Scavenger Hunt #32 – Lamp

Wooden manikin with a head replaced by a drawn lamp head, taking the place of the "I" in a well-known animation studio logo.

For the 32nd Scavenger Hunt, I had decided (even before the Hunt words were public!) to try to make a series with wooden manikins. For Lamp, I thought it’d be nice to do something around the most famous animated lamp there is – and I decided to make my manikin cosplay for it! The major difficulty was to pose him in a way close enough from the lamp’s posture. But then, obviously it wasn’t a stable position, so I had to add some tape on his feet to make it stand still.

Wooden manikin squatting/slouching in front of a white wall
CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100mm
F-NumberF/7.1
Exposure time1/40 s
ISO125

This meant that I needed to get a picture of non-taped feet – which I did by taking another picture against a few cans and taping, this time, the head of the manikin 😉

Wooden manikin slouching in front of a white wall, holding thanks to a pile of tin cans supporting its head.
CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100mm
F-NumberF/7.1
Exposure time1/40 s
ISO320

And, for good measure, I also took a picture of the metal surface in case I needed more metal texture.

Metallic surface
CameraPentax K-1 II
Lenssmc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal length100mm
F-NumberF/7.1
Exposure time1/40 s
ISO640

Once I had that, the process took a bit of time, but wasn’t particularly complicated. I created the first composite of the manikin, its feet and its reflection in the metallic surface, with the blue color toning. The lamp is a few colored circles overlaid on the picture. Add some letters, shadows, light – as well as I could, and tadaaa! A picture ready for entry!

There’s actually not much I’d do differently right now with this picture. The shadows/reflections of the letters are not the most natural things in the world, but they’re not distracting to me. The “lamp” with the concentric circles is very simple, but I think it conveys the idea better than if I had gone with a fancier way of adding it. All in all, this is one of my favorite entries for this round 🙂

The complete Scavenger album is available here: the Lamp album.

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