January 1st photo shoot [ with giant head ]

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.


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  • mgw_wgw 5y

    An amusing juxtaposition of modeller, cars and trees as the background :)
    Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )
  • Min Lee 5y

    great photo!
  • MrKinnaman 5y

    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.
  • Michael Paul Smith PRO 5y

    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.
  • Theresa Thompson 5y

    When that happens I'll be the first to purchase a lifetime pass.
  • Amcarfan92 5y

    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!
  • René Vallente 5y

    Paul.Thee are the best I have ever seen.
    Very great work.
  • Melsner 5y

    Your work is amazing! Thanks for sharing your methods.
  • Bonard Axel 5y

    Indeed! this is really super funny, and the model cars (and set) looks really great :)
  • JonDM 5y

    That's awesome! Your images are great to look through and even better when you find out they're pictures of models!
  • Ray Williams 5y

    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.
  • Retro Mama69 PRO 5y

    OMG, you are a great artist... Congratulations, it is perfect!!!
  • Harry Lipson PRO 5y

    you are the man!
  • Jenny Wall the Time Traveling Pirate 4y

    haha this is the best!!
  • Thomas Paul Konzett 4y

    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."
  • Stephanie Cameron PRO 4y

    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.

    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?
  • beardguy57 PRO 4y

    LoL, it's the attack of the 100 foot tall amazing colossal man!
  • Ashley Pomeroy 4y

    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.
  • lloyd759 2y

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