CTE Weekly Photo Challenge – L is for Lucky Lego and Lights


Do I get triple points for this week’s photo challenge post? Here’s the final outcome, and then the story behind how I got to the final product.

Lucky Lego and Lights

Canon 60D | 50mm lens | 1/8 | f/1.8 | ISO 100 | Speedlite 430EXII flash

My first interest was to see how the bokeh lighting effect changed the further it got from the focused point of the framed photo. After attaching a circle sheet of paper with a shamrock stamped out of it to the end of my 50mm lens, I grabbed my fabric green screen and laid it out on the floor with a strand of white Christmas strung across it. But the strand of Christmas lights were too close together and ended up being a whole cluster of four-leaf clovers.

I decided to use the lights as more of a background and draped one end of the green fabric up onto our ottoman with the lights in front of it. But… what to photograph!

Sure enough, my boy’s Legos were strewn across the floor, and when I stepped on one of them on my way out of the room, I was inspired. I found a green Lego guy, placed it on the gray base and set up the shot.

I quickly found I needed to light the subject, or it was too dark. I used my Canon Speedlite 430EXII and angled it at 60 degrees. It took me a few more shots to make sure my green guy was in complete focus, but when all was said and done, that was my final shot.

Happy “Belated” St. Patrick’s Day

~signed, Carltonaut

3 thoughts on “CTE Weekly Photo Challenge – L is for Lucky Lego and Lights

  1. Pingback: Tutorial: How to Shoot the Bokeh Technique in Photographs | Carltonaut

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