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Mitchel Wu Toy Photography Behind the Scenes: Godzilla's Mishap

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.


The final image of Godzilla in all his tailless glory. In my mind he suffered an embarrassing mishap while destroying Tokyo. Perhaps a section of bridge debris severed his tail?

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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.

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