I may be biased, but I’m thrilled for this month’s themed episode of the podcast. This was one of our best themes to date. So good in fact, that we invited a special guest onto the show to discuss it!

For the first time, we’ve invited a listener onto the show to share his own interpretation of the theme. Luke Jones, aka LJToyPhotography, has participated in nearly all of our podcast theme exercises. The minute I saw his submission for “Magic,” depicting a stage magician pulling a surprise lobster out of his hat, I knew that he had to come onto the show to discuss it.

The episode is live now, and embedded below. Make sure to scroll down to see our images as you listen, and check out our guest submissions for the month!

Luke’s Image

lego magician with lobster by Luke Jones LJToyPhotography

Magic by LJToyPhotography

I get a crack out of Luke’s image every time I see it. It’s such a fun subversion of what we expect from a stage magician. According to Luke, the he only used the lobster because he doesn’t own a rabbit piece! If you ask me, I say that that particular limitation led to a fantastic image.

My Image

LEGO Harry Potter movie set by James Garcia

Movie Magic

I wanted to lay several layers of magic into my image. Movie magic, the magic of Harry Potter, and the magic of photography. Was I successful? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below!

Kristina’s Image

Stormtrooper fairy magic lego toy photography by Kristina Alexanderson

Magic by Kristina Alexanderson

A queue of frogs and beautiful reflections make up Kristina’s image. She used 3 different images, shot as a panoramic, to capture it! Listen to the podcast to hear how.

Guest Submissions

Thanks to all of the listeners who submitted their own Magic images! We only had the chance to discuss three of them on the show, but recommend you check out the hashtags on Instagram and G+ to see all of the entries. Here are the photos we discussed in the episode:

This Month’s Theme

As always, thank you so much for listening! And a huge thanks to Luke for joining me and Kristina for this episode. It was such a pleasure talking to you, and we can’t wait to see where your toy photography journey goes from here. You can follow Luke on Instagram.

Our theme for this month is Reflections! If you’d like to participate, tag your photos #tp_reflections and tag both myself (@thereeljames23 on Instagram, +JamesGarica23 on G+) and Kristina (@kalexanderson on Instagram and here on G+). We’ll be recording the next episode on Saturday September 29th, so submit before then if you want to have the chance for us to look at your image on-air! 

What is your interpretation of the Magic theme? Do you think we captured it in our photos? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


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