American in Spain

Toy Animals

May 9, 2011

For her second birthday, Nora received, from my Godfather and Godstepmother, an assortment of plastic animals. To me, these are way more interesting than dolls. The detail is absolutely exquisite. I applaud whoever designed the molds in China and the factory workers that painted them. I thought they would make an interesting subject for some practice at inanimate studio photography. I used my "tinkerbell lighting" technique of a long exposure and a moving LED point source of light. There are a few more, including a kangaroo, but these were the only ones I could find at the time I decided to take these photos. The "studio" is two pieces of white paper, one on the table, and the leaning against a box.

Humpty and Dumpty

Even-toed ungulates.

Wooly Mammoth


Momma Panda and Baby Panda

Mommy and baby panda.

I like Ewe

Red-eyed ewe.


Stallion with shoes.

And then I started to get a little creative. Most of my ideas were complete disasters, but I kind of liked this one.

Stallion Shadow