Puppet Portraits

Morph having tea
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f2.8 1/100s Morph [Take Hart etc]

Where do you go when you and your better half get your first afternoon in months without the kids and the weather is foul? An exhibition on children’s TV of course!

February has started, as has my next challenge; a month of using my Fujifilm XF 35mm lens exclusively. For the first week we took a trip to see The Story Of Children’s Television at Portsmouth City Museum, a nostalgic trip filled with figures and puppets from our childhood.

Major Clanger model
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f4.0 1/64s Major Clanger [The Clangers]
The selection of the images here are of the original models that were used in creating the TV shows, hopefully any international readers will recognise some of them.

Brum
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/100s Brum [Brum]
Inside Brum
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/100s Brum [Brum]
There were also plenty of puppets from modern TV shows which we were also familiar with thanks to our two little ones!

Raa Raa! The Noisy Lion model
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/64s Raa Raa! (Terminator Edition) [Raa Raa The Noisy Lion]
One of the great things about the XF 35mm is it’s wide aperture; f1.4 gives you a razor thin depth-of-field when close up and enables you to shoot in very low light. I have to admit I might have went a bit over the top at f1.4 on this occasion, there was more than enough light to close it down a bit but there was also a lot of background distraction to eliminate.

Big Ears from Noddy
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/100s Big Ears [Noddy]
If I’d brought one there was also enough light to use a polarising filter which could have helped with some of the reflections that got in the way. I’ll make sure to pack one for any future museum visits.

rastmouse model
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/100s Rastamouse [Rastamouse]
The exhibition closes on the 28th of February and is highly recommended for anyone looking for a trip down memory lane.

Pob model
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f2.8 1/100s Pob [Pob’s Programme]
Pingu model
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/100s Pingu [Pingu]
Mr Toad model from Wind in the Willows
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f2.0 1/100s Mr Toad [Wind In The Willows]
Laa Laa from Teletubbies
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/100s Laa Laa [Teletubbies] – not the original! 
Isabel from Furchester Hotel
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/100s Isabel Furchester [Furchester Hotel]
Dizzy model from Bob the Builder
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/100s Dizzy [Bob The Builder]
Andy Pandy model
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/100s Andy Pandy [Andy Pandy]

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