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December contest theme: Toys

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  December 1, 2009 12:07 PM

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Here's a good theme for the season of giving ... toys. You can go in many different directions here: Studio shots of interesting or antique pieces, environmental shots with interesting angles, toys as props in funny scenarios (remember the traveling gnome in the film Amelie?), or images that incorporate a child's joy. Just make sure that the toy is the main focus of your shot. Use a macro lens for added drama.

* Note: We've had two questions from you about toys -- one inquired whether the toys could be adult toys. Uh, no. Another question was whether the toys could belong to a pet. Yes; just remember that the focus of your photo should be the toy, not the pet.

Photographer Richard Edson, former drummer for the group Sonic Youth, had an interesting photo exhibit last year of his close-ups of toys; here are some images from his show at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.

Here's a Flickr Group called The Secret Life of Toys -- some really interesting shots here.

Two items:

> As in November, your photo must be taken this month.

> This month's Flickr tags are:

Here are the rules in more detail.

The deadline is midnight Dec. 31.

Don't forget about our special Globe Magazine contest, with the winners published in the Best Photos of 2009 issue Jan. 17. Find out how to enter here.

Good luck!

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