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Woody's bouquet - how romantic!
Woody's bouquet - how romantic!

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Challenge: Toothpick(s) (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2014 Challenges 2014
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens
Date: Aug 6, 2014
Aperture: f.2.2
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Aug 6, 2014

I was trying to think of a creative way to use toothpicks. No doubt there will be countless studio shots, moody portraits of tuff guys with toothpicks sticking from their mouths etc...so automatically I rejected all those options.

Then I remembered my woodies. How could I use them and the toothpicks in a fun yet familiar way? Then I came up with the idea of toothpicks as the stems of flowers. Here is the result. I bought multi-coloured toothpicks and appropriated all the green ones :-) used coloured sticky-backed craft foam for the flowers, just cut them out and wrapped them around the picks. Drew some freehand swirly designs with markers a piece of paper to use as the wrapper. Had to put a glob of red play-doh in the bottom to stick the stems into. Dang I need to get green play-doh, I had to clone out red where I saw it peeking :-/

Shot outdoors with the woodies standing on a cutting board for stability. They are actually free-standing; I experimented and was able to get them leaning into each other enough that I didn't need to use a doll stand to support one. Ironically, the female woody (has boobies) is the broad-shouldered one with her back to the camera, the male woody is the one getting the bouquet!

Camera on tripod, shot just on the tail end of golden hour - and had to shoot pretty fast, the mosquitoes were snacking on me despite the OFF!

pp: shot RAW, straighten, crop, brightness/contrast, vibrance/saturation, minor cloning, resize, sharpen, save for web

Place: 10 out of 40
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08/18/2014 01:26:15 AM
I love your explanation almost as much as I love your image.
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08/17/2014 10:11:57 PM
Ooooh! Lovely! One of my ribbon choices.
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08/15/2014 05:29:33 PM
That's just adorable.
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08/11/2014 11:48:09 AM
So sweet
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08/11/2014 11:04:49 AM

The flowers are AMAZING!

So clever!

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08/11/2014 05:08:56 AM
really like this one
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