Bunny it is.

I love LEGO animals.
I love them.
I love them because they are some kind of minifigures, yet completely different. I like how the designers at LEGO creatively give life to the animal kingdom making them fit perfectly with the brick world.
Every year I look forward to new sets or new minifigures series to see if LEGO has introduced some new mold, so you can imagine how excited I was when the new series of collectible minifigures number 17 was revealed.

Not just one, but two new animals! Two!

A bulldog and a white bunny.
Wait … A BUNNY!
A tender and fluffy bunny! Continue reading “Bunny it is.”

Moving Beyond the Instagram Toy Community

I love the fact that the toy photography community on Instagram is so incredibly supportive. Most people are generous with their “likes” and comments and it’s a wonderful place to play. But occasionally it feels a little insular and it’s nice to branch out into other communities. It’s always fun to make new friends and expand peoples understanding of toy photography along the way.


When I joined the photo sharing site Streamzoo (RIP), I was introduced to the wonderful world of macro photographers. Now that Streamzoo has ceased to exist, many of those same photographers have migrated to Instagram and I have continued my relationship with them. Sure this community has a penchant for bugs, flowers and water droplets, but they also recognize and support toy photography.

If you are interested in branching out beyond the regular toy community tags, here is a list of the macro communities on Instagram that I am aware of. Feel free to check them out and see if there might be a good fit for your own work. 
@BNWMacros
@Colors_Hub
@Flair_Macro *
@Flawless_Macros
@Global_Nature _Macro
@HDMacros *
@IG_4every1
@IG_Closeups *
@JJ_JustMacros
@Macro_Champ
@Macro_Perfection
@Macro_Premier
@Macro_Secrets
@Macroclique * 
@MacroStalking
@MD_Macro
@MyDailyMacro
@Nature_Obsessions
@TGIF_Macro
@Visual_World
The communities marked with an asterisk have been the most receptive to my work, especially @HDMacros. If you are looking for exposure beyond the toy community this is a great place to start. 

~ xxsjc

Are you involved in any communities on Instagram other than toys?
If so, what are they and why?

Bunnies and flowers! What is there not to like??

The Dark Room

Yesterday I went on a smaller rant and shared my view on what a photo does to me.
Regardless if it is a newspaper headshot, a selfie with an iphone or an artistic fine print.

The picture should tell me a story.
The story of the Misty Mountains or the sexy bathroom in that six star dining place you wanted to share with us.

One picture tells me more as the standard thousand six hundred words in an optimized blog.

So we should get it right, yet not the dentist way (no pun intended as I do have some great dentists in my circle of friends) as I want to feel the emotion in the picture and not just a histogram perfect image.

An image with guts.
An image with a story.
An image with scratches.
An image with pain (and laughter).

Your story.

Emotion, regardless if its is right the photographic way.

And that is what we want to address in the dark room on G+.
Get the emotion right across with the audience.
Does it touches us.
Does it make us smile.
Does it do what you want it to do when you are Stuck In Plastic.

Footnotes to self:
Day 3 in my personal challenge (a milestone).
Picture above shot with a DSLR and minimal edits made in post processing.
Picture above was trying to share the emotion of the last day of the Spring Equinox

Stay tuned and leave your view in the comments below …

The Spring Equinox

With the Spring Equinox in full force and the Bunny Crew out and about in the garden to hunt for eggs and candy it is time to sit back.

Sit back, and reflect at some of the postings Shelly made earlier this week here on Stuck In Plastic and the discussions we had in The Foyer and The Dark Room over at G+.

The use of DSLR, the search for the inner self, or the challenge of becoming a better photographer, artist or even brick. 

All very valid questions and challenges and part of the dialogue we want to create with our work here at Stuck In Plastic.

And this is where the problem starts. 

I am not always part of that dialogue and push Shelly in a monologue by being stuck in board rooms on the Death Star and other crazy adventures my NDA does not allow me to talk (let alone blog) about it.

So, let me take this equinox and birthday celebration of Ēostre and Freya and accept the challenge Shelly so clearly lays forward in her latest post.
 
One post a day here at Stuck In Plastic, not for 30 days but until the next summer solstice is upon us …

Wish me luck !
Me2