This whole Groot Off thing started when I found out that friend, and fellow photographer, Gevon Servo was also a member of the Loot Crate service. This month, our crates contained a Funko Groot Bobblehead. When we realized we both were looters and our crates contained this fun toy, he challenged me to a bit of a competition using the figure. Now, I’m not one to turn down a toy photography competition. I mean, it helps keep me on my toes and forces me to get even more creative, and so I accepted.
To be fair, we asked Scott Kivowitz to come up with rules, because a third party making up the regulations is a great idea! Anyway, the rules that were agreed upon are as follows:
1 - No humans can be in the photos
2 - Groot must be in the photos
3 - Use of artificial light is encouraged
4 - Use of textures is encouraged
5 - HDR forfeits you automatically
6 - If you get Star Wars somehow cleverly in the photo you may win
7 - Legos are encouraged
8 - Three photos required
9 - One week to shoot the three images
With the rules in place, I set off to do what I enjoy the most. I ROCKED my Groot Off photos. I started off easy and with what I know. I went all low-key on Groot. As Gevon was posting a few low-key photos to Instagram, I figured I should take him to school on how you rock that style with a toy. My first image:
For my second image, I ventured outside. We have a small mushroom growing just outside our front door, and it happens to be in a place with plenty of pine needles and twigs. From a toy perspective, it looks exactly like the woods, and a perfect setting for a Groot Shroomin image. My second image:
My last photo took some thinking and a lot of roaming around the house contemplating setups and execution. I debated on a special Beer Label Friday image, but the Star Wars toys I wanted to use were not cooperating. I then debated a Batman/Groot mashup, but I wasn’t feeling any of the comps I was trying. Then it hit me. Today (August 29, 2014) sees the re-release of the 1984 Ghostbusters movie to theaters for the 30th Anniversary celebration. I have the LEGO ECTO-1 sitting right on my fireplace mantle, and Ghostbusters is on Netflix. I then knew I wanted to do a small drive-in movie theater setup in celebration of the greatness that is the ghost brawlers.
I’m not fully happy with how this turned out and will ultimately re-shoot it once the weather decides it is a good time to stop raining. However, I wanted to get this out today in honor of the movie coming out. With that, my third image:
There ya have it, my Groot Off images. I want to thank Gevon for the challenge. In all honesty, this wasn’t about winning, but having fun while forcing the creativity to grow. I know I had a great time with this challenge and I hope to get challenged again in the future. Until then, go see Ghostbusters in the theaters! Oh, and never grow up!