Becoming a Geek Dad

Transforming Transformer
Photo-A-Day #1832

Today was a pretty huge day for me. I hate to brag about myself. I really, really do have a tough time with it, and am working on acknowledging when I have a big win. So, today I have an announcement. I am officially a Geek Dad. Sure I am a Geek and I am a Dad, but now I am a GeekDad, a co-host of the podcast Geek Dads Weekly alongside Daniel M. Clark and Joe Magennis. Today I recorded my first show with Daniel. Joe was unable to make it due to car trouble but that is just the reason I was asked to join the show. Daniel and Joe thought it would be great to bring on a third co-host so that if one of the guys couldn’t make the show then there would be two co-hosts to do the recording. I’m so excited. I’ve got to add some information about myself to the GeekDads blog and wiki but I am a full on co-host of the show.

Today’s photo is another entry into the ShutterCal/Wacom contest. I tried to make this look like the robot was transforming from Robot to outback truck. I set up the tripod late in the afternoon and tried very hard to make sure not to move the camera, I should have used the remote to make sure that there was no movement. The tough thing was making sure that the robot in various states of change was still in the frame relative to the previous mode. I did this by making some clipping masks and layering them on top of each other. I wrote a post about how to use clipping masks over at Royal Tutorial today. I actually created multiple clipping masks to get this look.

Photo Information

Date Taken: Apr 14, 2010
Camera: Nikon Corporation
Model: NIKON D80
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/4sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 80mm
Flash Used: No
Mode: Aperture
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm

Part of my inspiration for this shoot was the older commercials from the original Transformers where kids would play in these fake outdoor settings. I guess I secretly want to be a product photographer for toys. How cool would that be. I guess for me that would be the coolest thing ever. Guess that is what makes me a Geek Dad.

As for the Dad side of things, remember when I was asked to allow Edaville Railroad to use photos for their promotional materials. Guess what, not only did they use the photos in their promotions but they also submitted photos to the 1000 Great Places in Massachusetts. This was picked up by our local interest show called Chronicle. So, during yesterday’s episode they showed a few of the submitted photos, the first one was of Eva at Edaville. I didn’t see the show but Allison’s Grandfather did and he let her know. Today my contact at Edaville sent me the link to the segment and let me know that he submitted the photo to the show. So, Eva’s first time on TV, I’m sure it will not be the last.

4 thoughts on “Becoming a Geek Dad”

    1. Daniel,

      I really like having the ability to talk with other guys who share my passion for geekdom and being dads. Thanks for adding me to the team.

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