The mountains are calling and I must go

I see your number, 2786, Julien, and I raise you. 4200.

Ask any geologist and they will tell you the best bit about the job is the fieldwork. Being able to travel to far-flung places, ones that are often beautiful and extremely photogenic, in the pursuit of science and a deeper understanding of the earth we live on, that’s the reason I became a geologist. My PhD project involves looking at rocks in the mountains of the Himalaya, and last month I had the privilege of working in the majestic kingdom of Bhutan.

Don’t worry, there are lots of people who don’t know where Bhutan is!

Bhutan is a small country, about the size of Switzerland, at the eastern edge of the Himalayan mountain range. It is seen as many as an exclusive country to visit due to its expensive daily tourist tariff, which is hard to argue with. But once you are there you are treated to a country filled with culture, warm-hearted people, and stunning scenery. And my first thought when I found out I would be going there was of course, “What Lego Minifigures am I going to take?!” Continue reading “The mountains are calling and I must go”

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”

A Physical Exercise- For the Brain

When I first read Boris´ post Travel I was totally infected with the idea of his little exercise! I may not be a frequent traveler in terms of flying to Japan or road-tripping to the polar circle for the weekend. But having been introduced to that quote generator was great fun and I could easily think of packing some Lego and gear, hopping in my car and leaving my neighborhood for a mystery photo session out in the wild. Continue reading “A Physical Exercise- For the Brain”

Spread your wings and fly away

Choosing one figure from this new Collectible Minifigures Series is really hard. Once again I’m very tempted of getting all of them. When asked which one I’d like to review, I thought about which one would better fit the Finnish landscapes surrounding me: forests and lakes. There were three possible choices: the Elf, the Dwarf and the Butterfly Girl. From those three my favorite is without a doubt the Butterfly Girl.

But good timing allowed me to actually take my first photos of the Butterfly Girl in a slightly different environment. Probably the most beautiful I’ve personally been given to see: Northern Norway. I headed there for a four-day weekend road trip, without any specific plan other than hoping the location would inspire me some kind of story. Continue reading “Spread your wings and fly away”

A trip to Japan: work travel and toy photography

12 hours…!

I have just spent 12 hours in a metal can to fly across the globe.

It’s Thursday afternoon and I have landed at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport after a long trip back from Kobe, Japan. I was there during 2 days, for work.

My job demands me to travel a lot (in France and internationally). And, at the same time, I like my job and I like to travel, so when I am not at the office, I am happy.

I have been to the US, to several countries in Europe and to more “exotic” places such as Brazil, Australia, Taiwan, Laos, Tanzania, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and now, Japan.

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.' - AnonymousClick To Tweet

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Travel

This month our word is travel.

Traveling to faraway destinations, exploring the unknown. Discovering new environments, new light, new sounds, and trying to catch the moment.
The world as our studio.

Some of us shoot mainly in the studio and like to recreate the magic on a blank canvas from the ground up, controlling all the variables, building the scene one strobe at the time. Others like to shoot on location and have the world as their backdrop.

Shooting on location always has that little extra, that unique moment, that imperfection and uniqueness that the studio does not have.
A variable that cannot be controlled.
A variable that influences by design the actual shoot.
A fleeting moment, you can capture only then and there.

You can do some location scouting, you can do some research and pack your gear (and toys) for the unknown, and yet, the unexpected will happen.

And that is what this month’s word is all about. Continue reading “Travel”

Destination Scotland

Busy times.

It is busy times here on SiP.
We are in the middle of a month turning, we have planet Earth going in an equinox and turning our global strobes into a flux.  We are trying to wrap up our missed deadlines, we want to launch a new word  and The LEGO Group (TLG) just released a new *gasp* minifigure series.

Busy Times.
We were all aligned up for a busy weekend of awesomeness when the world turned ugly not just on the main stage but also on our front door just a few kilometers away. Creative energy got turned down a notch, but more on that in a separate post. Back to busy times.

We asked where we should meet for our annual SiP Toy Photography Meet Up also known as Toy Safari and the votes came in.

Scotland it is.

Destination Edinburgh (the other airports in Scotland did not have the same appeal). The main SiP Scotland event will be from Friday noon to Sunday noon in the larger Edinburgh area (read Scotland), and we ultimately may want to settle on a castle close to Nessie.

And this brings us to castles, locations, and reservations. Continue reading “Destination Scotland”