Kotobukiya Avengers Iron Man ArtFX Statue

Fun thing about shooting photos of beautifully sculpted and painted models/replicas - you only need a little imagination, patience, and a lens with a really big maximum aperture to capture images that could be right out of a movie.

The Kotobukiya Avengers Iron Man Mark VII ArtFX Statue is a beautifully rendered foot-tall (1/6th scale) replica of the Iron Man Mark VII armor worn by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) in the first Avengers film. It comes in 5 pieces you have to assemble - which is extremely easy. Built into the statue are 3 LED lights and a power switch to turn them on and off. They have two brightness levels. Obviously his eyes and chest "reactor" light up.

To shoot photos like these having a lens with a very fast aperture (low aperture number such as 1.4, 1.8, 2, or 2.8) is a must. I shot these images with a Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S series lens. Having the ability to limit DOF (depth of field) helps take the otherwise unrealistic background setting (which are normal scale and far too large to allow you to present the model as anything BUT a model) and make everything a blur of colors and shapes. For instance, the fireplace behind the statue in the photo above goes from being a fire in a fireplace to being a tank or other vehicle on fire.






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