Disney train station review

This summer I received the new Disney train station set to photograph from our friends at LEGO.

It took me more than 6 hours to build it and it was such a pleasure! As you may know, I’m not an AFOL (I’m more into skeleton toys) but I must admit that building a big LEGO set is something. One brick with another brick, with another brick and suddenly there is a wall, and then a complete floor! Yes, that was a nice building experience.

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To post or not to post?

Here I am, in August 2019, trying to select and to work on all my pictures from last summer. (Me, late? Never!)

The beginning

Last week I started to work on the pictures I took during a short trip to Barcelona I made last July for my work.  Generally, when I work on my pictures, I have always in mind that I need an article for my blog, with an average of 5 pictures by article.

So, I selected 7 pictures.

I post-processed them.

I applied my watermark.

I start writing the article for the blog about this cute park where I took all my selected pictures.

And I looked again at my 7 pictures.

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What do I bring for SiPgoesDenmark safari?

OK everyone! I’m giggling with excitement this week because on Thursday I will fly to Billund in Denmark to meet some crazy toy photographers for the SiPgoesDenmark toy photography safari!

As I didn’t take a lot of pictures this year, I’m looking forward to spending a long weekend shooting my little skeletons and talk about toys and photography with friendly people.

Unexpectedly, I managed to make my bag and my selection of toys this weekend. That’s quite a big achievement for me. I’m always doing stuff at the last moment. Hope I will not forget my bag on Thursday morning!

First, the toys

Of course, it’s easy for me, I’m taking all my skeleton family. But as my dog chewed one of them a few months ago and as they wear out quickly, I’ve placed an order to refill my stock. So I’m bringing a “fresh” family with me (as fresh as a skeleton can be!).

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Looking for Uncle Scrooge

For the Disney II minifigs review, I chose Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck and Uncle Scrooge as they have so much potential to tell stories. Also, they were my favorite characters from Donald books when I was a kid.

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Week 12 – Hedy Lamarr

Born in 1914 in Austria, Hedy Lamarr (her real name is Hedwig Kiesler) is a famous Hollywood actress. But Hey is more. She is also an inventor, a fact that is not so well known compared to her beauty.

The beautiful actress

She started to act in theater plays and movies in Austria, when she was young. Her first movie, Ecstasy, released in 1933 caused a scandal as she appeared naked. If you are interested, you can see the full movie on YouTube here

After a wedding with a far to controlling but rich man, she ran away from him and went to London.

She met there Louis Mayer, the head of MGM, the biggest Hollywood studio at this time. With her persistence and her beauty, she managed to sign a good contract and started her career in Hollywood.

She was promoted as the “most beautiful woman of the world” and played almost every time the archetypal glamorous seductress woman. Two of her famous movies are Samson and Delilah and Ziegfeld Girl.

If you go on the Hollywood Walk of Fame you will see a star with her name.

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Meet Hanna

It’s friday, it’s time for a new #FeatureFriday interview. Following my interview of two great Toy Photographers women for HispaBrick Magazine 032, let’s meet Hanna (@hannakuvaa on Instagram).

Can you present yourself shortly?

I’m Hanna, a nature and toy photographer living in Finland, on the northern edge of Europe. By education I am a biologist, working as a biology and geography teacher. I got my first film camera for a birthday present when I turned ten, but I only took real interest on photography when I got my hands on a DSLR camera 15 years later.

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Week 9 – Elon Musk

Who is Elon Musk? I must confess I didn’t know this name until it popped out in the SiPgoes53 list of names. Thanks to the Internet, let’s learn more about him.

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Week 7 – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson is a well-known American filmmaker and I’m really excited we have his name on the list of SiPgoes53. For me, he is one of the greatest directors of the beginning of this century.

He’s the director (and the writer) of The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. A lot of actors are coming back in a lot of his movies: Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Andrien Brody and Rob Balaban. Watching a new movie of Wes Anderson is like going on a joyful family meeting once a year!

Isle of Dogs

He makes movies with real actors but also stop-motion movies, that is close to the toy universe (from my point of view at least): Fantastic Mister Fox and Isle of Dogs, released last year. If you haven’t seen them, I highly recommend you watch them, no matter your age, you will probably love both movies.

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The postcard exchange – my experience

OK, you may not know, but I’m ALWAYS late on my personal projects. Always. And I’m working as a project manager… That’s bad, really bad! So, you may read a lot of after-everybody-article from me.

Today, one month after the exchange, one month after everybody, here is my turn to say thank you to everyone who sent me a postcard and look back at the postcard exchange.

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My first exhibition – Preparations

At the end of June, I applied for an exhibition in a little boardgames festival in the south of France, with a friend (who called me two days before the deadline- I wouldn’t have applied if it wasn’t for her).
I had never done an exhibition before.
And I was kind of filled with fear (this week’s SiPgoes52 word).

In July, I had a phone call from one of the organizers telling me I had been chosen.
What a big piece of news!
Four of my pictures would be displayed AND I’d be able to sell whatever I wanted at my own booth.

This time, I had only “business cards”
And then there was timing … read on …