one of my first (if not my very first) attempt at making a composition, was a picture where Marie lost in a game of Monopoly by literally stepping on the Boardwalk (Schlossallee in German) with an hotel on it. As you can imagine, my Photoshop skills were pretty limited back then. Also I just started taking photography as a serious hobby, so the execution was not so well done either. (Talking about perspektive or lighting or such stuff) So I thought about making a new version of this picture for some time now. Last week, I stumbled upon the board game “Hotel” which I dearly loved as a child and still do. Unfortunately I haven’t played it for some time now, as most of my friends refuse to play with me anymore, because of my uncanny luck in board games. The game is very similar to Monopoly, but you get to build hotels with different buildings and parks and stuff. And most important, it is much more visibly pleasing than Monopoly. Which is not so hard to achieve frankly speaking ;-). So the moment I saw the game sitting there, I got the urge to blow off the dust from the box and set up the hotels. I imagined what a game of hotel would be like, if you could race around the board in your car in person. I immediately liked the idea much better than the one with the boring Monopoly board. No sooner said than done, I set up the game, put up some strobes around it and began shooting.
As I was setting up the lights, it became clear to me, that I had to take special care of the lighting this time to show the shape of the hotels and the small plastic cars perfectly and also I wanted to have these nice reflections in the windows of the skyscrapers to give the picture a nice sunset feeling. So for the first time since I got my 70d I used the WiFi remote control app on my android tablet. I put the camera on my tripod and adjusted the game board to the perfect angle of view. Then I fiddled around a little with the buildings, to get them all nicely lined up in the picture. After the board looked the way I imagined it to be, I started to adjust the depth of field and the lighting till I had the picture you can see now. It is much more convenient to work with the tablet than with the view finder at such still pictures, as you can adjust and immediately check the sharpness “sweet spot” on the big screen of your tablet. And I wanted to keep the focus pretty limited on the two cars in the picture to achieve a kind of Tilt-Shift look. If you ever tried a macro picture where you need the focus point on one exact spot, you surely know what a pain in the b#!1 this can be. With the remote app, this wasn’t so hard at all and I could fully concentrate on the lighting of my hotel scene. So thank you Canon for implementing this extremely useful feature.
For lighting, I used a 2 strobe setup. But instead of jabbering, I’ll just show you the setup ;-).
So I hope you enjoyed this weeks pic and read you next week – Florian
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P.P.S.:Just two and a half more weeks till my vacation, Yay:-D