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avanaut I have a bad habit of losing images, not physically but philosophically or technically. When I don’t get where I want with an image, I abandon it. It took me two years to figure out what’s wrong with this one, I still do not get it to go exactly where I wanted it to go, but as time goes by, I learn to see the images for what they are, not what they should be.

REJECTED FRAME: ”The Millennium Falcon, Kruununhaka (Helsinki)”, from March 2013.
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avanaut Crikey! I never uploaded this one here before. There was a different version of it, a square with only one Y-wing fighter, but not the final image. So, why not: "Casual Parking, Helsinki". Those guys... 2d

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3d avanaut
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avanaut These are the dry weeks, I'm in the middle of projects and if I have a free moment... No, wait, I don't have free moments! Not now. The preparations for the Stuckinplastic exhibition in March with @xxsjc and @_me2_ are on the table as well, I am excited about going to Seattle for the opening. Maybe I'll meet some of you over there as well?

While all this is going on, I'll just upload some oldies. This one from Feb. 2014 has never been published before, though.
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  •   hlmlego Ah now that you mention it I remember thinking I was missing an Y-wing there (and one or two models more I'd loved to see). Must have been very disappointing for you not to see it when you were building your own. Think I will look for the photos I took and post one or two of the model shots. 2d
  •   m0matt Fair enough, I didn't think of that at all. Oh well, keep taking the awesome pics! 2d
  •   avanaut @m0matt Thank you! I am enjoying this as it is very much. :) 2d
  •   avanaut @hlmlego The models were in Helsinki in 2000 (if I remember correctly), there was the Super Star Destroyer and the Jawa Sand Crawler among the models, no Tantive IV, though, that was in Dallas at the time. It was the "Barbican" curated exhibition and bigger than the Identities. I have not found a catalogue of that tour, I've been trying to find one. Yes I was disappointed that the Y-wing was not there, but still happy to see all the others. Please post some of yours, always fun to see the ol' birds. :D 2d
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  •   _me2_ Aye, no free time here either. @east_mountain I am pretty sure we will come up with an awesome cool tag to document the adventure for you all who cannot make it to Seattle. 2d
  •   east_mountain @_me2_ awesome 2d
  •   jdslater1 I think I went to that exhibition when it was in London aswell. Here's the thing with me and Star Wars, I'm not a great fan of the films themselves. I like parts of Empire and all of Return as its a fast moving film with some great action. I have always liked the design of the films and the things in them. 2d

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avanaut The wampas, always picking up a fight. 1w
  •   avanaut @zenith_ardor Hmm, "The Wampa Incident" or "The Challenger from the Cold". That could work. :) 1w
  •   avanaut @amicroworld @tomekskog Thank you! 1w
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 To this day, nobody knows whether the wampa is incredibly bold or incredibly stupid. It is agreed, however, that it is fearless, never avoiding confrontation with anything. Even with one hand. 1w
  •   avanaut @vansman23 A quite chilling observation. I never thought of that. 1w
  •   gaz_bot Ridiculously impressive, as usual! 1w
  •   fullnilson Oh wow, fantastic shot! 1w
  •   ez.photos Wouldve been epic too if you did it with Luke. I think you should! 1w
  •   zenith_ardor Oh yeah! Challenger from the Cold for sure! That's my favourite of the two! Now, is it known or not whether Wampas fight in packs, like Green Street Hooligans? Or in pairs, a defensive partner to help out even the odds... Or is this more like a Territorial male showdown. Completely solo? 1w

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2w avanaut
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avanaut In the middle of a project, working frantically, I am taking all the time to finish as fast as I can. No time to shoot just now. That sucks! But then, I hope it's worth it.
This is an oldie, an experiment with lights and shadows that worked nicely. The odd thing is that I couldn't replicate this in-camera effect when I tried again later.
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  •   jdslater1 Very nice. Personally I would say the last one looks like a singer on a stage. Just a honest opinion but I like the 1st the most . Looks like a setting sun on Tatooine. 2w
  •   kevin_may73 Awesome shots! 2nd from last is my favourite. Very moody... 2w
  •   avanaut @jdslater1 @inkpress_sw Thanks! Something about the suns bugged me at the time and I posted the one in the bottom center to Flickr. The one on top left does have a nice blaze, though. 2w
  •   avanaut @hlmlego Thanks! 2w
  •   jdslater1 I like the top middle aswell. Looks like a ship is leaving him behind. He looks thoughtful. 2w
  •   east_mountain Bloody brilliant. Alas I'm sad to hear you couldn't recreate the conditions:( 2w
  •   ez.photos I remember these beauties! Just love em. 2w
  •   legendsoflegobatman Bottom right is my favorite, something about a stormtrooper that make them perfect to photograph and you do it magically 2w

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4w avanaut
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avanaut ALTERNATIVE FRAME: The Crash. A closeup of an unpublished frame from Aug. 2010. Original was posted on Flickr and there were two spectators on the far left of the tumbling speeder, witnesses to a test flight gone wrong. 4w
  •   avanaut @dylantobrien I guess a small shroud of trade secrets keeps this a touch simpler for me. Just watch out for the flying powder, it's really nasty if it and gets in your nose. :) 4w
  •   avanaut @burning_details Thanks! Originally this scene was about a training flight gone wrong. The backstory was that the snowspeeder, being a very angular non-aerodynamic machine, had really awkward flying dynamics. The pilots, who were used to flying in space, needed some training before hitting patrol flights. These gyus failed. 4w
  •   dylantobrien Haha, thanks 4w
  •   brett_wilson Simply wonderful!!! 4w
  •   evangelos_k @avanaut spot on 3w
  •   talegophotography Could you please tell me what you use for snow and how you get it in the air 3w
  •   darrencroft Bloody Brilliant 3w
  •   monagt5001 This is so awesome! 2w

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4w avanaut
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avanaut Another version of the Lego AT-AT walker photograph I uploaded a week ago. This one with some lightsaber action as Darthy Darth is leading the pack on foot. 4w

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4w avanaut
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avanaut 2014 was a good year. A very good year! I bid you farewell. Happy new year everyone! :D 4w
  •   xxsjc A very happy new year to you Vesa!! 4w
  •   amicroworld Happy new year 4w
  •   holgerlatzel Happy New Year 4w
  •   smokebelch2 Happy new year to you my friend. 4w
  •   fgr62 happy new year to you and, please, keep taking those wonderful pictures of LEGO 4w
  •   jdslater1 Happy new year to you too. Keep up the inspiring!!!! 4w
  •   harleyquin Happy New Year! Hope you have an awesome 2015 4w
  •   sandi_gee Happy New Year!! 4w

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1mon avanaut
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avanaut I had a little bit of fun yesterday and made these two Lego Star Wars spaceship posters. They are based on the style of some earlier posters I made in 2013 to make a somewhat cohesive series. 1mon
  •   troopscoop Lovely, man 1mon
  •   jdslater1 @avanaut I saw a picture of the UCS version, damn it's big. Gonna do a little scene of it being rearmed etc. love your work. 1mon
  •   powerpig These are gorgeous. Fantastic work, as usual! 1mon
  •   avanaut @troopscoop Thank you! 1mon
  •   avanaut @jdslater1 Thank you! The big B-wing was on display in a nearby toystore, it looked great in the flesh. It was really big! 1mon
  •   avanaut @powerpig Thank you Chris! A different approach to these beauties is fun for a change. I gotta go thru the cupboards for more models. :D 1mon
  •   mr_gizmo_ Incredible work! 1mon
  •   gemma_brooks Hey @avanaut my boyfriend loves your stuff and would love to collect your pieces. Is any of your work for sale? He really likes The silhouetted ships. Thanks x 4w

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avanaut Well, I placed our three AT-AT Walkers on a table with some snow to see how they would look. 1mon

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1mon avanaut
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avanaut The AT-AT walker. Although it has massive firepower and heavy armor, it can be defeated with a single hand grenade, or even more simply, tripping it with wire. How bonkers is that? Yet it is something I'd love to drive around in a bit, perhaps see how it handles in a tight spot, say parallel parking. These three rascals roam our cupboards. I rebuilt the motorized one yesterday to see it walk again, it's actually quite an amazing model. 1mon

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1mon avanaut
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avanaut The White Heat. Snowtroopers, they were not too good a shots to begin with, and when the blizzard came... The snow outdoors triggered me to post this #throwbackthursday photograph from Nov. 1. 2010. 1mon

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1mon avanaut
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avanaut Little known fact: The AT-ST, although quite small, was designed for more than just simple attack operations. The cabin boasted rotating chairs that could be turned into compact bunk beds. A crew of two could easily be fitted for a few days' patrol missions. A crew of one would go for a full week.

The warm and surprisingly cozy cabin of the AT-ST was not that bad. With the deadly Hoth winds howling outside, after the service hours were full for the day, TK-24/7 parked the walker, took his armor off, made some dinner and spent another evening reading a book. Yeah, these missions were the best!

Actually, I was planning to build my Y-wing model but I sliced my thumb yesterday with an X-acto blade. It was not that bad but enough to make changes to the plan. For this I did not need the thumb.

Happy holidays everyone!
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1mon avanaut
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avanaut I'm stubborn, I can't let the Y-wing go without doing my absolute best. It takes time, I tell you! The plunge has been deep but most of the mysteries are solved by now and I think I know what these birds are made of. Discovering the essence of the Y-wing has been one of the most delightful, albeit laborious things. Some day soon... Next year. 1mon
  •   jdslater1 This is one of the best ships from these films. More battered the better! 1mon
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 Thanks! Signs of life. :D 1mon
  •   avanaut @east_mountain The original models are a wonder of cinema, a footnote, yes, but what a footnote! I can't compare them to anything, they're truly unique. 1mon
  •   avanaut @ezbrickshd I'm an amateur builder, slow because I keep gluing stuff to my fingers all the time. :D 1mon
  •   avanaut @jdslater1 Oily, battered and generally messy, like any old machine that keeps on going even when going gets rough. 1mon
  •   jdslater1 Damn right @avanaut. Just wondering. I love these stark pictures. How did this idea come to you? 1mon
  •   ez.photos Lol. Well it looks great so far. Keep it up! 1mon
  •   darrencroft WOW! Awesome model! I never see stuff like this where I am 3w

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2mon avanaut
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avanaut The upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies spurred me to finally print all the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings photographs I shot for LEGO, 2012-2014. I did not settle for just printing them out for safekeeping, I am having them printed out as a book, they'll be much nicer to look at like that. It's not official and it won't be published, it's just a hobby, made for fun. A lot of fun!

I am busy with a pile of projects, some aim for upcoming photographs, some aim to bring food to the table. Some are just for giggles. #Life :)
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  •   avanaut @miqeym Thank you very much for the kind words! 2mon
  •   avanaut @dylantobrien I cannot really do that without knowing what the intended usage is, you know, what the mood is and who's in the audience. Choosing fonts IS difficult, each case is it's own. In general, I do like to see classic fonts used, they often make the most lasting design. The more trendy ones, like on the spread above, make a nice change to the beat sometimes. 2mon
  •   dylantobrien I tend to use Helvetica as my go to sans serif font. Usually the more minimal the better. I haven't found a great serif font yet. (I tend to use Adobe Garamond though). I was more just wondering which three or four fonts you tend to gravitate towards in general. I.e. You have to bring four fonts to an island with you, which do you take? 2mon
  •   avanaut @dylantobrien Well, I was going to bring up Helvetica and Garamond earlier but I did not want to be that specific, they are ubiquitous but great, great fonts. Helvetica gets a lot of hate by designers but I love it and I use it a lot. Trade Gothic is something I use quite often, too. Garamond is great, I don't use it that much, though, for an elegant serif I often go with Arnhem. It's a newer font, really beautiful, perhaps not as versatile as Garamond. 2mon
  •   dylantobrien I'm liking the look of trade gothic! As for Helvetica, I could agree with you more! I think its such a general font, it can really be used for anything!
    Arnhem is nice too! Liking the squared more modern serifs! Trying to find a squared modern serif font is tough. They all tend to look old timey (I suppose by nature really). 2mon
  •   _me2_ Fonts. A whole new dimension 2mon
  •   fullnilson Did you shoot official Battle of Five Armies sets promo pics this year @avanaut ?;> 1mon
  •   avanaut @fullnilson I took part in that, yes. :) 1mon

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avanaut Callsign TK-24/7, the snowtrooper who's always ready to serve. 2mon

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2mon avanaut
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avanaut SOUTH AMERICA, 1936.
I had to make room to a memory card, browsed thru the files and this capture from last summer came up. Hello Dr. Jones! :)
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2mon avanaut
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avanaut One of the the first attempts to create a blizzard in the minifig scale: "Bullet Time", 2009. This was photographed underwater in a series of experiments figuring out the perfect technique. A #throwbackthursday photograph, edited for the Instagram square format. 2mon
  •   theshortnews Love. Love love love. Hehe 2mon
  •   dan_solo_bricks Love this 2mon
  •   darrencroft Incredible! You are truly gifted photographer 2mon
  •   reaver_trilogy @shy.guyy 2mon
  •   pinar.of.brickland Wow.... So talented... I'm kinda jealous incredible shot, as always 2mon
  •   amicroworld Man this is awesome! You always make incredible things! 2mon
  •   finnrobert Todella siistejä kuvia! Harmi kun en kerennyt kuunnella haastattelua tänään Radio Cityllä. Olisi ollut kiinostavaa kuunnella kun itsekin noita Legoja toisinaan kuvaan. 2mon
  •   avanaut @finnrobert Kiitos! En kuunnellut juttua itsekään kun en ollut radion ääressä mutta täytyy katsoa jos se löytyisi heidän verkkosivuilta podcastina tms. 2mon

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avanaut I wonder, will we see the Millennium Falcon in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer? It's supposed to come out any day now. I'm so glad to see her fly again. Only, I couldn't wait. 2mon
  •   sbega72 @avanaut...Don't get me wrong I love that ship more then Solo and will leave the theater in tears if she gets so much as scratch ! But I believe that Mr.Abrams has given H.Ford what he has wanted since Empire and that is a good death .A Captain always goes down with his ship . 2mon
  •   smokebelch2 Wonderful!! Can't wait for the teaser trailer! 2mon
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 With Star Wars, the anticipation is a huge part of the experience. Can't help it, I enjoy it immensely. :) 2mon
  •   avanaut @sbega72 No worries, I got you. I just hope J.J. will surprise us. :D 2mon
  •   johnny1300 Wow awesome pic!! 2mon
  •   liu_dawei_ Yep, I can not wait either. 2mon
  •   avanaut @johnny1300 Thank you! 2mon
  •   avanaut @liu_dawei_ Any day now... :) 2mon

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3mon avanaut
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avanaut A night out with the wampas. What could possibly be more frightening than a lonely nightwatch shift on Hoth?

Well, the answer is, of course, a 3D nightwatch for more realistic view of the horror. I've heard that 3D is in these days... This is my first stereograph image ever, from Oct 2011. The trick is to look at this image from a distance of, say, 20 centimetres, and try to look at the images cross-eyed so that the images slide on top of each other and form a single 3D image. After a little practice, I found out that I can focus on the image at a really close distance, even on a phone screen (better on iPad, or such), for one quite cool no-frills 3D effect. :)
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