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Happy Fourth of July 2013!

Happy Fourth of July 2013!

Posted to Flickr on 04 July 2013. Included in my Portfolio.

I wish everyone a super day!


The setup for this photo was straightforward.


The backdrop is a sheet of cloud wrapping paper fastened to poster board. The heroes are standing on a long tin box which is resting on a clear acrylic sheet. A miniature Statue of Liberty stands behind the heroes.

The base of the scene below the acrylic sheet is an old black shelf that I often use for tabletop photography. Above the scene is a large circular diffuser filtering the ambient light in the room. A black strip of fabric is resting on the diffuser over the backdrop to slightly darken the “sky” behind the figures. No other lighting was used for this photo.


I almost made a very serious mistake with the setup of this photo. Somehow, Captain America’s legs got reversed, with his kneecaps pointing backwards, and I didn’t notice it at first. How embarrassing! I’m glad I caught it before posting the final version.



These superheroes have also been seen in these locations:

Have you seen this photo somewhere else? Or are you using it yourself? I would love to hear from you! It's always fun to learn where my photos turn up.

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Selected imagery background information.

Captain America

Captain America is a superhero in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (1941). As a frail young man, Steve Rogers was enhanced by an experimental serum into a super soldier to aid the United States armed forces during World War II. His costume is based on the American flag, and he carries an indestructible shield. He was played by Chris Evans in the films Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Avengers (2012).

Iron Patriot

Iron Patriot is a superhero in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The first Iron Patriot was seen in Dark Avengers #1 (2009). The concept was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis. The industrialist and villain Norman Osborn conceived the Iron Patriot armor as a visual amalgam of Iron Man and Captain America. The battle suit was later used by James "Rhodey" Rhodes, an associate of Iron Man also known as "War Machine." The armor is a version of Iron Man’s armor painted red, white, and blue and gives its wearer super-strength, heightened durability, the ability to fly, and various weapons. Iron Patriot was portrayed in the film Iron Man 3 (2013) by Don Cheadle.


Superman is a superhero in comic books published by DC Comics. He was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and first appeared in Action Comics #1 (1938). Rocketed to Earth from the doomed planet Krypton, the baby Kal-El was raised in Smallville as Clark Kent. As he grew to maturity, he found himself possessed of amazing physical powers: faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. To use his abilities in a never-ending battle for truth and justice as "Superman," he travelled to Metropolis and assumed the disguise of a mild-mannered reporter for The Daily Planet, a great metropolitan newspaper. His costume is red and blue with a cape and a distinctive "S" shield on his chest. He is often depicted as part of the Justice League superhero team along with Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and others. Superman was played by Christopher Reeve in a series of films beginning with Superman: The Movie (1978) and by Tom Welling in the television series Smallville (2001).

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a superhero in comic books published by DC Comics. She was created by William Moulton Marston and premiered in All Star Comics #8 (1941). Diana was a warrior princess who came from an island of Amazons to the United States and become a superhero. Wonder Woman is armed with indestructible bracelets, the Lasso of Truth, and at times a sword. Her costume has varied but is typically red, white, and blue and includes a tiara, breastplate, and belt. She is often depicted as part of the Justice League superhero team along with Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and others. Wonder Woman has been seen in many television series including Wonder Woman (1975) in which she was played by Lynda Carter.


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