January 1st photo shoot [ with giant head ]

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    I have received a ton of responses to the Photo Shoot Setup.

    I enjoy giving away trade secrets, so here is that exact same setup, but it's at camera level. You can see how the trees, which are about a block away, are in the proper perspective to the model.

    As for myself being in the shot, it has nothing to do with vanity. Really.

    I do look like the prototype for the Abominable Snowman from the Rudolf the Reindeer Christmas special.

    mlokren, Dhamma, ANVRecife, and 187 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. mgw_wgw 49 months ago | reply

      An amusing juxtaposition of modeller, cars and trees as the background :)
      Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

    2. .min. 49 months ago | reply

      great photo!

    3. MrKinnaman 49 months ago | reply

      I really love your work. Have you ever thought of presenting it to someone to actually build a real town. like a theme park vacation spot.

    4. Michael Paul Smith 49 months ago | reply

      MrKinnaman, now that would be a wonderful thing!
      I do know there's a vintage Trailer Park that has been converted into
      a Mobile Home Motel.
      When I win Maga Bucks I will surely look into building a full scale Elgin Park. Complete with a train whistle echoing off in the distance.

    5. Theresa Thompson 49 months ago | reply

      When that happens I'll be the first to purchase a lifetime pass.

    6. Amcarfan92 47 months ago | reply

      Can I purchase a house and a car in Elgin park? I want a medium big white house and a Chrysler Turbine or Chrysler 300. Thank you mayor Michael for making this wonderful city, wish I lived back then, rather be born in 1930-40s than 1992. Amazing pictures!

    7. René Vallente 47 months ago | reply

      Paul.Thee are the best I have ever seen.
      Very great work.

    8. Melsner 47 months ago | reply

      Your work is amazing! Thanks for sharing your methods.

    9. SkullKid [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      Indeed! this is really super funny, and the model cars (and set) looks really great :)

    10. JonDM 46 months ago | reply

      That's awesome! Your images are great to look through and even better when you find out they're pictures of models!

    11. WhirlingLights [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

      I want you to help me figure out how to shoot my amusement park like this!!!!!!! OMGOODNESS! If not for your head, I would have assumed this to be an outside shot of a snowy parking lot. ******** I'm speechless.

    12. Retro Mama69 43 months ago | reply

      OMG, you are a great artist... Congratulations, it is perfect!!!

    13. Harry Lipson 40 months ago | reply

      you are the man!

    14. thomas-paul 38 months ago | reply

      a couple of weeks ago i came across your amazing work on flickr. now look what i found in the german magazine View. You are among the "people of the month." The title says "god of the small things."

    15. The Blythe Banner 38 months ago | reply

      If I had your talent I would plaster my face and name all over everything! Awesome shot... way to force us to believe that it is models.

    16. WWW.FOTOMOMENTS.RU 36 months ago | reply

      God bless you Michael and give you health and opportunity to do this amazing piece of art. looking at all this, i wish i lived in America in 50's-60's. great work! don't you open some museum to exhibit your artwork?

    17. beardguy57 35 months ago | reply

      LoL, it's the attack of the 100 foot tall amazing colossal man!

    18. Ashley Pomeroy 35 months ago | reply

      Ah. I see. At first I thought it was a story about a modelmaker who made enormous models of his head as a means of advertising his services. How wrong I was. The head is normal. It was the cars that were small.

      But, really, you should make a huge model of your head, and insert it into a normal-sized street scene. That would close the circle.

    19. lloyd759 3 months ago | reply

      I had the same thought about the Abominable Snowman (Bumble!) Love your work!!

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