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Heh, the idea of a cart stop is cute.
I like how you did the ground, but I'm not sure if it's the brown base [Maybe a bley one would work better?] or the fact that they're studs, but the ground seems a little funny looking. =/ I like the colors of them though, so have you tried black and tan 1x1 tiles?
The solider with the flowers is nice and all but either the photo should be taken at a higher angle or the flower lowered because it obscures his face and makes it look slightly awkward. =/
On that note, I'd try to get a completely white background, either through GIMP/Photoshop or some white posterboard. The picture is overall a bit dark I feel, and if you got some light from an outside source to light up the inside of the shaded stop, that'd be great.
Also of note is the EB Reviewers' Academy
. If you haven't joined I suggest you do; they have some very nice tutorials on photo taking in the forum.
The top of the stop could use some "oomph". The colors are kind of drab, and I think some vibrant reds or some blues [with another slightly contrasting color] could really help. That's because while most of the entire vignette has colors [the flowers, the soldier, the floor, and the light], that place just looks really barren, in terms of color. I'd also try getting a smooth clean cut with tiles also in the back, instead of studs. Or alternatively, you could add something there, maybe some ornamentation or a flag.
And I think a flag to signify this as a "cart stop" would be a very nice addition; it'd look great either on top of the stop or hanging from the streetlight [Also it's hard to fit so much inside an 8x8.
]. In terms of the light, it looks really strange to be held like that. I really like how you used the black telescope, it looks very natural as a street light. But if you could make it more of an old lamp using some of these "Palm Tree Tops" in Black.
and the Trans-yellow round brick inside, topped off with a Round 2x2 dish
. I've seen it before and it looks nice, but relative size could be a problem. So overall a hanging outstretched streetlight [Something like this, by SlyOwl.
] or a lamp-type streetlight would look better, because I have not seen a streetlight like the one in your MOC.
The flower on the street is a nice touch, but I'm not sure I like the additional leaves on it; it seems very out of place. I think some sort of small pot [Squeeze in a Red Brown/Gray/Tan Minifig head
], if it works.] would be fine.
Overall I really like this vignette. It's hard fitting in small details in such a small base, but you did well. I especially love the ground
Best of luck in the voting!
EDIT: Doubled the signoff. :P
Edited by The Alchemyst, 02 October 2009 - 02:06 AM.