I'm going out a day early this week because the thought of the small matter of the football game tonight between Manchester United and Manchester City which could potentially decided the 2011/2012 premiership title has prevented me from focusing on anything particularly productive at all, and I can't guarantee being fit for anything tomorrow.
My eldest mentioned to me this morning that he wanted to break up his Lego X-Wing starfighter that he spent hours making, with a little help from his Dad so I thought I'd photograph it before he did. Then I had the idea to composite it with a photograph I'd made a couple of weeks ago of Altrincham town center.
The first step was to call up the photograph I wanted to use as the base background and study the lighting. It was fairly flat without a great deal of direction and contrast. Then I needed to try and replicate it
Using a light stand I suspended the star fighter in the air with some black cotton (I figured black would have been easier to clone out, but in hindsight I really ought to have used white). From the above set up shot, you can just see a grided SB900 on top of the drawers next to the turntable - this was to be the sun, and to the left on the sofa is a diffused SB900 to provide some fill. Up on the iMac in the background I have the base layer so I can see what I need to achieve, and then shooting tethered into the laptop on the floor I got a full screen version to make a little easier.
This image above shows you the final image that I decided to use to drop onto the base layer, and then with a bunch of layers, some dodging and burning, a few layer masks and some motion blur, the image below is the final result. The base layer is a 30 second exposure I made using a B+W 10 stop ND filter because I wanted to remove as much traffic and many people from the image as possible. All just a little bit of fun.