I like to take photos like MacGyver would

I wonder if you remember MacGyver. Or were you too young to remember? Both and Speedy and I remember him quite fondly — me, because I was in love with the brainy character and Richard Dean Anderson‘s rugged good looks; Speedy, because before there was Brad Pitt, he kinda fancied he looked like MacGyver.

Anyway, MacGyver’s best asset was his ability to make use of just about anything within sight and within reach in order to solve whatever problem he was faced with. He could improvise contraptions with his Swiss army knife, duct tape and whatever was lying around (I should mention that to this day, Speedy still has a collection of Swiss army knives as well as rolls of duct tape which he keeps in his closet).

glass angel ornamentSo, there’s this glass angel figurine that I wanted to take a photo of. Of course it needed a dark solid mass behind it to create an effective contrast so that the transparency wouldn’t get washed out by objects in the background. Now, I didn’t have any of those contraptions and accessories that professional photographers use. Did that mean I wouldn’t be able to take a decent photo of the figurine? Think like MacGyver — what was available?

I looked around me and two feet away was Alex’s brand new black T-shirt with the yellow print that says “What is the speed of dark?” A little farther away was E.T. — you know, the two-and-a-half-foot high stuffed toy that Speedy gave me last year for my birthday. Time for some MacGyver-inspired improvisation.

Solution: Get E.T. and lay him face down on the coffee table. Arrange the black T-shirt, print side down, so that part of it is flat on the table’s surface and part covers E.T. Place the glass figurine on T-shirt covered table. Presto! I had an all-black background. Note that E.T. was an integral part of the set-up because there had to be a dark elevation behind the glass figurine.

O, ‘di ba, effective? :razz:


  1. brenda says

    ako din hindi ko masyado pinapanood ang Knight Rider. Mas type ko si Eric Estrada ng CHIPS hehehe

  2. says

    effective nga :)

    of course I was thinking, ano kaya yung nilagay niya para maging yellow yung loob ng angel? when i read the “yellow print” on the t-shirt, i wondered for a second kung yun na!! pasensya na, medyo slow pa utak ko eh..kakagising ko lang :)

  3. says

    present! i love McGyver too. my kind of guy, uses more brain than brawns. and the rugged looks and porma? pamatay. I used to have posters of him in the headboard of my dorm bank in UPLB.

    he’s got a website u know: http://www.rdanderson.com/

    gray haired pero super hot pa din. move over brad pitt noh! :-P

  4. says

    kongkong, design nya yun. solid glass yan parang blown in yung color.

    gloria, yep, found his website. o, di ba, anti gun pa sya saka anti killing… saka, basta, worth swooning over hahahaha

  5. brenda says

    uy ako din labs ko si MacGyver. Actually naging labs ko sya kasi paborito din sya ng mga kuya ko. Ginagaya nila yung style nya. I always have a Swiss army knife with me and always reminds me of him.

    Ganda nga ng effect ng pic mo! ang gling-gling mo talaga!

  6. says

    brenda, mamaya, mage-experiment ulit ako. T-shirt naman ni Speedy saka Pooh bear ni Alex ang props hehehe Nakakatuwa when you achieve the effect you want using ordinary things.

  7. says

    Si MacGyver ba yung may Kit na sasakyan? :)

    Super Ganda nga ng effect Con! Very creative mo talaga:)

    Happy Christmas! ((hugses))

  8. says

    Ay fan ako ni McGyver! I especially loved yung episode where he aligned three scepters with rubies in ’em to form a laser that could blast thru rock…doesn’t hurt na gwapo din siya hehe :) Did you know his first name by the way? Hubby says it’s “Angus” as revealed in one episode.

    Love what you did with the angel. Lumabas nga ang design niya against the black background. My daughter bought one of those na gift daw niya for her lola.

    By the way, I came upon a couple of videos on youtube I thought you might appreciate so I’d like to share them.


    Kakaiba talaga sila ha, in fairness. Anyhoo, hope you enjoy them. Happy Christmas to you and your family!

  9. says

    cheh, he had a jeep?

    angela, ang lupit pati details ng episode natatandaan mo ha! :grin: I read that his first name’s Angus but I didn’t know that back then. Bagay na bagay. BEEFY. hehehehe

  10. says

    yeah it was revealed in one episode na “Angus” ang first name ni McGyver. He he.

    yung episode eh something like Knight McGyver. time travel ek-ek sa panahon ni King Arthur.

  11. brenda says

    hahahah.. ang lulufettt nating mga fans ni MacGyver, tandang tanda pa mga episodes!

    si Kit hindi sya jeep, kotse sya ni David Hasselholf sa Knight Rider