Day 34 of 365 - "Toys. When you're not looking" project

"I know an awesome pond, he said !   It's always sunny and warm there, he said !!  Grrrrrr !!!"
Shot with the Nikon D300 and Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 AFS VR-G lens @ 180mm.  Manual exposure mode, F8, 1/250th second shutter speed, ISO 200, spot metering.  Camera was tripod mounted and shutter triggered with Nikon shutter release cable.  Zakuto Z-Finder Pro viewfinder mounted on camera to help in manually focusing the shot by magnifying the liveview screen by 3x.  I chose the 70-200mm lens for this because the longer focal length compresses the background into a creamy bokeh nicely.
Lighting via one Yongnuo YN560 II speedlight in manual mode, 1/128th power with the flash head zoomed to 50mm.  I put a Rogue bounce card with the black blocking attachment on the bottom side of the flash head to flag the light hitting the snow in the foreground since I only wanted the subjects lit. Flash mounted on Westcott boom arm attached to a light stand and triggered with PocketWizard Plus II on camera and flash.
In 2013, I'm doing a 365 shot a day project with the theme "Toys. When you're not looking". The idea is to capture familiar toys dealing with the situations and challenges that life throws at them in the real world, just like a human would.  You can follow the progress of the project on