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avanaut 271w ago
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I take this #Top4LegoFavorites tag as a #FlashbackFriday thing. Today, my four would be these.
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Top left: "Moonlight Shadow", 2011, I'll probably never capture the snowy ambience like in this one. I can't use this lens anymore and I miss it. The subtle snow details look great in big print.
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Top middle: "Breaking in the Tauntaun", 2011/2014, a difficult process in which I found the definitive frame three years after shooting it.
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Bottom left: "Jabba's Prize", 2015, photographed for the "Small Scenes" book, here the indoor ambience finally clicked after many attempts. Still weary from this project, very happy about it, I could not have done it any better.
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Right: "Guys? Hey, guys? This ain't funny! Guys, where are you? HELLO?", 2009, my first ever attempt to create a Lego blizzard failed miserably. It's a happy fail though: no blizzard but nice fog. This led to a path of big discoveries.
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Tomorrow, there could be different four. It keeps changing. Have a great weekend! :)
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A Clone Trooper Phase II helmet. This thing is from 2009, made from a poor quality fiberglass kit, I rebuilt the visor and visor area quite extensively, it took a lot of filler and sanding to get it to look even as good as this. There are symmetry issues, partly because of my paintjob, which was tricky to get to align with all the wonkiness, but mostly on the helmet itself. I don't know how this was originally created, is the problem in the sculpt or in the casting is unknown. I left the mohawk ridge out to keep the helmet shape clean. The inside is padded and the contraption is fairly comfortable to wear.
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The paint scheme was my kid's design. He wanted an orange stripe across the face and around the visor like that. I think it was a great idea from a kid not in school yet at the time. He also wanted those red markings on the forehead. This was made for him to play with after all. Really, it was. Trust me. The scratches are real. :)
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The reason I post this is that there is a 2009 photo of the helmet that keeps coming up from time to time. It's a quick photo taken on a rainy day on the backyard, the helmet still mid construction. I thought I'd post one where you can see the stripe, it doesn't really show in the tightly cropped rainshot.
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Little known fact: the snowtroopers were keen to repair exotic propulsion systems occasionally found in the frozen wastelands, such as the trustworthy Koensayr R200 Ion Jet engines from a derelict Y-wing fighter. Although the Empire was wealthy, they did not say no to recycled enemy technology.
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An oldie from May 2011, re-edited, never posted here before.
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I saw Blade Runner 2049 today and I thought it was an astonishing film. Never thought it would be possible to do a sequel to Blade Runner, a sequel that could work, but there it is.
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Inspired by the film I dug up my Lego Police Spinner and made a poster with the template from my Lego Star Wars spaceships posters. I thought this thing deserved a poster of its own.
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#lego #bladerunner #bladerunner2049 #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #policespinner #originality #avanaut
All my Lego Star Wars spaceship posters so far. There is now eight of them.
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The newest is the TIE Striker but the latest posted is the Star Destroyer. It's a couple of years old, I wasn't happy with it originally and it stayed in the "projects" folder. Today I changed the colours and tweaked it a little, now I'm happy with it.
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Several years ago I made posters of my Star Wars spaceships. I used the exact same layout for Lego versions of the same nature. It's been a while since I last made these but today I added a new one to the series.
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The TIE Striker is easily my favourite Star Wars spaceship design outside the original trilogy. It works really well in Lego too, the model is pretty as a peach. It's amazing how these just keep giving.
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#lego #tiefighter #tiestriker #starwars #rogueone #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #avanaut
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Ps. Sorry for posting & reposting. I posted the wrong version at first, got distracted by my dog.
Perils of Fun.
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TK-24/7 was an expert on the long AT-ST patrol tours on the planet Hoth. He could do them over and over. It was great actually, he liked the tours because it was when he could read books on duty.
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Although an expert and a bookworm, even TK-24/7 had to step out of the small cabin of the walker every once and a while to flex his muscles. Building something with snow was his favourite.
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#snow #hoth #theempirestrikesback #starwars #lego #minifigure #wampa #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #stormtrooper #snowtrooper
A leftover from an earlier shoot last June.
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I never managed to get this to fully work in-camera, the amount of blizzard needed was simply too big for my techniques. The UCS LEGO Snowspeeder is rather massive, you know. There was also not much story in this scene so I didn't push this particular idea terribly much.
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Today I figured that despite the lack of story, this was a decent shot from a technical point of view. I took snow from another frame and added some to this to patch the shortcomings of my technique. This is therefore more like a photoillustration than a straight photograph but, well, the speeder looks nice and fast.
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#lego #snowspeeder #ucs #starwars #theempirestrikesback #hoth #snow #blizzard #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #avanaut
The big LEGO UCS Snowspeeder, an interesting subject to shoot. The size of this monster is very different to what I'm used to with LEGO and snow. I wasn't sure if the powder I use to mimick snow would even work. I mean, I was a little worried that if the grain was too small in scale, the snow would look like dust.
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In the end, it worked quite well. I used the big scale of the speeder to find angles I couldn't easily find with the smaller speeders. Going very low with a big camera isn't always that easy, the ground gets in the way.
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Shot for a review I wrote for @blocksmagazine.
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#lego #snow #snowspeeder #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #starwars #theempirestrikesback #hoth #blizzard #ucs #originality #avanaut
Little known fact: the Millennium Falcon was very popular among the Scum and Villainy LUG. When Boba Fett brought his brand new UCS Falcon to the group's annual photo, everyone was excited. It was the biggest set ever produced after all. Then Bossk showed up...
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#lego #minifigure #millenniumfalcon #ucs #bobafett #bossk #Iggy #Ig88 #dengar #4lom #bountyhunter #starwars #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality
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A simple sketch, just for the fun of it.
Just remembered, that parking hall a while ago, I wasn't there completely alone, this old thing was there too. I don't know who owns it, no registration plate or anything. It's been there a while, I think. Maybe the owner just lost the keys, it happens to me a lot.
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I'd like to own one of these kooky machines even though I don't think I could fit inside. I have long legs and the cockpit is very small.
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Anyway, if you own that thing and are reading this, please let me know, I'm interested in buying it.
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#scalemodel #miniature #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #starwars #theempirestrikesback #snowspeeder #helsinki #originality
I needed a new Lego Millennium Falcon. Without further ado, here it is. Not quite the new UCS model, but my first Star Wars Lego MOC in, umm... close to 37 years, or so.
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I once said I won't post any MOC's because I don't build and what I shoot is straight from the box. But, you know, I couldn't resist.
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#lego #millenniumfalcon #moc #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #starwars #afirst
I rarely show my mug anywhere because I don't think it's relevant. If it's about my photographs, they should suffice. There has been exceptions of course, like my book, but not many. Today, there is one.
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This is an article in Suomen Kuvalehti, a prestigious 101 years old weekly newsmagazine in Finland. For me, this publication is one of the main cornerstones of journalism in my country. They ran a piece on their "Hän" (Him/Her) series, a six page interview of, well... me. I am very proud of appearing on their pages. The issue is out today, Finnish only.
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My job was to take the main photo of me myself. They don't usually do it like that but in my case they made the call to break the rule. On one hand it was a relief because I don't like being on that side of the lens, it gets uncomfortable fast, but on the other hand it was quite horrifying since I wasn't quite sure my ideas would work. In the end, I decided to go the easy way and just make a follow-up to a photograph I did a couple of weeks earlier, I parked the X-wing back where it was then, where I knew it looked nice, and took a selfie. Simple.
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#helsinki #scalemodel #miniature #starwars #xwing #selfpotrait #originality #suomenkuvalehti
A belated Hugo Award musing. I haven't had time to pause and do this earlier.
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It has been two weeks since the Hugo Award ceremony in Worldcon75, Helsinki. It was my first Worldcon and my first nomination for the award. I kept my expectations low, I tried to not stress too much and thought I'd just take it as it comes. I had an acceptance speech drafted out in case I'd win. I mean, I wanted the whole experience.
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The evening was wonderful and it took me by surprise, I got completely carried away with the festive mood. I rejoiced along the winners and enjoyed the funny and the emotional acceptance speeches. I especially enjoyed the one with the dead whales. Later in the evening I left the building feeling elevated and proud to be among these people.
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I did not win my category (Best Fan Artist), but, as it later turned out, I came in second. I lost on the final round to Elizabeth Leggett, who sadly wasn't present to accept the award. I would have liked to congratulate her personally.
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So, no win but I didn't feel like a loser either. It was all a win for me, really. There was a "losers" party downtown Helsinki after the ceremony, known as "Mr. Martin's party", I was told. I presume it happens every time. I dared not make contact with Mr. Martin, present at the ceremony and at the party, nor take a welfie with him. To be honest, I haven't read his books and I felt it would've been dishonest to go and take fan photos. I like Game of Thrones but that doesn't cut it.
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I am profoundly happy I got the chance to experience this all. The feeling from two weeks ago lingers still.
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Today I took this simple photograph to go along this post. The tooper holds a HUGO nominee pin, something they give to all nominees to wear. It looks like the actual award and scales down nicely to the minifigure scale. That's a rare pin in Finland, there are only three. Incidentally, the two others belong to Ninni Aalto, she wore them on her ears instead of earrings. I thought that was pretty cool.
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#hugoaward #hugoawards2017 #worldcon75 #worldcon #lego #minifigure #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #starwars #snowtrooper #probedroid #hoth #snow #blizzard
That parking spot from yesterday wasn't good. I had to remove the X-wing early this morning before the traffic starts pouring in. Took a photo before liftoff though, got a better angle.
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Second day at Worldcon75, which apparently is now sold out. That's quite something for a remote place like Helsinki.
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#worldcon75 #starwars #scalemodel #miniature #toy #toyphotography #originality #xwing #helsinki
avanaut 10w ago
Worldcon 2017 is on in Helsinki. This is the first time Worldcon has traveled to Finland.
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To make things a little easier for me to participate, I went and parked my X-wing to the Helsinki Fair Center (Messukeskus) parking hall last night. There wasn't much room for it but I managed to wiggle it in. So, if you come in with a car, I'm sorry for any inconvenience, please find an alternate route in, this blocks the driveway.
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#worldcon75 #helsinki #miniature #scalemodel #starwars #xwing #originality #toy #toyphotography
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That really is the parking hall, I shot this late last night as the Worldcon crew were inside the main building prepping for today. :D
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Took more than one snapshot of it in an effort to find good angles. It wasn't easy to fit the entire fighter in the frame on that location. I know this doesn't look much on the small Instagram size but what can you do. I'll go through the memory card later, perhaps there are better frames.
avanaut 10w ago
The Big Blue
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I'm in a summery mood and since I am not traveling much this year, certainly not to clear warm waters, an unpublished variant from last year's trip. I just love these underwater explorations.
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#lego #legocity #submarine #explorer #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #stuckinplastic #toptoyphotos #originality #underwater #underwaterphotography
avanaut 12w ago
For what it's worth, here's the full image I posted earlier divided in four. A 4:1 panorama crop, whole lotta fun, I have to explore this a bit more.
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#starwars #ywing #ywingfighter #clouds #cumulus #toyphotography #toy #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #scalemodel #miniature
avanaut 13w ago
We had great cumulus clouds today. I took a few photos of them on my way home from my office. I have always liked this type of clouds, they're majestic.
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There was some thunder showers in the afternoon too, that was before I left for home and I was sure I heard something more than just the claps of thunder hammering the sky. And sure enough…
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Summer at its best.
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#starwars #ywing #cumulus #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #scalemodel #miniature
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My second superduperwidescreen gallery hack post.
avanaut 14w ago
The Star Wars II panorama photograph I took last summer. Now, a year later, it hit me that this is the only correct way to display it here. I'm not sure if this was possible a year ago though. Anyway, here's the original caption as well:
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Sometime in 1979 I had an epiphany, a vision of how the sequel to Star Wars (1977) would look like. The movie, which we know now as The Empire Strikes Back, did not yet have a name, there was only the information such a movie was coming.
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At that time there were also these weird rumours of the filming crew coming to Finland for a location shoot. I always thought of it being in the summer. My imagination was running wild.
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When reality hit, the crew went to Norway (Finse/Hoth) and it was for a winter shoot, not summer, the images I had created in my head got lodged in. I have had them in my head all this time.
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#starwars #millenniumfalcon #tiefighter #scalemodel #miniature #lapland #summer #finland #1980 #1979 #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #toy