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#1 TheBrickster

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 09:28 PM

As some of you are aware, over the past few weeks, I've been building a large Jungle Indy/Adventure Diorama (Jungle Adventure).

It got me thinking, how many of you have tried to make your own custom backgrounds for photos?  Sure, one can photo-edit a background using Photoshop or other software program, and/or take images of their MOCs surrounded with white sheets, but how about a real background?  Personally, I like the real thing, and it looks great when displaying your MOC.

As an example, I found this high quality image on the web: Posted Image

After re-printing the image a few times (and reversing/mirroring the image), then gluing the pages on some cardboard, this was the outcome:

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 10:07 PM

WOW!  *wub*  That looks incredible. You know, I've never created an actual backdrop for MOC displays. Actually, I did once for Cafe Corner.

Is used this official backdrop for making movies from the largest Studios set: http://brickset.com/...aspx?Set=1349-1

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It looked nice.  *y*

Anyone, great job! I should do this more often!  ;-)

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 10:38 PM

Neat.  How large is that?  I did not know that a backdrop was included within the large Studio set.  I'd love to see lego make some more of these.

You don't have an image with Cafe Corner, do you?

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:14 AM

View PostTheBrickster, on Mar 1 2008, 05:38 PM, said:

Neat.  How large is that?  I did not know that a backdrop was included within the large Studio set.  I'd love to see lego make some more of these.

You don't have an image with Cafe Corner, do you?

No, I don't have any photos.  :'-(  It's probably, from memory, about 1 ft. x 2 1/2 ft. That's just an educated guess, though.  ;-)

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:51 AM

WOW Brickster thats really cool *y* thats gonna be my inspiration for today!
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 02:21 AM

View Posthollisbrick, on Mar 1 2008, 04:51 PM, said:

WOW Brickster thats really cool *y* thats gonna be my inspiration for today!
Thanks HB.  More pictures are also available under the Jungle Adventure WIP thread.

What are you planning on building/backdropping?

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 03:31 AM

View PostTheBrickster, on Mar 2 2008, 12:21 PM, said:

Thanks HB.  More pictures are also available under the Jungle Adventure WIP thread.

What are you planning on building/backdropping?
hmm idno, mayby my latest alternate MOC, junchi's passage, or mayby one of my alternate oldskool mars mocs i guess it's a surprise.. 8-░
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 04:44 AM

View Posthollisbrick, on Mar 1 2008, 07:31 PM, said:

mayby my latest alternate MOC, junchi's passage
This would be interesting to see.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 05:25 AM

View PostTheBrickster, on Mar 2 2008, 02:44 PM, said:

This would be interesting to see.
yea it would, have you seen it?
exept it will be a bit hard because it is supposed to be a closed environment..hmm anyway i'mm figure it out..
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 05:47 AM

Since I don't own any complex digital photo editing programs I typically find a suitable image in a historical reference book to use a backdrop in a photograph, for the printing is higher quality than what my printer can print. Notable examples are as follows;

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When I don't use a two dimensional printed ink as a backdrop, I usually use either authentic snow, rock, grass, dirt, or any possible combination thereof. Some notable examples of this as well;

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Plus, photographing MOCs outdoors guarantees an excellent source of natural, unfiltered light nearly every time. It makes tedious flash-less photography of plastic models much easier. :-)
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 07:02 AM

Interesting.  So you go for the more historic images.

I really like this one:

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I never tried photographing outside.  Perhaps I'll try one day.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 07:52 AM

Thats realy cool oo7!!! love what you've done!1 hmm but i don't wanna know what those girls are doin to that man X-D
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Posted 31 January 2009 - 08:20 PM

I know you can get some real good bacdrops at local pe stores. yor probably thinking What?!  Its easy just get the sheets they sell that you put behand fishtanks or lizard cages ! they work well and are two sided with two seprate designs. You can get, Desert, forest,sky, sand, feilds and others depending on where you go. And its cheep but i dont remember the price. last time i got it was for my lizards :tongue:

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 10:02 PM

Do you make frams for you backdrops? To hold them up?
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 10:30 PM

I use picture backdrops, but since I use them in a comic strip, I have to be careful that they are either public domain or i have to get permission to use them. (or process them to make them mostly unrecognizable from the original.)
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:16 PM

I used to use a white tarp I thought that was all to it but clearly I now know better. :classic:

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:51 PM

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:54 AM

View PostLuxorV, on 16 November 2012 - 05:51 PM, said:

Please do not revive a 2 and a half year old topic if your comment does not add anything to the discussion.
I kind of enjoyed the Thread popping up again actually.

I built a background for my Xmas village last year and liked it so much I used it in the spring for a display (picture below) and will be putting it back up for Xmas in a week or so.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:10 AM

Very nice backdrops... and very creative!!

For my 2800 page Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide (as DVD download)... my Table of Contents has as its' top image, a 1960s LEGO built building (made of original and often warped Cellulose Acetate plastic of that era) model of a hotel, with a plain blue background.  I chose this image mainly because I liked how the background complemented the image.  This was designed by Dutch collector Jeroen Van Dorst... and sometimes pure simplicity works very well....


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:55 PM

IMO the best backdrops would be something along the lines of the ones on the early Lego Pirate boxes, for example. Simple images that are a little blurry with large swatches of simple colors, they make the models stand out and complement them. The backgrounds are a little too busy and/or in focus in some of the images here.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:33 PM

Wow Tedbeard... those tents in your big pic are absolutely brilliant... are they from a set that I've not heard of or are they home designed ?  

I'm loving everyone's backgrounds... really good stuff.



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