Tuesday, 12 November 2013

IPhoneography and Surprises from A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY (Giveaway)



 Do you remember our Star Wars Storm trooper ?*

My boys were fascinated by him, and Star wars figurines ever since !

 They were most interested whether or not his head came off so he could eat and how did he see ?

Though I have not seen all the movies I crushed on Luke Skywalker.
British photographer Andrew Whyte created a surprising collection of images – using only his smartphone and forced perspective photography to reimagine our favourite iconic characters’ first moments on earth as new Kinder Surprise Star Wars toys.
What would Yoda do if he landed in Australia today? 
How about Darth Vader?
Yes the head comes off - sort of !

Using the forced perspective photographic technique, Andrew Whyte has created an optical illusion that makes the ten Kinder Surprise Star Wars toys appear larger than they actually are – to creatively and seamlessly place them within real-world scenarios.

From a Clone Trooper hanging out at the skate park, R2-D2 and C-3PO enjoying a picnic in the sunshine, to Yoda picking up some groceries 

Andrew Whyte commented on his collaboration with Kinder Surprise:
 “As a Kinder Surprise and Star Wars fan, this was a greatly rewarding photographic challenge for me to use forced perspective photography to bring the Kinder Surprise Star Wars toys to life "  
“The beauty of it is that anyone with a smartphone and a bit of imagination can have a go themselves. Picture a pebble as a mountain, or a puddle as a river – if the photos bring a smile to your face, then you know you’re doing it right!”
Andrew Whyte’s 10 Top Tips for Forced Perspective Photography:
  1. Tell a story – look for humorous scenes that make it easy to convey what's going on. Children make great storytellers so get them involved whenever you can
  2. Get close to your subject – the key to creating successful forced perspective images is scale. Using your smartphone lets you to shoot from just a few inches away, meaning that everything in the background looks smaller
  3. Adapt your toy – position its head, arms and legs to look like it's part of the scene, whether that's one hand up cheering a cycle race or positioning the toy to face into a sunset
  4. Work with what you've got – most smartphones perform better in good lighting conditions. Sunny days allow you to create striking silhouettes with your toys, but you’ll need to watch out for your own shadow appearing in the shot. Wet conditions also provide challenges but offer a great opportunity to play with reflections. And if it’s windy, double-sided sticky tape is the perfect way to keep your toy grounded!
  5. Play with props – bring in other toys to enhance the scene or adapt
  6. Know your app – the built-in camera will usually be fine but some apps give you extra control, like being able to control the focus and brightness (exposure) separately
  7. Tap to focus – hold your device really still and tap on the screen to identify where you want the focus to be. The more accurate you are, the sharper your photo will look, and you'll add depth to your image too
  8. Get the look – use other apps or add filters to tune the look and feel of your photo. A vintage look can work well for beach scenes whereas city life often looks best very high contrast. SnapSeed is a powerful, versatile app that's simple to use
  9. Charge your battery – sounds simple, but spending time taking photos with your smartphone can consume lots of battery. Go out with a full charge to ensure you never run out of battery in the middle of setting up the perfect shot
  10. Remember to have fun – if it feels frustrating, you're doing it wrong. Follow these basic steps and in a matter of minutes you can create and share fun images that make people smile.

The toys are very cute , pocket friendly , and very amusing to boys because the heads open and twist together.

So do you think you can create forced perspective photos to match Andrew Whyte’s? 
Discover the new Kinder Surprise Star Wars toys and share your top shots at www.facebook.com/KinderSurpriseANZ

 To celebrate their arrival Kinder Surprise have generously given a special Star Wars pack to giveaway.  The pack contains a full 24 carton of Kinder Surprise eggs,  thermos mug and  Kinder Surprise Star Wars toys shirts – for a chance to win please leave a comment ...

What is your favourite Star Wars memory?

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 Kinder Surprise Star Wars series is now available nationwide at leading retailers.

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* Hard to believe it was almost exactly 2 yrs ago we met the Storm Trooper.

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