I had actually considered taking some BTS photos of the setup, but neither myself nor my wife can locate them, so they are lost to the void of history. So let me describe how I got this shot:
This is the result.
The 31st round of the Photography Scavenger Hunt is upon us. This is my entry for the word "Window"
Window. Its like a thing you can see out of... almost like a window to the soul, but not. So I decided to make a self portrait with a window to my soul....
I tried mocking up something, and immediately hated it. I mean, can you blame me?
The 31st round of the Photography Scavenger Hunt is upon us. This is my entry for the word "Tea"
Tea: It is a nice drink. One I even enjoy on occasion. However it may be one of the least inspiring words I've seen in a long while. One might say it isn't my cup of tea (hey-ooo!)
However my wife had an idea for a shot a long time ago that we never got around to shooting. She wanted me to recreate the scene from Toy Story where Buzz Lightyear attended the nieghbours girls tea party as Mrs. Nesbitt.
So I decided to do that. Now, because I am a complete and total professional at this blogging thing, and a consumate story teller, I completely forgot to take any behind-the-scenes shots for this.
However its pretty standard fair for my work these days. My wife, the uber-quiltress, made an apron for me. She also let me use a tea set she has sitting around . I 3D printed a hat, made some scale furniture out of XPS foam and craft paint that I painted the pinkest pink I could, and set everything up.
The hardest part was removing Buzz's arm.
It's a pretty basic shot overall.
The 31st round of the Photography Scavenger Hunt is upon us. This is my entry for the word "Sparkle"
There are some words where ideas come fast and loose, and one is almost spoiled for choice. Others I have to fight tooth and nail to get even the faintest thread of an idea. Sparkle was the exact middle - no ideas at all until blind inspiration struck out of the blue.
So when I get a list of hunt words one of the first things I do is write them in a notebook, and then I write some first thoughts associated words beside them. This helps spark my creative flow. For example, this is my notebook for Ink:
So much to work with there, eh?
"Nerts!" I said to myself, and I grabbed my headphones and went for a walk.
I am not sure if it was the muses shining on me or the music of choice or a combination of the two, but I got about half way down the path - right where the path bends to follow the river... you know the place, when the following thought came to mind. "Tinkerbell has sparkles! I bet Tinkerbell could become a photo... but,I normally shoot Deadpool.... Tinkerbell... sparkles... shoot... Deadpool.... wouldn't it be great if Deadpool shot Tinkerbell and she exploded in a mass of sparkles?"
Then that became: "It *would* be *freakin' awesome* if Deadpool shot Tinkerbell and she exploded into a sparkle ball!" Then I started to laugh like a mad man. I literally LOL'd right there where the path bends to follow the river. When I laugh at an idea, I know it is a winner.
When I got back to my studio I hopped into Photoshop to play around to see if I could get a sparkle effect I was looking for.... turns out I could. So I took a shot of Deadpool to composite into the shot:
The 31st round of the Photography Scavenger Hunt is upon us. This is my entry for the word "Float"
I knew pretty much right away that I wanted to have Deadpool floating in a pool of some sort. I just didn't know how to do it.
I googled doll sized pool floats and was pleasantly surprised to find that, not only do these things exist in the scale I needed (1/6 scale), but there were tons of options at reasonable prices. Turns out they are also used as floating drink holders. I picked a pack that looked the most like what Deadpool would want, and two-day shipped those suckers post haste!
There is a pond in a walking park near my house that I thought would be perfect for this sort of floaty scenery. I took this photo on a scouting mission:
The 31st round of the Photography Scavenger Hunt is upon us. This is my BTS for the word "Fairy Tale."
When I first saw this word I knew I was able to come up with something. There are so many fairy tales, and so many takes on them, both modern and ancient, that something had to stick. However the problem with things like this is that one gets spoiled with choice, and settling on a single concept is harder than it seems.
I was searching the Internet one evening looking for models to print with my 3D printer. I came across a rather detailed model of Pinocchio, that plucky puppet with a heart of gold and a nose for the lack of truth. I decided I'd grab the model and print him off as he seemed like a decent fit for the category of "fairy tale".
[not pictured: Pinocchio being printed on my 3D printer]
I still needed to put Pinocchio into a scene. I've never really watched the movie (just enough to know it gets *really* dark and an LSD trippy half way through). But the scene that comes to mind is Geppetto making the damnable psycho-puppet in his workshop.
I decided to use Deadpool as a Geppetto stand-in, cause, you know... Deadpool.
Of course Deadpool isn't going to paint up a puppet as a normal version so I decided to make a Deadpool painting a Deadpool puppet. The model has Pinocchio wearing a hat, but I decided to cut it off, and use some wood putty to recreate the top of his head (including that thing that sticks out the back of his mask)
|Image from Asmus Toys|