The Mini

I was really excited when I received the email from SiP asking for some helping out on a creative project. And what a project. The opportunity to shoot this iconic car. I even woke up that night thinking about potential locations that would fit for this amazing set.

The comfort zone ...

There were a few go-to outdoor spots that I had used before, but I decided that I needed to test myself and step out of my comfort zone to come up with something new. Something original. Since it was mid-September and heading into autumn, I immediately thought of the color palette that nature would supply at this time of year. Colors complementing the racing green of the classic Mini. Images of the car, speeding along a country lane with leaves falling all around under autumn’s golden sun, started to emerge. I was all ready.

Out and about … the Mini well packed.

Scouting …

A couple of days later and I was still raring to go, but no set. Anticipation growing. It was a beautiful autumn day so I headed out on my bike to scout some locations; this is my number one way to get around without missing out on off-road locations. I also took a few Lego minifigure companions along as test subjects. I found a beautiful tree-lined, cobblestoned lane that was the perfect setting for the Mini. Using a wide aperture would hopefully capture the essence of the location, but not distracting too much from the subject. I was ready.

Rain …

A couple of days later, the Mini arrived and after a relaxing evening building and applying stickers, I was eager to head out to my newly scouted locations. However, now a week later, I was still having to wait as the weather had taken a turn for the worse; grey skies and dreary rain awaited me every day.

The Golden Hour …

Eventually, one afternoon, the sun broke through the clouds. I rushed out with my camera and the Mini and I set to work. Over the next few days, I managed to get out and shoot in the evening golden hour and took plenty of shots with the sun behind the car. I also used a large reflector to fill and catch the natural colors rather than using a flash. Since it was autumn, I also had to face the challenge of leaf litter as if it was caught on camera, it would ruin the scale of the shot. This was a particular problem on very windy days.

The Golden Hour …
Bouncing the sun …

Are you feeling ok ?

Ultimately, I had a great time trying to shoot this charming set. Lying flat on footpaths and roads to get those low angle shots presented the usual issues, with members of the general public often stopping and asking what I was up to, but always offering positive comments.

Are you feeling OK ?

The Mini was a challenge that really got me thinking, excited to get out and shoot, and eager to make the most of the season’s natural beauty.

I can’t wait for the next.

Chris

The Mini

For Your Eyes Only

Some time ago Stuck In Plastic contacted me asking: “We are looking for a creative photographer to join us in a creative challenge…”  It turned out that LEGO was looking to get some of its iconic cars shot by creative toy photographers. Did  I accept the mission? Of course I did. 

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Meet Karl

Today is our last #SiPgoes52 #FeatureFriday interview. This week’s it’s Karl (aka @lego_minifig_photos) who joins us for a virtual cup of coffee.

About Karl

My name is Karl, I live in the North of England (Leeds) but I am from Wales (Newport) originally. I’m coming up to half a century old, although my daughter thinks I act like a 12-year-old. I’m very settled now but in the past, I have done a lot of travelling in the UK, Australia, and Asia.

I lived in Indonesia for a year as part of my Degree course. I’m married and have a wonderful 10 year old daughter. Music is a big part of my life and I love discovering new music (usually via BBC 6music) and going to gigs.

Surprise.

I work in a primary school and often run an after-school photography club where the kids love taking photos of Lego and making stop-motion animation. I am the go-to person for all LEGO related things in school, even the headteacher acknowledges my expertise. Continue reading “Meet Karl”

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Meet José

This week’s SiPgoes52 word is “inspiration”. So let’s use that opportunity to be inspired by José who’s our guest for this week’s #FeatureFriday interview around a virtual cup of coffee.

About José

Hi! My name is José David. I’m just a Spanish guy in the middle of his 20’s (well, actually a little closer to the 30’s) and currently based in Majorca. I’ve studied chemistry and environmental technology at the university, and I usually work wearing a lab coat while trying not to stain myself with samples or chemical reagents. In addition to that, I also try to be a good teacher to youngsters and help them to understand the exciting (hmm…maybe sometimes not that much) world of science they must study for their exams. Continue reading “Meet José”

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SiP conquers Korea

Getting Ready

At about 3 o’clock on Saturday, November 17, Haesook Kim and I started setting up snacks and drinks for the opening party of the Stuck in Plastic – A Toy Photography Exhibition. The exhibition already opened the day before. Yet we were having the party on Saturday so that more people could attend. Everything had to be ready by 4 o’clock.  At 4:01 we expected the first guests and at 4:30 we would start a live-stream with Boris, Stefan, Julien, Maëlick, and Karine.

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Art Curator of the SiP goes Korea exhibition. Architect from South Africa teaching English in South Korea. Pursuing all kinds of other creative endeavors.

Meet Donald

After several SiPgoes52 Feature Friday interviews, we’re finally leaving Europe for the USA… Today we have our weekly chat around a virtual cup of coffee with Donald Vandervoort from New York!

About Donald

I’m 56 years old and live in Brooklyn NY all life. I love traveling throughout the United States on my motorcycle and I carry my LEGO sigfig with me to document my trips. I play the guitar from time to time. I’ve been into photography on and off since I was a teenager. Continue reading “Meet Donald”

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Meet Stefan

After last week #FeatureFriday around ginger tea, this week we’re back to coffee with our good friend and returner Stefan from Malmö.

About Stefan

My name is Stefan (@fubiken on Instagram ) and I am from Malmö, Sweden. I am a 47-year-old man, I don’t have photography as a job but as a hobby. What I mostly photograph is nature, macro, and toys of course. I have been taking photos for a long time, but it is in the last six or seven years that I have been taking it more seriously than before. Continue reading “Meet Stefan”

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Meet Jana

It’s Friday again and we’ve got another #SiPgoes52 Feature Friday. This week, it’s Jana Skálová who joins us for an interview around a virtual cup of ginger tea.

About Jana

I’m a software tester currently living in Brno, Czechia, where I hope to organize a toy safari one day. There are historical buildings, hills with nice views, forests, and an old quarry with ponds… Lots of different environments for toy photos. Sadly, I have to say that I never used any of them yet, because I’m so shy when taking toy photos in public. (I’m hoping that organizing a toy safari here would help to overcome that.) Continue reading “Meet Jana”

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Meet David

This week we’re coming back with a #SiPgoes52 Feature Friday. This week, it’s David Grewcock who joins us for an interview around a virtual cup of coffee.

About David

I’m David and for as long as I can remember I’ve always had LEGO close to hand… which must be well over forty years now! I remember the time before LEGO minifigures – and desperately trying to get the sets that were released as part of a breakfast cereal campaign! More recently though, and probably through Instagram and other social media, I’ve expanded my toy collection to include many other styles and types – from the collectible Kidrobot to the Playmobil as well as the Hong Kong Fluffy House collections. If I can work out how I could place the character in the frame of an image (and it’s not too expensive) then it’s in the shopping cart! Continue reading “Meet David”

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Meet Niklas

It is Friday here on Planet Earth, and today we went over to Stockholm to sit down and meet with Peter’s Brother. A builder. A toy photographer. A minimalist. An AFOL who makes beautiful microbuilds.  Our Feature Friday guest.  So, without further ado, let us start at the beginning.

Who is Peter’s Brother?

My real name is Niklas Rosén. I am a 38-year-old AFOL, living in Stockholm, Sweden. I wasn’t born here, my birth town is Växjo, and that is also where I grew up. Växjö is a small town south from Stockholm (a good 400 km south, Sweden is a pretty tall country). The handle Petersbror, which I use on Instagram and Flickr is a nickname me and my brother Peter came up with. He is my brother (bror is brother in Swedish), and he started calling me Peterbror. With him it’s the other way around, I call him Niklasbror.
Weird I know 😊
I guess that is what brothers do. 

Niklas, Peter’s Brother, AFOL, Family man, Microbuilder and Toy Photographer.
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