Toy photography, traveling and vacations

Summer is slowly coming to an end. The nature slows down little by little. I’m getting closer and closer to a depression with longer nights and a hard time at work with everybody returning from vacation.
So let’s talk about vacation and traveling!

And about toys, of course.

Traveling is cool.
Taking pictures of toys is cool.
Taking pictures of toys during vacation is not always cool (at least for me).

Here are three stories of mine, showing how sometimes it’s difficult to combine traveling, vacation and toy photography.

Packing without a checklist

Everything starts before leaving when I pack my bag. I’m always scared I will miss the only accessory I left at home, so I go on vacation with a LOT of stuff. And even if I try to pack in advance, I ALWAYS forget something that I will need at some point.

Today’s joke?
I’m writing this article on the plane, heading for a long weekend in Wien. When I left the house this afternoon, guess what I forgot? My skeletons! Luckily I thought about it in the car before turning the corner of the street, so now my skeletons are safe in my cabin luggage.

Next time?
Do a checklist, Karine, just do it!

The mood

Sometimes, even if I take all my stuff and plan to do a lot of toy photography, I’m not taking any pictures at all. I think it really depends on my current mood and general condition.

Last year, I got only one week of vacation and went to Sweden. With my boyfriend we had only 2 cabins luggage’s, one was dedicated to photography material.
And I did … 0 pictures.

Not even one!
9 kilos for nothing.
It’s quite annoying but I try to relativize and set my priority. I enjoyed my holidays during this week, that was also great.

Next time?
Don’t take all your material Karine, especially for one little week of resting vacation.

A resting vacation …

Big cities & touristic spots

I love spending some long weekends in big cities, but I find it difficult to combine tourism and toy photography. It takes time to find the good location, to arrange my skeletons and to take the picture. And when I’m spending 2 or 3 days in a new place, I want to visit as many new places I can. In a short amount of time.

So, I don’t have time.
So, I take terrible pictures (not always).
Like this one, yes…

This one is quite terrible, and I publish it on my blog.
But it’s the symbol of Copenhagen, I wanted to have it.
The place was crowdy of course, full of tourists waiting to take their picture in front of the sculpture.
It was definitely not the good hour when I came there.

Next time?
Don’t take the picture. Karine!
Or at least don’t publish it!
Or go there outside of tourist time, very early!

But …

But … I also took some of my favorite’s pictures during a trip, so I will continue to do it, no matter what.

Do you take your toys with you while traveling?
What do you feel about it?

Karine.

LEGO Elves 2018 – The Eagle

Today is #ElvesDay

Since my review of the LEGO Elves Dragons from last year, I’ve taken many LEGO Elves photos. First Dragons, then Minidolls, and now the creatures from the new 2018 sets. It’s been already a few weeks that I’ve decided to share on social media, every Wednesday, a LEGO Elves photo with the hashtag #ElvesDay. To celebrate the 12th Elves Day, I decided to finally compile my photos of the 2018 LEGO Elves sets as part of a series of short blog posts and share my opinion about these new creatures.

I started taking these photos in Norway in Saltstraumen during my Easter road trip, then continued in Finland, took more photos during my summer holidays in Lofoten and finally took one last photo back in Saltraumen in September.

As today is also Talk like a Pirate Day, we’re having a look at the Eagle, which would be the equivalent of a Parrot for an Elvish Pirate.

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One year ago today- and what happened along the way

Time went by quickly

I know this is cheesy, but it seems to me the older I get, the faster time goes by. Right now it feels like it’s rushing by at the speed of light.

This morning Ian sent me some pictures from exactly one year ago and simply asked: Can you believe it? Honestly, I hardly can. One year ago we met in Edinburgh, Scotland for our annual toy photo safari. Looking back it was a short yet fantastic weekend meeting old and new friends, driving to the Highlands, playing amongst waterfalls and climbing hills and monuments. But that was only one year ago??

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Candy Crush

Some of you will remember the early days of Candy Crush on Facebook. Friends poaching for you to help them out to get more lives. Advertisement everywhere. And while my partner in crime can be found quite often playing a game of Candy Crush on her iPad, I never downloaded it or made an attempt to give it a go. Too much sugar for me. 

A game of Candy Crush

By now you will wonder what Candy Crush, one of the most successful freemium online games has to do with toy photography. Clickbait of some sort or a toy photographer went crazy.

The World Greatest Photography Game

For sure not the first, maybe the latter, but hold on, things will clear up pretty soon. I am here to talk about another freemium game that has been on all my social channels over the summer. On Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube I got presented with adds for a new game. A photographic game. A game listening to the name of Guru Shots. The world greatest photography game according to their own website.

Guru Shots, Here I Come.

I could not resist and signed up. 
If you want to sign up right away and don’t want to read the whole post, you can do so through my little referral link by clicking here, and let me know, so I will follow you as well but do read on. This is not some kind of infomercial. 

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Using a Lume Cube for Filling shadows with artificial lights in outdoor toy photography

Our good friends at Lume Cube provided us with some light.  Here is our view on how you could use it to improve your pictures.
They are also organizing a toy photography contest. Go at the end of this article to get more info about it.

I have to admit that I never used artificial lights during daytime, mostly because of laziness. I discarded photos more than once because the subject was too dark compared to the background. During our little Adventure in Paris, Julien gave us four Lume Cubes we received for review.

When I got mine I wasn’t sure what I would do with it. Continue reading “Using a Lume Cube for Filling shadows with artificial lights in outdoor toy photography”

La Divina Commedia

I Promessi Legosi

“La Divina Commedia”, in English The Divine Comedy, is a narrative poem written by Dante Alighieri. Dante is one of the fathers of the Italian language. It is widely considered to be the preeminent work in Italian literature and is well known outside Italian frontiers.
Hi, I am Fabio, and I started to think about LEGO and literature about two years ago when I decided to recreate another Italian masterpiece.
I Promessi Sposi or The Betrothed.  A historical novel by Alessandro Manzoni, which has been called the most famous and widely read book in Italian language.

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Go. Brick. Me!

My family and I were lucky enough to get a Go Brick Me set sent to us from the good folks here at SiP to make a review. Not one of those signed boxes you can win in the contest but still a cool box shipped by the LEGO store here in the US.

My kids and I  have been looking forward to building some custom Brickheadz but hadn’t had the opportunity to get this set until now. Continue reading “Go. Brick. Me!”

And the winner is ….

Summer Holidays

Summer holidays are behind (most of) us.
Preparation for the next big event we will be participating in is well underway.
Life outside plastic is keeping some of us busier then we would like it to be. And amidst all of that and some more, we are running a little creative contest.
A challenge to explore one of our less known LEGO figurines.
Not the Voltron.
And not the classic space cowboy.
Or the Harry Potter series.
No.
The one and only Brickheadz. Continue reading “And the winner is ….”