I used the retro filter app on my HTV Evo to capture this photo and many others. My girlfriend's son has a mad collection on Lego's that I would create battle scenes with, at night, for him to find in the morning. It became a game of sorts over the course of a month which lead to a few snap shots of these staged scenes,..i.e. This is what happens when adults get a hold of Lego's.



Hi Gizmodo!

This is my entry for the LEGO Shooting Challenge:

For this shot, I used Canon's 50mm f/1.4 on a T2i. I had the aperture at f/1.8 and ISO 800. Because of all the bubbles and the movement of the fish in the background, I set my shutter speed all the way to 1/100. I got the idea from looking at the fish tank, and then back at my old set of LEGOs I used for a stop motion. And I was inspired! Also, it's one of those "that doesn't belong there" things. The fish were kind of freaked out but a little freaked out is okay for these guys!

Thanks Gizmodo!

- Aidan Gray

Hey Gizmodo!

Here's my entry for the Lego Challenge.

I used a Canon 50mm f1.8 and a Rebel T2i. My shutter speed was 1.3 seconds and my f/stop was f22 and an ISO of 800. Now for the story. I have this old toy ATM thing in my room and the proportion compared to my Darth Vader lego guy was just naturally funny. And then, I though of your contest. So, I took a quick snapshot, cropped it to the specifications and sent it in!


Thanks for looking at my pictures and I really hope that they get put up! This is my first photo challenge entry ever!

- Emma

Nothing fancy for this week. My kids were sitting next to me when i read the contest and they asked what i was reading about LEGOs. So of course i asked them if they wanted to help and they said yes. I had them set the LEGOs, all i did was snap the picture.
Sony DSRL-A230 with 15-55mm. 1/10s, f/5, ISO 1600.


- Felix Garcia

Hey Giz crew,

The following photo I like to call "Lego House Party". In which our plastic block buddies let loose after a long day from their theme activities. Samurai guy is chugging with honor while Hula gal is doing what she does best. Even Lego Vadar is getting in on the "action".


This was shot with a Nikon D700. Using a Tokina 100mm macro lens. ISO 200. f/18. 4 second shutter. With a speed light on the left side of the scene set to rear curtain to light the interiors. The background is my messenger bag that I changed color tone and added white dots for stars in photoshop.

- Andrei Fajutagana

I am avid reader of your blog. Here is my submission for the shooting challenge, "LEGO". This is a picture of my kid's Star Wars Motorized AT-AT Walker (Kit 10178). It's now only available via secondary distribution channels such as eBay. Paid a premium for it, but had to get once I saw it on YouTube. I used my Canon EOS 1D Mk IIN with a 50 mm f1.4 prime lens. Camera settings were: 1/25s, f1.4, and ISO 400. Enjoy. Thanks.

- Neil Ebuen

Just shot with some Bionicles that I had, Canon EOS 400D, 1/8 focal time, F14 ISO 100, tweaked contrasts and brightnesses in Photoshop. Entitled "Man vs Beast" with a 55 mm lens.

- Owen Morgan

Camera: Motorola Droid, default settings

I took this shot in the backyard on our patio. I tried to come up with something
slightly comical. I have quite a few of the Lego Castle sets, so I came up with
a few different shots. The attached is the one I like the best.

Short story:

The brave knight had been making his way thru the dense forest in search of his
fair maiden. He soon stumbled upon a baby dragon sitting alone on a barrel... or
so he thought.

- Jim Knight

This combines my two favorite things (Lego and Zombies) and is my ode to The Walking Dead.
I got the idea for this when Lego first came out with the collectable minifigures, but never built it.
When I saw what this weeks photo challenge was I thought this was the perfect time to put it all

The photo was taken with a Nikon D300s with a Nikkor 55-300 lens. It was shot at 1/125s with
an aperture or f/13 and ISO 250.

- Peter Ruokis

Basically this picture was taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i in on the island of Oahu. My Aunt along with my Cousin and Me took a quick vacation to visit the newest member of our family. Jordyn (Girl). There was a huge display of LEGO's for all the younger kids to play with and there were some other activities aswell. As a kid I loved LEGO's, I had well over 300 LEGO's all bought from Toys R' Us. It was really cool to walk in a see this display and i thought it was a good opportunity to take some pictures of the display and even play with some myself. No specific technique was used. And it was taken in .JPEG format. this was when i was still pretty new to photography and now i take pictures in RAW.

- Lance Kur

This photo was shot with a good old Canon G2 at ISO 50. The scene was illuminated with a red LED with an exposure of a half second.


Something went horribly wrong at an advanced research facility. A mysterious incident has left no survivors. An emergency response team has been sent in to regain control of the facility and investigate what's gone wrong.

- Antonio Manuel

For this picture, I used a Panasonic LUMIX FZ35. This was the first time I really played with depth of field, so I didn't really manually control any of the other settings. I dropped the color information in Photoshop to further emphasize the near focus. I think this effect adds to the drama of a little R2 unit standing up to an imperial walker. It's kind of a "hang in there" look—sans kitty. I also love the grain added from the low light and focus... gives it more character.


- Brian

This shooting challenge I thought was a lot of fun. I have not played with LEGOS in years! I think the best part was going to the store and getting to choose from all of the modern LEGO sets. I chose the castle set, I thought it would be the most fun to build. After building my castle and arranging the characters I laid out a green towel with a solid color back drop and snapped the picture. Later on I used PS to put in a nice sky to fit the scene.
Camera Specs
-Canon 60D with a
-Sigma 18-250 Lens
-ISO 200
1/25sec shutter

- Joshua Young

'Opposite directions'. My wife said that it's fun to see that father and son
play with the same toys.

Nikon D7000 with Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM: 1/5s, f8,
ISO 100, 50mm

- Petri Damstén

I saw this week's Photography Challenge right before heading over to a friend's house where I teach her younger brother photography. It worked out perfectly, because I had originally planned on having him photograph something abstract we would build out of household items. Instead, we used legos, and it was a lot more fun. We came up with a couple of different scenes, but this was my favorite. A few droid soldiers versus the natural enemy of every minifig: the vacuum cleaner.
Canon 7D, 24-105 L-lens at 32mm, 1/100 at f/6.3, 1600 ISO

- Angelico Tolentino

Hey there,

Here's a joint submission (lego by nicjasno@gmail.com, photo by me) of what we dubbed the Lego Muscle Junkyard. Nicjasno is an avid Lego builder, he makes his own replica scale cars with working pneumatic engines and gearboxes and always has several unfinished projects lying around the house. We were hanging out at his place and had the idea of using all his unfinished lego cars as a setting for a sort of junkyard, so we piled them up in the dirtiest spot behind his house we could find in a haphazzard way, and this is the result (after trying several layouts and lenses - I mostly shoot prime these days). We used a yellow Camaro, a red Mustang and a black Charger.


I used a Nikon D300 with a Sigma 85 f/1.4 lens set to f/2.8 for better image quality and ISO cranked up to 800 because the light was dying on us. Only the evening sky was used as the light source.

Nice contest, this one.

Best regards,

- Darjan

I got this picture using my good and old Sony DSC-S650. It's not professional, but I really liked doing this.


Since this is LEGO I thought making master Plo Koon playing together with R7-D4, with a LEGO version of his airship in his hands - the Blade of Dorin - built by me. While his starfighter(in LEGO set, not created by me) is resting in the background of this metalinguistic picture.

I couldn't make the background better, so I made it clear, in white, with a cardboard and Photoshop. Actually they're two separated pics.

ISO speed: 320(Starfighter in the background) and 160(Plo Koon and R7).

- Ian Barreto

Camera - Canon Rebel XSI
Lens - Canon EF 50mm 1:1.8 II
Aperture - F5.6
ISO - 800
Wireless (IR) Remote (uWinKa RC-C6)


I cut window holes in a cardboard box with a pocket knife to serve as a backdrop for the firetrucks and firefighters. After dark, I placed the camera directly on the ground for a low angle shot, and lined everything up so that the trucks and backdrop were where I wanted them in the frame... making sure the Legos and the camera were a safe distance from the cardboard (and soon to be fire). After a few test shots (without fire), I went behind the carboard "building" and lit my Harbor Freight "Propane Torch" (an awesomely, frighteningly cool homeowner's tool for just a $17 investment). With one hand I triggered the shutter via remote, and at the same time, with the other hand pulled the trigger on the torch and blasted the back side of the cardboard with flames to get them to jump out through the window openings. Fear not... no Legos were harmed in the capturing of this image.

- Todd Sonneborn

Lately things began disappearing in the house. They were small items- paper clips, thumb tacks, loose change, etc, but nonetheless one day they were there and the next, gone. One evening I heard some noise coming from the hallway and when I turned the bathroom light on I found the culprit! There he was, hanging on the attic ladder pull cord with money in his sack and a gold necklace around his arm. I caught him in the act!


Canon 5DII
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II
ISO 1600
Focal Length 16mm
Aperture f/2.8
Exposure 1/30 sec

- Alex Stevenson

I was excited about this challenge because I love photography and I love Legos!

Shot with a Canon T2i, kit lens, in Av mode. Post editing in adobe light room to remove some grain and soften things up.
It was a boring day after class when all of a sudden while playing video games these Troppers violently commandeered my PS3 controller and started playing Star Wars the Force Unleashed.

Thanks for viewing,

- Thomas


I've been following the Gizmodo photo contests for a while and meaning to enter. When the subject of Lego came up, I knew it was time to take the plunge. Our family name is Lynch and we always sign our cards as "The Lynch Mob", so I came up with the idea of doing a Lego lynch mob photo. I got my six year old son to round up his lego mini figures and get the meanest looking faces possible. I got him to arm them with weapons (real and makeshift) and he came up with about 50 of them, so I used them all in the shot. Since it's a photo of kids toys, I wanted a bit of comedy in it too, so I picked out a lego santa to be one of the main characters. I used a Canon 60D and a Canon 17-85 lens with a Macro filter attached. The only lighting is from the two matches you see in the shot. I went through a whole packet of matches experimenting with exposure times and character positions. I ended up with a 10 second exposure at f/8 on ISO 100. The only post processing was a slight tweak of the curve in Photoshop.


- Charles

Camera : Canon rebel T2i.
Lens : Canon 60mm USM Macro
F : 3.5
Speed : 20s
ISO : 400

Title : That 70's Groovy Legos, baby !
History behind the shoot :

I honestly don't have a explanation why I'm so in Low light photography these days. Every time I grab my camera to have some fun with, I found myself shooting flowers, music instruments and other themes in very low light, sometimes using a flashlight to "paint" some light on the subject. Anyway, When the LEGO shooting challenge come along, I had the Idea of use some small flashlights to light up some cubes in a Alien Fashion. So after playing for a while with the light I got this photo with caught my attention mostly because of shadows and somehow a 70's aura. So in post-production I just had some fun with the RGB channels to make it a little bit more Hippie ! Since I'm Not a LEGO enthusiast I borrow some BABY Lego blocks of my 3 years old Nephew !!

Keep The challenges comming !!

Cheers !

- José Gustavo Z. Rosa

Gizmodo Shooting Challenge:

Equipment is a Nikon D90 handheld with 18-55mm Nikkor AF-S 3.5-5.6G lens at 55mm focal length.

AUTO mode:

Aperture: f16

Shutter: 1/200 seconds

ISO 200

Auto settings for exposure & white balance.

I took to this challenge with gusto. It was a perfectly valid excuse to haul my LEGOs out of the garage and have fun. I gleedfully told my wife that I would have to play with LEGOs this weekend for this week's Shooting Challenge.


So I thought for a while as to what I wanted to do and went to reassembling the Star Wars LEGOs that I had kept separately. I thought about having an epic air or space battle but that would require a bigger setup than I could do over a weekend. So I decided to go with a "junkyard" diarama model with only a few sets actually complete and whole. I twisted the junkyard models until they fell apart and then stacked the pieces in piles around the yard. I built a quick shed for the junkyard owner and then made a little sign on top of the single shed that says, "Brun's Interstellar Pick-N-Pull".

On Tattooine, the Emperor's shuttle has just landed and he readies the Force Choke to extract from Brun a needed widget while various patrons look over some of the wreckage available. Pay no mind to that Jedi Knight vaulting over the guardrail with his lightsaber blazin'.


- Cory

It's been a while since I've owned any Legos. When I saw this shooting challenge I was so excited to see what Lego had going on and to find some inspiration. Unfortunately our local stores all have pathetic Lego selections - BUT I did find this little gem of a guy, a photographer! The one squinting eye (perfect for a photographer) was actually the head of a rocker Lego guy. Both of his eyes were open, so I switched heads. Originally I was going to take him out on the town to see what he'd photograph in the real world but I stopped when I realized that he would probably want to snap a photo of a huge hairy monster quietly laying down for a few moments!


The setup was super simple, a white background and natural light. I use the Nikkor 18-200mm lens for everything.

Nikon D5000
10/1250 sec
iso 450
focal length 75mm
AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor 18-200mm


- Lauren

Equipment: Nikon D200, 35mm 1.8, Raynox Macro filter, Sigma 530 DG flash

My brother made a LEGO minifig of himself (he is a great cook) at the LEGO store and gave it to us for Christmas. He is the one who forwarded me this photo challenge so it seemed fitting that I incorporate him into the image. I thought it would be funny if Perry (my brother) had a cutting board full of apples only to realize one is a frog.

- Brett Streby

"its the end of the world as we know it"

Large earth quakes have disrupted a great creature of the deep and it has been washed up to the surface by massive tsunamis.
Human kind is now under attack from a huge one eyed underwater Snorkel monster our Sea is taking back the planet. I hope there are not more of these beasts rising to the surface!


here begins a new type of natural disaster, are we ready for the nuclear sea monsters of our future?

Shot with my Canon 50D using a 100mm Macro hand held

ISO 1250 f/2.8 1/125 s

- Clint Kirk

Nikon D60, AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4G Lens. ISO800, f/2, 1/40.

This is my first entry into a shooting challenge, and what better way than to get to play with Legos too! Having buried all of my legos as a child in a dirt pile somewhere I had to enlist the help of friends and posted a call to arms to anyone I knew who still had Legos stored somewhere. My best friends wife came thru with more Legos than I had ever seen outside of Legoland. While searching thru the bins I found a single Luke Skywalker, then another Luke, and another. So what you see here before is a large grouping of identical Lego Skywalkers. There's not enough Force to go around.

"Darth Vaders Child Support Nightmare"

- Jake Herres

I just bought a new Canon T3i, my first dSLR, and I've been dying to take a shot for the photo challenge. When I saw this week's challenge I knew the timing was perfect. I had originally decided to buy myself some new legos for this challenge, but upon seeing how expensive they were I quickly decided against this. Luckily my friend still has all of his from when he was a kid. I also recently started following another photo blog, and their challengez was to shoot something with contrasting colors. Immediately I felt I needed to do some type of Red vs. Blue scenario. Unfortunately I didn't borrow nearly as many legos as I needed to get a wider shot, so I had to settle for a macro shot. I think this method worked out pretty well though.

ISO 800, Exposure 1/60, Fstop 5.0

- Colin McLellan

I used a Canon AE-1 which just happened to be loaded with Kodak BW400 film. 50mm lens, 400 ISO, close up filter kit.


I have been following Gizmodo's shooting contests for some time but this is my first entry. My roommate and I are both Aerospace Engineering students at Wichita State University, and he just happened to have a LEGO plane and WSU figure, so I thought it would be cool to combine my love of airplanes and photography. Enjoy.

- Jordan Martin

So im a 16 year old girl, i live in Norway. I have always liked taking photos, and wanted to do some of the challenges on Giz. This weekend i had nothing to do and because by eight year old brother has a room full of Lego i thought to myself why not?


So on to the shot, i've got a Canon D500 which i used with my 50mm compact macro lens (which i by the way love, for its cheapness...) I had a couple of ideas, but i wanted to use some of the new mini-figures so i did. I built a bench, and a green surface (which is suposed to be grass) made out of duplo (duplo is technically lego to, haha) and at the back you se a red brick wall. In the backround theres a blue piece of paper with a couple of clouds i stuck on there. I lit the scene up with my desk lamp. My ISO at 100, the shutter at 1/10 and the aperture at 4.

Because i go to school with media as a subject i got nearly all the Adobe programs free so i bought my photo into photoshop, fixed a little on the white balance and turned up the contrasts in the raw sections thingy (can't remember what it's called). And then i added a texture to my photo, just because i love adding textures to my photos (i don't know if it's cheating or not but then again i have cheated all ready so...) And thats it i think.
Hope you at least look at my photo, that would be nice :)

- Emily

Camera: Nikon D40
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/4 sec at f 4.5
Focal Length: 34 mm
Lens: 18 - 55 mm, w/ Raynox macroscopic lens attached.


I have a little bonsai tree and I thought it would be cute to have a lego couple playing on a tree swing. I liked the contrast of placing the man-made object in the natural world. I think it really gives life to the minifigures and makes the image more fun. Also, the guy totally looks like my husband :)

- Amanda Streby

Nikon D3100
Auto-Flash off
Wanted to make a scene and take a picture but it didn't work out, so I just took a picture of a day in the life of a kid with LEGO's.

- Cody Clarke

For this challenge I got really excited until I realized that I owned very few LEGO sets. I am a huge Star Wars nut and managed to collect a few random Star Wars related mini sets. Featured here is a small Speeder and Missle set, and in the distance a Mini Melinium Falcon. I was aiming for a bit of Bokeh to make the Falcon appear at a further distance. Really just a very simple scene.

Nikon D3000
35MM f/1.8 Lens (set to f/2.8)
1/20 sec exposure
ISO 200

- Steve P.


The Minolta XG1 in the picture is sporting a 50mm f1.4 lens, perfect for portrait photography. These guys are doing the best they can, teamwork will be key to getting the best portrait. I noticed that even with such a large camera, the photographer still has to turn his cap around backwards. One of the assistants has a backup camera to get some extra shots when he is not busy propping up the photographer.


Camera: Canon XTi
Lens: Sigma 50mm f1.4
Focal Length: 50.0 mm
Aperture: f16
Shutter Speed: 6 seconds
ISO Speed: 200

- Robert Allen

After many failed attempts at shadow sculpture I made a kaleidoscope using three mirrors to capture the color and geometric shape of the pieces. Shot with a Canon 50D, EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS, 580EX, O-Flash F170 ringflash 17mm, 1/250, f13, ISO 400.

- Raymond Liu

As soon as I saw this challenge I knew somebody had to do KING KONG. My kids built an Empire Sate Building for King Kong to climb. We placed it in front of a photo of NYC from a vantage point showing the REAL Empire State Building. The LEGO gorilla came from a jungle kit.
The camera used was Canon Powershot 3IS

- Susie Buckley

"Dreaming of a Real Ocean"

Fujifilm s100fs — 1/1600" — F3.1 — ISO100 — 10.2mm — Film Simulation: Velvia

I was inspired by some of the success people have had taking pictures of Lego creations set against real scenes. It seems like this is often done against snow or ice. There was only one complication — I live in Florida. There's no snow or ice to work with. Fortunately, I do have access to a rather nice beach and, as it happens, some spectacular light from the sunrise on Sunday. I experimented with a couple of different models — sand castle, pirate ship — before settling on an old Creator series model.

- Mike Case

Dear Gizmodo,

Here is my LEGO project for the Lego shooting challenge.

Shooting Summary

Camera - Sprint HTC Evo 4g at highest resolution
Lighting - 2 foot long Bright White Florescent Car Work Light


This is a Lego PC build. As a hug fan of Lego Building Blocks I couldn't pass this up. Once I saw the photo challenge I started to build a brand new Lego PC, One I haven't done before. I have done a few in the past but they where basic and just for fun. The PC part is not finished but the case is ready to rock and roll. I had just bought a new mother board a week before and had wondered about a case. I wasn't going to do a Lego PC again but like I said before I couldn't pass up this chance. It took 2 solid days without sleep to complete, don't ask how many pieces, I lost track after a 1000, at that point i thought it wasn't worth counting anymore. I have on order a new Video Card, RAM, and CPU to finish up the PC part. The hard drive is a 2.5 inch Sata 3 HDD. This project has sparked something within. Don't know if it was a good idea yet to take apart my HP Home Server but I did it anyway. I am now currently working on a new Lego PC case for it. Hope I don't regret it LOL. If you want more pictures when it is finished just let me know. I hope to be done with this project by the end of the week. Thanks for checking out my Lego PC.

Lego Building Blocks get more attention than my wife, thankfully she is to busy with school to notice LOL.

- Jeff Tom

Canon T2i
50mm f/1.8 lens
1/80 sec
ISO 400

I call this one "Night Ski Patrol" because I was too lazy to find a better background for the shot. I just turned off the lights minus the floodlight on the LEGO characters. The snow is actually sugar.

- Chip Moll

As soon I saw that the contest was LEGO, I was thrilled to have the excuse to go out and get some awesome LEGO (trips to LEGO stores = child-like glee). After spending hours assembling the 'Adventure,' I cleared off my dining room table and hung a black backdrop. A friend and I spend a good deal of time experimenting with different lighting positions (this shot used four separate light sources), various exposures, etc. I'm hoping to try this again after tracking down some dry ice in order to add a roiling steam effect.

Canon Rebel T2i f/8 ISO200 4 second exposure

- Paul

I have been tracking these photography challenges for some time and I have been wanting to participate, I just lacked the proper equipment. I recently purchased a Canon 7D about a week ago and I was excited when I learned that LEGO was the subject. My son recently got the LEGO Lamborghini set over Christmas so I figured that an automobile style shoot was in order. My first couple of shots didn't turn out the way I was hoping so then I read through the table top strategy in the original post and borrowed the "big white paper" strategy to eliminate my floor from the background. The shot is all in-camera, with a natural light source. 7D Canon EF 28-135.

ISO Speed 100
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 0.3
Av( Aperture Value ) 5.6

- Chris McCready

Out of all the contests I have entered, I spent the most time on this one staging it. I still buy LEGOs so I had plenty to choose from. I built a cave out of some rocks for my monster and my brother made a torch for the little dude out of a match. I used a heat lamp over my right shoulder as lighting. Shot with my D90 and 50 1.8 @ ISO 800, F9 and 1/8 sec. Processed a little in Lightroom and Gimp afterword.

- Kyle Frantz

shooting summary:
Canon Rebel T1i
Lensbaby with Wide angle attachment
ISO 100


Edited with Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture. I used focus extender thing in Photoshop to widen the sharpness area of the image, a combination of 5 images with different sharpness points as f/4 on lensbaby produces quite narrow depth of field.

I built this car around 5 or so years ago for a short Lego movie that I did. I came to love that car so never took it apart and just keep it by my desk. I got this minifigure of this Lego girl the other day and her faciaexpresion is super enthusiastic so I was like were is my lensababy got to put her in the car and take some pictures of it. I made it to look like old Lego sets, something from the 70s with that greenish tint as it feel like I had this car for all my life.

- Vlad Lunin

Canon T2i, ISO 100, 36mm, 0EV, f/7.1, 1/125

After borrowing tons of lego bricks from family and friends, I ended using a single mini figure for most of my shots this week. What a fun challenge!

- Diego Jimenez

Indiana Jones

Shot with Nikon D300s, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 @ f/7.1, 1/6th second, ISO 200.

I went to the local Lego store in Battle Ground, WA and picked up this Indiana Jones minifig. I was hoping to put him in a epic Indiana Jones feeling scene (thought about putting him in the fridge and blowing him up but that didn't go over too well with audiences or my girlfriend).

- Chuck Pepper Jr.

This submission is a colaboration with my youngest son, who now has all the LEGOs in the family. I asked him to compose a scene for this shot. He came up with two aliens landing on a dark planet, next to LEGO Falls.

John Hays
Rio Rico, Az

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- John Hays

Taken with my Canon Rebel XS
F-stop f/5
ISO 1600
41 mm

My lego supply is limited to what you see in the shot... sooo ta-da!

- Gretchen Hargrove

With a subject like Legos I had to take part in this challenge. Most of my legos are in a box in storage but I happened to have a couple Toy Story Lego sets out and I knew I'd have to RC with Buzz and Woody. I set them up in front of my rear tire to kind of recreate the scene from the first movie. I lit the fuse, my sister's hair tie, and had a few seconds to get the shot. Shot with a Canon T1i, 50mm lens, f/9, 1/160 sec and ISO 400.

- Aaron Lovell

I don't remember every playing with LEGOs when I was a child, perhaps because I am a child of the 80s and Transformers were my whole world. However, I have found myself playing too many LEGO games on Playstation and Wii. So...I went to ToysRus and bought some LEGO toys. Turns out that the pack that I bought had two identical figures (Bomb Squad Troopers)...at which point I started to wonder if THEY ever wonder how identical they are. I call it...CLONE ENVY.


NIkon D3100 F4.5, 1/20, ISO 400 18-55mm lens
I used different flashlight to light the mini-set.

- Alfonso Castillo

Dark Side

I was trying to take a photo like this with real persons the other day, and i wanted to try it for this challenge.
It may not be too noticeable at first glance, but its a clone and an imperial guy combined.
So.. I placed a black paper as a background, the minifig at the center and an iPhone on each side of it. I started taking the picture in Bulb mode, illuminating half of the minigig from one side with an iPhone, then cover the camera, switch minifig, and illuminated half from the other side. Lightroom to make it B&W and make adjustments :)
Canon t2i
ISO 100

- Diego Ramirez

Canon T2i using a 18-135mm lens.

- Jay Johnson

Sony A390 17-50mm lens stopped down to F2.8 ISO 200 1/20th

My cousin is a LEGO fanatic. So when I called him up to ask if he had anything for this shoot, he was more than happy to oblige. We took his Hummer truck with rotating rear canon and let it drive all over my fancy china. Even though the china didn't make it into my final shot, it felt good to get some use out of the stuff.

- Jesse Selland

My second submission to Gizmodo, also my second Lego submission! And you better consider Bionicle a lego. (Even though its more Technic.)
For the geeks that don't know, this is the Toa of Light, so I decided to experiment with light! I used an external flash that i fired twice during a 10 sec exp. Once against the wall and the second as the fill. I also used an LED flashlight to make the eyes really pop. I got a couple great shots but thanks to a friend this is the final submission. Hope you all enjoy it!

F/22 Iso200 Exp10 sec Focal Length 10mm

- Matthew Valverde

For this challenge I decided to do my own interpretation of Luke and Yoda at Dagobah, since I have a lego X-Wing and some vegetation in the backyard.
During the shoot a local inhabitant decided to crash the party. This made for an unexpected yet fun addition to the photo. For the shot I set the camera on a tripod with the legs spread wide open, so that it would be low to the ground. I couldn't laydown on the grass and hold the camera steady for the shutter speed I was using also the tripod gave me a better angle for the shot. I set the aperture small because I wanted to get a deeper depth of field to try and keep Luke and Yoda in focus relative to the X-Wing. The equipment I used was a Canon 7D with a 70-200 f2.8L IS lens, and a Benro A-297 Tripod. Camera settings were ISO 3200, f/18, 1/20.

- Robert Nakama

As soon as I heard that this weeks challenge was going to be LEGOs, I was stoked! Until I looked around my room and realized that I didn't have any of my old LEGOs laying around. >_< On the upside I did pick up a Star Destroyer few days earlier at Walmart (because it was super cheap, and I can't say no to that) so I got to thinking what I could do with it. The first thing that came to mind was the part in Empire Strikes Back where Vader was chasing The Millennium Falcon through the asteroid field. Thankfully I live on the Big Island where you can still see that stars at night because all of the lights have been switched to orange to reduce light pollution (because of the observatories on Mauna Kea). So with my idea in my mind I convinced a few of my friends to come with me to take photos on the mountain. After I took a few photos I realized that Id need two exposures in order to get the stars in the background and The Star Destroyer in the foreground, so I took a few long exposures after I finished taking the pictures of the The Star Destroyer. And thats the story if this pic, hope you guys like it! ^_^
Pictures taken with a Canon 40d camera, with a Sigma 50 mm 1:1.4 lens at 446 sec at 2.8 F-Stop and ISO 160 (The Stars) and 213 sec at 4.5 F-Stop ISO 160 (The Star Destroyer)

- Kelsey Ito


Details of my submission:

Name: Mick Kerrigan
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Focal Length: 263 nm
Exposure Time: 1/6 sec
Photo Title: Bankers Demise
Story: In Ireland we are very focused on the mess that the banks have gotten us into over the last number of years. The result is the doubling of our national debt in a very short space of time. Many have called for legal proceedings against those bankers who took unnecessary risk and caused this problem. This photo shows some very happy policemen taking an arrested banker away in shackles, with an angry horde of people waiting to wish him well :)


I hope its okay that I shot in portrait rather than landscape. I transformed the required width parameters from the submission guidelines to height parameters accordingly.

- Mick

Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Kit lens 18-55

For this challenge, I want to mix both of my favorites: Lego and film-noir. The set isn't a big problem, but the biggest problem is the lighting and how I should emphasis on shadows.
Poor biker, but he shouldn't carry that mysterious suitcase.

- Do Son