Toy dinosaur

A toy dinosaur — possibly an Ankylosaurus — was photographed against a pure white background (255, 255, 255) using the “Meet Your Neighbours” (MYN) technique. The toy is ~1.25 inches long, or ~3.2 cm (~32 mm).

08 DEC 2020 |  BoG Photo Studio | toy dinosaur

The full frame photograph (that is, uncropped) shown above was taken using a Fujifilm X-T3 digital camera, Fujifilm MCEX-11 extension tube, and Fujinon XF80mm macro lens.

The macro lens/extension tube combo was set closer to maximum magnification than the photo of a toy mini-lizard featured in my last blog post.

An array of flash photography gear was used to light the white background and orange subject separately. Notice the face/head of the toy dinosaur is a little “hot.” The exposure was increased by 0.5 stop during post-processing in order to attain a pure white background.

Also notice that focus on the head and tail of the toy dinosaur is a little soft. I prefer using single point focus in most situations. In this case, the focus point was centered over the body of the subject. The little round toy dinosaur has just enough “relief” that the entire subject wasn’t in tack sharp focus despite using an aperture of f/16.

The Backstory

It’s no secret I love toys. True confessions aside, remember the primary purpose of photographing toys like this one is to take test shots that enable me to experiment with gear and techniques in the hope of improving my macro photographs of odonate exuviae.

Copyright © 2020 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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