An Urge To Play With Some Lego

Facing The Dark Side - Lego Star Wars

So I’m getting the urge to play with some Lego again, and by that, I mean create some scenes and have a photo shoot with awesome Lego Star Wars characters!

It’s been a while since I last took shots of Darth Vader and his awesome Tie-Fighter, and I’d like to move this theme forward a little now. I think I’ll dig out some Lego this weekend and see what kind of a “cast list” I have to work with who can feature in my picture! My ideas at the moment involve just a cast, and no vehicles, but I will need some raw materials and a place to create a setting.

Watch this space! =)
Edward

My Lego Star Wars Photography Challenge

Lego Star Wars Photography

With the dawn of a New Year comes a new photography challenge! As a lifelong fan of the Star Wars Universe and it’s rich tapestry of stories and characters, I have decided to delve into the miniature world of Lego Star Wars Photography!

I’ve been taking pictures of things for a few years now. I’m really into photography and I’ve been fortunate to photograph weddings, shoot commercial photography, fashion, and ballet. However this year I’m setting myself a new challenge! After watching the Lego Movie recently (everything is awesoooome), I’ve become inspired to try some Lego Star Wars photography!

I’m a huge fan of the Star Wars Universe. I still remember as a kid going each weekend to the video store with my Mother to rent out “one of the three” on VHS.

Star Wars Trilogy VHS Covers - Lego Star Wars Photography
Star Wars Trilogy VHS Covers

I used to watch the films endlessly and fell willingly into the vast fantasy of the Jedi, the Rebels, and the Empire. The conflict between Luke and Darth Vader. The heroism and awesomely cool confidence of Han-Solo and Chewie. These were the characters I grew up with and loved as a kid. I had the big Millenium Falcon model with the large retractable leg stilts, and a second hand AT-AT walker which had pencils taped to where the guns used to be because the originals broke off! It was still cool though chasing down the Rebels with my pencil powered Imperial Walker! You Rebel scum!

Anyway. So I watched the Lego Movie. Awesome. Spaceship!!

The Lego Movie - Lego Star Wars Photography
The Lego Movie, featuring Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Batman, and President Business!

 

It is the future you see.

Then all of a sudden a “light bulb” went off in my head. I saw – a city in the clouds…

Well actually I didn’t “see a city in the clouds”. I’m just quoting a line from The Empire Strikes Back and wasting your time and precious screen space! So, back to my idea.

Why not photograph some Lego Star Wars scenes? Lego characters have such a cute, expressive, and recognisable presence. The vehicles and environmental accessories are also very cool, plus they’re great fun to build! So why not do some Lego Star Wars photography? All the principles and challenges of studio photography would apply – I think!?

 

Look at the size of that thing!

The idea of using my large Nikon SB-900 studio flashes, and my wide aperture 85mm F1.8 lens on tiny little Lego characters is such a fun dilemma to tackle! Again, all the principles of studio lighting and photography “should” be the same!?

I would also have to create the props and environment to immerse the characters in. My kitchen table will make a perfect studio floor to begin working on!

 

Do – or do not. There is no try.

Now there are some very talented photographers out there already doing something similar with Lego characters, but I’d like to go a little further on this one.

Instead of just taking a random picture of Lego Vader looking cool and mean, or the Millenium Falcon parked up somewhere dramatic. Why not create “scenes” like in a storyboard, and then write a story chapter to accompany the photo scenes. So yes, this is my Lego Star Wars Photography challenge!


To create and photograph Lego Star Wars “scenes” to create a storyboard, writing an accompanying chapter for each series of photos.


The more I stop and think about it, the more I imagine this could a tall order to fill. However I’m quite excited to give this a shot and combine two of my passions in life – Star Wars and photography!

By the time you’re reading this, I may have already shot the first scene! Next is to write the accompanying story to go with it which I’ll be posting on my blog soon.


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