Anthony-Designed Three-Seater StarWars™ Figher Ship
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Three-Seater -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 — full exif
Three-Seater

Anthony got a big Star Wars LEGO toy for his birthday, and combined with the various other LEGO kids he's gotten before, he has a huge collection of pieces and parts.

This morning before school he used various pieces to build a little fighter craft, as he's done many times before, but today's seemed cute because it seated three characters (in this case, three Republic Clone Soldiers) like peas in a pod.

Driver -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 — full exif
Driver
Larry, Curly, Moe -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 4500 — full exif
Larry, Curly, Moe
Back of the Bus -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 5600 — full exif
Back of the Bus
Business End -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/250 sec, f/2, ISO 1400 — full exif
Business End

I'd taken off the cockpit canopy window for those shots; of course, a spaceship has a canopy and Anthony included it, but it made for difficult photography (even with a polarizing filter). Here's what it looked like with the canopy....

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 2000 — full exif
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 1000 — full exif

He's come a long way since his street sweeper three years ago, or his airplane from two and a half years ago, or even the super cool rocket plane from a year ago.


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Very cool! How do you organize your multitude of Lego pieces ? Ours are all mixed up and show up just about everywhere. Does Anthony take part in putting them back? If you have some good suggestion please share. Thanks!

We have a big tub where they all get cleaned up to occasionally. We try to encourage him to clean up after himself, sometimes with the “If you don’t clean it up, I will” stick (where in this case the meaning of Daddy “cleaning up” means “disposing of” 🙂 ) —Jeffrey

— comment by Sonal, MN on November 19th, 2009 at 2:39am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

I like the first canopy image. Intense reflection on the top tell there is a glass (ok, plastic) canopy on a properly equipped spaceship. I would have liked to see nearer & farther portions of the vehicle a bit more in focus; perhaps shot around f/16 if not laboring with focus stacking.

The problem with f/16, besides the lack of light, is that it makes it more difficult to hide how messy the background is. I’d have to tidy the living room, and my dedication to blogging is not that strong. —Jeffrey

— comment by parv on November 19th, 2009 at 8:10pm JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

The Zeiss 100 f2 seems to be a recent addition. How do you like it? It is on my list, to gain a little more reach than I get with the 24-70 f2.8. I tried one briefly and the manual focus is OK in combination with the D700. It does render backgrounds beautifully. It gets closer to the look of images from the Nikon 200 f2 than anything else I have seen.

I was borrowing Zak Braverman’s while he was out of town. He had been raving about how wonderful it was, and I have to admit that after really using it for a while myself, I grew to appreciate it. The focus throw is very long, so you have very fine control over the focus. That, combined with a Katz Eye focus screen makes the manual focus a true pleasure. And the results just seem to have a crisp pop to them. And the macro aspect is nice; I don’t have a macro lens. I’ll probably get one of the 2nd-generation versions announced earlier this week once they’re available. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tom Larsen on November 21st, 2009 at 9:00am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink
— comment by Andrew Shieh in Sunnyvale on December 1st, 2009 at 12:09pm JST (8 years ago) comment permalink
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