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#57953
My first GT build 1 Year ago  
I finally got a chance to do a layout with my GT today -- and even then, I only used about half of my pieces. So much was left out!

I am really impressed with how gorgeous this stuff looks, it really is phenomenal. And as someone who's used the traditional DF dungeons for years, it's amazing how different this looks even though it's theoretically basically the same thing. It just has such an awesome castle feel. Man, it makes me wish Game of Thrones was back on.

And I was happy to see it works very well with the resin line -- I did a little tiny catacombs alcove and it blends perfectly. For that matter, the close-up photography works pretty well also. In general, GT is holding up beautifully.

I can't wait to see what's next!









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#57954
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Last ones!






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#57960
Re:My first GT build 1 Year ago  
Very nice. It's amazing how well the resin blends in with the GT. Did you custom paint your mosaic floor tiles?
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#58005
Re:My first GT build 1 Year ago  
Cool setup! Small, but architecturally interesting (love the room with the double stairs), nice integration of catacombs, and great POV shots as usual. I didn't notice at first who had posted this thread, but I recognized the close up photo style right away :)

Thanks for sharing pics of the new tiles.
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#58068
Re:My first GT build 1 Year ago  
Brilliant as always - you are among my favorite builders and one of the best and most distinctive photographers on the forums. Couple of quick questions on the later.

First - When you do some of the great POV stuff do you remove tiles in order to get the camera that low? (red shield on the stairs, light coming in the window, etc.) I ask because that is what i have had to do in the few pictures i have taken to get the look i want and it seems like there is probably a better way.

Second - Is that daylight or are you using artificial and carefully positioning lights?

Third - Just curious what camera you are using. Mine is big and bulky which i suspect may be the problem with my first question

Again thanks for sharing. JEff and Stefan should use (and credit/compensate you) the shot of the light in the window - it really is a magical shot that takes us totally out of the land of table top toys and into mythical reality
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#58082
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Nice composition as always, Law.
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#58109
Re:My first GT build 1 Year ago  
Thanks!

Lighting is very important, obviously, so I do what I can. Often I find myself having to work with what's available, so I manipulate the natural light to the best of my ability. I'll close the shades enough to reduce and aim the light as best I can, and I'll place filters or blocks to further direct it where it needs to be. Too much direct light, flash or otherwise, washes out detail -- but not enough ambient light leaves you with a less sharp photo.

Often I'll also just hunt around for the best possible angles and locations within a layout based on the light (that's why you've probably noticed that most of my big photo spreads tend to focus on one or two parts of a layout, no matter how big!) Then I can manipulate small things as I take shots -- move figures around, furnishings around, maybe even switch some walls around, so as to maximize the good light. If I notice I'm getting great shadows, I try to exploit that, etc.

Sometimes, yeah, I do have to remove some of the pieces to get room to take the picture. It's not common, but once in awhile I can just move more easily if I do. When that happens, it's not typically the camera that's being blocked, it's my hands -- or I just want to be able to see what I'm doing so I need to SEE the viewscreen on the camera.

I meant to jot down the details of my camera, I'll try to do that tonight. It's a pretty low-frills digital camera, and by today's standards it's probably ancient, since I've had it for at least five years. It's a Canon, and it really is one of the low-rent models, like a PowerShot A2500 or something like that.

Glad people like the pics!
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#58114
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Great shots Law! You never disappoint.
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#58119
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Very nice !!

Did you paint the pièces yourself or did you buy the painted sets ?
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#58124
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Thanks for the info - due to my life (twin 2 year olds plus a 9yr old boy) i build late at night - i am going to invest in some clip lights so that i can get light where i want it and then learn to properly white balance my camera ;)

keep up the great pics - i LOVE to look at your posts

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#58129
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Thanks!

Back when I did most of my photos at night, I had a small lamp from, like, Crate & Barrel or some similar place. And the shade gave the light a faint yellow quality. It made for extremely atmospheric photos, since the yellowish light created a good "firelight" glow as opposed to the harsher white of daylight. On the other hand, it made for less sharp details in the images. But it also had the advantage that I could move it around as I needed it....

Since I started using DF, I've lived in three separate places and used my DF under three radically different circumstances, so my approach to photos has had to evolve. When my kids were that young it was impossible to do ANYTHING with DF! They're 3 and 5 now, so I can keep the DF in a separate room and they tend not to go in and mess with it. The GT, of course, they love playing with, but I still insist that their play be supervised -- otherwise pieces will surely go missing (or get coated in yogurt or chocolate or jelly or...)
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