My brother casts light and shadows for a living and we have been talking about a little project for a while. The release of Ubuntu 10.04 (aka Lucid Lynx) this week was the perfect opportunity to put the plan into action.
- Spread a bit of Ubuntu love to celebrate the launch of Ubuntu 10.04 a.k.a Lucid Lynx
Pictures released under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0
- 1 x suspicious white van
- 2 x spotlight
- 1 x temperamental generator
- 2 x hi-visibility electricity board jackets (urban camouflage)
- 1 x Canon Digital SLR
- 1 x clipboard
- Barbican tower
- St Paul's (taken from Shakespeare tower)
- Tate modern
- National Theatre
- London Eye
- Millbank tower
- Jono Kenyon (Lighting Guru and photos),
- Chris Kenyon (Generator technician)
- Jane Silber (Gaffer)
The camouflage worked pretty well. We had a curious security guard at the Gherkin, which incidentally turns out to be difficult to project onto (shape and internal lighting)
We finished the last shot at 02:45 outside Millbank at which point we had a little excitement...
The initial Metropolitan Police response car screamed to a halt next to us followed by an armed response vehicle with sirens blazing. On reflection, a white van parked at an odd angle with me holding a long black spotlight over my shoulder and pointing it towards the building was just a little suspicious.
'So what sort of software is this?' elicited an elevator pitch on Ubuntu and the perplexed policeman cancelled the assigned air support unit. Thank goodness I had my Millbank tower ID on me (Canonical's London offices are in the building).
All in all, an amazing release and a fun Wednesday night.
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