Happy Easter

From all of us to all of you, a Happy Easter.

Easter, a holiday celebrated in a lot of countries around the world. A holy day going back to the new testament and pageant traditions. A day of celebration involving Easter eggs and Easter bunnies.

And while there is lots of symbolism in it, it also makes for a great photo shoot Chez Albert.

A little project of three on this Sunday for all of you to enjoy while you are hunting eggs, eating chocolate or shooting plastic. Continue reading “Happy Easter”

Travel

This month our word is travel.

Traveling to faraway destinations, exploring the unknown. Discovering new environments, new light, new sounds, and trying to catch the moment.
The world as our studio.

Some of us shoot mainly in the studio and like to recreate the magic on a blank canvas from the ground up, controlling all the variables, building the scene one strobe at the time. Others like to shoot on location and have the world as their backdrop.

Shooting on location always has that little extra, that unique moment, that imperfection and uniqueness that the studio does not have.
A variable that cannot be controlled.
A variable that influences by design the actual shoot.
A fleeting moment, you can capture only then and there.

You can do some location scouting, you can do some research and pack your gear (and toys) for the unknown, and yet, the unexpected will happen.

And that is what this month’s word is all about. Continue reading “Travel”

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Living on an island in the middle of nowhere, disconnected from all civilization, lightyears away from the LEGO headquarters in Billund, Denmark (read the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden) is not the best place for postmen to deliver their packages ahead of schedule.
So when I got the SMS from our postman earlier this week on Monday they could deliver our package on Thursday this week (today) or the week after, I knew we for sure would not be the first, second or third to share the news on the new minifigures with the world. Continue reading “The Postman Always Rings Twice”

PS. Deadline

When we set the timeline for the project due date at the 31st March, we implicitly introduced the deadline. The deadline finds it origin (*) in the early days of journalism and the printing press, with the guideline marked on the press plate that set the boundaries. The deadline in which everything needed to fit and has further evolved into the daily deadline of the printing press (I feel old, I can’t remember when the last time was I read a real newspaper on this fish and chips packing paper). Deadlines evolved in drop dead dates we all recognize from school or project work.

Working towards a deadline gives a special rush, a kick, simular like a live performance on stage. There is that pressure to deliver. Live TV. On Air. No endless turning around of ideas, finding a better angle or a slightly more interesting storyline. The deadline is … the deadline. Continue reading “PS. Deadline”

Merry-Go-Round

This month seems to be flashing by, in circles, colorful, great fun, and at a dizzying speed.
No time to focus.
Just like a Tardis.
Or a good old merry-go-round.
No head, no tail, an outer space portal-like experience.
A blur of colors. A childhood passion. Yet before you know the ride is over and you find yourself at the ticket booth buying an extension of the fun or looking for the next ride.

This month.
A month of projects, city trips and toy safari’s alike.
No time for the wicked. Continue reading “Merry-Go-Round”

PS. Two little LEGO Projects

This month here on Stuck In Plastic our word is projects and so we were happily surprised to discover that the LEGO Group is not just running one but actually two beautiful projects right now for all the RLUG/RLFM groups out there that are celebrating the brick and minifig in all its glory.

The very first one is really tailored to the creative photog in all of us and is some sweet little Easter fun with the chance of winning a nice little LEGO Easter Egg. The LEGO group will innocently draw 10 winners out of all this creative plastic goodness, so this one really has us written all over it.
Taking pictures of plastic. Continue reading “PS. Two little LEGO Projects”

Twins

Twins (or look-a-likes) have something magical.

I grew up with Jansen and Janssen (Thomson and Thompson in English, Dupond et Dupont in French) in the TinTin adventures.
Of course, there are more.
From historical twins like Romulus and Remus, over the more fictional twins in literature (Wikipedia gives us a list of over 200 fictional twins) to the ever perpetually surprised explorers.

I like twins (or look-a-likes) as characters in my stories.
They have something magic I just cannot explain.
They are just that.
Magic. Continue reading “Twins”

Review 21034 – London here we come !

When LEGO asked us a while back if we were interested in reviewing The LEGO Architecture London Great Britain Set not everyone in our little creative collective jumped up and down to volunteer to review this skyline. When we accept a set for review, we have the unwritten rule we need to come up with a creative image. It is not so much about the unboxing or the actually build (they are great fun too), it is about taking the set to the next level. Make it our own. Take it for a spin, and come back with an image. A creative image.

I have a few LEGO Architecture sets in my little studio and used them before in some shots, so I was curious what I could come up with and said yes to the challenge.

Just a couple of days later, a friendly postman left a package behind with the classic LEGO logo on the outside, and I could not wait to unpack this beauty and see what I could come up with.

Shorty was curious at first when we started the unboxing …

A beautiful black box was revealed and the depth of the photographic challenge became instantly clear to me. Continue reading “Review 21034 – London here we come !”

Inspiration – TED Talks

We have been sharing on twitter some of the TED talks that inspire us and we thought it was a good idea to put them in a little list (we teamed up with the folks at list.ly to get some interactive social lists here on our little website, so expect some more lists in the future. If you are a list.ly user, do let us know so we can follow eachother there as well). Continue reading “Inspiration – TED Talks”