NAVID PIRZADEH – MY TOP 3 2018

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Throughout December we’ll be showcasing work from across the community in a retrospective project dubbed “My Top 3 2018”. Navid Pirzadeh (@dadfett)  is up next in our series sharing his personal favourites from 2018 along with a few reason behind why he chose them. Its over to Navid to introduce their selection :

The Shock Trooper

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This was an outdoor shot paired with a single household magnetic light for lighting, shot on a low iso. I was trying to capture an effect of a lone Trooper patrolling some structure on some old planet with dense jungle terrain. I wanted to try and get the angle and perspective of walking down an overgrown path.

Lego Star Destroyer

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What can I say but I try to look at a toy differently when taking a picture. This was taken indoor with a bunch of different lights/flashlights for effect and all of my window light edits were done in gimp. I was going for a cinematic look in this shot. I wanted my focal perspective to be on the nose, much like you were in a much small ship and this thing just appears in front of you like an ever terrifying presence.

Vader Titanium Series Helmet

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This is my personal favorite shot I’ve ever taken and it was done because of a unique moment. So I was cleaning the dust off of this thing when I caught myself having my eyes come back to Vader’s eyes and the reflection of the TV. Then boom, it hit me like a toddler kicking with heavy bottom shoes in the junk… Why not try to see if I can get that in a shot. So I grabbed my tablet for a reflection of Obi-Wan Kenobi, my phone to have a red wallpaper for the colored lighting and two magnetic lights filter with tissue paper…(balling on a budget brochacho, that’s how I roll)…set my iso to 800 and shutter to 80 and just worked away until I got this. This was my attempt at the last time he’d see Obi-Wan  again.

I enjoy this hobby. It is my escape from the mundane narrative of everyday life. It helps me create a glimpse of a story I see in my head. I enjoy that someone out there enjoys what we create. Even more so when someone is inspired. I do this because I cannot live out most of my dreams but at least what I create can be shared with the world. We as humans are special for having art as a freedom of expression.

A huge thank you to Navid for sharing their 2018 favourite pieces and if you want to get involved and share your Top 3 then all you need to do is email jack@Exclucollective.com with your 3 creations (toy shots, customs or dios) along with your name and a few paragraphs explaining your choices.

Be sure to catch more of Navid’s portfolio over on Instagram via @dadfett

For all the very latest from across the toy community, stay tuned to Exclu.

Last modified: December 13, 2018

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