Dinosaurs and high fashion apparently don't mix. For those wondering, the dinosaur is the big red thing, who also appeared in such Dinosaur Vs' as Day 3, Day 5, Day 16, Day 19, Day 23, and Day 24. Also, the rest of you wondering, this should explain it.
I know what you’re thinking; “dude, such a cop-out.” Yeah well, only sort of. I look at the toys and determine what works for each one and manages to evoke a certain story. Additionally, this lets me address something that I’ve noticed when looking at the work of professional photographers and very good amateurs/enthusiasts. The one thing that I think the enthusiasts really need to work on is an understanding of the way light works. I’m not saying they are bad at it, I’ve seen many enthusiasts whose work is gorgeous. Who’s to say that they got lucky or truly understand light though? I’ve got four such “face offs” (Days 7, 13, 18, and now 19) yet I have four distinctly different lighting situations, each evoking a different feeling to the image.
Now I’m not going to say I’m the master of the universe when it comes to lighting, but I will say that the major thing that the professional understands about light, is how to manipulate it to suit their needs. Perhaps the best example I can give is architectural and landscape photography. A very good understanding of what light is doing is necessary to create really evocative images and not just pretty pictures. Check out Ted and Stephen for some gorgeous applications of light. I particularly enjoy Ted's Editorial work and Stephen's Ellis Island project. So that's that. Now to get some lightning into my brain storm.
Growing up, I loved the old Ray Harryhausen film "Clash of the Titans." It may be the only time where it's acceptable for a guy to want a Pegasus. Of course, that was all Greek myth, nothing to do with Roman Centurions. But you know, whatever. Who knows, maybe deep down, this old film is what inspired me to engage in toy photography.
This is just one of many programs across the country available to get young minds interested in science and math using toys. In fact, they are probably the big dog in the field of playthings. See, toys are good for something when you "grow up."
When I was little, there was one force in the universe that could bring everyone together. It didn’t matter what faith, what race, what nationality; this one thing unified all peoples for the greater good. That force was…DINOSAURS. And so it begins. Inspired (or mayhaps, “egged on”) by my good friend over at the Hobbsblog, today we begin the battle for the safety of the world. Everyday this month we will see the campaign to achieve victory over these heinous foes. There will be casualties, primarily me, as each day there will be a brand new image in the series, taken that day, processed and posted by midnight. You may (likely not) be wondering why I don’t just do the “photo a day” thing. For one thing, I need the focus. Keeping with a theme will provide that. The goal is to complete a series of well done shots. I’m not interested in putting together anything less. I don’t expect all of these shots to be masterpieces, but I know effort will be expected to make something of value. Yes, that can be done with a simple “photo a day” method, but as I’ve said. I need the focus. And I’m sure this will be way more interesting than 31 photos of my kitchen utensils. So, as they say “Let’s kick this pig.”