One of the reasons I got into the dinosaur collecting hobby was due to viewing so many of the great dioramas on this site. I started collecting last summer with the intent to do some of my own and finally after an entire year has past I have succeeded. Enjoy!
First off are some non-dinosaurs. We'll kick it off with tanystropheus.
All in all I took 131 photographs so if you feel overwhelmed by all this just think about how much fun I had sorting through them. It was a terrifically fun experience and I can't wait to do it again, I'll make sure I'll post future pictures here.
Took a new bunch of toys out for some picture taking. Overall I'm not as pleased with this batch of pics as I was with the last but there are a few that turned out alright. The location is not the same but the river is. I think I take too many water shots and next time I'll have to find a different location all together.
Achelousaurus and Tyrannosaur
Jobaria and Tyrannosaur (Yes, I know but I couldn't resist).
Sopiecem late with my reply. First, great job on these dioramas. It's refreshing to see new ones. Postu & pachy drinking, Nigersaurus, Cryo, Giga (all close -up of head shot) - They are my favorites. They capture your individual style, and being distinct and recognizable as yours is something that is hard to achieve. The others are good, but it could be anyone. The ones I mention, at least for me, I can tell , after viewing your work, that they are by the same artist. A true achievement! Also, all the close-ups of the heads, and some of the wider shots, blur the background enough that you created an illusion of scale. The others, although they all had great story, the backgrounds (rocks, leaves, trees, etc.) distracted me since you can really tell that they are small. If I could offer a suggestions for the wider shots - try and place your figures away from something that would magnify their true size (no leaves/grass, large trees, etc.). Believe me, I know how hard that can be. But your newer ones, you were able to pull it off by cropping the background (like the pterosaurs on the rock with the waterfall as the background, that one is creative and original). Good example is the apato and baby crossing the river. Really great piece… if you crop the bank. Eliminating it really brings a new feel to the entire photo.
River scenes - They are all great! I love how you capture the sense of panic by choosing figures that had that expressions. The Jobaria one is my favorite. It looks as if it got caught in a flash-flood and is panic stricken! Great job, another creative and original composition.
I'm glad someone is busy making dioramas, I know I have been slacking. I look forward to more of your work, keep it up! Oh, BTW, where do you live? Your locations look beautiful. And, how often did you get yourself wet taking those water pictures? I imagine you have to go really low to get those shots
Wow Boki, I really appreciate your in depth comment and critique. It is especially nice to receive such comments from someone like yourself who does beautiful dioramas. Looking at yours and others was the selling point for finally getting into this hobby.
I am aware of things like leaves and branches destroying the illusion of real dinosaurs but didn't really notice it until after my first set of pictures. I tried harder with this latest set to avoid that. Avoiding human elements is also difficult, that waterfall runs over man-made walls that I tried hard to avoid and they actually prevented me from taking more photos at that spot. It seems wherever I looked there was an old tire, tin can or brick that could potentially ruin the shot.
I live in Central New York which is an area covered in lakes, deep gullies and gorges. There are other spots that would put that last one to shame...I just have to get to them. And yes, I did get fairly wet taking those shots. I made sure to wear shorts and sandals just to avoid soggy cloths.
I realize the brachiosaurus couldn't travel that deep into the water but I did it for the retro look and I think it turned out cool. As for the spinosaurs, they should be able to handle deeper water being fish eaters and all right?