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My Return to Flickr :)

Hey everyone, how’s it going?  Still plugging along here.  Along with working on editing the book and learning languages, I finally started taking all the pictures off my phone and uploading them to Flickr.  I didn’t really add anything to Flickr since just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit here last March, so I’ve had almost a year’s worth of pictures to sort and upload!  As of yesterday I managed to upload pictures up to the middle of May last year; I’ll keep working at getting through the rest as I have time this week. 🙂

What sparked that was being invited to take part in an alphabet photo challenge for the month of February by one of my Flickr friends.  I haven’t really been taking pictures in a long time (especially of Lego Minifigures), so I decided to participate.  I’ve used minifigures for an alphabet challenge once before (the only other alphabet challenge I’ve done), but this time I decided to do a series of minifigure portraits similar to the pictures in my The Faces of Lego album on Flickr.  I planned out what minifigures I’m going to use over the weekend.  If you’re interested in following along, you can find the album for Minifigure Alphabet 2.0 here:

A-lien

I’ll be taking and adding the second picture to the album after work this evening. 🙂

Oh, this week I also found a new language learning app that I am going to try: LinQ.  LinQ’s website says it has a big library of content for language learners in a variety of languages; what specifically attracted me to it was that Ukrainian is one of the listed languages on it (I’ve been having a hard time finding Ukrainian language content).  Unfortunately I didn’t see much on the app either (especially compared to French), but I’m hoping that will change once I get beyond the very beginnings.  We’ll see how it goes!

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Speak Out with Your Geek Out: Lego Photography

When I first decided to participate in Speak Out With Your Geek Out, I immediately thought about writing something else. Maybe on video games, because I love playing them, or roleplaying. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to write about my Lego photography.

I’m not exactly quiet about the Lego photography, especially online. My banner is a picture of some of my minifigures (or “minifigs” for the uninitiated). What started as a quick distraction from my studies quickly bloomed into an all-out hobby. I absolutely love dreaming up pictures with my minifigs, especially out in the real world. Athough that is admittedly a problem at times; when I see new minifigs I then need them for a new pic idea!

Ironically, while I love taking pictures of the minifigs, I don’t really like using a full Lego setting (except in particular cases, such as “And Look at the Two of Us” or “Lenora as Rapunzel – Let Down Your Hair!“. My favourite shots are ones in the real world, particularly out in a natural setting. I love finding the perfect background for a certain minifig, especially when it is coupled with the perfect focus/composition (for examples of some of my faves, check out “So Be It, Jedi,” “Squid Warrior” and “Some Fishing Action“).

But sometimes heading outside isn’t very practical. So I use a set-up with a black clipboard as the background and a flashlight for my lighting (see my set “The Faces of Lego” for examples of this set-up). I’m always amazed when I look back on that set as it shows how much I’ve grown as a photographer; the older shots aren’t as refined as the more recent ones.

Another awesome benefit from my Lego pics is all of the wonderful friends I have made on Flickr. I am always inspired by their own photos and thankful for their inspiring comments.

So if you have a camera, why not give Lego photography a try? Lego’s made it super easy to start with their Minifigures series (Series 5 is currently out). And if there’s a certain special minifig you’re after, be sure to check out BrickLink! But if you’d rather just browse, be sure to check out one of Flickr’s Lego groups, like Lego or Lego Adventures. There you’ll find tons of fun images from fantastic photographers.

And if you see me out taking pictures with my minifigs, be sure to say hi! 🙂

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