I have been tinkering in my “lab” with a new project I am working on, involving an Igus slider driven by a stepper motor for use in creating smooth camera panning, for both regular video and time lapse photography. I’ll have more to say on that later as I continue to develop the electronics and control software (I have outsourced the mechanical design), and especially once I have some demo video.
But in the meantime, I have a table full of electronic components, so I grew a component garden, which inevitably needed weeding.
The background is a printed circuit board I designed in grad school as part of my PhD years ago. As you can see, this particular copy is unpopulated. Keeping the light on it minimal, I thought it made a nice background. Plain black or white was too boring, whereas the circuit board adds a little interest and fits the theme without overpowering the main image. And my wife said hanging on to that old junk was pointless!
I tried both uniform and mixed components, different kinds of flowers, pliers in back and in front, allowing the component tops to be seen or not, and a couple of different light arrangements. In the end, given that I want to emphasize the vertical lines, I think I am going to submit the one entitled “Dandelion” where the pliers are behind, the tops are not visible, and the row of components is composed uniformly of resistors with their markings all facing the same way.
Let me know what you think.