Fun

Toy Photography and Fun

At first, fun seemed one of the easiest words of our little project. For me, fun is the main reason why I started both photography and toy photography. Some four years ago, I was looking for a new creative hobby. I ended up buying a camera, and after, I eventually went into the attic looking for my old LEGO collection. It’s been fun since the beginning and only keeps on getting more fun over time.

But because this word is so important to me, coming up with a single photo that best represents it appeared to be more difficult than I thought… Continue reading “Fun”

#SiPgoesScotland2017 at Bricklive

Life.

If you follow the blog, you might have noticed that not much happened in the past week. Julien is on a non-disclosed island somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Boris is hanging out on some Big Inc. event in Amsterdam, Stefan is deep down in new challenges, and well, Maelick is crunching numbers in Northern Finland. It is that thing called life. It catches up with all of us and we hope we will catch up with the plastic side soon. Continue reading “#SiPgoesScotland2017 at Bricklive”

My First Toy Safari

I finally did it.

Well, I’ve done it, I’ve finally met a fellow toy photographer!

I’ve wanted to do it for years. I’ve watched from afar, read articles on blogs about Toy Safaris in far-away lands and even posted the odd comment on Instagram and Facebook posts.

The thing is, toy photography has always been a very personal and private thing for me. Yes, I’ve chatted online and even sold some of my work, my friends also know about my toy obsession, but the actual creative process was something I’d always done alone.  Continue reading “My First Toy Safari”

One Toy To Share In Scotland

After my trip to San Francisco and seeing people using the toys of others to take pictures, I came out with a small activity (challenge, exercice, game,… – call it what you want) and a hashtag for our safari in Scotland. One Toy To Share In Scotland (read #1Toy2Share_Scotland)

One Toy To Share (#1Toy2Share)

The principle is simple.
Someone brings one toy that everyone has to photograph at least once during the weekend. One toy to share (with everyone). Read #1Toy2Share
Simple, right?

This exercise will show how people are using their creativity while using the same model.

#1Toy2Share_Scotland

For Scotland, I was the one who brought that toy. Since most of us are using LEGO minifigures in our pictures, I thought it would be interesting to use something a bit different for once. Something a bit bigger.
So, I went with a bird  (the Osprey) from the toy company Four Horsemen Studios and some accessories. Once again, it was a line of toys that I discovered in San Francisco and that I loved immediately. They are very well made and full of details and colors.

Accessories
The accessories that came with the bird. Look at those amazing wings…  – Photo credit: Julien

So, let’s see what we came up with during our days.

Continue reading “One Toy To Share In Scotland”

SiP goes Scotland was a blast!

SiP went Scotland.

It’s been more than a week since our toy safari in Scotland became history, but we haven’t reported about it on the blog yet. Between the Where is Anton contest, the LEGO House opening, Skaerbaek and the Ninjago Movie madness, it’s finally time to tell you how great this weekend was.

Here’s a little summary of our adventures.

Friday Morning

In the morning the ones to arrive first in Edinburgh met for a quick walk to the castle, while some others tried to fix the transport of the day (an adventure on its own). After some quick lunch and food toy photography, it was time to take the first real dip into the hometown of Harry Potter himself. We managed to visit some of the key Harry Potter locations in the city center such as Victoria Street, Candlemaker Row, and Greyfriars Kirkyard.

The first toy photo of the safari in progress!

Greyfriars Kirkyard

Kirkyard or fancy word for historical graveyard is a toy photographers dream, and before you knew it everyone was exploring locations, leaving no stone unturned. Well, kind of. Continue reading “SiP goes Scotland was a blast!”

So, why am I going on toy safari in Edinburgh?

First, a little background

My name is Matt, also know as Hellbelly on pretty much every platform, I’ve been taking photographs for about 15 years, and taking toy photos for around 11, although over the last couple of years I’ve been suffering a bit of a creative slump, and have had limited time and inclination to take photos.
This is one of the reasons I’m going to Edinburgh. Continue reading “So, why am I going on toy safari in Edinburgh?”

Toy Safari checklist

Let’s go to bingo!

Hmm.
Hang on.
That’s not quite right.
Let’s go to Scotland!

Is that better?
Everyone on board?

SiP goes Scotland

That’s right, it’s almost time for the Toy Safari to commence!
Better get my ‘To do’ list sorted before the weekend creeps up on me unprepared!

My main job: provider of bingo cards (and pens, if I can track some down)! Continue reading “Toy Safari checklist”

Getting to finally meet you…

More than six years …

I have been on Instagram for more than 6 years, though I posted my first ever Lego photo early 2012. Ever since I have followed a lot of great toy photographers. After being a part of a community for so long, and looking at their photos every day, you start recognizing some photographers from their photos without even looking at their names.
I am certain that many of you feel the same way for some of us out there.
It’s not only the figures or the backgrounds etc. that make us recognizable. We all have a unique style that makes us different from each other. Continue reading “Getting to finally meet you…”

Pack your bag(pipes), we’re going to Scotland!

In 3 months, now, all the Stuck In Plastic crew and friends will gather for the next toy safari.

We will spend three days taking pictures of toys and basically having fun.

If you are not familiar with the concept of a toy safari, I invite you to read some posts from past participants who will join us once again for this incredible weekend.

After the previous meet-ups in Stockholm, Hamburg and London, it was decided to go on  the lands of William Wallace . So, this time, the safari will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 15th/16th/17th. Continue reading “Pack your bag(pipes), we’re going to Scotland!”

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”