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#1 Badsneaker

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 11:20 PM

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If you haven't seen it:

http://gizmodo.com/5427425/gallery/11

If you have pardon my ignorance.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 11:24 PM

Mmmm... Sugar.... :laugh:

It has a really nice effect, I have to try it out sometime.

Thanks for posting this!

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 11:24 PM

Those pictures look fantastic, i was quite suprised to find out it was all taken underwater. I have actualy wanted to try something like this myself with some Atlantis figures... :thumbup:

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 12:18 AM

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 12:25 AM

He is one of the best Hoth photographers IMO. His Flickr Photostream is here with some more cool Hoth shots. :sweet: Some of those comments on that are pretty stupid. :hmpf_bad:

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 12:40 AM

View PostDennimator, on Jan 22 2010, 08:24 PM, said:

Mmmm... Sugar.... :laugh:

It has a really nice effect, I have to try it out sometime.

Thanks for posting this!

Reacted Plaster of Paris, actually...  :classic:

I saw these through Gizmodo a while ago, and the one with the burning Astromech was my wallpaper for a while. Great find!

View PostTereglith, on Jan 26 2010, 09:46 PM, said:

pretty much Steel Dragon made his and then the rest of us said "Hey, that's cool..."

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 01:01 AM

WOW.  I am not much of a photographer myself but this is really interesting.  Great find.
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 06:57 AM

Wow those are great photos. I would have never have guessed how it was done.
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 08:34 AM

Great photos indeed, I really like them.


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Posted 23 January 2010 - 02:32 PM

OH WOW ! this is absolutely incredible ! what a unique way of creating such an incredible feel and look, i love it !
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 03:53 PM

These photos are very popular and definitely are some of the very best you can find for Starwars Lego Photography, I have been thinking about making Lego Starwars photos under natural environment, but the minifig size can be an issue - Fire, rain drops, and may be snow flakes are not exactly minifig scale compatible.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:38 PM

yep, he's the grandmasterflash og lego hoth shots! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:31 PM

Thanks for posting the link to those photos. Excellent pics and some interesting techniques. I'd never have thought to use talcum powder for snow. might give that a try.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:22 PM

View PostSteel Dragon, on Jan 23 2010, 01:40 AM, said:

Reacted Plaster of Paris, actually...  :classic:

I saw these through Gizmodo a while ago, and the one with the burning Astromech was my wallpaper for a while. Great find!
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 12:32 AM

I've seen that before.   You'd want to use something that won't dissolve.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 12:41 AM

Hello!

A very inspiring and humorous gallery. And the snowing technique is definitely remarkable. :classic:

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 01:24 AM

He is a very good photographer and that's a great technique.

Smokebelch has done some similar but without the snow in the air.

Truly fun to look at.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 07:44 AM

These pictures are great!  :thumbup:  I wonder how he managed to position the
snowballs under the water like that.  :oh:  Any ideas?

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 12:41 PM

View PostCloney, on Jan 24 2010, 05:14 PM, said:

These pictures are great!  :thumbup:  I wonder how he managed to position the
snowballs under the water like that.  :oh:  Any ideas?
Apparently he uses ground plaster, which falls very slowly through the water so he has enough time to take the shot.

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There's been some questions about how I do the snowshots. I've given some verbal information about the technique, but I guess, a photograph about my setup is needed. So, I made the photos above and below just for the occasion.

The setup is simple really. All I use is an old transparent CD storage box, some water and my trusty old A4 lightbox for lighting. For the bottom of the box I have a piece of gray Lego baseplate cut in form and hotglued on a piece of acrylic sheet to give it some weight. Legos float because of all the air trapped inside individual pieces.

Anything I want to shoot is then easily mounted on the baseplate and inserted inside the CD box.

Photographing "snow" in this scale is difficult, and to amp up the challenge I wanted it to fly around. The answer was not to use faster shutterspeed but to slow the snow down.

I had a wacky idea to submerge everything in water, it slows down everything that moves. The water also causes light to reflect from solid surfaces in a way that sometimes helps hiding the miniature scale. This is an old concept I've been toying with for ages. For the snow I use ground plaster of Paris (reacted, not unused gypsum powder!), it is a passive material that doesn't stick to anything.

Lighting is done with the lightbox freehand as you can see from the photo below.

I shoot a lot of frames because the "snow" is impossible to control exactly. And then some photoshopping is in order, but not always, sometimes none is needed.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 04:43 PM

View PostCloney, on Jan 24 2010, 12:44 AM, said:

These pictures are great!  :thumbup:  I wonder how he managed to position the
snowballs under the water like that.  :oh:  Any ideas?
He probably dropped it in and let it fall while snapping piocs, or used fishin string, which woould be easy to photoshop out.

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 09:17 AM

he explained once: there's a needle or something that hold the snowball but it's shot in an angle where you can't see it

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 01:32 PM

Ahh, that's what I get for not fully reading, thanks Fenris.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:23 PM

One of my workmates sent me this jst before Christmas: I was well impressed! It's fascinting to see what original effects can be created when photographing LEGO, much we see in our own Photography thread here. Inspiring stuff!

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 09:41 AM

Wow, that's great! So the models are underwater?
It's like a snowglobe! (Is that what they're called?)

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 02:12 PM

View PostTorax, on Jan 28 2010, 02:41 AM, said:

Wow, that's great! So the models are underwater?
It's like a snowglobe! (Is that what they're called?)
Kind of it's more like a small fish tank, then he drops the stuff in and it sinks slowly.

very innovative.




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