avanaut It's not usual to see a Finnish movie to top the US box office. In fact, it has never happened before. To see the Angry Birds movie up there is pretty weird. Not that I'd think it's a bad movie, I haven't seen it yet, but because it's a Finnish movie. It's weird and great at the same time.
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I hope this opens possibilities for the Finnish moviemakers to get their work out there. We aren't the strongest filmmaking country there is, but maybe there will be some new makers who will break out big time with their work some day soon. I hope the success of this movie helps that.
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I photographed some Angry Birds for Rovio @roviohq a couple of years ago. It may not be a surprise but they were about the Angry Birds Star Wars game.
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Edit: I just learned that a Finnish movie "The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki" won at Cannes Film festival. A good day for Finnish movies.
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  •   avanaut @figs_and_bricks Thanks! This was a recycled idea from my earlier Vader helmet shots, it worked really well with the AB figurine. 3d
  •   avanaut @tumppilundstrom Tämä oli hauska proggis. Jonkin sitä verran soviteltiin aikatauluihin mutta saatiin kuitenkin tehtyä. Kävin Rovion konttorillakin näitä puimassa, komeat oli katon neukkarin terassinäkymät. 3d
  •   xxsjc A great day for Finland!! Also nice shot! 3d
  •   avanaut @xxsjc Yes, it has been a good weekend. A box office #1 and a Cannes winner, two very different movies. This is a rare treat, I tell you. :) 3d

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avanaut The transit of a moon seen from the surface of the planet Hoth is a spectacular sight. Even in a howling blizzard, if the clouds were thin enough to let the sun shine through, the rebel speeder patrol flights were often paused just for the pilots could step out and enjoy the magnifcient celestial display.
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Little known fact: The planet Hoth has three unnamed moons. Like with most planets, the moons' orbits around Hoth bring them in conjunction with the sun from time to time. The moons are too small to eclipse the sun, they only transit across it. The event is often refferred to as "the doughnut".
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I tried to find out whether the moons of Hoth have names. Apparently they don't. I want to name one, where do I sign?
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The thing about this photograph is that snowspeeder, of course. Many of you recognize it, I'm sure. It is almost an exact Larry Lars build with just a few modifications. I had attempted to build this several years ago. I downloaded the Larry Lars instructions, bought the bricks from Bricklink but eventually I couldn't figure out the build and I gave up.
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This particular speeder was not built by me, nor Larry Lars. I received it as a generous gift from @fancy_parts who didn't know that I had tried to build one earlier. I am very grateful for his gesture.
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I like that snowspeeder a lot, it's a stunning beauty. I've had it on my desk for months now, waiting for a good day to shoot it. In my current cycle of work such days are rare as hen's teeth, but last sunday night I took the time from my good night's sleep and just shot it.
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You'll see more of it later.
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avanaut A portrait of Chewbacca, the Wookiee.
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I photographed a bunch of Lego Star Wars minifigure portraits some time ago but Chewie here wasn't among them. It was the time of the old sculpt and it just didn't work on a photo like this. The new updated Chewbacca is great, however, and I shot this to beef up the selection.
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While I'm sad that the original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew can no longer play the iconic fuzzball to his full capacity, I am glad that there is my fellow finn @joonassuotamo to continue his work. Long live Chewbacca!
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This was a last minute addition to the "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy" book. I thought I'd posted all new shots from the book by yesterday but this one escaped me. So, here.
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avanaut The moment the jawa realized that the attempt to attach a restraining bolt to this particular droid was a mistake.
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This is the last one from my book "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy" -book for now. It has been fun to post these, thank you all for the wonderful support and comments.
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Oh, and happy birthday Big George! Thank you! #ThankTheMaker
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  •   zekezachzoom Now I want to run out and get that book! 2w
  •   bestpilotinthegalaxy05 Utinni 1w
  •   ronyrabah Short arms for the probe lol, awesome picture 1w
  •   cococompro Just got my copy, Vesa. I can't put it down! This is going to enchant a whole new generation of Lego photographers!Lovely work, now to see if I can get my own book published, haha! 🏻🏻 1w

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avanaut The day the WED Treadwell droid misunderstood the instructions. How could it have known that the sandcrawler tread links weren't supposed to come off for maintenance? Simply oiling them on the spot would have sufficed. It was a long night getting the treads back on.
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This is yet another one photographed exclusively for my "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy” book.
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  •   avanaut @finnrobert Kiitos! Nämä ovat vuoden vanhoja kuvia jotka julkaistiin kirjassa. Laitoin ne nyt kerralla ulos myös sähköisesti. 1w
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 Thanks Mark! It was so much fun to go on a posting spree with these. :D 1w
  •   avanaut @315th_squad Thanks! I have less time for this these days, so many things and projects in process all the time. But whenever I can clear the table, even for a brief moment, I try to do more. 1w
  •   avanaut @darrencroft Thank you very much! I am so glad you liked the book. It is a very peculiar process to make a book like that. There is a phenomenon that takes place during such, a moment where you essentially become blind to your own work due to being exposed to it so much. It took me months to pick up the book again after it first came out. I am proud of the book and I'm very happy to have been supported by a lot of people online during the process, people like you. Thank you! 1w

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avanaut Little known fact: The Tatooine sand was super abrasive and very bad for any hardware that wasn't specially protected from it. The X-wings weren't. Sometimes, after prolonged use, the engines began to oscillate near ground and rough landings ensued.
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This is yet another one photographed exclusively for my "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy” book. It's a slightly different crop than in the book, more suitable for the allowed IG ratio. And it shows the lens flare better.
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avanaut The Trouble with the Sandcrawler. It occurred to me that the sandcrawler would have had a large workshop for repairing whatever the Jawas found, but the restroom facilities would be limited and often malfunction. So the Jawas would have to use the facilities at the Mos Eisley Cantina.
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Furthermore, when did you see a restroom in a spaceship? Seriously? Is the sandcrawler any different?
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This is yet another one photographed exclusively for my "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy” book.
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  •   east_mountain Amazing is a true word about you and your inspirational work. 2w
  •   bluisthefett I just put this set together and mine looks nothing like this ;) absolutely beautiful! 2w
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avanaut Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes feat. Max Rebo. Yup, this was a highly respected combo playing frequently at Mos Eisley's coolest music joints on the sweaty Tatooine nights. Max was a musical genius, shifting easily from the elevator music at Jabba's palace to that fabulous swinging stuff with the Modal Nodes. Max usually played his... round keyboard thing, but didn't shy away from any instrument. One has to remember those legendary impro sessions at the 'Cantina' with the Nodes where they all switched instruments and just played their hearts out. Well, the bith didn't really have hearts but a capillary vascular... Umm, you know. Incredible stuff! Really.
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Like the recent posts, this was also photographed exclusively for my "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy” book.
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  •   chezpics66 Love this. Beautiful shot! 🏻🏻🏻 2w
  •   phil_korn I love all these shots, Vesa! Thanks for a great Friday! Amazing work1 XD :D 2w
  •   brett_wilson All my favourite things; "fiery" Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, Max Rebo and another lovely Vesa shot!! 2w
  •   modernpopllc Max Rebo is my personal favorite 2w

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avanaut Little known fact: The Ewoks were a musical lot, always playing and having a good time from time to time. Figrin D'an of the Modal Nodes was happy to go to Endor and jam with the Ewoks every now and then. How do you think he got to be such a good player? The Ewoks expose their younglings to music at an early age too, as you can see from this photo.
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This was photographed exclusively for my "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy” book. Still more to come, bear with me...
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avanaut The massive UCS Millennium Falcon model. This is not mine, I borrowed it from Colin, who lives down the street. I had never seen this in hand and I must say that it’s far more impressive than any photograph can ever express. It’s HUGE!
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Now, I am waiting for @lego to release a new edition of this, a TFA version with the updated antenna. Come on, you know it’s coming, it has to be...
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Incidentally, with this particular image I had @fullnilson in mind. I tried to do it a little differently but he has nailed this kind of thing pretty conclusively.
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This was photographed exclusively for my "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy” book, it was designed to look good on a full spread and I'm afraid the small Instagram size kills the starfield.
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  •   pguraya75 I really hope lego do another Ucs Falcon! They'd be mad not to ;-) 2w
  •   akovtunov I don't think that Lego will make another one soon. I have falcon v2 with bb8 and it's very nice :) 2w
  •   russellpbrowning I want this as a desktop wallpaper! 2w
  •   stephenzridley @avanaut Getting it on payday! 2w

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avanaut Rancor’s Sandpit. The attacks of the wild rancors of Tatooine were mostly for show. Just don’t flinch and you’re safe! You can also play dead but then the jawas may empty your pockets while laying still...
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This was photographed exclusively for my "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy” book. More will follow.
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avanaut Little known fact: Jawas were not just scavengers, they actively nicked stuff. Their favourite method was called ”ice-cream heist”. A classic play where the victim was distracted while a theft took place. It worked best with the Gamorreans, they were suckers for ice-cream.
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This was photographed exclusively for my "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy"book. I will post more of these here.
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avanaut One more for tonight. The meanest ship this side of Ord Mantell: Boba Fett's Slave 1, zooming past Tatooine like a bat out of hell.
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This was photographed exclusively for my "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy"book. I will post more of these here soon.
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  •   lee.boardman So bloody good! Love it. @avanaut 2w
  •   smokebelch2 This ones a beauty! Always my favourite Star Wars ship- such a crazy inspired design. 2w
  •   avanaut @thebentpaperclip @mintcomplete @figs_and_bricks @lee.boardman Thanks! You know, I do not possess very deep knowlege of all Lego sets but this particular one stands out from the lot, I think. Having seen the original Slave 1 model a couple of times, this captures it's essence amazingly well. I really like it. 2w
  •   avanaut @smokebelch2 It is wicked isn't it. I always thought the first sight of the Slave 1 in Empire was the coolest thing ever (next to the opening scene of Star Wars, of course). It comes in part from the design of the ship, which is indeed crazy inspired, but also from the nimble way it moves, sliding out from the plume of garbage like a weasel. And the big thing is the sound! The engines sound like they're tuned to the edge of exploding, very mean! 2w

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avanaut Little known fact: Jabba the Hutt was unhappy with the condition of his prized possession – Han Solo in carbonite – and ordered bounty hunters Boba Fett, Bossk and IG-88 to make some repairs...
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This was photographed exclusively for my "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy"book. I will post more of these here soon.
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  •   the_lonerwulf What were those "repairs"? 2w
  •   avanaut @sbphotographs1 Thank you very, very much for the kind words. They make me happy because it makes the effort I put into making that book well worth it. Photographing this stuff is so much fun! 2w
  •   avanaut @the_lonerwulf New cupholders and a fresh wunderbaum. Maybe? It could be. :D 2w
  •   sbphotographs1 @avanaut I couldn't agree more!! It's probably the best outlet for creativity!! 2w

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avanaut Do you remember the moment when Han Solo and Chewie blast off from the Echo station on Hoth in the movie The Empire Strikes Back? Han Solo says "Let's hope we don't have a burnout". Well, I wanted to see how Millennium Falcon's burnout would look like. And who will clean up the mess, of course...
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This was photographed exclusively for my "Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy" book. I will post more of these here soon.
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  •   avanaut @mintcomplete @figs_and_bricks Thank you very much! 2w
  •   fancy_parts Such angles are really your art "signature" in lego world 2w
  •   avanaut @fancy_parts Thanks! I don't know about signature but I do like certain angles. :) 2w
  •   fancy_parts @avanaut Well I mean such image clearly say who is the author. I think you were the first who start shooting lego from such angles. Ok maybe one of the first. But I don't know them 2w

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avanaut "Guys, the weather is really bad today. Let's have a day off." Briefing on Hoth.

A 2011 re-shoot of a photograph from 2009, neither has never been posted here before.

It's pretty hectic for me these days. It's work related but I'm not complaining, I love my job. It also pays the bills. The only downside is that I'm very immersed with what I do and I don't seem to be able to get a break for these. Not without interrupting the workflow, it isn't easy coming up with original ideas. Another deadline next friday.
Like my job, I loved making these. Especially the Hoth series. The concept of photographing the life of the average guy on Hoth was dear (still is) and so much fun. And the little stories! This one doesn't have one, though, but the story is wowen into the line one of the guys says. They took the day off, as suggested, maybe they went to the Echo base cantina for some well earned r&r. I mean, they couldn't fly those snowspeeders, the could hardly find them in that blizzard.

This one ended as a full spread in my 'Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy' -book.
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avanaut Happy Star Wars day!
Actually, I'm in a movie theater this very minute, about to watch Captain America: Civil War. Heretic! :D
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avanaut Well, while I'm posting old Vader photos... From September 2012. A photo that was taken for a poster, here without the typo. 3w

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avanaut "I find your lack of spare time disturbing." Repurposed photograph from sept. 2011. I'm a bit busy these days. Work. 3w

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avanaut The snow is all gone. I don't normally shoot outdoors but it was such a nice day. No setup or lights needed, that was nice for a change. 1mon

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