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Light Typography

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Yesterday I helped put together some marketing images for Victory Gardens using light painting. We used light painting to make up a portion of the typography, which is the name of the event coming up in April.

To make each letter, we photographed in a dark room close to a wall (creating the bounce/silhouette effect) using four LED lights on one hand, with an exposure of around 10 seconds each.

The animated GIF is a three-frame loop, each letter having three different versions of the character to help create the jittery effect.

Toy de Jour Now Open

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My friends Liz and Sam opened up a toy store! It’s called Toy de Jour (Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts) and it’s located near Western and Armitage in Chicago.

I feel old saying that I’ve known them both for about seven years and I’m still excited and amazed that they have done this. Every party they’ve hosted has a handful of people attending for the first time. Each person would make their way to the toy room and spin around in amazement.

Liz and Sam have both put so much work, and will continue to do so, into this store that it still boggles my mind. When they first got the store and started the process of opening it, I was there for a couple of days to take some process shots.

Visiting the store for the first time when it was completed was such a shock. A few days ago I went back to the store to take some more completed photos. The store is beautiful and absolutely shows their passion.

If you ever need a toy, or a fart, or you are just in the area, stop in and say hello. They’re cool people with a great store.

Flect Tutorial

Flect by Michael Courier

At the beginning of April I finished my online DIY tutorial for Flect, a simple device I put together using “household” items that will allow you to take reflection-free photos through glass. Though it is fairly simple, the idea, website design/development, photography and copywriting were all under my control. (Yes, I had some help from my friends because my friends are amazing).

After putting the link up on the reddit photo community, it got picked up by PetaPixel, then FStoppers, a number of personal blogs and social media outlets, a number of photography websites which I think are in China, as well as LifeHacker and a cool podcast, by two dudes in Australia, called Shutters Inc.

Though out of all this, my favorite has to be of the photo above. A photography magazine in Germany called Fotohits contacted me to use the information. I just got the magazine in the mail this weekend and I wanted to share this story on here. Not a bad way to end the year.

Quick Stats: The last thing I’ll mention is that, since April 6th until today, the site has received almost 16,000 unique visitors (15,965 if you’re being exact) and roughly 18,000 pageviews. Nothing staggering for the heavyweight websites of the world, but a first for me. It’s also nice knowing that many people saw my work from about 127 different countries.