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Colin (colins_journal) takes his photos rather seriously.

I wanted a few new owlfish-Playmobil icons, and he's the in-house talent, so I asked. We started on Wednesday night with the Vanitas desk icon which I'm using for this post. I cleared the white table and set up the objects and creatures. He moved a lamp over to better light the scene. He moved the set to better angle it to the light. He adjusted the camera. He rearranged the set again. Eventually, he was ready for his tripod, focusing, white balance... and more rearrangements of the set. The first photo shoot went well, producing beautiful, crisp, clear images... and taking an hour and quarter. No wonder photo shoots with real live models can take all day... or all week!

It only took another hour or so the next night to take the other two new pictures - Christmas tree and my favorite new one, the table laid for a feast.

You should see these pictures at full resolution. If those owls had pores, you'd be able to see them.

(Thanks to moon_custafer for my santa-hatted default image!)


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Dec. 23rd, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)
Aaagh! Is the awesome Playmobil in your icons from a new line? What is it? I must know!
Dec. 24th, 2004 08:54 am (UTC)
None of it is very new... although I only bought the Fairy Tale dining room set the day before I made the icons, because I knew the icon would need it. The fish is from the dessert island set. I've lost track of where the owls themselves come from - a number of different woodland animal-type sets.

Vanitas desk icon: combines objects from the Alchemy tower (Magic Forest) and Captain with Maps (Pirate). The potted fern in the background is from the Dining Room set (Fairy Tale castle).

Owl and fish in a Christmas tree: Just the light-up Christmas tree from the Playmobil Christmas collection

Feast: Lots of things were involved in this one. The table, some of the food, and plates were from the Dining Room set (Fairy Tale castle); pumpkins were from the Cart pulled by horses and laden with pumpkins and chickens (Farm); the orange things which are actually bread rolls, the fish's baking dish, as well as one of the background tables, were from the Christmas Kitchen advent calendar from two or three years ago. You can't see it in the icon, but there was a roast chicken in the background too, from an individual Chef figure.
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