Clean and Jerk

Clean and Jerk

Tigress raises the bar for action figure weightlifting.

For the FlickrFriday challenge “Raise the Bar”.

Queen for a Day. Monday.

Queen for a Day.  Monday.

Unlike another striped cat, Tigress loves Mondays. They mean she might dress up and pose for a Macro Mondays challenge, which for this week is “Queen”. What’s the point of being an action figure if you don’t get any action? Today she feels like royalty!

For her raiment, she’s chosen a crown with a stunning blue tiger’s eye stone. Because she’s a tiger, and she’s got a good eye for haute couture, which is this week’s FlickrFriday challenge.

This is another successful experiment in depth perception, and the use of a tablet for lighting and effects. I found a stock photo of London to display on the tablet, which is propped just two inches behind Tigress. The brightness of the tablet darkened her front, so I lit her with a full spectrum lamp. When I brightened the photo in Photoshop, the effect of the lamp made the background look like a bright sunlit day, and the bokeh makes it look like a realistic distance behind her.

Breakdown

Breakdown

Tigress could use a break about now. She may think the situation is ropeless, but all she needs is a little focus.

Depth can be enhanced by having the background lit darker than the foreground.

Photographed for this week’s FlickrFriday and Macro Mondays challenges, “Shot from Above” and “Broken”.

Demon Minion

Demon Minion

A despicable red pull-tab from a can of Cheerwine cherry soda.  This was one of the most difficult things I’ve tried to photograph.  The camera just didn’t want to focus on it in any light or background.  I put it against a black background to make it look darker and redder and despicabler.

Photographed for this week’s Macro Mondays challenge, “Pareidolia” (seeing faces and other familiar shapes in unrelated things).