As a LEGO minifig photographer, I knew going from shooting something four-bricks-tall to shooting the VW Camper was going to be a pretty different experience for me.
I switched out my prime macro to a mid telephoto zoom lens and relieved my bag of the tripod. Already everything was feeling lighter including my mood too, as I thought about all the locations I could shoot in that I had previously deemed inappropriate for my minifigs because of scale.
Heading on the tracks of adventure
Here’s one such location: a gravel pathway in a garden.
I wanted a scene that showed a little bit of rough road flanked by greenery for the Camper because it’s a vehicle for the outdoorsy sort of folk.
I took a few shots of the Camper closer to the greenery on the sides, but I had to get out of the way to let a small maintenance cart pass by. A serendipitous inconvenience, it turns out, because it left me some nicely sized tire tracks in the gravel.
I decided to use the tire tracks in my photo, imagining that the Camper was headed to a campsite in the woods in the early morning and following the tracks of the adventurers that had come before.
Here’s the final image:
A chill-by-the-lake vibe
The next day, I took the Camper out to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. I wanted a chill-by-the-lake vibe for the shot so I headed to the only area that had unfettered access to a man-made pond: the dog park.
In this park, the rest of the water features, including streams, are fenced off to the public
Unfortunately for me, and fortunately for the dogs, there’s a fence in the water at the dog park:
Clearly, I wasn’t going to get the low angle landscape photo of the pond and trees that I had originally planned. That was not chill.
So what to do when you can’t go low? You go high!
I still got the landscape photo but I was also able to get a reflection of the sky too!
It’s so important to work a scene until you get what you came for, or better.
Overall, I really enjoyed shooting the Camper around the urban parks in New York City. There were people’s feet and shadows in every other shot, but it was a fun and fulfilling exercise to take photos of toys that are outside my normal range.
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