#SiPgoesCinquecento

Contest Closed

Some weeks ago we asked you to join a little contest. We wanted to see your version of a FIAT500 in front of/next to/on top of your favorite landmark. The car itself didn’t have to be the real deal. The original from 1957. Neither one of the LEGO Creator Expert that hit the shelves recently.
You could just build one yourself (preferred out of your favorite bricks, called LEGO).

Wow!

Some of you let their imagination and MOCing skills run wild and free.
Until the deadline, there were eighty-five images all in all.
Wow!
That number is quite impressive on its own.
Some of you went outside to shoot their models in the wild, others had to stay at home with their imagination- and some more bricks to add a surrounding.
At this point, we would like to thank each and every one of you for joining in the fun and taking your chances.
You all did a great job!

The Hardest Part

The tricky bit was now on us.
Believe me, it wasn’t an easy task picking only two winners for a new 10271 LEGO Expert Creator FIAT Cinquecento. Passionate discussions and new discoveries in every picture gave us two sleepless nights. But we had to make a decision.

With a heavy heart, we ended up agreeing on two favorites and two honorable mentions. Without further ado, let us share with you the honorable mentions.

Martin and Sprockövel

Martin on his way to his hometown Sprockövel…

Denmark’s highest cheese?!

Okay! Did you know we have a mountain in Denmark? Well… we have “Himmelbjerget” (= sky mountain), this mountain is wooping 147 meters tall! I know! It is crazy! One-hundred-and-forty-Seven !
Oh, then there is the cheese! Buko with shrimps, a delicate bite of cheese!

Okay! I hope this put a smile on your face, Because that what we need these days.

Sacha joined our special cheese challenge, Natasja kicked off, and she took this blue one with style.

And the winners are…

Hey.Light

Astrid aka hey.light on her way to Italy; at least that’s what we saw here with the Azzurro in the background… and all the epic artefacts she took from her favorite landmarks.

TaDaaaaa- here comes my little homemade Fiat500 – and of course we are on our way to the sea … to Italy … with everything you could need …and maybe even a tiny bit too much luggage … in these times #stayathome this is my way of traveling … in the land of unlimited possibilities, my imagination

We hope that the Italian police were as impressed by her driving skills as we are with her picture. Otherwise, we’re afraid of her driving license…

SteelerMatt

And here’s Matthew, aka Steelermatt who went to Stonehenge AND  the Netherlands as well to just name two of his three destinations.


The Fiat is based on a couple of mocs I saw online and the available parts I had. I wanted to try something different so I created a picture frame to frame the car then tried to show a Holland 🇳🇱 themed surroundings with a windmill, canal and tulips. Enjoyed the experience of building with limited parts and also using those bricks at the bottom of my Lego boxes

Congrats to these four!

Please, send us your addresses by DM on Instagram.
Matthew and Astrid will both receive their new yellow icons, while Sacha and Martin will receive a little surprise in their mailbox.

Thank You

One more time, thank you everyone for joining in on the fun.
Keep building and snapping, stay home and stay safe.
And don’t forget to wash your hands.

Is this just Fanta Sea

After Wendy’s Garden we got our second review in of the new LEGO CMF Series Twenty. This time from Bert aka Brickmione who shared the idea behind Is this just Fanta Sea with us.

The idea

The idea came up during diner. Corona-weekend means that the children are allowed a little more than usual. The oldest daughter found some Fanta in the cupboard. She wanted to try it while I thought she doesn’t even like it. But then this meme came into my mind.  

Is this the real life? Is this just Fanta sea? 

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Wendy’s Garden

We recently asked you if you were interested in doing a photographic review of the brand new minifigure series on Instagram and your response was overwhelming. Over 100 responses in just a short while. And our young of heart and innocent hand-selected not one, not two, but fourteen toy photographers to partake in this crowd review. We packaged the envelopes. And we shipped all this awesomeness to the photographer’s home address. And now the first packages have arrived…

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La Dolce Vita – The Original Fiat 500

Fiat Prototype

Only a few hours ago LEGO announced their latest Expert Creator set. The iconic Fiat 500. This highly nostalgic set is packed with authentic details from that little Italian car that has found a place in the heart of motorists, miniaturists and city lovers across the world.
The Cinquecento.
Pronounced in Italian as the [ˌtʃiŋkweˈtʃɛnto]

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Composition – Part 2

Last time, we talked about composition being the organization of the elements of visual arts according to the principles of said art (in our case photography). We explored point, line, form, texture, color and the values as the basic elements of composition and created a padawan challenge for you. This week it is time to look at the guiding principles of harmony, balance, dominance, emphasis, similarity, contrast, and movement.

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Next stop, Tallinn!

Tallinn SiPgoesTallinn 2020

While kicking off SiPgoesTT, we’ve also been looking to find where (and when) to go for our next toy safari. After debating and disagreeing about locations, we finally decided on Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. It is not too big, reachable from all around Europe, and after Denmark will certainly feel slightly more affordable.

After two toy safaris at the beginning of the summer, we’ve decided to go back to late summer/early Autumn and meet up on the first weekend of September. Just like the two previous years, we will keep our tradition of (officially) starting on Thursday evening and finishing on Sunday before lunch.

Tallinn SiPgoesTallinn 2020
Edgar has worked hard and studied maps for finding the best location for this year’s safari.

So if you want to spend an epic weekend with us and toy photographers from all around Europe (and who knows, maybe from outside Europe, too?), be sure to mark the dates in your calendar: September 3rd to 6th (2020).

While more details will follow later this year, we have already opened a Facebook group (and a forum here on the blog) for starting the planning and organization of this epic weekend. Whether you are sure to come, or just considering it, don’t be shy, join and be sure to ask any question. Either here in the comment section, on the forum or on Facebook.

Woody and his friends can’t wait to cross the Gulf of Finland. Will you join them?

SiP goes Cape Town

No, Cape Town isn’t the destination of our next toy safari.
It’s the sequel to SiP goes Korea.

More than a year ago, we exhibited our photography in an art gallery in Daejon, South Korea, after Suné sent us a most mysterious email. This time, she asked us to hold a pop-up exhibition in a café, in the city center of her hometown of Cape Town.

And of course, we said yes.
So here we go again.

Two dozens prints from a total of 8 toy photographers will be on display at Crust from February 6th to February 18th and tell some of our stories of 2019.

Two dozen prints carefully selected.
Each image telling its own unique story.
Printed with love on fine art paper.
Wrapped and packed, ready to go to Cape Town.

Boris will fly there (together with the prints).
And just like last year, some of us will join for the grand opening using the magic of the Internet.
And you are invited.
Online or in-person at the grand opening in Cape Town on the 6th of February at 18:00. The opening is part of Cape Town’s famous First Thursdays series and so there will be plenty to see, including toy photography this time.

Right now the crew is selecting their twenty-four images and making sure no dust is to be seen…

PS. Here is the FB event. Feel free to join or forward to people you known in Cape Town.
PPS. And if you are a toy photographer (or always wanted to be one) and are living in Cape Town, let us know and we love to meet up before, during or after the show.

Twenty-Twenty Eight

Hey there. Twenty-Twenty is in full swing. Our new SiPgoesTT challenge is out and well kicked off, we have a new exhibition in the making on the other side of Planet Earth and we are eight now.
Yep.
We are eight.
Beverley, Natasja, and Chris have joined the crew and we are super excited to have them on board for our adventures in twenty-twenty and beyond.
Not with five, but with eight core crew members to keep you delighted with awesome toy photography and creative challenges alike in twenty-twenty.

No introduction required.

Our new crew members don’t need any introduction as they have been regular friends here on the blog.

Chris Rose

Chris posted his first blog post on why toy photography in 2016. Since then he has had many creative reviews and contributions and joined us in Scotland for a toy safari along the way.

If you want to read up or just browse Chris´ posts , we put them in a list for you.
And if you don’t follow Chris on Instagram already, then now is the time.

Beverley Thomas

Beverley’s first full blog post goes back to the summer of 2018 when she was featured in our Feature Friday series. Since then she has been a regular in SiPgoes52, SiPgoes53 and a creative contributor to our LEGO photographic reviews.

Here you can find all contributions of Beverley in one nice list and also Bevvy can be found on IG.

Natasja

Our third new crew member may be better known as Anna as she goes by the alias @by_a.n.n.a on IG. Natasja made her first official appearance on the blog in an interview with Karine for the Hispabrick FFOL interview (Female Fans Of LEGO) early last year. Since then Natasja has kept us all smiling with her contributions. From the laughter in our Apocalypse challenge to reviewing the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. set for LEGO.

Natasja’s posts can be found here.

Twenty-twenty eight

Please put your hands together and welcome Natasja, Beverley and Chris to the crew.
Twenty-twenty with eight it is.

And the first real event with all eight on the calendar in twenty-twenty will be our upcoming art exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa, next month.
But more on that later next week.

The Five.
Welcoming The Three.
So we are Eight.

Best,

Karine, Julien, Maëlick, Stefan and Boris

The Eight in Twenty-Twenty

Nineteen is a wrap

It is a wrap

Nineteen is a wrap. At least in some parts of the world, and in others, it is just around the corner. Some people make long lists, reflections, and promises for twenty. We just want to wish all of you, from all of u,s a fantastic and safe year ending and a great start of the new year…

See you all in twenty!

The SiP Crew

PS. This photo was taken in the epic 2019 SiP goes Denmark toy safari.
PPS. We do have quite some interesting adventures and news for you in twenty twenty, so stay tuned for more. Next year.

SiPgoes53 is (almost) over

And here we are, entering the final week of SiP goes 53 with Coco Chanel, famous (and actually quite controversial) French fashion designer. But instead of writing about her, we asked those who tagged alongside during this year what was their favorite person or photo of the year.

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