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David and Goliath

Part of my 'mini world' series. David and Goliath is a well known fable. I decided I wanted to create my own interpretation of the infamous story. The background is a dinner tray which I have covered in soil, bits of grass and a few stones. I Put my arm with a stone in my palm across the frame and remotely fired the shutter creating the illusion of a giant's hand. Similarly, I then took a self portrait with a dressing gown cord in my right hand to act as a slingshot. All natural lighting, shot outside on my terrace on an overcast day so I didn't have much shadows to deal with. Once the image was put together, I tweaked the colours slightly to get the final look I was after.

90mm · f/3.2 · 1/500s · ISO 160
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Bo Bickley's picture

Dave I think your concept is awesome. In fact your whole mini series is cool. I love everything about this photo however my eye is drawn to the size of the plants. They don't fit. David was a normal sized person and that's what keep playing through my mind. I wanted you to know why I only rated it a solid instead of excellent or world class. You have a great eye for putting this series together. Lord knows I would struggle to even attempt this and get it anywhere close to what you've done.

Dave Flynn's picture

Hey Bo. Many thanks for your comment and tbh, you are the only one to draw my attention to the obvious so thank you. Looking at the image I can see what you mean and it's something I've not noticed before. The plants are just weeds which are growing out of some moss I have on the tray. Perhaps a re-visit and a re-creation of this shot is in order. :)

Bo Bickley's picture

Go for it Dave. I'd love to see the recreation.