I threw out this set the other day. It wasn’t ever built to last or be shown outside of the completed photograph. The clay had continued to crack away from the board, and I want to be able to use the figure again in the future, so I chipped her free and threw out the rest.
To commemorate the set and just as a comparison between a simplistic build and finished photograph, I created the below diptych of the two. I really enjoy photographing miniature sets, in part because of the way I can transform the scene and make it come to life through my camera lens. I wanted to make that idea evident here.
As you’ll notice, the water is actually much longer than what was shown in the final image. With each of my images, I shoot a ton of different angles/ lighting scenarios until I’m happy with the final image, so occasionally I’ll build in a bit extra – here for experimenting with higher angles, etc. You’ll also notice that the set lacks a lot of details. I can paint, when I put my mind to it, I’ve taken classes and so on, but here I just used white thick lines for a lot of waves – this is intentional. I pretty much always use a short depth of field, so I know that sometimes, while color variation can be important, time spent on detail certainly is not.