27 July, 2008

Colorado Dragonboat Festival

Another great time at the Dragonboat Festival. With any luck, next year I won't be photographing because I'll be on a team. Time to practice my rowing!

19 July, 2008

Round 2 and a 1/2 and Offending Sensibilities

So I was able to get the final piece of Round 2 completed and am happy to present my “Materia Campaign” featuring Square-Enix PlayArts figures. As I said, I was going with something simple and I really liked how these turned out. I may go into toy fashion photography. Interpret that in any way you see fit. As a side note, for those of you that did not obsessively play Final Fantasy VII, the colors match respective magic that is mentioned in the text. The text turned out to be the more challenging thing, as I don’t usually need to worry about copy when I shoot, let alone the typography. I’m mostly happy with the font, I just wish I had a font that had a little more weight to it.

As for Round 3, I’ve opted to post it through this link. Why? Well, there is the possibility that this image may offend some sensibilities. I mean, I don’t know what the sensibility of my one reader is, she’s pretty cool, so I don’t think it will, but what should happen if some unassuming individual stumbles across it and is quite offended? I may get a stern talking to, and we all know how unpleasant that is. So, the only way you can see it is if you make an effort to look at it. Yep, suddenly my blog is fully interactive. That’s high tech my friends.

So, there you go. If you want to check it out, you go click. Click away.

Oh yeah, no toy shots for the next couple of weeks. I've got some events coming up, so we'll see exactly how rusty I am.

05 July, 2008

Round 2

Round 2 is not a failure. Technically its a forfeit. Sort of. Here's the story:

I have a tendency to make things very complicated. Just look at ALL of my toy shots. So for this round, I figured I'd follow in the footsteps of notable toy photographer David Levinthal and keep things simple. (Even though my favorite series of his is Hitler Moves East, which has a fair amount of production involved). With that in mind, I wanted to cerate a nice, simple, graphic type of shot. So I did. It was all right, nothing that couldn't be easily repeated. I had mixed feelings about it. Well, I began the post production on it and everything just fell into place. So I shot a second toy and now that I knew what I was doing, was even more excited about the shoot. I say more excited because at times I feel I lack the artistic vision to really do simple pieces. Am I over compensating by making things grand? Quite possible. Am I just sitting in a comfort zone, knowing that I can make up for part of the design of a shot with knick knacks and the right props? Could be. So this was really a good exercise for me and it was successful. Successful enough to feel that this can only really be realized as a triptych, or larger. Right now, I only have two and it feels incomplete. So instead of rushing and posting the two I have, I'm going to wait. I still need to get a hold of the third subject, which has proven quite difficult. I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to find the piece I need, but will it be in time to finish out Round 3? Only time will tell. So tune in next week (or thereabouts), same Bat-Time, same Bat Channel!