This is a behind the scenes of my "wheel" shot for the 30th round of the Photography Scavenger Hunt.
I went in search of a caveman action figure and I came up empty. There simply are not any available, and as near as I can tell there never has been. At least not any I could find.
My next step was to see if I could 3D print one, so I went off in search of a model I could print. I didn't find any good candidates either. I only found one caveman type model, but it was in a weird T post with his arms sticking straight out to the side. Not exactly useful.
I figured I could use some 3D editing software to change the pose, but I have very little knowledge of how to use this software. 3D software is incredibly complex, so I had a steep learning curve ahead of me.
In the mean time I decided I'd work on my other idea. I knew I could make that work. Then I'd see which one I liked best and go with that.
My idea for the ships wheel was to have Deadpool dressed as a pirate (they released such a figure last year), steering the ship, in a dramatic pose. The wheel would be center in frame since that is the word I was trying to emphasize.
I also happened to lack a ships wheel, but that was something I knew I could fix in many ways. At worse I could carve one out of wood or foam. However I lucked out and found a model I could 3D print. Which I did.
The finished piece looked like this:
Once all that was complete I finally was able to photograph it. This is how it looks straight out of camera...
Long story short I decided to abandon the caveman idea, and my backup shot, pirate Deadpool, won the day and was submitted to the hunt.
At least I learned a whole lot about 3D printing and expanded my creative toolbox. Next time I'll be able to do a much better job. Live and learn!