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Mike Pirnat

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232/365: Work in Progress

232/365: Work in Progress

Here's a little peek at some work in progress: preparation for shooting a little Lego interpretation of the Rocket Car, featuring seating for three Lego Friends figures. If you know me well enough to know what time of year it is, you'll probably guess where this is heading, but I won't spoil the surprise just yet.

I'm actually pretty proud of the Rocket Car model; it's built with whatever parts were most convenient--most of it comes from my as-yet-unbuilt Death Star II kit, with a few contributions from the other big Death Star kit, my Master Builder Academy sets and our Creationary box. Making something with no plan and minimal reference material was a lot of fun, pure Lego play at its finest; hopefully Claire, who helped find pieces and provided creative feedback, will be similarly inspired for the future.

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135/365: A Sith in Time

135/365: A Sith in Time

Strapped for inspiration at the literal last minute, I return to the subject of time pressure, this time as an actual villain in the form of my daughter's Lego Darth Vader alarm clock.

The hasty setup meant that I decided to shoot hand-held without a flash; thank goodness for image stabilized lenses and lying flat on the ground! The hardest part was getting a stable shot with the time illuminated--you have to push on his head to get a few precious seconds of the red light, which is easier said than done; getting him in focus meant being just beyond arm's length from his head, so pushing the button, getting back in place, composing, focusing, and getting a few shots off was quite a challenge!

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113/365: The Bagpiper's Accident

The Bagpiper's Accident

I was surprised to discover that the Lego Series Seven minifigs had arrived at Toys R Us much sooner than I'd expected, so I eagerly scooped up a full set, brought them home, and got to opening them up with my daughter.

Unfortunately, our bagpiper's kilt was too close to the "cut here" line at the top of the bag, so it ended up getting shortened just a wee bit. Luckily, Lego pipers don't "go regimental."

On the plus side, this little accident gave me an excuse to get a second bagpipe.

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77/365: Holding Back the Fire

77/365: Holding Back the Fire

Outside Downtown Disney's Lego store is this fabulous display of Prince Philip battling Maleficent in dragon form.

Here are a few of my other favorite shots from our travel to and first evening (St. Patrick's Day, oddly enough, which made for a strange but not unpleasant energy) in the parks:

The Traveler Alien Spit The Luggage Lady Leprechaun Twilight at Fulton's

I'm woefully behind on uploading things, but the first couple days of our trip have made it to Flickr.

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42/365: Emma's Fashion Studio

42/365: Emma's Fashion Studio

Liz needed some time today, so I let Claire pick out a kit from our stash of Legos. I walked her through the instructions--mainly to prompt her about counting which step she was on and to ask her what pieces she needed--and she did the rest, sorting and assembling the kit entirely on her own. She has a little difficulty with some of the smaller pieces ("Legos can be squirrelly, right, Daddy?") but she completely surpassed my expectations.

I love how she ended up in the background of this shot, eyes down at floor level to see what I was up to.

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