Saturday, May 08, 2021

Photography Scavenger Hunt Round 31: Float

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:


Before I sent my $200 Deadpool figure floating across a pond, I wanted some assurance I'd get him back in once piece.  So I tied some fishing line to the float so I could hold on to him from the shoreline.

And I tied Deadpool to the float with some more fishing line. I tried to position the line so it wouldn't be in the shot, but it would be easy enough to remove in post if some of it snuck in.

All I needed was to wait for the right time and go take the shot.  I waited out a rain storm and the first time the sun came out I grabbed my wife (as an assistant) and my kids (for play time) and headed over to the park.  I tossed the float onto the water and....  it worked!  Well, except for one thing: damned dirty nature.

This was the height of spring, and the local trees were flowering...so the pond was full of flower petals.  As a result my float was covered in nasty nature dandruff!  Way, way, (way!) too much to Photoshop out.

I packed up, retreated, and bided my time.

[not pictured: me biding my time]

As Hamilton once sang "I'm not gonna miss my shot." (also "Holy shit, Burr shot me!"- Hamilton is one crazy mofo) 

I was in the park taking my daily walk a week later and noticed the pond was much clearer, so I grabbed my wife again and rushed over.  This time things were almost perfect.

I got my shot...
... and Burr didn't shoot me.  So I got one up on Hamilton.  Go me.

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