Mitchel Wu Toy Photography Behind the Scenes: Godzilla's Mishap
Updated: Jun 11, 2021
I really enjoyed creating this image...translated to mean there weren't a lot of headaches involved, and no blurting out of any type of language I wouldn't want my kid to hear (something that is likely to happen with more complex setups). I've had this Godzilla figure for a few years now, and although I love the sculpt, it has always had a problem with it's tail falling off, the victim of a poorly designed connection point. Not that I've kept count of how many times this has happened, but if I had kept count I could probably say it happened so many times that I've lost count. In fact, his tail fell off again recently - for no apparent reason. I saw the sad appendage lying beside him and all of a sudden it reminded me of some of the blue belly lizards I see running around my yard with a stump where their tails should have been (I'm always curious about the backstory of each tailless lizard I see) . And just like that I had a new idea for my next image! Here's a little video of how I set it up and created the atmosphere you see in the scene.
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I created this image using the Canon 5D Mark III paired with the Canon 135mm f/2L - ISO 2500, f/3.5 at 1/500 sec. I shot at f/3.5 to capture a deeper depth of field in the image, so that his tail stump was a little more in focus. The camera was mounted on my Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fiber tripod. Thank you to my sponsors at Atmosphere Aerosol (use discount code MW10 for a special rate if purchasing from their website), Manfrotto, Spider Holster and Lowepro camera bags.