[ WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: Congratulations Rachel Chong! You have won yourself a Rilakkuma EOS M10 Kit III! ]
I never thought I would bring a toy to the streets and photograph it but it was fun. Strangers stopped to chat and surprise, surprise, some of them even offered me their belongings as props!
The outcome of my Toy Travel shoot was going to be unpredictable. I planned to just wing it with whatever I come across on the streets. Just me, a Canon EOS M10, a Rilakkuma plus toy and my sling bag for necessities.
I had less than 2 hours with the camera and could not figure out how to adjust the brightness of my shots (not a canon user!) even when I switched to manual shooting mode. In the end I gave up and just tried to compensate in other ways, like looking for a more well lit place to shoot. It’s a pity because the photos could have turned out better.
I take photographs to present ideas in my mind but I am very far from being a professional photographer. However, I did discover some ideas during my first Toy Travel experience and here they are to share.
1. Try amplifying what you were thinking when you got to the place
When we reached the Keong Saik area the biggest headache was to get a parking lot. We count ourselves lucky already to have managed to get one by the roadside but the car would be in the sun. I put Rilakkuma on a plant that was by the parking signboard and this is my photo memory of the first world problem we had.
2. Don’t forget your battery pack
I wanted to make Rilakkuma seem like he was walking down the alley, because said alley has laundry out for drying, the receptacle on wheels for incense paper, a mop on the exposed pipes and one way signboards. So totally authentic. This plush toy was not to made to stand, so I dug into my sling bag to see what I could use. Found my xiaomi battery pack, so xiaomi battery pack it is. Don’t forget your battery pack. You can always edit it out later, there is no shame in editing to make a picture more perfect.
3. Capture your location
Toy Travel is not Toy Travel if you don’t show your travel destination isn’t it. Spot the signboard above Rilakkuma’s head which reads “小红点” (Translation: “Little Red Dot”). What an interesting way to show that we are in Singapore! I sat on a kerb beside a wide drain to try and make it seem like Rilakkuma was walking towards me with the signboard on his head. Sadly, I couldn’t operate the camera to take a clearly focused picture of the signboard and my hand was not long enough to capture Rilakkuma’s walking legs. You might have better skills and longer limbs.
4. The old and the new
On travels I always plan to visit some old and some new places to try and get a balanced experience of the country. An opportunity occurred when I chanced upon this spot. Perfect for capturing the old and new in one frame.
5. Where do people eat?
One must do on travels is to try out the local food. This is probably where locals have their meals, right? I used Rilakkuma’s body to block out people passing through.
6. Try new things
What is travelling without trying? I asked the driver for permission to drive Rilakkuma around in this lorry. Some people are super kind.
8. Take note of the reflections
I wish the pillar wasn’t there, so that I can capture Rilakkuma sliding down the door handle with full view of his surroundings.
9. Get a Job
If I were younger than 30 and had no kids, I would work and travel. Rilakkuma answers enquiries to earn some moolah for his dinner.
10. Use what you can find
This book was found on the bar table of a pub I walked pass. How unexpected. The sweets in the picture below were a more normal find. On hindsight, I should have tried to stack up the sweets on Rilakkuma’s head..
11. Look at it another way
I didn’t have enough time to master the fish eye function of the Canon EOS M10 but I love to use it to capture images that look like I’m watching from a surveillance camera. Something different for a change.
12. Capture the temperature
Photographs can capture temperatures. Was it scorching hot when you were there? or was it super cold?
13. Travelling is also about coming home
Remember the feeling you always get when you reach home after travelling. A little unfamiliar after being away for some time but this is where you can put luggages and dirty laundry aside and get a good rest first. I think that’s part of the traveling experience.
I’m partnering Canon to give away a Rilakkuma EOS M10 Kit III. It consists of the Canon EOS M10 Camera, two lenses (EF-M15-45mm and EF-M55-200mm) and a 24cm Rilakkuma plush toy. To join, follow the steps below or enter via widget below, after you have completed the steps.
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