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

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Little known fact: the Millennium Falcon was very popular among the Scum and Villainy LUG. When Boba Fett brought his brand new UCS Falcon to the group's annual photo, everyone was excited. It was the biggest set ever produced after all. Then Bossk showed up...
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A simple sketch, just for the fun of it.

Just remembered, that parking hall a while ago, I wasn't there completely alone, this old thing was there too. I don't know who owns it, no registration plate or anything. It's been there a while, I think. Maybe the owner just lost the keys, it happens to me a lot.
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I'd like to own one of these kooky machines even though I don't think I could fit inside. I have long legs and the cockpit is very small.
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Anyway, if you own that thing and are reading this, please let me know, I'm interested in buying it.
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I needed a new Lego Millennium Falcon. Without further ado, here it is. Not quite the new UCS model, but my first Star Wars Lego MOC in, umm... close to 37 years, or so.
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I once said I won't post any MOC's because I don't build and what I shoot is straight from the box. But, you know, I couldn't resist.
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#lego #millenniumfalcon #moc #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #starwars #afirst

I rarely show my mug anywhere because I don't think it's relevant. If it's about my photographs, they should suffice. There has been exceptions of course, like my book, but not many. Today, there is one.
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This is an article in Suomen Kuvalehti, a prestigious 101 years old weekly newsmagazine in Finland. For me, this publication is one of the main cornerstones of journalism in my country. They ran a piece on their "Hän" (Him/Her) series, a six page interview of, well... me. I am very proud of appearing on their pages. The issue is out today, Finnish only.
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My job was to take the main photo of me myself. They don't usually do it like that but in my case they made the call to break the rule. On one hand it was a relief because I don't like being on that side of the lens, it gets uncomfortable fast, but on the other hand it was quite horrifying since I wasn't quite sure my ideas would work. In the end, I decided to go the easy way and just make a follow-up to a photograph I did a couple of weeks earlier, I parked the X-wing back where it was then, where I knew it looked nice, and took a selfie. Simple.
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#helsinki #scalemodel #miniature #starwars #xwing #selfpotrait #originality #suomenkuvalehti

A belated Hugo Award musing. I haven't had time to pause and do this earlier.
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It has been two weeks since the Hugo Award ceremony in Worldcon75, Helsinki. It was my first Worldcon and my first nomination for the award. I kept my expectations low, I tried to not stress too much and thought I'd just take it as it comes. I had an acceptance speech drafted out in case I'd win. I mean, I wanted the whole experience.
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The evening was wonderful and it took me by surprise, I got completely carried away with the festive mood. I rejoiced along the winners and enjoyed the funny and the emotional acceptance speeches. I especially enjoyed the one with the dead whales. Later in the evening I left the building feeling elevated and proud to be among these people.
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I did not win my category (Best Fan Artist), but, as it later turned out, I came in second. I lost on the final round to Elizabeth Leggett, who sadly wasn't present to accept the award. I would have liked to congratulate her personally.
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So, no win but I didn't feel like a loser either. It was all a win for me, really. There was a "losers" party downtown Helsinki after the ceremony, known as "Mr. Martin's party", I was told. I presume it happens every time. I dared not make contact with Mr. Martin, present at the ceremony and at the party, nor take a welfie with him. To be honest, I haven't read his books and I felt it would've been dishonest to go and take fan photos. I like Game of Thrones but that doesn't cut it.
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I am profoundly happy I got the chance to experience this all. The feeling from two weeks ago lingers still.
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Today I took this simple photograph to go along this post. The tooper holds a HUGO nominee pin, something they give to all nominees to wear. It looks like the actual award and scales down nicely to the minifigure scale. That's a rare pin in Finland, there are only three. Incidentally, the two others belong to Ninni Aalto, she wore them on her ears instead of earrings. I thought that was pretty cool.
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#hugoaward #hugoawards2017 #worldcon75 #worldcon #lego #minifigure #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #starwars #snowtrooper #probedroid #hoth #snow #blizzard

That parking spot from yesterday wasn't good. I had to remove the X-wing early this morning before the traffic starts pouring in. Took a photo before liftoff though, got a better angle.
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Second day at Worldcon75, which apparently is now sold out. That's quite something for a remote place like Helsinki.
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#worldcon75 #starwars #scalemodel #miniature #toy #toyphotography #originality #xwing #helsinki

Worldcon 2017 is on in Helsinki. This is the first time Worldcon has traveled to Finland.
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To make things a little easier for me to participate, I went and parked my X-wing to the Helsinki Fair Center (Messukeskus) parking hall last night. There wasn't much room for it but I managed to wiggle it in. So, if you come in with a car, I'm sorry for any inconvenience, please find an alternate route in, this blocks the driveway.
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#worldcon75 #helsinki #miniature #scalemodel #starwars #xwing #originality #toy #toyphotography
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That really is the parking hall, I shot this late last night as the Worldcon crew were inside the main building prepping for today. :D
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Took more than one snapshot of it in an effort to find good angles. It wasn't easy to fit the entire fighter in the frame on that location. I know this doesn't look much on the small Instagram size but what can you do. I'll go through the memory card later, perhaps there are better frames.

The Big Blue
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I'm in a summery mood and since I am not traveling much this year, certainly not to clear warm waters, an unpublished variant from last year's trip. I just love these underwater explorations.
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#lego #legocity #submarine #explorer #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #stuckinplastic #toptoyphotos #originality #underwater #underwaterphotography

For what it's worth, here's the full image I posted earlier divided in four. A 4:1 panorama crop, whole lotta fun, I have to explore this a bit more.
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#starwars #ywing #ywingfighter #clouds #cumulus #toyphotography #toy #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #scalemodel #miniature

We had great cumulus clouds today. I took a few photos of them on my way home from my office. I have always liked this type of clouds, they're majestic.
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There was some thunder showers in the afternoon too, that was before I left for home and I was sure I heard something more than just the claps of thunder hammering the sky. And sure enough…
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Summer at its best.
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#starwars #ywing #cumulus #toy #toyphotography #toyphotographers #toptoyphotos #stuckinplastic #originality #scalemodel #miniature
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My second superduperwidescreen gallery hack post.

Little known fact: Chewbacca looooves to make sand cakes.
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I don't know where you draw the line with spoilers when it comes to the upcoming Star Wars movies, so I'm not going to test it... much. But let me just post this older photo (2011) of the big old walking carpet in the wake of all things that turned up in yesterday's sdcc behind-the-scenes reel. I'm glad to see this guy on screen again.
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#chewie #chewbacca #starwars #tatooine #sand #originality #stuckinplastic #toptoyphotos #toyphotographers #actionfigure #toy #toyphotography

The Star Wars II panorama photograph I took last summer. Now, a year later, it hit me that this is the only correct way to display it here. I'm not sure if this was possible a year ago though. Anyway, here's the original caption as well:
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Sometime in 1979 I had an epiphany, a vision of how the sequel to Star Wars (1977) would look like. The movie, which we know now as The Empire Strikes Back, did not yet have a name, there was only the information such a movie was coming.
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At that time there were also these weird rumours of the filming crew coming to Finland for a location shoot. I always thought of it being in the summer. My imagination was running wild.
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When reality hit, the crew went to Norway (Finse/Hoth) and it was for a winter shoot, not summer, the images I had created in my head got lodged in. I have had them in my head all this time.
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