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Stephen's Toys
Posts: 108
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Joined: 2 years ago

So here's my shot from last night. It ended up being something I quickly threw together while making my son's dinner. I foolishly set things up on our kitchen island where my lighting rigs wouldn't reach, so it's not really lit the way I want it to be.

I'd love to hear what you all think.

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Foolish Bricks
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Wonderful and fun image!

It brings a smile to my face and i think I would've been happy with the image as it is now.

Since you're asking for posibilities for improvement I really needed to search for something, yet, it will all be a matter of taste/ opinion and very general tips.

- In postprocessing, I would try to make the image 'pop' more, boost the colors a bit more, a little warmer in color-temperature, play with contrast and exposure-settings. It's a happy image, a maybe it's a bit gloomy (also with the grey underground).

- it could be nice to try more compositional angles just to see if there is another angle that works better. An angle with the elephant come straight towards the viewer or an angle were the elephant is clearly NOT walking to the viewer (in the right upper corner of the golden-ratio maybe?)

- Another thing to try would be to shoot the elephant angled more from below with the peanut-butter-jar more in the background. 

- You mention the lighting yourself, however I feel it is quite ok, for this purpose (maybe a little warmer lights).

Anyway, I do like the image as it is, and I'm guessing more people here feel that way since there are no other comments. ūüôā

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Marco Zanconi
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The picture works, i agree with almost everything Danny wrote.

I feel the shadows a bit harsh, especially the one of the hand is distracting me from the whole scene, it's like there's something..."wrong"

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Four Bricks Tall
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I like the details of the peanut butter foot prints!

I think if anything in addition to exploring other camera angles, I would be more deliberate with the globs of peanut butter on the minifig. It's a bit much on the chin and torso. Or it could be my OCD. Help. Me.

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Stephen's Toys
Posts: 108
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Thanks for all your input. I really appreciate it.

@foolish-bricks I really do enjoy playing with angles and I did have a shot where the elephant was walking straight to the camera. The problem that I found with that one is you couldn't see his peanut butter foot steps. And, of course, the moron in me decided to delete all the photos I didn't use. Facepalm.

@the_aphol Now that you mention that, that's all I can see lol. If I could do it again I would set it up in my lightbox so I could control the shadows.

@fourbrickstall OCD is definitely a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can help you create some really wonderful photos. On the other hand, it can frustrate you to no end when you can't create the same image that's in your head. I actually used a toothpick to put the peanut butter where I wanted it. So it looks like we both need help  ???? 

Thank you all again for your words of wisdom. I'll be sure to put it to good use in my future shots!

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 Anonymous
Joined: 51 years ago

Yar. The harsh shadows.  Some kind of diffuse portable light. I use my son's glowy nightlight or my wifes coleman led lantern.

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