Photography contest entry (aka Pallets in Scientific Art)

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Blog entry by Sodabowski posted 04-13-2013 09:31 AM 1047 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi LJs ;)

A contest has been running at my university since January 7th. Neat subject: “Retro future”, the future seen from yesteryear. Well the bait got me and so I decided to enter it (hey there’s an iPad [mini,alas] and a few other goodies to be won!).

So my idea was to mix up things from different time periods and make it look like a 30s advertisement.

I had been saving four 50s Nixie display tubes to make a clock for my father (work in progress which will be posted here), add a few other things as references to my family and university, and so I needed a clock face, oak preferably.

So this is where the woodworking comes in: cue a slice of white oak from a pallet from my old urban wood gloats, and there we are. I had planed this board after resawing to 3mm thick a few years ago with several others and had been keeping those in my bathroom, in case I needed to build small boxes out of solids.

After printing the face drawing, I routed out the four holes for the Nixie tubes, attached small aluminium brackets with CA glue, and the woodworking part was done at this point. Here is the face:

Next was a matter of putting the whole thing together on my table:

making sure that the tell tale stuff wasn’t visible in the final picture, light the Nixies, shoot several frames, tweak it, shoot again

add the text and effects in Photoshop, and there you have it:

You can see it in its full glory in my flickr stream right here.

Hope you enjoy :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 04-13-2013 09:37 AM

Thomas, it definitely has the “Steam Punk” look
Hope that you win. :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 04-13-2013 09:44 AM

You nailed it Jamie, I’m all about Steampunk with this project, and the clock we’re actually designing with my father will be totally Steampunk :D

Thanks for the nice words mate :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Dominik Matus

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#3 posted 04-13-2013 09:49 AM

omg, I love nixie tubes. I have old russian clocks. This remembered me I have to fix them.

-- Cabinetmaker, student of restoration

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#4 posted 04-13-2013 10:11 AM

Dude, fix them and show us! :D

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#5 posted 04-13-2013 11:00 AM

Best wishes Thomas!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#6 posted 04-14-2013 08:54 AM

:-) thanks for the reminder of the first electronic kit I made
and good luck to you sir :-)

take care

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#7 posted 04-14-2013 10:56 AM

@Ken: thanks :)
@Dennis: thanks dude :) By the way, what was that electronic kit? Can you show us? =)
Take care :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#8 posted 04-15-2013 07:47 PM

sorry not able to show you guy´s :-(
its long gone under one of many movings
it was just a very simple clock with alarm made it back in the seventies
as a 12-13 young kid the same year I learned to build R/c airplanes
and made some of my first bigger woodworking projects in sloyd class
those where the years I was bite by many bugs :-)

take care

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#9 posted 12-08-2013 09:08 AM

That sure is neat. Did you win?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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