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Legos AT-AT Walker Star Wars

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I’ve always loved Legos, ever since I was a little kid. My brother and I have pictures of us every Christmas surrounded by new Lego sets, just anxious to build them and then tear them apart to make what we really wanted.

Because when you are younger and play with Legos, it’s all about your imagination. I wont even get into everything that we made as kids.

These days…as I approach 40…Legos are still fun, but I treat them differently. I buy the Technic sets, or the original Star Wars sets, and then put them on a shelf to admire. They are pretty much models to me now.

The set in the image above is of a AT-AT Walker from Return of the Jedi. The actual size of this thing is over 1.5 feet, which is massive. It took a couple of sittings over a weekend to finish. It’s huge. Lots of pieces. Awesome.

So why did I take a photoof it? Well, this photographer I know named Chris Nitz takes some sweet pictures of Legos. And then he came up with an awesome idea for Lego Wars (read about it here) and I just had to participate.

I’ve never done anything like this before, so it was a total experiment. I had an idea of wanting to shoot this big guy as he looked down on a little Lego man, but it didn’t work out. What I did do is place a blue light from a pen I had inside the head to give the eyes a blueish glow. Behind the model I put a simple flashlight to give some backlight and shadows. Shot the entire thing on the back patio. In post-processing I played with the Cyberpunk filter in Phototools to give it an overall blue tone.

A ton of fun to do and execute. I’m looking forward next time to doing something with actual Lego men…and with that I need to visit the Lego store in town to snatch up some of them.

Thanks a lot Chris for putting this together and can’t wait to see all the entries!

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/2.2, iso 100, 20 seconds)

  • http://www.chrisnitz.com Chris Nitz

    Thank you for the shoutout!! I love the lighting the and DoF on this. The blue is just awesome lighting as well!! Great shot 😀

  • http://theperfectsunset.net Jason Hines

    Nice job Mike, I like what you did with the lighting. I was a big Lego fan myself when I was a kid.

  • http://Www.ryoungfoto.com Rick Young

    Sweet!

  • http://photostry.com/ Kristi

    I definitely like the lighting… overall it looks like something from an alien invasion movie!

  • http://chriskenison.com Chris Kenison

    Haha. Awesome shot, Mike!

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Crazy perspective Mike. I like it.

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    Really cool and creative shot Mike. Love Legos!

  • http://www.murphyz.co.uk murphyz

    That turned out great – excellent light and focus. When I saw it I thought it looked huge, but assumed that was the way you shot it, and not because of it’s actual size. Nice work!

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