Are you ready to rock!?! 🎸

This is my (second and truly last) final entry to the #bc_makingmusic photo contest on Brickcentral.

Today’s scene features Gimli from the LEGO The Lord of the Rings set 9473 The Mines of Moria, the guitar from the Collectible Minifigures Series 12 Rock Star, and a MOC amp.

Behind the Scenes

Today’s look behind the scenes is a little different, because I ended up significantly changing the final image in post.

My idea was based on a TGIF and making music theme, and I wanted to explore the idea of Gimli rockin’ out with his epic beard. For lighting, I used my standard one overhead LED light with a pair of DIY bounce cards for fill. To help with subject separation, and to leave some blurred areas on Gimli to suggest motion, I shot wide open at f/4 (instead of f/8).

My in-camera composition looked like this:

I composed using the rules of thirds, with his nose as the primary anchor point, and the the top of the amp as the secondary. As has been my recent style, I filled the frame beneath them for balancing and aesthetic purposes, and left the remainder as negative space to help focus on the subject area.

But something felt off… it just didn’t have the feel that I was looking for.

So I played with cropping my final image in post and came up with this:

I used the same primary anchor point, but cut the reflection to show just the guitar and hand. Being a much tighter shot with less negative space, we see more of Gimli and the overall feel to me is much more intimate.

Moral of the story? I’d let myself get a little lazy and initially composed this the same as my recent shots, when I should have taken more time to explore this scene as being unique. So, don’t allow yourself to get complacent and treat each shot with the care it deserves.



Published by Scott Murphy

Photography for the love of it.

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