How was this achieved? (1 reply and 2 comments)
I was going through some photography posts and saw this amazing photograph by Ralph Morse. I was wondering how he might have shot this? I reckon it has to be a strong source like a projector or gobo light with some slits, probably overhead. Let me know what you think how he must have did this...
It’s called Light Beam Contour Mapping.
Very common in Industry in the 1930 - 40’s. Used for profiling shapes prior to casting in plastic/ metal/ plaster etc. They even scanned full scale clay cars to profile the moulds to make steel pressings. You will need a beam projector most of which have now been scrapped.
You can cheat by using a ‘grill‘ with a very bright light but will not look as good as the real thing.
Profiling today is done by lasers controlled by computers.
Btw. I was in Malta a few years ago and saw 3D images being etched inside a resin block. I had to sit inside a darkened booth and a bright light scanned both sides of my face and shoulders. Five minutes later, a solid block of clear resin ‘popped’ out. Inside the resin was a 3D image of myself, very clever. The image had to be lit underneath to get the best effect, but very strange to see your 3D image inside a solid block of clear resin. Same principle.
Cool Mike! Thanks for answering in such detail! 🙂
Yes! For that picture it was used by the Air Force to design flight helmets, specifically.