Project 365 – Day 37

Happy Friday y’all! I am SO happy the weekend is upon us. I have been in pain all week with this silly back strain and I went a flared it right back up while trying to put new sheets on the girls’ bunk beds. Ugh…

Enough of that though. I’m really happy with how my photo for today turned out. I took SO MANY pictures trying to stay in line with the Capture Your 365 prompt for the day: Minifigures. This prompt really placed me outside of my element. I am not someone who takes photos of toys nor do I really have the imagination to set up a cute little scene to photograph. I really prefer candids, street photography and a beautiful landscape when it comes along. So… I really had to stretch myself to complete this today. After several attempts with hot wheels and mini princesses (and about ready to give up on it altogether), my son brought me this cool looking little guy.


I immediately knew I wanted to pose him all by himself with some simple light bokeh behind him. Not only to ease my pain in trying to be too creative (lol!) but also just because he was so cool looking. I didn’t want to put too many distractions in the photo.

Nikon D3300, 50mm @ f/2.2, 1/5 sec. ISO 100

The room was really dark and I was too lazy to get my speedlight out and set anything up…lol. My son had a flashlight app on his ipod, so I placed it under Keldeo’s (that’s his name) stand and erased it in post-processing. Whatcha think? Not bad for my first attempt at something like this.

Want to see some of my not-so-great attempts?

First, I tried the hot wheels…

Nikon D3300, 50mm @ f/13, 1/60, ISO 200 w/Speedlight right

I thought these were ok, but I wasn’t happy with the focus on the last car (this was the best of several tries) and I couldn’t get the wood darker without drowning out the reflections. Used speedlight to photo right for this one.

I tried some “girly” princess as well…

Nikon D3300, 50mm @ f/2.5, 1/60, ISO 100, Window Light Behind/Right

She was ok. I was going for the vain princess here…lol. The toy mirror was distorted though and it was hard to get a reflection that didn’t look like it came out of a fun house! I wasn’t totally sold on this. Honestly, I just don’t think all the pink & girly feel is really my style.

So that was my day of attempting something new with the camera. Have you tried anything new lately?

Thanks for stopping by.

~Amanda Brown


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