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Launch at home

By Yebach
Played a bit with long exposure and the Legos I got as an away present from the company I worked for.

Unsing samyang 12 mm lens, f 5 and 6s long take. Iso was set to 800

Tags: Rocket Lego Humour and fun Apollo 11

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 7:01AM
It's terrific fun, and to be honest I'm enjoying this too much to think carefully about critique. But putting the serious hat on...

How did you light this, that it needed six seconds at ISO 800? Image quality has, I think, suffered a bit from the high ISO.

Click on the image for the large view and you see this against a much broader black background. The added breadth works far better for me. It may seem obvious to use portrait format for a vertical subject, but the result can look cramped and unbalanced, like a pencil standing on end in a pencil-tin. So more space needed...

And to my eye it needs maybe a small clockwise rotation to straighten.

I shall try those adjustments. But meanwhile, removing the serious hat again - what a fabulous leaving present! And it reminded me of this news story , which appeared yesterday.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2021 7:13AM
Quick modification uploaded - adjustments as mentioned above, a small clockwise rotation, extra space sides and a bit at the top; plus I tried to even out light on the rocket, using the dodge tool set to highlights on the upper part, the burn tool set to midtones on the lower part, exposure just 3% for both.

Really enjoyed this !
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
26 Mar 2021 11:40AM
Vid, I agree with Moira - this is terrific fun! It appeals to the eight-year old boy inside me.

When you are concentrating on something complicated, it's ever so easy to forget the basic things, like making sure the rocket is vertical. Check the basics, always.

I suspect that lower ISO would work better - you'd just need a longer exposure. The big problem, I reckon, is balancing general exposure with the lights below the engines - maybe you can adjust the general lighting, or maybe switch on the 'rocket lights' for only part of the exposure. They need to be brighter, but not too bright. It could be worth looking at how NASA spotlit launch vehicles, HERE for instance. They understood the importance of drama!
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
26 Mar 2021 12:48PM
It's a fascinaing subject to play with especially as there are plans to land on the moon again in just three years time.

It's a static subject so a lower ISO and a correspondingly longer shutter speed won't matter but will result in the best quality.

I was going to question the use of such a widengle lens on a model subject but it does give the impression of being close to and looking up at the real thing rather than a more conventional normal looking perspective, so that's interesting, though I'd try both approaches if possible.

It's worth trying a deep blue backgound as it'd look less stark and give some separation of the rocket from the background.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4263 Canada
26 Mar 2021 1:12PM
Thats well done
Yebach 8 Slovenia
27 Mar 2021 5:02PM
I lighted it up using some head lamps and my bike lamp trying to get that reflector lights effect. That is why i set the exposure to 6s. If it was longer there was too much backlight from the room. I was kind of space limited. I don't have extra flah to get that dark background look. Any help on that would be great.

Thank you

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
28 Mar 2021 12:57PM
Shoot at night with curtains closed and all the lights off except the ones you want to use for the picture...

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