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LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy Hardcover – November 10, 2015
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"Full of classic Star Wars views with quirky twists." — Space.com
"A new kind of Star Wars book altogether." — StarWars.com
"A showcase of positioning, perspective, focus, color, and imagination." — Star Wars Insider
"These LEGO Star Wars photos are incredible." — Buzzfeed.com
"A perfect storm of LEGO, Star Wars, imagination, creativity, photography and fandom." — Bricknerd
"Will delight any aspiring Rebel pilot." — TechInsider
"One of the greatest convergences of geek interests." — GeekDad
"Elevates LEGO sets into breathtaking works of art." — Paste Magazine
"The force is strong with this one." — USA Today
"The kind of book that can inspire." — Forbes.com
"[I]t should please would-be Jedi (or Stormtroopers) of all ages." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"I even coined a term... 'The Forced Atmospheric Perspective' effect."
"At the time, I had realized that there were no photos of LEGO minifigures in which anyone had really explored old filmmaking techniques."
One of the most iconic faces in the Star Wars universe belongs to C-3PO. Looks great as a LEGO minifigure, too.
Rough Tatooine Landings
"The idea behind this image was that X-wings were not suited to Tatooine's rough terrain. In order to get this shot, I dropped the model from about half a meter and photographed it as it bounced, so that the 'sand' flew upward."
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One particularly interesting bit for me was the "Making Of" section at the back of the book, which contains photos of Vesa's photography setups for various photos that are displayed throughout the book. The book also details the various techniques for creating atmosphere at such small scale, trial and error with lighting effects, and the list could go on.
This book, LEGO combined with Star Wars, is a must-have if you're a fan of either franchises, and a no-brainer if you're a fan of both.
And at over 170 pages there is a lot of material here. In the back of the book there are several pages of Q&A and behind the scenes photos, with the author discussing how he came to take on this project and how he goes about it. Very interesting.
Now about the photos: Overall they are beautiful. What a great concept, photographing toys in this manner. In general many shots are darkly lit but that is the style the author is going for.
However, my one qualm with the book is that several of the photos are just too dark to really see the fine details of what is being presented in the frame. (By the way, I own the book and am looking at it right now as I type this.)
In fact, now that I compare the book closely to the author's photos online, the book is darker than the original photos.
So while the original photos style may be purposely dark in style, in the book they are presented even darker and we lose a good deal of detail.
Here are the photos on the web: https://www.flickr.com/photos/avanaut/with/8610245929/
Finally I have to note that the book has inspired my son and me to photograph his LEGO toys in a similar style. Now that's fun!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If your kids love LEGO and Star Wars, this is a fun book. We saw this in a book store and they didnt' want to put it down. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Philip S. Knapp
The pictures are a very cool balance of realistic effects and scenes against the Lego Star Wars figures ever enduring cuteness. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Magius
such a cool book with stunning images-- its so good for my kids to see an artist work hard and create such gorgeous images--Published 2 months ago by K. Nickles
Great artwork, I'm a huge fan of miniature photography and Star Wars. This book gives you both.Published 2 months ago by Jared
Pages are dark. The copy I received had two pages folded over one another, and they were attached. I have sent for replacement. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CountryB
Such a great gift for any Legos and/or Star Wars fan. A good coffee table book. It's a larger size book, but the quality of the prints are great and it came in like-new... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jacqueline Smith
So awesome!!!!! My son really loves this book. He is a photography, lego, star wars fanatic and its basically a dream come true for him!Published 4 months ago by Sarah Miller
I kinda expected more, but neat book to have if you know someone who loves both Star Wars and Lego's.Published 4 months ago by MindyK
Great pictures. Very cool present for my 2 star wars fanatics.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer