I picked up a Revoltech Danbo at SDCC this summer (from HobbyLink Japan so you know it’s good) with the intention of taking some Danbo shots on one of my walkabouts. However I didn’t have much time for them until recently. Luckily fall is my favorite season, so it’s the perfect time to walk around with Danbo.
The impetus for this particular walkabout was the weather. It wasn’t brilliant but it was much better than the dreary skies Chicago had been getting. I also wanted to take advantage of the ever-important changing of the leaves, as those colors never last as long as you’d think.
Here’s Danbo settled in to my camera bag. If you’re extremely eagle-eyed and detail-obsessed, you can see that I packed a second camera body – a Ricoh film SLR that’s about as old as I am. Why the Ricoh? Why not… plus I love using the metal 50mm lens I got for it. Seriously for like $30 shipped it’s built better than any other lens I have. I also packed a 28-210mm zoom that my dad bought for it, but that was a mistake as it turns out the minimum focusing distance on it was 10 ft. Yeah like I’m gonna do figure photography from 10 ft away -_-
Although the film photos remain to be seen – I only shot half a roll all day so it’ll be a while before it gets sent to a darkroom – I did get a handful on my Canon that I was happy with.
Danbo was freshly unboxed but already took a few tumbles before I got this shot. I tried using gaffer tape to stick her to the fence, but it didn’t hold well to the wood. The result: grass stains. Although the figure didn’t break, so that’s good.
When you look at the figure, you’d think it would be pretty solidly built. I think most of the parts are hollow, though, because it’s extremely light and plasticky. There were a few times where I was worried that something would snap off – especially the neck joint. Nothing did break, thankfully.
Did you know it’s really hard to incorporate figures into landscape shots? Big surprise. They’re too small to interact with true landscape elements, so usually you need to find a smaller feature to pose them with. The scene I was looking at had a large pond, hills, prairie grass, clouds, etc. But none of those looked good on camera with Danbo so I messed around with this fence.
This bed of rocks was basically lining a drainage ditch. I wish there was something more to this shot than just the rocks, but hey what can you do.
With all the leaves falling, why shouldn’t Danbo play around a bit?