El Dave Photography

A photographer and his toys. Updated weekly.

The Sun Never Sets on Latveria (0)

5:52 AM by , under

Hey guys, things are super busy here in the studio, but I wanted to quickly show you one of the projects we're working on. A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a small Eastern European nation to shoot some stills for an upcoming tourism campaign. Due to a non-disclosure agreement, I can't tell you where, but I'm sure you can figure it out.

Sun Never Sets on Latveria
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Be good,
-Dave

What would happen if this were gone



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Full of Stars (0)

6:51 AM by , under

This week was the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into outer space and I wanted to try and do something special to commemorate it. I don't have any model rockets or miniature cosmonauts (an oversight that will be corrected), but I do have some Lego minifigs and a sizable science fiction collection. With that in mind, here is my attempt at recreating a scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The original:


For this shot I used:
Lego Minifigure Spaceman (body and helmet)
Lego Minifigure Hazmat Guy (head)
The entire NGC 6357 Nebula

I set an LED bulb on either side of the figure and used my window blinds for the vertical stripes. Taking it into Photoshop, it was... ok. Nothing spectacular and certainly not as dramatic as the still from 2001. That's where the Nebula came in and worked its magic. It took quite a bit of playing with opacity, but I think the end result is definitely worth the time and effort. It's certainly blowing Lego Spaceman's mind!

"The thing's hollow—it goes on forever—and—oh my God—it's full of stars!"
Full of Stars
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Be good,
-Dave

With your head so in the cloud



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Mortal Kombat 1

8:36 AM by , under

You may have heard that there is a new Mortal Kombat game coming out. I'll be honest, my favorite character is, and probably always will be, Sub Zero. The freezy ice blast, the slide, the ice swords? Count me in.

Unfortunately, Scorpion looks SO GOOD with a sword that he ended up dominating today's shot.
Mortal Kombat
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What I originally wanted was sort of a backstage view, where Sub Zero was returning from his match with Scorpion lying in wait, ready to ambush Subs. The more I look at it, the more it looks like they're waiting to jump each other. Like playing Hide & Seek, but with Fatalities.

The setup was so simple that it's easier to just show you.

Mortal Kombat - BTS
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Scorpion is standing in front of a resin wall piece and that's a wooden/leather trunk behind Sub Zero. No fancy lighting, just natural light from the window to the left.

Be good,
-Dave

Relied on me to say it all



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