Ever wanted to be an intergalactic photographer but thought, ‘Nah, there’s no Millennium Falcon near here’? Yeah, us neither. But if we did we wouldn’t have a problem anyway, because Finnish artist Vesa Lehtimäki has shown us the way.
It turns out, all you need is a few toys and some serious camera knowledge. Lehtimaki, aka Avanaut, started this Star Wars scale model project to show how anyone can take stunning photographs regardless of their equipment. With just a couple of miniature replicas and forced perspective, you can produce spectacular results.
‘What in the name of Tattooine is ‘forced perspective?’’, we hear you cry, ‘It must be a trap!’ Well, according to the Internet, it’s a technique which employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. Think Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings and those dinky Thunderbirds puppets.
From action shots of the Falcon to realistic set-ups of stormtroopers, there’s some pretty nifty lenswork going on here. And you’d expect nothing less from a man of such pedigree. That’s right, Lehtimaki is the actual brains behind the blizzards on Star Wars Lego. As well as giving The Lego Movie’s visuals the jump to hyperspace they sorely needed. He’s no slouch that’s for sure. Anyway, don’t take our word for it, check out his handiwork for yourself below.
This is the last time my Millennium Falcon is in one piece, I lost one part in the snow. It was a very small part, I think I can replace it well enough for it to not show much after the repair. It was a good session, but not good enough to actually make anything of the photos. It was really, really cold and I was slow to adjust things, I had to warm my hands every now and then to avoid frostbites. Then, just as the light was perfect, a weak breeze appeared and the models started to swing a bit. I added an extra wire to the Falcon to stabilize it and lost the precious last minutes of the sunlight. The moment was over before everything settled. I’ll get the shot next time. I thought the light was great outdoors and I snapped a few frames with my phone while waiting for the models to stop swinging.
A photo posted by Vesa Lehtimäki (@avanaut) on Jan 20, 2016 at 11:44am PST
They shoot from the hip. June 2011. My big Sideshow 1/6 sandtrooper corporal. I got this one relatively cheap when they first came out, it’s one of the very few collectibles I have. I think it’s really nice, I always liked the sandtroopers. It’s weird, though, how low the helmet sits on the figure if attached correctly to the torso. I’ve always kept it loose, just sitting on top of the neck peg. It looks much better like that, I think. I find it hard to believe I haven’t posted this here before. I recall making a go for it long ago but I couldn’t fit this into the then square Instagram format and I didn’t want to use the white bars on top and bottom, so I forgot about it. Better late than never, eh?
A photo posted by Vesa Lehtimäki (@avanaut) on Feb 23, 2016 at 7:06am PST
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A repost from April 2013. This was cropped to square back then, so it hasn’t been up like this here yet. The reason for this particular photograph to be here now is the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV-commercial that was released moments ago. Look it up, check the gorgeous last shot of the Millennium Falcon blasting thru the scenery and you’ll understand why I posted this. You know, I think I’m going to like this movie for it’s visuals alone. 😀
A photo posted by Vesa Lehtimäki (@avanaut) on Nov 8, 2015 at 7:55am PST
Little known fact: the Lucasfilm crew made a blunder in Norway back in the winter of 1979. As we all know, they were doing a fine job shooting their movie but at the same time they were a little too careless with everything they had shipped to the location. Snowspeeders, beasts of the ice planet and even the big AT-AT walkers were frequently left unguarded. And sure enough, eventually one of these giants escaped the area during a snowstorm. Now, 37 years later, we have a feral AT-AT walker loose up here in the north. It’s never been caught, it’s a master of disguise. Luckily, this thing is not dangerous but it makes a big mess stepping on parked cars and such. Thanks a lot Lucasfilm!
A photo posted by Vesa Lehtimäki (@avanaut) on Apr 4, 2016 at 6:35am PDT