Vintage Lenses for Toy Photography

Many folks are familiar with the look and feel of vintage lenses without even realizing it.  Tons of photo editing apps are specifically designed to emulate different effects that were “issues” with old vintage glass.  Some of these old issues such as light leaks, scratches, and weird Bokeh, have been “fixed” with modern manufacturing techniques.

After seeing so many options to add retro looks, I started wondering why is this a thing? Why do we like to add back these imperfections?

I think it’s because the imperfections of old glass added a unique character that has since been lost in the pursuit of perfection.  The older manufacturing processes resulted in different characteristics even between the same lenses made at the same factory.  I have four Vintage lenses that I am constantly using in my photography mainly because of the look, feel, and character they lend to my images.  I’ll give you a bit of a rundown on each of them. Continue reading Vintage Lenses for Toy Photography

Bold Adventures of a happy stormtrooper

I am not what I think I am; I am not what you think I am; I am what I think you think I am. ~ Charles Horton Cooley

Stormtrooper Frank has many adventures.  Most of them are generally happy ones.

-Storm watching
-Pinecone collecting
-Gardening / planting
-Teaching art
-Lunch with locals

But occasionally he has that unplanned adventure like Crash landing on Dagobah… Frank made the mistake of jumping into hyperspace without his helmet strap on… what a mess. Continue reading Bold Adventures of a happy stormtrooper

Character Development in LEGO Photography

Through character development in Lego photography, I’m able to explore new ideas by putting myself in the place of my mini figure counterparts.  I try to think how this character may think. I locate scenes and backgrounds that match their personality.  It really brings the toys to life for me.

I’ve found that having some characters with ongoing stories is a great way to help when a slump in creativity hits. I’m not sure what it’s called in photography… photo block maybe? Anyhow, I’ve found it useful to have several characters to lean on when the creative juices are running on fumes. Continue reading Character Development in LEGO Photography