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Happy Fourth of July 2014!

Happy Fourth of July 2014!

Posted to Flickr on 04 July 2014. Included in my Portfolio.

I hope everyone has a super day!

Photo seen in Flickr Explore.


The colors of Independence Day in the United States are shared by many of the classic superheroes, in many cases not accidentally.


The setup for this colorful crew was moderately simple. Getting Spider-Man into an “interesting” pose and hovering Supergirl were the trickiest parts.


The backdrop is three sheets of twelve-inch square glitter paper: red, white, and blue. The heroes are standing on a sheet of clear acrylic which is resting on an elevated black shelf that I often use as a base.

Above the scene is a large circular diffuser that softens the ambient light in the room. Supergirl is suspended by invisible thread which is attached to a piece of wire that runs across the diffuser above the scene.


I tried many variations of figures and poses until I found the one I liked best. Here is an untouched alternate that is close to the final poses. You can see the invisible thread lifting Supergirl into the air.



This line-up of red, white, and blue heroes has also been seen here:

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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