I’ve already reported the 10 best free photo editors that you can find online to improve your virtual images, today I want to show what you could create with a little imagination, some toys or scale models, appropriate backdrops and lights, a good camera and of course a photo editor: visual artworks in which virtual and real merge, as in the works of Felix Hernandez Rodriguez.
Felix Hernandez Rodriguez: from Star Wars to Spitfires
I chose the Mexican designer and photographer Felix Hernandez Rodriguez since I consider him a true visual artist (like many graphic dreamer of which I have spoken for years) who succeeds to mix the best of these elements, showing how, beside “normal” portraits and lansdcapes you can recreate scenes from Star Wars, taking pictures of dogfights between Messerschmitts and Spittfires over Londra in the Second World War, rather than a love car in the middle of a snowstorm or young fishermen in the fog.
Tens of photos to create the perfect image
To succeed Felix Hernandez Rodriguez doesn’t hesitate to take tens of pictures in studio or outdoors, which then he uses to create a single, perfect, image, rich in detail, studying carefully the lights and the backgrounds and melting together multiple images thanks to a photo editor. So toys come to life in fantastic locations, along with real plants and animals, or even men. A Lego Star Wars X-fighter is photographed while it’s about to fall, a medieval knight crossing a misty sea aboard a leaf-shaped boat, a Spitfire awaits to leave from an airport in the middle of winter while another duels in the sky with a Messerchmitt.
Much more than just toy photography
The examples could go on and on, my advice is to follow directly the gallery of Felix Hernandez Rodriguez or his Youtube channel (but you can find him even on Facebook) and try to steal the secrets that himself most of the time gladly reveal if you want to try to imitate and recreate works of visual art similar to his own. And just think that someone simply call all of this “toy photography”. It seems to me however that the result obtained by Felix Hernandez Rodriguez using these toys is excellent, do you agree?