Perspective...it's all about perspective!
You've got to think outside the quadrilateral parallelogram...but the math teacher in me wants to argue that a box is not a parallelogram, but rather, a rectangular prism. I still love the saying, which I saw on a t-shirt once.
Ummmm, first I had to remember what I really played with as a child. I had the usual dolls, of course, but never did play with them in the way that mom hoped. (That's another story.)
So, toys. None came to mind that would be much fun to photograph, but I did have a good time with google and Amazon. Since, I let it go to the last minute, there was no time to be had for perusing antique stores, and finding that perfect thing.
Nope, it was me and Amazon. Now, I could get some awesome 1950s toys through Amazon, that if I were willing to part with a few hundred bucks. That was a definite no, but "classic" turned out to be a key term. You could get the "look" that replicated vintage/antique.
Yesterday, I spent a few hours with the tripod, macro lens, and regular lens photographing a game of Chinese checkers...pretty unispiring at first. How exciting could anyone make a game of Chinese checkers look?
Well, nearly 150 shots later, I had some possibilities. I had to really look at that game every way imaginable. And, then I had to figure out how to make the shot look like what was in my head.
From there, I had to figure out how to use an app to mimic the look of an old "toy" camera...lots of tech involved here folks, and I am definitely a technological immigrant. It is not my native language.
Not only that, I had to bounce back and forth between a Dell pc and an apple phone/ipad.
Here are the two shots I settled on..a front and a back to make a page. The photos are ordered, and now it's a matter of gluing them together and mailing them off.
Mission accomplished! Insert huge sigh of relief...