Popular Science POWER Issue

Excited to take on Popular Science’s Jan/Feb 2018 cover. The theme for this issue was POWER. After brainstorming various forms of power, everyone landed on jumper cables clamped to the cover as a metaphor for jump starting the year.

For the feature opener, we were asked to to a play on “Horse Power” with a horse inside a hamster wheel. Thanks to Adam being the Photoshop magician that he is, it came together seamlessly. FYI, horses not so keen on strobe flashes.

As always, huge thanks to Thomas Payne, Pete Sucheski, and Joe Brown for trusting to pull off the seemingly impossible.

Popular Science Nov/Dec 2017 Cover

Getting through a back log of posts we should have made last month (eeek!) Happy to share the cover that rounded out a year of covers for Popular Science in 2017. The Nov/Dec issue was their annual Gear Guide issue. We were asked to fully construct an arcade style Popular Science crane/claw machine. Fun stuff!

National Geographic Science Cover

Excited to share our new cover for National Geographic SCIENCE magazine. Huge thank you to TJ Tucker for asking us to contribute.

While we are no strangers to a Photoshop composite, Nat Geo has a strict rule that the images must be captured in camera, no compositing. To achieve this cover we held the perfectly unblemished lollypop, which Nicki Longoria visited every candy store in town to find, a couple inches over a black bass drum head covered with blue sanding sugar. A sound trigger was used to perfectly time the milliseconds after impact to make the strobes fire while the shutter was held open and voila, flying sugar impact awesomeness!  After dialing in the timing, we took capture after capture till the sugar flew the way we wanted.

 

Water Cover for Newsweek

…..Or I guess we should say lack of water cover. For those who want to stick their head in the sand and say climate change is not real they are in luck, there may be a lot more dry sand to utilize in the near future. A world with little to no water is becoming a reality and the country Jordan may be the first to fully realize it.

For Newsweek’s December first cover we imagined a world with no water as the oceans replaced by dry lake beds. Huge thank you to Diane Rice and Michael Goesele for the collaboration!

We also shot sand pouring into a glass for the story opener.

Here’s some behind the scenes shots of the globe coming together. Nicki Longoria had the fantastic thought to use facial mud masks to make the dry cracked earth areas. worked like a charm.

 

Crate & Barrel Black Friday 2017

We were thrilled to once again be asked by the fine folks at Preacher to create animations and still images for Crate & Barrel’s Black Friday event. This year it was all about twinkling lights to set the mood for the holiday season. Thanks to Kellyn Blout and all who contributed to this vision.

Glide Kit for San Francisco Magazine

Bravo San Francisco Magazine. Their special report “One City, Under the Syringe” in the October issue is real, and hard to read, and honest, and human.

We were honored to be asked to contribute by photographing a “safer injection kit” distributed by Glide HIV and hep C outreach.

Tommy John Underwear: A Green Screen Treadmill, an Underwear model, and a LOT of Walking

A couple months ago the good folks at Preacher asked us to help out with a social campaign for Tommy John’s “Go Anywhere” underwear. Sounds simple enough, but oh man, who knew walking would be so hard.

The big green screen was easy. Craigslist supplied the perfect treadmill we were able to hack and modify the speed control on (and paint green). Adam and Nick lit the scene to be flexible but also have light direction work with the many different scenarios the model would be dropped into. After that, the biggest obstacle was hitting the timing marks to go with stock footage. Adam directed from camera and thankfully our model was fantastic at hitting the timing changes and varying speeds, while always staying on his feet.

 

You need underwear that crushes life, not your cojones. What’s your secret to crushing the week ahead?

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October cover of The Atlantic

We were approached by The Atlantic to create a conceptual image for their October cover of the disaster that is the current White House situation. After a couple rounds of sketches, three ideas were selected to execute. We chose red for the background for all 3 as it is such a passionate color with so many emotional ties and appropriate nuances for the images we were creating. However, after looking at the sinking white house in layout, the concern arose that maybe it would be interpreted as it was sinking into a pool of blood. So, in honor of the current Cheeto in Chief, we shifted the color of that background to orange. We have now titled the cover image “The White House sinking into a spray tan swamp”.

And here are the full series of three images we made for the magazine.