When I first heard of the contest Chris was running over at www.chrisnitz.com with Legos as the subject, I knew I was in. I mean, I must have had hundreds of thousands of these things as a kid. My little brother and I would build all sorts of elaborate structures and cities and then pretend we were giants and smash them back into pieces… and then do it all over again. But this was back in the 80’s. Now they have even more elaborate sets and even have their own Theme Park.
Legos aren’t the only thing change in the last 30 years or so. I now 3 little Lego builders and smashers of my own. I need look no further than the soles of my feet to find an ample supply of bricks, hands, guns and heads to build most anything. Everyone who has stepped on a Lego brick in their bare feet can totally relate.
Unfortunately despite all of my excitement about the contest, I was drawing a blank on what to shoot and how to shoot it. Then it hit me… I was shooting a wedding at Trilogy at Vistancia and I would bring a few Lego Star Wars guys with me as “Wedding Crashers”. So, into my jacket pocket they went. While shooting the “details” (shoes, dress, vests, flowers, tables, etc…) I put the little Crashers next to the Cake and shot away.
The finished product is a mixture of 3 different exposures run through Lightroom for color correction and Photomatix for blending. Next we take the Photomatix TIFF and 2 of the RAW files into CS5 for additional blending (I almost always mix in a RAW file on HDR images with bokeh as Photomatix can add detail where there should be none). Once masked and blended we hit ‘em with some sharpening, contrast and noise reduction all using Nik Software filters. Finally, I tossed into OnOne PhotoTools for some stylization.
Thanks to Chris for putting these on. Can’t wait for next month to do it all again!