If we were having coffee today, we would be back Tim Hortons. I would be simply chomping at the bit to tell you about one of my recent photographs. As you probably know, LEGO photography has become a real hobby for me over the summer. I bought myself a Nikon D60 DSLR a number of year ago when I went on vacation to Disney World. It was complete overkill for my purposes, but I got a really good deal on it. Apart from coming out of my camera bag for a few vacations in between, it had remained largely unused since then. But, it has always bothered me a little that I had this nice camera that I didn’t really know how to use.
This summer, I decided to change that. With my new resolution to unwind and dedicate myself to my hobbies, I started focusing on LEGO more. Because I like writing, I started this blog about LEGO to share my escapades. Out of that, came my new found love for photography. I needed pictures of my LEGO projects to go with my blog pieces. Now, my camera is out almost everyday. This week, I even acquired a LEGO set not purely for the enjoyment of building it, but because I suddenly got this awesome idea on how I photograph the Minifigures that came with it!
So, along with my blog, I have started an Instagram feed to showcase my amateur collection of pictures. Just like with this blog, I started it because it provides an outlet for something that I like to do. I have greatly appreciated all the likes, comments, and follows I have gotten from other LEGO fans out there. I have also enjoyed seeing their amazing LEGOgraphy. But, for me, the highlight so far has been the Official Instagram of LEGO liking my photos. It has happened twice now, once for the Batman picture I took early on when I was experimenting with lighting, aperture, and shutter speed. And, this week, it happened again with a picture of the Minifigures Series 15 Faun that I took while I was hiking at the cottage.
I cannot tell you how that simple like made my day. I made my wife pause the movie she was watching so I could show her the LEGO logo on my “likes” page. I was so thrilled, that I even announced it on Twitter. As if the photo recognition was not enough, LEGO even responded to my tweet, saying my pictures were awesome! I don’t mean to undermine all of the other people who have liked and commented on my stuff. I was very unsure about putting myself out there on the internet when I first began, and the positive reinforcement from my small following has kept me going. But, this was props directly from LEGO!!!
Well, that was the highlight of my week. How about yours?
Until next time,
p.s. Shout out to Part-Time Monster for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share.