Mirror, Mirror…

Mirror, mirror on the wall…it seems you have better uses after all. Most notably I can use a mirror as a substitute backdrop when an unobstructed vista is not available for toy photography. I live in an older suburb where the houses are just close enough to be annoying for …

Another step in the journey

I started writing about toy photography four years ago to share both my knowledge and my own artistic journey. Part of that journey has involved attempting to sell my work. I’ve participated in several gallery exhibitions, more than a few coffee shop shows and a couple of geek meet-ups. Recently …

Mr. Chainsaw, Branch Manager

Just yesterday Tobias M. Schiel gave us a glimpse behind the scenes at creating his wonderful noir setting. Last weekend I too made something to accompany a chainsaw toy photo. Actually, it was more about destroying than creating. Over on the G+ community there’s a plethora of daily challenges. One …

Attic Raiding – Legacy Lenses

Depending on your age, you, or your Dad/Mum/Uncle/Auntie/Pa/Granny/etc may have some optical treasures lurking in an old trunk in the attic. Or maybe they are in that closet that threatens to engulf you with old boxes when you open the door. You may be a thrift shop devotee that spies …

Lensball

I took a new toy with me to the #ORToyPhotoSafari. And no it wasn’t an actual toy, it was a Lensball.  Papajov first introduced me to this lo-fi way of creating unique toy photography at last years meet-up in San Francisco. This year I wanted to get a little more …

For the love of light

For the love of light is a step by step deconstruction of the image: Backlit Warrior Deconstructed. These are the steps I took to create that image. Concept A friend wanted a “cool” shot of Agent May from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D in warrior pose. Obstacles Agent May, what Agent May? Why …

Thinking Outside the Brick

A Story of The 2018 Meet-up Giveaway Figure Another year down…has it already been a year?! It seems like it was just yesterday that we were having pizza and beer at the G+ Headquarters along with exploring the ruins of San Francisco’s famed Sutro Baths.   Would you believe it …