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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #135 on: May 17, 2014, 01:26:20 PM »
Those shots of the Billiken She Creature are my absolute favorites. Brilliant work, Mono.

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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #136 on: May 17, 2014, 01:37:44 PM »
Those shots of the Billiken She Creature are my absolute favorites. Brilliant work, Mono.


Then here for you is one more Billiken She-Creature, all in nightmare-ish blues...




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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #137 on: May 17, 2014, 07:25:39 PM »
I have a bunch of new photo's to show, if you want to see them. This is a photo I took of the Neca Exorcist
bobble head. It has a nice sculpt on it. I was going more for scary/creepy than cute, so I only photographed the head 'cuz the body is small. I call this my Regan triptych.



Here's another photo of the Neca bobble head...

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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #138 on: May 18, 2014, 03:03:34 AM »
Here's a photo I took of the Billiken Creature model...


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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #139 on: May 18, 2014, 02:09:35 PM »
Then here for you is one more Billiken She-Creature, all in nightmare-ish blues...

Thanks, that hits the spot. You really should be doing box-art for toy companies.

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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #140 on: May 19, 2014, 12:36:01 AM »
How 'bout another Paul Blaisdell monster - this is a Billiken Saucer-man from Invasion Of The Saucer-men.



Or, how about a Harryhausen monster. This is an X-Plus Ymir with two little green army men. Actually i used two green army men that are about six inches tall, like about the size of the marx monsters.

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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #141 on: May 24, 2014, 07:09:42 PM »
Here's one more photo I took of the X-Plus Ymir. I have an elephant toy that I want to use in some photos of the Ymir , when I have time to take some more pictures.


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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #142 on: May 24, 2014, 07:21:41 PM »
And here's a photo of the Forum Novelties Creature mask- I tried to make him look like he was under water.




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« Reply #143 on: May 24, 2014, 08:00:43 PM »
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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #144 on: May 25, 2014, 09:14:23 AM »
And here's a photo of the Forum Novelties Creature mask- I tried to make him look like he was under water.




that creature photo looks disturbingly like something hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago.
It was a photo like  that, except it was a crucifix immersed in... well you know about that controversy.

anyways, beautiful photo you did, it just reminded of the other.
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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #145 on: May 25, 2014, 02:37:06 PM »
Thanks Mike, glad you like the Ymir.

Hugohernandez, I know exactly which controversial photo you're talking about. I never thought of it when looking at my Creature photo, though, but now that you mention it I can see a similarity.

Here's another "under water" Creature photo. This figure I got off E-bay. It's a custom someone made out of an
Aurora Monsters Of the Movies body with head and arms from a Marx Creature.


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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #146 on: May 25, 2014, 02:54:19 PM »
Monolith.   Your Creature photo should be titled  PeeCreature!

It is disturbingly beautiful. 

I need to change my name of my moniker.  Hugohernandez is boring.
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Your photography is crazy beautiful, coffee book indeed.   I would buy it.
Loving the new God pic's.
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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #147 on: May 25, 2014, 03:16:45 PM »
This thread contains some of the best monster toy photography I've ever seen. I especially like the sense of scale you achieve with characters like Godzilla and Ymir. Most of these toys appear to be "life sized," whether that means 6 feet tall or 200 feet tall. My favorites so far are the MPC Pop-Tops, the Frank in the cemetery, all the Godzilla images, the Sideshow Dracula and the Horizon Creature.

"Pro" photographers spend hundreds or thousands of dollars trying to achieve the same results you are getting with what I assume, from your description, is a consumer point-and-shoot camera and some online digital filter effects. It goes to prove that it's not the tools that matter, but the artist who wields them.
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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #148 on: May 25, 2014, 03:19:18 PM »
Perhaps you could do a "how-to" post similar to what Matt Jaycox did with his Dracula's Daughter custom figures. Show us some raw images, how you choose the one you want, then show what it looks like as you apply different filter effects. Though I wouldn't blame you if you didn't want to reveal what's behind the curtain.
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Re: Check Out These Monster Toy Photo's
« Reply #149 on: May 25, 2014, 07:12:55 PM »
This thread contains some of the best monster toy photography I've ever seen. I especially like the sense of scale you achieve with characters like Godzilla and Ymir. Most of these toys appear to be "life sized," whether that means 6 feet tall or 200 feet tall. My favorites so far are the MPC Pop-Tops, the Frank in the cemetery, all the Godzilla images, the Sideshow Dracula and the Horizon Creature.

"Pro" photographers spend hundreds or thousands of dollars trying to achieve the same results you are getting with what I assume, from your description, is a consumer point-and-shoot camera and some online digital filter effects. It goes to prove that it's not the tools that matter, but the artist who wields them.


Wow, thanks Ray! That means a lot coming from you- I like your photo's a lot, especially your mask photo's- they're fantastic. I don't mind pulling back the curtain a bit. I'll start off by saying all the photo's in this thread
were taken with a Canon Power shot SD 1000. I bought it for my girlfriend for her birthday about four or so years ago, maybe a bit longer. I got it on sale for around $300. It's small and flat, which is good for getting into tight spaces, which helps sometimes when you're taking pictures of small subjects. Also, all of the subjects in my photo's were lit by sunlight, mostly because it's free and I don't have a lot of money. Also, I have a tripod but I didn't use it for any of the photo's in this thread - the camera was hand- held for every shot here. Sometimes, like in the blue Billiken She-Creature photo above, I'm holding the camera in my right hand and the She-Creature model in my left. I do this so I can get the light to fall on the model in a way that looks interesting. I think two of the most important elements to my photo's are the lighting and the angle. A low camera angle can make the relatively small subject look larger, and the lighting can help give mood.

All of my photo's were edited using pixlr, which is a free online photo editor. I have a lot of photo's stored on photobucket, which used to use pixlr as it's photo editor. Photobucket changed it's editor a while back. When they did this I thought I wasn't going to be able to edit my pics the same way again, because I had only associated pixlr with photobucket, but then I found out pixlr was it's own entity. Just go to pixlr.com to use it. It's not only free, but you don't have to sign up or even sign in. I've never used photoshop because I can't afford it.
I'm sure it's great, though. When you go to pixlr check out pixlr express, it's what I mostly use, it's fast and easy, and fun. There's also pixlr advanced which I've only used a few times. Pixlr advanced is probably a little more like photoshop, but it's more involved and more difficult to use, at least for me because I'm almost computer illiterate.

I don't have many in-between photo's to show because I don't save them during the editing process, if I did I would have waaay too many photo's. But here's the original photo I took of the Billiken She-Creature before any editing. This is the photo at the top of this page all in blue. You can see my apartment behind her, I blurred the background using a blurring tool before I started adding effects. I think I first added some lighting effects, then increased the contrast, then added more saturated colors, then changed it to blues. It's all done in layers a little at a time. Usually it takes me anywhere from an hour to three hours of playing around with each photo. The trick is a lot of experimenting. Try this, try that, try first that ,and then this, try that again. That sort of thing.
I enjoy it and it's fun. If anybody has any questions, just let me know. I'll try to answer them.