A Review of the LEGO Elves Dragons

As soon as the winter started to reach its end, I began to think I should focus on a project during the summer. When Boris announced his plan of making us work on a summer project, not only I already had a few ideas, but I had already started to work on some of them.

Up to now, I’ve been quiet about these summer project ideas. I wanted to take the time to let my ideas mature before releasing anything publicly. The only persons who have seen the result of my summer photography are the old and new friends I met last month in Edinburgh.

But I think it’s about time to give a glimpse of what I’ve been doing for the past four months through a review of 3 LEGO Elves sets. Set 41172 The Water Dragon Adventure, 41175 Fire Dragon’s Lava Cave and 41179 Queen Dragon’s Rescue. (Moreover, last month’s word was LEGO after all!) Continue reading “A Review of the LEGO Elves Dragons”

A Tour of Ninjago City

Disclaimer

According to Admiral Ackbar, the new Ninjago City set is a trap for AFOL. I’ve personally been hooked with Ninjago two years ago when LEGO released the Temple of Airjitzu as part of its big scheme to conquer the world make Ninjago appealing to adults. As soon as I saw the first official pictures of the Ninjago city, I knew I wouldn’t wait long before buying it. So do not expect this photographic review to be objective. Continue reading “A Tour of Ninjago City”

Build your own Anton

“Where is Anton?”

Yesterday we announced our new contest. LEGO kindly offered us three copies of the Old Fishing Store to give away in our new contest. The theme of the contest is “Where is Anton?” Anton is the fisherman minifigure coming with the new set. Like Stacy, Julien, Stefan, and Stefan did, take a photo of Anton traveling with you.

But wait isn’t taking a photo of Anton in order to win his set a little contradictory…? Continue reading “Build your own Anton”

The Arctic Road Trip

As soon as I decided to move to Northern Finland last year, my plan for the summer holidays was to go on an Adventure in Northern Norway. After two recent short road trips to the Lofoten Islands and to Tromsø and the Island of Senja at the end of the winter, I had a better idea of what my summer plan would look like. I wanted to visit new locations, but also go back to the ones I saw in the winter so I could see how different they are in the summer. Continue reading “The Arctic Road Trip”

Focus Stacking

I wrote before about the dilemma I easily experience when selecting photos with the appropriate depth of field and bokeh while post-processing them. But the craftsmanship technique I’ve really been experimenting as of lately is focus stacking and compositing.

I’m usually not interested in a very short depth of field. What I’m rather looking for is a strongly blurred background and this never works without a short depth of field. Most of the time it’s not a problem as just having the face of my subject in focus is enough. But this can be difficult to achieve when working with multiple figures. Continue reading “Focus Stacking”

Aperture, depth of field and bokeh

The place where I’ve practiced the most Craftmanship during the past year is definitely in front of my computer rather than in front of my camera.

I’ve reached a point where I don’t think too much about technique when I take pictures. I’ve learned a few things about how light and exposure work and that’s usually enough. For the rest I let my camera do its magic. For that, I often rely on bracketing. Automatic exposure bracketing, so I can choose which exposure works best later, or even go to HDR if none works. But I also use manual bracketing for the aperture setting so I can choose later which depth of field works best for me. Continue reading “Aperture, depth of field and bokeh”

Zero, One, Two and Three

There’s two things that I’m constantly obsessed with: numbers and maps.

I see numbers everywhere and it doesn’t spare my toy photography. From taking pictures to post-processing I have the need to use what I consider “nice” numbers. Prime numbers, multiples of two or three, powers of two, five and ten, 42, palindromic numbers (either in base 2 or 10), and much more.

Selecting one single number is a task too difficult, if not impossible, for me as there are so many I love. This time again, I approached the word through reflection. I went back to my recent photos to see if I can find some kind of pattern(s), and eventually recurring numbers. Continue reading “Zero, One, Two and Three”

Travel Part 2 – Back to Norway

I fell in love… with Norway.

There is no other word or expression I can use to describe how my Easter trip affected me. Not two weeks had passed that I decided to go back to Norway for the weekend of the First of May. I was looking for something to do in Finland, maybe in Lapland. But in the end, it seemed that I would rather drive a bit more to Norway. Continue reading “Travel Part 2 – Back to Norway”

To The Lofoten Islands and Back Again

Could the last month’s word be the best of the year? Maybe Boris still has a few good surprises left… Anyway I’ve been excited as soon as I learned it would be “travel”. Travel is what have motivated me most for the past few years. I started taking photos while traveling, and before focusing on toys, I was mostly interested in travel photography. Today I would most likely describe myself as a travel toy photographer: the feeling of travel and adventure has become what I strive to share visually with my photos. Continue reading “To The Lofoten Islands and Back Again”