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Challenge II - Category C - Campfire Conversation

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The festival ended. Around a campfire are Lady Eleanor, her advisor Master Vilarius, Loth Strongarm and Davos of Avalonia.

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Davos – "I must say, Milady, I enjoyed the festival and meeting the people of Bluevale."

Lady Eleanor – "Yes, it was a joyous occasion. In no small part thanks to you and your father's generosity."

Davos – "I am pleased to have been of help. The Queen's envoy has taken assessment of the needs of the Vale and its people. We will depart tomorrow and Milady can expect a convoy with many more supplies as soon as it can be arranged."

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Lady Eleanor – "I will speak with the envoy before he departs and give him my thanks. These supplies will greatly increase the speed at which Bluevale can recover and prosper again."

Davos – " The Demon's Ridge has long stood as a buffer between Avalonia and Mitgardia's heartland. The Queen's envoy hopes a prosperous Bluevale might become a bridge between our peoples. That is something I also desire."

Master Vilarius – "Wise words, young Davos. Just be advised that requests and gifts can turn to demands and tribute in a very short time."

Davos – "Thank you, Master Vilarius for your advice. My father also spoke something similar. I must leave and rest for the journey will be hard."

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Loth Strongarm – "My... The Lady's Rangers will escort your company through the south passes."

Davos – "Thank you Sit Loth. A pleasant evening Milday Eleanor and Master Vilarius."

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Lady Eleanor – "Well, what do you think of this turn of events."

Loth Strongarm – "Avalonian aid. That might not sit well with some of the clans. We have endured and survived alone for so long."

Master Vilarius – "Yet to simply survive is not enough."

Lady Eleanor – "No it is not. It is my wish to see Bluevale a secure and flourishing community. To build a legacy that will persist and make our children and their children proud."

Loth Strongarm – "Young Davos certainly has plans of his own."

Master Vilarius -"Naturally. He too wants to find his lot in life. Hopefully his plans will converge with ours."

Lady Eleanor – "And what of the Queen's envoy?"

Loth Strongarm – "Unf. It seemed to me that he was more interested in whatever possible riches the Vale might contain or produce than in the people's needs."

Master Vilarius – "Is that so? Then we must tread carefully.."

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The discussion continues for some time before the three turn in for the night.

Spoiler

A very quick and simple build, just wanted to end this particular chapter and it fitted the challenge very well.

My first attempt at "Night Light", didn't have time to experiment, re-take or edit photos so sorry if the quality is a bit low. It was done in a bit of a rush.

This is the build:

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And the Flicker Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmuW5WDW

Any comments, tips and criticisms are welcome as always.

 

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Nice little scene.  I like the fire and the landscaping with the tree.  Nice story also.  

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In the light its a fairly simple looking build.  But  those shots with the firelight transform it  into  something atmospheric and brooding. The expressions and story  combine with the throw of the light to really make it a contender.

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Ha!  We both had the same idea of a campfire!  Nice job!  I like how you shot it with enough light that you can see the trees as silhouettes in the background.  Makes the scene very believable, as if there were crepuscular photos taken.  I like the conversation as well; makes me wonder what Davos is playing at...

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Man! I think for you first attempt at a night shot you did very well! How did you lighten up the fire? I really like how the background has two colours - not sure if it was your intention or it simply happened, but I think it really makes the atmosphere and it's really believable for a night immediately after sunset, when it isn't all really dark yet :thumbup:

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Thanks for the comments.

22 hours ago, en_zoo said:

How did you lighten up the fire?

I used my phone's light function. The build was on the top of a black 5-brick high 3-sided wall and I slid the phone there. The center campfire element is made of trans-light plates, trans-orange plates, trans-orange round plate with hole and the fire pieces so the light simply showed through all that.

22 hours ago, en_zoo said:

I really like how the background has two colours

I was an happy and fortuitous occurrence. The light is dispersed by the campfire and what you see is mostly the shadows from the build's elements (minifigs, tree..).

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Great scene with cool lighting. Funny story, I tried to include Lady Eleanor in my Calcio build. I thought that I didn't have the right torso piece and then found it days after posting.

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What everybody else said: great lighting! :grin:  I'll add some praise for that tree too, though, nicely done! :thumbup:

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It's good seeing that tree design used  in a build again!
Thanks for including a well lit photo, in addition the nicely fire lit shots :thumbup: I like how you included a few tree stumps :classic:

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Great lighting effect on the minifigs!

I think however that the immersive effect would have been enhanced if the stray light on the background would have been avoided/removed in post processing.

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