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  • JanT
    JanTover 5 years ago

    You forced me to head to wikipedia. How could I have missed learning about Daleks? Fascinating shot, although I’m not much wiser about the actual size of this or your Photoshop skills or your engineering/mechanical skill, perhaps. Curiouser and curiouser.

  • Mark Llewellynn
    Mark Llewellynnover 5 years ago

    Hi Jan, Daleks / Dr Who was really a British /Australia TV icon, I don’t think it was shown on US TV. Technical details? Thought you’d never ask…
    The dalek is life-size, ie. approx 6’3" tall / the base is approx a yard by a yard and a half. So quite big and cumbersome. It’s made of wood frame and plywood with metal fittings. Made by a model maker friend for a TV commercial, I think.
    The head lifts off. So we took it out to the (Barrington Tops National Park)
    forest – and shot it in one shot. 5×4 film 75mm lens – flash on the front of the dalek, and on the burnt log on RHS frame. ProMist 1/4 on lens for misty light thru trees – about f22 and long exposure 10-20 seconds I think (I don’t take notes) 2 or 3 flashes. No major retouching (good when you can do that) little bit of clean-up here and there and a layer blend on the log, that’s about it…Oh,and some good luck with the sun!

  • JanT
    JanTover 5 years ago

    That tall? But apparently not too heavy to transport. Your answer raised even more questions. Hadn’t even heard of ProMist for a lens.
    But I’ll bet many in the states know a lot more about Daleks and about lens fog, or foggy lenses. Thanks for explaining!

  • Mark Llewellynn
    Mark Llewellynnover 5 years ago

    Hi Jan, not too heavy -but heavy enough! Pro Mist are a line of glass filters made in The States by Tiffen – http://www.tiffen.com/tiffen_filters.html.
    Expensive (at least in Australia) but best quality. The Pro Mist are designed to flair the highlights (good for light thru trees, backlight situations, etc for enhancing the ambience, if you will). They come in different strengths, and are different to “Fog” filters because they only work were the highlights are. The bigger the aperture the more they work. Very useful things.
    Feel free to ask me other questions you have if you want.

  • Tatiana R
    Tatiana Rover 5 years ago

    That is awesome Mark! I have just read the explanation on how you’ve done it and I thought I went to the extends of geting down to Blue Mountains Valley of the water waterfalls. This i an exceptional shoot, I’ve been to the Barrinton Tops forests and it is not an easy task to transport things over there. You should copy the replies above to the description. And this definitely deserves the Fav!

    And thank you for information about the filter :-))

  • Ern Mainka
    Ern Mainkaover 5 years ago

    Well done Mark :)

  • dvande1
    dvande1over 5 years ago

    This is very cool Mark! I remember watching this with my son back in the Tom Baker era. Sunday mornings I believe. He would hear the music and come running to jump into my lap “DR WHO DR WHO!”

  • armadillozenith
    armadillozenithover 5 years ago

    Cool image! (involving some work it seems).
    It seems to me it’s just asking for a backstory to be written..

    Very smart shot.

  • ElegantSavages
    ElegantSavagesover 4 years ago

    This is tops!!! Love the atmosphere around him, he’s a bit silent but deadly!!! These guys are fab & I enjoyed reading the story of you carrying a 6ft dalek through a wood….look forward to seeing more….have an inspiring & chilled Sunday:)

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