Jay P. Morgan Pictures Photo Blog

I love Photography and some times it loves me. This is a photo blog about the Photographs that I have shot, am shooting and will shoot. I write about the good times and the bad times of making a living taking pictures.
Wed Apr 11

This set was built for a movie poster some years ago. After the shoot was over I redressed the set and added the water element to do this shot. We drilled a hole in the bottom of the toilet and ran a  hose form a water pumper truck for the water . There was a special effects rig called a fire hydrant gag that makes a 90 degree turn at the base of the toilt. It has a restricted washer in the opening that steps the opening down and creates pressure giving the water explosion you see here. Lots of fun. The sketch is a lighting diagram that we did for all of our shots back then. Its very hard to read.
Enjoy. Jay P.

Thu Mar 29

By Jay P. Morgan.
In this Slanted Lens Lesson we are going to show you how to light falling show. I have seen many snow falling rigs in hollywood over the years and all of them were made by a special effect house. Its hard to find a set up at Wall Mart that will create a curtain of falling plastic snow 10 feet wide.   Consequently I have built many of these over the years and have simplified the process so it can be built in an hour or so and then thrown away when we are done. I use a plastic snow that I get from Studio specialities here in Los Angeles. This is the web address http://www.superiorstudio.com. Shipping is not to expensive because the product is very light.
I shoot snow mostly in the summer time when there is not any good snow in the US that is easy to get to. This means shooting snow scenes with talent wearing ski jackets and mittens in Los Angeles heat. During one shoot we did, on the back lot at Warner Brothers, it was 90 degrees and the talent were sweating profusely. Its hard to look cold when large beads of sweat are rolling down your face.  Its a fun process. Here is how we build a snow rig and light and shoot falling snow.
Good luck and Keep on click-in! Jay P. Morgan

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Mon Jun 13

What a blast we had shooting and lighting break away glass. It was fun to make it, break it, and light it. In this video we will show you how to make Candy glass and then introduce you to the premier Hollywood product used on set today. We used products made by Alfonso’s Breakaway Glass, I first used this stuff out at Universal Studios back lot when we had a cowboy jump through a window pane. So far its been great stuff and comes molded as bottles, cups and just about anything you could want.  We also just started using some great Kessler equipment to make this video. I have used several sliders and tested countless others but the CineSlider and Shuttle Pod are by far the best. Check out the stills and other info on our Facebook page. Links down below. Enjoy!

www.alfonsosbreakawayglass.com

www.facebook.com/theslantedlens1

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Here is the Recipe for Making Candy Glass
I just posted a video of all the crazy things we did with break away glass on our You Tube page at
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSlantedLens?feature=mhee#p/u/0/v-FrzVpewJQ

You will need the following items to cook with.larger metal pot.Metal spoon. The spoon should be metal because wooden spoons can discolor the glass.Candy thermometer.Cookie sheet.You will need the following ingredients that can be bought at any grocery store. Distilled Water. Corn Syrup. Sugar. Cream of Tarter.Spray cooking oil.Recipe2 cups of Distilled water. 1 cup of light corn syrup. 3 1/2 cups of sugar.1/4 teaspoon of cream of tarter.Add all ingredients into the metal cooking pot.Bring mixture to boil stirring it constantly. Let it continue boiling on high until it reaches 300 degrees. This will take about 45 minutes.Spray the cookie sheet with the spray cooking oil.Pour the mixture onto the cookie sheet and let cool for at least 1 hour.Your glass is finished. Because of the spray oil it will fall right out of the cookie sheet.You can use molds to make bottles and other items.

Here is the Recipe for Making Candy Glass

I just posted a video of all the crazy things we did with break away glass on our You Tube page at

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSlantedLens?feature=mhee#p/u/0/v-FrzVpewJQ

You will need the following items to cook with.
larger metal pot.
Metal spoon. The spoon should be metal because wooden spoons can discolor the glass.
Candy thermometer.
Cookie sheet.

You will need the following ingredients that can be bought at any grocery store.
Distilled Water.
Corn Syrup.
Sugar.
Cream of Tarter.
Spray cooking oil.

Recipe
2 cups of Distilled water.
1 cup of light corn syrup.
3 1/2 cups of sugar.
1/4 teaspoon of cream of tarter.

Add all ingredients into the metal cooking pot.

Bring mixture to boil stirring it constantly.

Let it continue boiling on high until it reaches 300 degrees.
This will take about 45 minutes.

Spray the cookie sheet with the spray cooking oil.

Pour the mixture onto the cookie sheet and let cool for at least 1 hour.

Your glass is finished. Because of the spray oil it will fall right out of the cookie sheet.

You can use molds to make bottles and other items.

Mon May 16

I love  shooting shorts. This one was made possable because of repairs that were about to be done to the house. Go to our Facebook and see the BTS information there at http://www.facebook.com/theslantedlens1

Mon Apr 25

This is a BTS video that we cut for one of our clients. I was not going to post it, because it does not have the teaching aspect that I want our videos to be known for. Several people on the crew thought people would enjoy the video and find it an interesting behind the scenes look at a 2 day shoot for a major client. So here it is.
All of the costumes were created for the Pedia-Sure commercial. They came to us the day after the commercial wrapped. It was a very cool concept. (Kids who do not eat right don’t perform as well as kids who do.) Thus the kids dressed like their diets. We had great special effects costumes and talent from the commercial.

On day one we shot the soccer images at a park but also needed several shots of the food kids on white. I decided to shoot under the trees on a white seamless so we would not lose time moving to a stage. Moving 60 people can eat up 2 hours of the day and create more overtime. I emphasize more overtime because there is always overtime. We hired a guy to chalk the lines to create the field.

On day two we shot at a home. (Mom and daughter eating lunch together.) We also needed shots of the little girl on white. Again we decided to shoot in the garage so that we did not have to move the crew.

Lighting was all a mix of strobe and natural light. I will point out a few things that I thought were interesting about lighting on our facebook page. Here is the link.
www.youtube.com/user/TheSlantedLens

Tue Mar 15

I love to create images that require special effects. Many times I have turned to suspension to solve the photographic problems that are presented to me by Art directors. There are many ways to suspend people and make it look convincing. This video is about one of my favorite. The flying rig. We were asked to shoot Jorge Campos the world famous goalie for the Mexican national team. I felt the most controlled way to show him jumping for the ball and yet get the feeling of being off the ground was to put him in a Flying rig. He said that he was photographed once jumping into a mat and it was not successful. When I heard that the rig made perfect sense. This how to shows you how to fly a person using a harness and airplane cable. I used Hensel Porty packs as our main light source. The video was shot on the Canon 5D using Red Rock micro rigs.

This is the final image for the Jorge Campos shoot we did. The BTS Video is attached above.

This is the final image for the Jorge Campos shoot we did. The BTS Video is attached above.

Fri Jan 21
The comment was made at fstoppers.com that the light was to hard on the cowboys camera left. I tended to agree and had planed on cropping it. The editor  got a hold of a non cropped image. Good lesson in not sending out images  that are not exaculy how you see them.
We show how this image was exicuted at our youtube site
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSlantedLens?feature=mhum
or at fstoppers.com.

The comment was made at fstoppers.com that the light was to hard on the cowboys camera left. I tended to agree and had planed on cropping it. The editor got a hold of a non cropped image. Good lesson in not sending out images that are not exaculy how you see them.

We show how this image was exicuted at our youtube site

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSlantedLens?feature=mhum

or at fstoppers.com.

Wed Nov 10

The dust is just now settling after the Samy’s Seminar that I put on at Universal Studios back lot last saturday. We were on the western street and had a blast. We had 8 great talent in 1890’s western wear and shot both stills with Hensel strobes and Video with Photoflex continuous lights and boxes.
This video piece is a shoot out that has our cowboy come crashing through the window. Great stunt man on this Dan Hoffman. The video is raw and is included in its entirety from beginning to end.
I do love working on the back lots. There is a strong energy that permeates the place. Its called movie magic I guess. Great weekend for me and I hope the participants as well. Kudos to Niki Mustain at Samy’s for helping to make it possible.
I can’t wait to do it again.