Celebrating 4 years of LEGO Pirate Photography with the Pirates of Barracuda Bay

Today is a special day.
The new LEGO Ideas set, the Pirates of Barracuda Bay, is publicly revealed.

But Sunday, I noticed it’s even more special to me.

For the past 10 days, I’ve been playing with the new Pirates of Barracuda Bay LEGO Ideas set, taking pictures for LEGO. All this in secret. This has been a very special project for me as I have a special relationship with pirates.

And today, on the day I can finally talk about it, it also appears it is the 4th anniversary of one of my favorite photos. The One that changed everything.

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The One

The question of “The One” is a bit difficult for me because it requires that I look further into my past; more specifically, to the days before I’d properly rediscovered Lego.

In 2007, a colleague of mine badgered me to join Flickr and participate in photography challenges. I had a consumer-level digital camera at the time and only the vaguest interest in photography, but after a few weeks of his pestering, I acquiesced. The proverbial door was thus opened, and I stepped through it apprehensively. Continue reading “The One”

The One

Most of my early photographs in Flickr, which is the platform of my beginnings, are not that much about the photographs themselves but more like a series of enthusiastic experiments with lights and techniques.

Before the spring of 2009 I didn’t know the world of toyphotography existed, it was all new to me and I pored over the photographs I found online. I looked up everything and realized there were things that were being done and things that weren’t. Smokes and snow was a virgin territory and that’s where I went.

First it was smokes, mists and laser beams with action figures, then, in the fall of 2009 came the Lego and snow.

My One photograph is from December 6, 2009, uploaded to Flickr on the 7th. It’s a crummy photo, noisy, out of focus (the camera I had then, Canon 400D, had a  focus through viewfinder only and I never seemed to get it’s diopter adjustment to work right),  because of that, I sometimes have wished I had not uploaded it at all.

This is a re-edited version of the original, better technically but is it better? I couldn’t tell.

This is a special photograph for two reasons, however, and that’s why I chose it for my One.

First, I included a behind-the-scenes photograph to go with the post. I knew my technique could be something that people might find interesting because I had received a lot of questions of how I made the snow photos. I thought I’d open the technique for anyone willing to give it a go.

A simple experiment with items I had available.

I was right, the post caught the attention of Jesus Diaz of gizmodo.com and he made a post about it.

The result was a chaos that lasted about a week. My views went up to a million per day (only for one day, though) and my mail went crazy. I had never experienced anything remotely like that and it was very confusing, scary even. I could not work during those days, all my time was spent on responding mails.

After five and a half years I still get questions and comments on photographing under water, but in reality my last snowfall photographed with water was on December 22, 2009, less than two weeks after the One.

The snow (along with the smoke) became my signature technique, I perfected it with baking powder about a month later with a snowtrooper image I use as my online avatar even today.  This, after testing with powdered sugar and talcum powder first, they were horrible to work with.

For a while I was alone in the blizzards of Hoth, these days I have plenty of friends there.

The One

It is time to embark on a new series here on Stuck In Plastic. Another deep dive into the inner minds of those who shoot plastic. A new one following our epic exploration on the why we shoot plastic, from Me2, Shelly, Mike and Vesa to Serhat, Kaptain Kaos, Dinoczars and Lego Jacker to just name a few.

A new series that takes a deep dive into finding that one image that was an epic game changing experience for the photographer in question. An image that changed his (or her) shooting experience and took a step stone change and made an everlasting impression on the images to come.
That one image that afterwards made a change.
It made a difference.
It changed you as a photographer.
It was the one.

Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of The Opera

The One for me I will never forget and made a shift change experience was the shoot with Lady Padme Amidala. She walked into The Studio when we were exploring some low key lights and magic just happened.

We posted it to IG and the rest was history.

A new series was born and it made a serious impact on my next shoots.

It was my One that took me to the next level.

I am very much interested to see what the one image (or images) was for all of you and how it influenced you, and see if we discover some connections and influences we may have in common. For now, Thank You, Lady Amidala and I am looking what all of you will come up with as your One.