Photo Friday: The Ball

The kids left a box of their action figures on the kitchen table this evening, and inspiration struck for today’s Photo Friday. A few quick arrangements, some test shots, and I obtained the pictures below.

Wallflower No More

Wallflower No More

Jason works up the courage to get a dance. I cropped this one to 16×9 to imitate a widescreen film shot, as well as to eliminate a small problem I had with my backdrop. I also wanted to sneak the other action figures into the gag.

May I Cut In?

May I Cut In?

A tighter crop of the action figure ball, focusing on the main characters and the pun. I chose to leave Jason out of focus so it would appear he’s just coming into the scene.

I used some facial tissue and a paper towel to cut down on the light. If I had a way to do a proper off-camera flash or at least the materials to put together a good softbox or lightbox, I would have gone that route. The goal instead was just to have a little fun with the action figures.

I think I prefer the widescreen shot. I’ll resist the temptation to put word balloons on them.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.


  1. I prefer the widescreen, too, but only because the close-up shouldn’t have the other recognizable characters in the background; they’re too distracting. Random, non-Thing figures, and it would’ve worked.

    Did you try any focused instead on Jason? Might’ve been interesting to see the contrast, decide which worked better. Focus on the girl, or the knife? {wicked grin}

  2. Mike says:

    Yep, I did some playing with the focusing. I liked having the focus on the girls and their dance/conversation the best.

  3. jessie says:

    Whenever I have camera in hand I always love close ups. Am not a professional photographer anyhow. But from your second pic I went into my younger days when I was playing with toys like action figures. My sis Jennie always used to scare me on my table like all these toys will become alive in midnight! Even now I think what will happen if they come alive out of your pic!!