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Old Mar 5, 2012, 1:13 PM   #1
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Default Forrest Attack!

A few weeks ago I posted a some snaps of my toys in an action scene: Minatures/Toy Photography

This set was taken quickly, without too much care and attention, mainly as a kind of scouting exerciese to see what to do to do this set more professionally (just better really). A rehersal if you will.

I got lots of great feedback from this forum in the aforementioned thread and have put a lot of it to good use in my first set of my collectables (Toys!) that i am actually moderately happy with (see images below).

There were a number of challenges with this particular project.

1. Forrest Lighting
When the sun was oversast, it was perfect lighting, but unfortunately the clouds were racing across the sky so the amount of sunlight was hugely variable. I never realized how difficult it is to shoot in a forrest setting with harsh midday sun comming through the trees. This accounts for the variation in processing for each of the images. i tried to get them similar and that was the best i could do. Im moderatly happy with it.

2. Artificial Lighting
I couldnt get the subjects well lit but luckily inspiration hit and i remembered an article on making a diffuser from a plastic milk container. It was amazing the difference it made.

3. Depth of field.
I wanted to get all 3 carachters in focus, but keep good seperation from the background. Getting all carachters in focus required F11 or more, which didnt give enough blur of the background initially. It basically came down to using as hi an F value as possible and picking a spot where the background objects were quite a bit back. I actually stuck with F2.8 on this one and i think it worked out ok. not awesome, but ok.

Please let me know what you think, and please let me know any critique so that in future i might improve again on such projects.

Stalking its Prey

(larger version here: tp://farm8.staticflickr.com/7203/695...26119a92_b.jpg

The Attack!

(larger version here: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7060/6...d014b49a_b.jpg


(larger version here: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7190/6...4d0720fe_b.jpg)
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Old Mar 5, 2012, 2:45 PM   #2
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I like the second and third photos much more than the first one. Looking down on the figures just makes them look tiny, which undermines the effect that I think you're going for.
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Old Mar 8, 2012, 6:01 PM   #3
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yea im not liking the first one, the second one looks good, the third would look better if the background was a bit darker like the second one, and you got the scale and perspective very good indeed
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Old Mar 13, 2012, 3:00 PM   #4
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I like the 2nd and 3rd picture, on the first one the background is too busy and make the picture fade on it.

Just my 2 cents
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Old Mar 13, 2012, 3:05 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback folks! I think its It's unanimous, the first image doesn't work well!
It was not in the original plan anyway, spur of the moment type thing so not too miffed that it didn't work. Something to try get right some other day!

Thanks guys!
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