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Dinosaurs in the mist.

Discussion in 'Exhibition Lounge' started by Pete Bony, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Pete Bony

    Pete Bony Well-Known Member

    I've been trying to dig myself out of the doldrums lately and find something new to try so I went out and bought some toy dinosaurs to work with. Here are a few of the photos I got with them which I would welcome your thoughts on. The little models are too new looking so they shine a bit - I am planning on repainting them carefully with acrylic paint to get a more natural look about them, but that is going to take a little time. The ground foliage is moss and the trees are the seed buds from my passion flowers. I created the mist effect with an e-cig with the vapour blown gently through some small bore plastic piping. The lighting is from a 27 LED video light bank. I should add that the model dinosaurs are about 1 inch high.
    Any thoughts please gents?
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  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That's inventive!
  3. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Works well. How about trying a green or brown cloth background instead of blue for the next?
  4. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Good effort Pete.
  5. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Wondering about the shine - how about dipping them in matt varnish? Or would a polariser help?

  6. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Ray Harryhausen lives! What a great idea.

  7. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    You can get a clear nail varnish that mattifies whatever nail varnish is underneath it - that would probably work too and because it comes in a small nail varnish sized bottle you wouldn't be buying more than you need. Great idea though - love those trees!
  8. Pete Bony

    Pete Bony Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the positive comments guys.
    I will give the Matt nail varnish a go to see if that takes the shine off them. If it doesn't then I will spend time repainting them by hand with some matt acrylic paint that I have in my art work box. I will then also try using different colours of background as suggested and maybe a little backlighting as well.
    I have some larger dinosaurs in the of tub of models that I got so might get out and try some outdoor locations as well (When the weather allows me to) to see if I can get enough DOF to make give the shots a much more realistic background.
    I appreciate all thoughts, ideas, suggestions and comments offered!
  9. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Hah, love those. The mist is excellent. Dunno how you are with lego, but there's quite a big group of folk who do lego mini-figure photography as well.

    Any matt varnish would work, if you've already got acrylics, do you not have some matt varnish knocking around?

    Or, just pretend it's raining. In fact, let's see if you can make it rain in some shots, some fine mist falling down should do it!
  10. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Aye, those look like fun.

    Next week you'll be shooting adverts for Audi! (saw one the other day done with a £40 model of the R8:eek:)
  11. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    What a great idea!:cool:
  12. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Before you start painting things you could just try hanging a Kleenex over your light source.
  13. Pete Bony

    Pete Bony Well-Known Member

    I have sprayed them with an aerosol Matt "Sealer" (Varnish) which has taken most of the shine off them. They do look a bit better, I tried one outdoors yesterday and it didn't look too bad - See the attached photo - Not so shiny even though it was wet.
    I am now working on getting some larger and more detailed model dinosaurs to use for an outdoor shoot I want to try. If it works then fine but if it doesn't then it will at least have got me out for some exercise and fresh air!
    Thanks for the tip/suggestion, I will give it a go when I'm next working with the dinosaurs indoors.
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    Last edited: Sep 17, 2019
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