A couple of weeks ago I posted a couple of time lapses of me building some Lego models. At the end of that post I promised some better shots of the properly brilliant Ecto-1 model I assembled. The self-explanatory title of this post should suggest that it does in fact contain those promised pictures.
It was, I should think, entirely obvious that once I’d spent the time building such a good-looking model, that I’d spent some time appreciating it in the only way I really understand.
The first shot I took was on the largely neutral canvas of my desk, which currently has a cutting mat sitting atop it. This adds an interesting grid pattern which to me is reminiscent of computer game blank free-roaming environments.
Whilst I quite like the grid pattern as a base for photographing something like this, I found it a bit lacking. I needed to add something extra to make the images more interesting.
Improvising based on something I’d seen done elsewhere, I loaded up an image onto my computer screen as a backdrop, then grabbed a small stool to raise the model up to its level. This wasn’t quite enough, so I draped a grey t-shirt over the top to create a suitable floor. The end result is a bit different if nothing else.
This is the set up I was using – ultimately quite simple, but giving a decent result.
With the setup in place, I was then free to explore. I was keen to get the model in from all angles – including a few classics from the film, which I used my macro lens for.
I was also keen to get in shots of the Lego Minifigures of Egon, Ray, Peter and Winston, both individually and as a team with the Ectomobile.
I was also keen to capture a lot of the details and colours of the model itself.
I’ve put a selection of my favourite images in a gallery you can click through below. I’ll be sticking a fuller set on Flickr next week.
Behind the scenes of this post, there was also a bit of a big change. This is the first post of images I’ve published that has been edited only in Lightroom. It was recently announced that support for Aperture – my current image editor of choice – and this coincided with my me attending a demonstration of editing in Lightroom on the Canon Experience Day I recently posted about. These two things have finally seen me take the plunge and start using Lightroom. So far I’m really please with the results I’m getting, but as I transition from using one system to another I still find myself getting frustrated when I find that something that was very easy in Aperture is more difficult in Lightroom, or when a keyboard shortcut that has become second nature in over five years of using Aperture doesn’t do the same thing in Lightroom. I’m sure I’ll get over it.
Canon Experience Day
New Kit Photos