It’s a book!

Well.


Stefan and I have a series in the making.
We call it The Unfinished Projects.
One day we will kind of start finishing them.
Or so they say.
So when we kicked off the #SiPgoesVirtual 2020 with the statement that “the book was written” and the only thing that was missing was the pictures, some of the participants most probably thought of the book of Denmark that is still in the making.
Unfinished projects.
Stefan and I are pretty good at that.

Anyways. Here we are.
Four weeks after the very first ever #SiPgoesVirtual.
And we are having a printed copy in our hands!

If you are curious what the story was all about, you can read the full book at Blurb (and even get your own copy if you want).

We have a super deluxe hardcover that goes well on any coffee table and a mini-me of the story for the collectors of books, who’s coffee table is already fully packed.

It’s a book.
And it is finished.

And yes, we are a tiny wee bit super proud of it.

#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).

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Toy Photography Rembrandt Lighting

On Monday I mentioned Rembrandt lighting as one of the characteristics of Annie Leibovitz photographic style. Following that, I felt the need to play with toys and lights… at home. Something unusual for me who mostly plays outside.

Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see how easy (or difficult) it was to get something close to Rembrandt lighting with toys, and in particular with LEGO Minifigs.

Rembrandt lighting

A Rembrandt lighting is a technique used in portrait photography that imitates the lighting style of Dutch painter Rembrandt. One characteristic of many of Rembrandt’s paintings is the specific use of low-key light creating a shadow shaped like a triangle below one of the eyes of the subject. The goal is to create interesting shadows and lights driving the eyes of the viewer through the frame.

Self-Portrait of Rembrandt (1658)

In photography, this is usually achieved by placing the main source of light above the subject at a 45° angle.

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Misadventures on a photo assigment

I’m not into cars.
For me, a car is mainly a utility object and not something I find particularly interesting to look at. If there’s one type of car I still find remotely beautiful, it’s the old and classic ones though.

So, when we got the assignment from LEGO to photograph the Creator Expert cars, I wasn’t too thrilled. The only Creator cars I didn’t own were the ones I found the least interesting. And those that fit the least in the Finnish Wilderness. Like the Aston Martin.
Nevertheless, I decided to finally build my VW Camper Van (which I bought more than 2 years ago…) and join the project.

Photographing it was one of the most difficult photographic exercises I’ve ever done. Not only for me but for my subject too.

Here are the (mis)adventures of my camper van…

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SiPgoes52 is complete!

I did it! I completed my SiPgoes52 project.

There are still some upcoming photos to clean up in Photoshop. Choices between alternate photos I need to make. Some upcoming words for which I want to take more photos, hoping a better one will come up. Some older words I want to revisit.

But I’m now sure that I’ve got at least one photo to post for each of the remaining words.

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Voltron

A mysterious telephone call

During the summer we got a mysterious call from an undisclosed number on a faraway island, asking us if we would be interested in collaborating on a top secret project. We had to keep it a secret, but we said yes. Of course! We love top secret projects, especially when they involve our favorite kind of plastic, some serious creative challenge and a good portion of photographic fun.

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The Brick Fanatics Magazine

Brick Fanatics is excited to announce Brick Fanatics Magazine, a new LEGO-based publication for all fans of the brick, available for purchase now. We (read the Stuck In Plastic Crew) are proud to be part of this very first inaugural edition. Here is what they have to say on the very first paper issue. A different kind of Feature Friday, on a Saturday morning nonetheless.

The Magazine, what is it all about?

Brought to you by the team behind brickfanatics.comBrick Fanatics Magazine is a new 80-page, A5-size print magazine all about LEGO. For fans of the brick looking to build upon their hobby in any way they want to, including some exciting toy photography.

The magazine is packed with brick-based content. From tailored sections to one-off features, Brick Fanatics Magazine is carefully designed to give the reader (that is hopefully you) an immersive and comprehensive LEGO experience in each and every issue. And knowing the crew behind Brick Fanatics we are sure they will deliver.

The Ipsem Lorem Batwoman in action.
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Skærbæk

It is a wrap.

It is a wrap. Last week around this time Lluis closed the doors of the LUG Lounge on the first floor of the Skærbæk Conference Center, ending the very first SiP Pop Up exhibition. It took place in no less than the iconic Fanweekend.dk in Denmark. A good hour away from Billund. The hometown of the brick. Skærbæk, the Walhalla of (at least the European) AFOLs exhibitions.
And what a wrap it was.
Awesome.
But let’s back up a little and go back to the beginning.

And everything
Goes back to the beginning
Hollow Talk, by Choir of Young Believers
My theme song whenever I cross the bridge to Denmark
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Heavy Lifting

When The LEGO Group sent us a little email asking if we would be interested to review some LEGO Technic sets, we looked at each other and scratched our head. LEGO Technic is not the obvious sweet spot of the average toy photographer and while we have reviewed iconic LEGO Technic sets in the past with the Porsche and the Bugatti Chiron both reviews were two years apart.

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And while we almost said “no, thanks”  I remembered the discussion we had in 2016 in one of our hangouts where I tried to convince Vesa to shoot the LEGO Technic Claas Xerion in the Finnish woods. I got that idea when I saw that beauty in the RLFM days of 2016 in Billund hidden behind the Porsche.  And while that idea did not realize itself in 2016,  it made me go all in two years later. Be brave and bold and hit the reply button with “Yes, Of course”. Continue reading “Heavy Lifting”