Kurt and I went to Marco Island to capture the beauty of its beaches with our miniatures.
We set out for South Beach on a Monday, mid-afternoon, it was warm and sunny. We were fortunate not to have to contend with a crowd. The sand looked almost white and right on the edge of the surf there was a multitude of shells and mollusks .
Kurt had to deal with the glare on his camera screen and the heat but we don't want to complain about the heat, it's below zero back home.
The shells and the mollusks added some visual interest to the photo shoot. Kurt had a bunch of scenarios going. The colors were in the pastels, milky-creamy, very soft looking.
Tigertail Beach photo shoot was late afternoon on a cloudy, windy, stormy looking day. Kurt decided very quickly to quit trying to photograph the little lady tanning herself and pulled out instead a woman and her umbrella struggling against the wind, how fitting!
That day we almost lost the woman with her umbrella to a wave. Fortunately this isn't Sunset Beach and the waves were gentle enough to release her back to us.
A few days ago, Edwige and I were out hiking some trails near the Mississippi River when we came across what we now know to be Shadow Falls. The spring-fed falls is in a wooded ravine surrounded by limestone and sandstone cliffs that overlook the Mississippi . Although I had my camera, I didn't have any miniatures along for the hike. I took a few shots of the area and planned to return with some minis another day.
Edwige had found a set of Preiser Freeclimbing figures online and purchased them for my birthday. I had been wanting these miniatures for quit awhile and was pretty excited to receive them! After discovering Shadow Falls, I knew it would be the perfect place to photograph these mini climbers. So we set out on another hike to the falls yesterday.
Well, I'm working hard (or hardly working) on getting the Puddle Monster series put together. Because I use real frozen seafood (which is difficult to work with) I need to plan ahead.
I have many ideas... But I don't seem to get them into production before the crabs and octopus start to spoil. I do keep them in the freezer, but they need to be thawed to work with. Placing them in a puddle, then back to the freezer, then thawed again, doesn't work that well. Using plastic or rubber creatures just isn't authentic enough... so unless I want to use live crabs (I won't) I will have to find a way to make this work.
Tip: I learned from the seafood guy at Wholefoods to wear rubber gloves when working with seafood. It keeps the fishy smell from getting in my hands, and staying there!