Shooting Star [Wars]

Last week, I wrote about the #LEGOEaster photo contest. I talked about LEGO potentially finding you through the contest and maybe wanting to use your photos. This week, I was reminded of this happening when an email inviting me to participate in the LEGO Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND® again landed in my inbox.

One of the features of the LEGO Star Wars Days is a Fan Gallery, where LEGOLAND® host photographers from around the world that specialize in LEGO Star Wars. Participants are asked to send 6-8 photos that are shown alongside other LEGO photographers from around the world. At the end of the event, all the photos are raffled off to visitors. That’s cool! My photos might be hanging on the wall of a STAR Wars LEGO fan somewhere in the world. Continue reading Shooting Star [Wars]

Hunting Easter Eggs

As Easter approaches, I started hunting for Easter eggs a little early.

An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, a hidden message, or a secret feature of an interactive work. The name is used to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt. Atari’s 1978 release Adventure (I remember finding this Easter Egg as a kid!) contains the first hidden message in a video game to have been discovered by its players. (source: Wikipedia, apart from from the bit where I remembered playing Adventure)

I’m sure many read the #LEGOEaster contest announcement, skipped ahead to the prizes, jumped to what they had to do to enter, then raced off to take their photos and upload them to Flickr. But there was some Easter Eggs in there for those who read the announcement with more intent. Continue reading Hunting Easter Eggs

Seasons Reasons

As March heralds Australia’s autumn (What word do Americans use for ‘autumnal’?), it got me thinking about the seasons, and whether (no pun intended) they influence my photography. Am I a seasonal creature? Do the seasons dictate my toy photography?

Seasons in the ahh…bliss

We start the seasons on the first of the month. It’s a convenience thing. But summer tends to linger well into March here in Australia. We still have days worthy of trips to the beach, the wood fire remains motionless, and the evenings still have a summer balminess loitering in the air. Continue reading Seasons Reasons

Sunrise vs. Sunset

The Stones vs. The Beatles. Star Wars vs. Star Trek. Family Guy vs. Simpsons. X-box vs. PlayStation. Sunrise vs. Sunset.

Personally, I like both The Stones and The Beatles, I’ve never seen Star Trek, both the Simpsons and Family Guy make me giggle and I’m not a gamer. But when it comes to sunrise vs. sunset, I definitely prefer sunrise when it comes to photographing toys! And here’s why…
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The Best Laid Plans

The one thing you can predict is Sydney’s unpredictable weather!

Last weekend I flew from Melbourne to Sydney to see a band. As I was only there for less than 24 hours, I wasn’t planning on taking any toy photos. But then James went and wrote about taking toys with him on a business trip and I thought that if I didn’t, I’d regret it. The best laid plans of mice and men humans often go awry!

So, after a rad gig on Friday night, and with a good 5 hours up my sleeve to explore the city before I had to get to the airport, I pulled apart the curtains in the hotel room, only to be greeted by grey skies and light rain falling. Continue reading The Best Laid Plans

Putting toy photography back into Toy Photographers

I like to be inspired. I like to be challenged. So, inspired by posts by Father’s Figures and Jennifer,  and challenged by Shelly during our last video chat, I’m putting toy photography back into Toy Photographers.

It’s been a while since I’ve photographed anything but LEGO. I scrolled back through my Instagram feed, and the last photo I’d posted was 10 months ago. Far too long!
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When Life [L] imitates Art

Time wounds all heels

Sure, we’re all familiar with the anti-mimesis (WARNING: link may contain traces of Hannah Montana) philosophical position that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life”, but what about when “life [l]imitates art”?

And sure, we’re all familiar with the fact that I like to make up words like “limitates”, but you get what I mean. Continue reading When Life [L] imitates Art

When in doubt, deadlines and challenges!

A challenge a day keeps the sickness away

This week I’ve been engrossed in “The Chronicles of Nausea”.

As you can imagine, when you’re captivated by such a literary chef-d’œuvre (don’t mention chef), your motivation, inspiration and appetite (literally) wane. Continue reading When in doubt, deadlines and challenges!

The things we do

Yawn Patrol

Ah, Sunday morning!

A chance to sleep in, perhaps? Maybe a lazy morning watching cartoons with the kids? Or a late, leisurely breakfast with the family?

Nup! The alarms goes off when it’s still dark outside. A quick coffee is gulped down before driving to my favourite local beach.

The morning chill nips at me as I unload plastic, camera, towel and other odds and ends from the car. The oddly spaced stairs leading down to the beach induce the familiar, awkward gait as I rush down before the sun cracks the horizon. The deserted beach ensures I don’t have to trek far to find unspoiled, footprint free sand. The unsullied sand is however deceptively sodden from the ebbing tide. There’s a frantic scramble to set up multiple shots, each adjacent to the next, in the hope of capturing the rising sun in multiple shots and angles, before it rises to high. LEGO is dusted, positioned, checked. LEGO falls. Muttered cursing fractures the cockcrow hush. LEGO is re-dusted, re-positioned, and re-checked.

And then I wait.
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That Pebble In My Shoe

New Year’s resolutions? Shelly has chosen five words to define her new year. Kristina is planning a “52 project” for this year.

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. As someone who struggles to keep track of his age, what day of the week it is, even what year it is at times, I find it odd that people need a certain date to set their personal agendas and goals? Sure, I’m all for setting goals, but I don’t think I need a particular date in a calendar to do so? Continue reading That Pebble In My Shoe