of photoshop and CGI data and endless late nights our children’s book “Emmy and the Whale” is nearing completion. The book documents a young girls fantastical adventure with a lost baby whale and the beautiful yet mysterious places they visit on their journey. This has been the ultimate creative journey for both myself and the books author and creative director, Julian Burrett. From a technical standpoint this has been the most challenging project I have ever undertaken but I think the results are well worth it. The final art is nearing completion and we expect to have the book printed by end of May. I have to thank my wife Lisa ( www.Lisaclor.com )for her unending support as well as her efforts with styling and putting up with the countless hours I’ve spent on this and of course Nina who brilliantly plays the role of “Emmy”. Here is a sneak peek at the cover. I will post more as the project nears completion. We will also document the “making of” for those interested in how we achieved the imagery and make this available in a few weeks.
I spent a few hours in Bombay Beach on the Sultan Sea in California. Check out my website for the series. http://www.chrisclor.com
A very surreal experience…soul crushing heat, biting flies, and the stench of rotting fish. After 10 minutes gagging I was able to more or less get use to the smell. It was 106 F and as I understand it a relatively cool day. Bombay Beach is truly the land that time forgot. I planned the trip so I would arrive late morning as I wanted the most stark, barren look to the images. The town is only around a 1/4 mile square and surrounded by a levy on the sea side. There is one small paved bit of road that goes up and over the levy which is where the remains of the rotting cabins and trailers can be found. I photographed these images with a Sony A7r using a Zeiss 35mm f2.8 and also a Sony 70-200mm f4 zoom lens.
Here is a new series I have been working on. Backgrounds were shot in various locations from Scotland, Arizona and Montsfield park in London. The “pods” were photographed in Hawaii and were part of the observatory on Mauna Kea. Taken out of context they become a sort of futuristic habitat and a bit surreal. Various cameras were used to photograph the elements including the Can 5DMKII, a Canon G10 which serves as a great walk around and my personal favorite and most recent acquisition the Sony A7r. For the type of work I do the Sony is well suited…36MP, no AA filter, super sharp Zeiss lenses all in a very compact lightweight yet robust camera body. I have done side by side comparisons with my Hasselblad H3DII and found the Sony produced images with far better dynamic range, less noise and equally as sharp. The images also have a more dimensional look. The camera utilizes an electronic viewfinder and I honestly prefer it over an optical viewfinder. I rarely if ever “chimp” which is the practice of taking an image and immediately lowering the camera to inspect the lcd display to see what’s there as there is no need to… the image in the viewfinder is what you will get with no surprises. A histogram with real time update and the ability to zoom in for precise focus make it a pleasure to use. The images were composited and graded in Photoshop.
Here’s another in the Storm Troopers Day Off series. The background was photographed from the Westminster Bridge in London. Unfortunately there was very little foot traffic on this particular day so I added some foot traffic from Bromley High St. matching perspective and lighting to the background. The Storm Troopers, vespa, and Mercedes in the background were rendered in Maya and Cinema 4d. The bus just happened to be there. Check out the rest of the Storm Trooper images on my website: http://www.chrisclor.com