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Vesa Lehtimäki  Illustrator, photographer, HUGO Award finalist 2017. Created blizzards with Star Wars Lego and had an influence on how The Lego Movie looks like.

This was a week during which I had some time to get busy with the camera. I took a few photos and, as usual, some worked, some didn’t. I posted three, well, four, if you count this, and scrapped two. It’s a good percentage, I think.
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I had a good time.
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Have a great weekend!
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Dust Storm Scavengers
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Did you ever wonder what happened to that escape pod on Tatooine? The one with the droids in it? Well, wonder no more, it's not there anymore, the jawas got it.
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The gigantic jawa sandcrawlers were slow, it was not a problem at all, usually there was no rush anywhere, but if there was a good reason to believe something worthwhile was in the desert, a sand skiff was used. This time the jawas knew what they were after, C-3PO told them exactly what to look for, and where. The jawas got all the thrusters off the escape pod, it was a good catch. The moisture farmers use them to blow sand off their property. True story.
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It's been a good two years since I have photographed sand. It was so much fun today. I have tried to set up a shot with that skiff several times though, but nothing ever came of it. Not to mention that old escape pod, it never worked. Until today.
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The Stomper
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Patrolling Hoth wasn’t just sitting in a walker and watching the scenery go by. Sometimes you had to step down and scout the terrain by foot.
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On Hoth the neverending glaciers were dangerous, there were deep chasms covered only by a thin sheet of ice or snow. On AT-AT’s the snowtroopers drew straws, the one who drew the shortest one got to be the ”stomper” for the day. If a chasm was found the trooper got a day off – if he survived.
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I didn’t mean to post two photos today, by the way, but since The Empire Strikes Back premiered today 38 years ago, I shot another one just to celebrate that.
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Another Crew, Another Lantern
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The AT-AT crews on Hoth had union rules, as unbelievable as that may sound. The rules allowed the troopers to have breaks if no imminent enemy threat was upon them. On AT-AT or AT-ST patrols, like they had on Hoth, the breaks were long enough to have some extravehicular activities, such as having fun with the snow.
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As usual, these troopers built a snow lantern. These simple lanterns had become a running joke among the troopers, a joke started by TK-24/7 and his fascination to snow, and if you went to Hoth today, you'd find dozens, if not hundreds of these still standing along the patrol routes (well, not literally, of course, these events happened long ago).
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This is a follow-up to "Moonlight Shadow”, and old photograph from 2011. I figured another angle would be fun for a change.
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Returning to the freezing Hoth landscapes comes from the weather outdoors. It's the most glorious days of the year, nature flourishing after the long and dark winter. It's super green everywhere, with the exception of blooming white apple trees. This blows me away every single time.
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Catch Me if You Can.
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The Y-wing was an efficient old bomber, but in a dogfight it wasn't of much use. Especially the one seater version, without a gunner the canopy guns were pretty much useless.
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Sometimes the agile and fast TIE fighters buzzed the Y-wings, they were all over them like hyenas around prey. Sometimes the Y-wings used this to their advantage though, it was never as simple as it looked, and always dangerous.
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Oh, and May the Fourth (Moon of Yavin) Be With You!
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The new Lego UCS Y-wing released today. I had an opportunity to take a closer look at it before the release and write some notes down for the @_toyphotographers_ blog.
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The Striker Ambush
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Little known fact: The TIE Strikers were the worst! They weren't the fastest, nor with the most firepower, it was how they were good at coming at you when you least expected it. The TIE Striker was mainly designed for atmospheric missions and you didn't expect them to ambush you in space. Yet, sometimes they did.
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I just love that TIE Striker design. I think the designs they did for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story really stand out.
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The Y-wing fighter, photographed during an engine overhaul. They always cough up a heavy cloud of smoke with first ignition when all the gaskets and seals are replaced. After that, nothing.
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Actually, I tried something very different, it didn’t work – yet – so some free photography took place on the spot.
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Cruising speed.
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Today, after the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story was released, I ended up having many conversations about the new Millennium Falcon in it, a somewhat wholesome Millennium Falcon day I would say. Inspired by it all, I looked up an old photo I have taken from a passenger jet somewhere over the Atlantic a few years ago and planted my Falcon on it.
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I haven't photographed that thing for a while and I forgot to switch the little red flight lights on. So, engine only. On direct sunlight the (sublight) engine was too weak to show bright enough however, I had to photoshop it a little. As if you wouldn’t know Photoshop was involved here... :D
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I took the Y-wing out yesterday. It still feels awkward to handle, but I'm slowly getting the hang of it, I guess. The Y-wing is not as yare as the X-wing, not even close, it feels unstable, like a wild bull. The long tail is difficult to grasp, I think I broke some branches from those trees.
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Actually, the text above is not that far from how it feels to photograph this thing. It doesn't feel at all the same as the X-wing. I ended up editing this much more than usual, so much so that this is more like a photoillustration than a photograph. Well, more than I would have liked to.
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But as always with a new ship, this is a learning process.
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These guys. Now I have to (mini)figure out how to deal with this circus. There’s about 200 of them, three variations. Yes, they are not identical.
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There is something amusingly Gary Larsonesque about this crew. Or Monty Pythonesque. Like the scene from the Life of Brian where Brian says to a crowd of unwanted followers: ”You are all individuals. You are all different”, to which someone in the crowd responds: ”I’m not”.
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I had the most wonderful privilege to create this official The Last Jedi Lego alternative Bluray cover image for Lucasfilm. This is quite special my dear followers, I got to work for @starwars for a day! That’s a big one off my bucket list, I can tell you that. Loved it!
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It was also a privilege to share this project with @sgtbananas. I was very happy when I heard Johnny was the other photographer in this project. He did some brilliant work for this, go check his images too.
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Now, what you can do is go to starwars.com website, choose your preferred alternate cover, or all of them, download them in high resolution and print them to go with your copy of TLJ.
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Little known fact: after leaving Hoth and escaping the Empire in the asteroid field, the Millennium Falcon made a stop before heading for Bespin. Chewie was still wet from all the snow from Hoth on his fur, he needed to air it out. Or, rather, the crew needed the air. A wet wookiee smells to high heaven.
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Actually this comes from realizing I never see the effects of changing airpressure when traveling from planet to planet in a SciFi movie. The pressure on any given planet is always a perfect match to whatever it is inside an arriving spaceship. They just open the door and off they go.
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I mean, planets differ in size and gravity, the density of atmosphere also varies a lot, just think about Venus, Earth and Mars. You have to get accustomed to local pressure before you pop the hatch open on your spaceship, otherwise you’re in trouble. Altitude sickness, you know, things like that.
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You can also use a pressure suit. Some movies take that route.
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