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Using Food in LEGO photography


Yuri Badiner
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Hi, folks!

Now it’s my turn to show you some tips for LEGO photography. Think I have a few interesting things for you, so let’s get started!

While I’m shooting minifigures with real surroundings, I noticed this phenomenal fact: Sometimes non-LEGO objects become not only background surroundings, but takes the central place in LEGO-photography. Many times I literally set up the scene around real life stuff. So what kind of non-LEGO objects we can use?

I often prefer to take inspiration in my kitchen. There’s a lot of cups and plates, cans and bottles... But how about combining LEGO and Food in our work? I think it sounds promising. Let me show you what I found. Here are some apricots, walnuts, donuts and popcorn. Not an obvious set, I know that ???? 

Before we start, I also would like to remind about my “fix” stuff: florist wires and putty. 

This post is not a detailed backstage with “how it was made” instructions, but a list of unusual ideas which I would like to share with you.

Rolling Walnuts

Here you can see two naughty chipmunks riding their tiny carts made of walnuts.

Does it ever happen when you look at something and one word immediately comes on mind? No? Nevermind ????

So when I see walnuts shell I always associate it with squirrels or chipmunks. I don't know why, it just comes every time. I have no idea what else I can shoot with this stuff. I just took some walnuts, combined with LEGO parts and made little carts. And it perfectly fits with my Chip and Dale minifigures, for which I found great torsos, as if these guys came right from the TV show!

Just add a few surrounding walnuts to bring action. It’s a classic game of scales when you’re taking shots of LEGO minifigures with real surroundings.

Popcorn Boosters

If you want to reach outer worlds, you need to have mighty engines! Take a look at this tiny space shuttle with powerful boosters.

One day I watched a space shuttle launch compilation video and ate popcorn. Folks, it was real vision!

When the shuttle already lifted off above the earth I could hear millions of corn kernels explode and pop. Did you ever hear that? I just can't imagine any other way I can show you what I'm talking about!

I used popcorn and placed a flash behind this transparent salad-bowl to show you how this space shuttle lifts off to the stars releasing incredible energy. In this work, I had to show more creativity in order to build a popcorn cone. Science has never been so close to me, right in my kitchen!

Apricot Balloons

Did you know if you walk in the forest deeply enough, you can meet an elephant and rabbit playing with helium tank?

Sometimes I like to bring some oddity in my stories, here I have another one to show. I saw a dish of dried apricots in my kitchen, they looked like deflated balloons. A sad sight. I thought what if I can inflate it and make my minifigures happy?

So I took a couple of cute folks, brought them to the beautiful flower field and gave them a helium tank. Just imagine a place full of giant balloons with a touch of the milky fog!… It looks like a dream from childhood. Beautiful, isn’t it? Hey, little animals, please take me to this bright and juicy place!

Space Donuts 

Another space-related scene here! Jenny, Lenny and Kenny teamed up for launching telescope in Donut Galaxy.

Round shapes, glossing surfaces, bright colors... Beautiful in their perfection and so wanted in their transience! I think donuts are perfect fits to any space scene.

Admire them, fly around them, or fly through them. Exploration and searching for answers is the meaning of life. Let's find out together, why donuts are so beautiful and so tasty? Hey, I have heard lots of sugar is no good! But who cares? Enjoy 🙂

In this work, my assistant threw some flour around to make stardust. Also, I used a piece of real wallpaper with galaxy print for the background.

So, it was my attempt to present ordinary things in unusual angles. Since childhood, I love to fantasize, and food has often become the object of my inventions. Usually, an idea comes first, and then I search for minifigures, props and places for a certain idea.

But these are a few of my new images, where food was the central idea, around which I've created LEGO scenes.

That's how it works, my friends. I hope you enjoyed! What ideas did you like most and why?

Thank you.

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Brick Broadcasting
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Love it!! ????????... are you planning on showing some BTS shots.?..????

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Yuri Badiner
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Thank you! I promise to think about BTS 🙂

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Trevor
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Im in love with that 80's astronaut donut picture! It's a masterpiece.

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Yuri Badiner
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Thank you very much! It was really challenging to shoot 🙂

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Jason
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These are so cool and inspiring.

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Yuri Badiner
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@jdloquax

Thanks a lot, Jason! I’m thinking to continue this series! 🙂

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