Making 'Shadow of a Broken Heart'

Life has been busy lately. Really busy.  I've barely been able to take photos with the point and shoot let alone the DSLR.  So it was no surprise that I was a little constrained on time when it came to putting together something for the latest photo contest on shadows.  This is why I'm so thrilled that I was actually able to execute my vision (and that I actually had a strong vision!).

As members of our club know, I love taking photos with little toys and statues.  I had two wooden statues from the Third World Bazaar that I felt told a bit of a story.  One depicted a couple's embrace, and the other was a single person looking rather pensive.  What if I could use one statue to produce a shadow, and use the other as a foreground? Hopefully it would look like the pensive one was dreaming of better times, or maybe wishing he had more.

I only had an hour at 10pm on a Sunday night to get this done.  My idea for a setup had to work more or less on the first try.  All I had was a white baby blanket for a backdrop, the two statues, my camera on a tripod, and a remote flash positioned on a thick cookbook.  Here's how it looked:

I took many photos until I could get the positions of the statues and the flash just right.  Of course, it's not an indoor photo shoot without a little help from the local wildlife:

Luckily, I pulled it off! Here's the final product: