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It feels good to be posting again.
About this creation
My Round 1 Entry to the 2013-2014 Middle Earth Lego Olympics.

My chosen category: Gollum's Riddle "Dark":
"It cannot be seen, cannot be felt, cannot be heard, cannot be smelt. It lies behind stars and under hills, and empty holes it fills. It comes first and follows after, ends life, kills laughter."

I couldn't resist a bit of background for this one.



I was only supposed to get water... it was going to be quick trip, an errand run for my ailing mother. But that was when I saw It..



Emphasis on a "bit" of background--I'm tired.



Rock.



A nice bird's-eye-view, so that you can see the Darkness spilling into the river.



This tree was fun to make.



This dude rides a tide of Darkness and crushed souls toward his victims... pleasant.



Darkness spills over a rock.

And who is the mighty hero? Who stands brave and tall before the oncoming Darkness? Who quite literally stares death in the face, with only a bucket and a smile?



Why, The Blissful Rohan Farmer, of course.


So for those who care, here's a quick update as to what's been going on, Lego-wise...

I actually have been building, at a pretty steady rate--just not on one thing :P I started a large project, but once the MELO began my attentions switched to that, delaying any significant progress. I also decided that, once my run in the MELO is over (which could be anytime, either from losing or from dropping out--darn that schoolwork), I'll be switching from one large project to another idea that has inspired me. I think I'll finally be seeing that one to a conclusion. I've also been looking into a Bricklink order and the purchase of a photo-editing software. This post was my first attempt at using natural lighting--what do you guys think of the photos?

Thanks for looking :)
Soli Deo Gloria!
-A M



Comments

 I like it 
  September 7, 2014
Ah, jeez, stuck on the 39. No longer. :P
 I like it 
  March 13, 2014
A great looking scene. The details are awesome. I especially like the trees.
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Timothy Post Hey who are you on the LOTR gallery?
I am known as Acheese there.
 I like it 
  February 24, 2014
Hey who are you on the LOTR gallery?
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  February 19, 2014
Quoting Lee Muzzy Hay AM the entries are in at the BBG and we are 9 days late on judging please head over to the contestants entries and post your judgment. lets finish this thing. Note: I am sorry this is all so late. I have been sick and busy with school and I don't know what has happened to RBC but I am going to try to get the rest of the judges to judge and then if we can,post the winners and finally finish this contest.
No problem, Lee. You've really held this thing together from an early stage and I respect ya for that. God knows I don't have the memory for it :P
 I like it 
  February 19, 2014
Hay AM the entries are in at the BBG and we are 9 days late on judging please head over to the contestants entries and post your judgment. lets finish this thing. Note: I am sorry this is all so late. I have been sick and busy with school and I don't know what has happened to RBC but I am going to try to get the rest of the judges to judge and then if we can,post the winners and finally finish this contest.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2014
Nice job on the different areas! --Blast--
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  February 12, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein Revisiting. This is just such a beautifully made (and photographed) moc!
Thank you! It's definitely one of my favorite MOCs of mine to date.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2014
Revisiting. This is just such a beautifully made (and photographed) moc!
 I like it 
  January 21, 2014
Quoting A M You, sir, are a lifesaver! Well, not really, but you know what I mean ;) Thanks a million, Graham! I never would have thought to look under "Wedges".
No prob. :)
 I made it 
  January 20, 2014
Quoting Graham Gidman Uh, I'm kinda spamming again, but I saw your comment on Kyle's creation, and I knew the answer, so I thought I'd tell ya. You can find those bricks here: http://www.bricklink.com/browseList.asp?itemType=P&catString=42
You, sir, are a lifesaver! Well, not really, but you know what I mean ;) Thanks a million, Graham! I never would have thought to look under "Wedges".
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Uh, I'm kinda spamming again, but I saw your comment on Kyle's creation, and I knew the answer, so I thought I'd tell ya. You can find those bricks here: http://www.bricklink.com/browseList.asp?itemType=P&catString=42
 I like it 
  January 10, 2014
Quoting A M No worries Graham, I consider it an honor to be asked! For this build (which in my opinion has produced my best photos) I did a few things that were actually pretty easy. First, I set up my build on top of/in front of two large white poster boards, with as glossy a finish as I could find (for maximum shiny-ness and whiteness). Fortunately, I have a window seat in my room which sunlight comes through in the morning. That is where I made the setup. After taking the photos with the window open to let in the sun, I used iPhoto's (rather rudimentary) editing system to do some touch-ups. Luckily iPhoto had the two things I needed most--the retouching tool and the exposure level adjustor. I used the exposure to brighten up the white background of the posters to the highest it could be without compromising the rest of the photo, and I used the retoucher to cover up any cracks that appeared between the two posterboards. Then I just fiddled with the other tools--adjusting definition, contrast, highlights, saturation, de-noised the photo, etc, until I was pleased. It normally doesn't take much of that last step. I used my sister's Canon Powershot A2200 4943B001 14MP Digital Camera (sorry for the huge title--it's on all I could find online. If you copy that into a web search, the first result should be it) and a tripod to take the pictures. Hope that helps!
Thanks for the help, A M! As of now, my setup is whatever window has the sun closest to it, so I'm sure this will help me. :)
 I made it 
  January 10, 2014
Quoting Graham Gidman Not trying to add spam to you on your MOC, but I have some questions. First, what kind of lighting setup and background do you use? And what kind of camera do you have?
No worries Graham, I consider it an honor to be asked! For this build (which in my opinion has produced my best photos) I did a few things that were actually pretty easy. First, I set up my build on top of/in front of two large white poster boards, with as glossy a finish as I could find (for maximum shiny-ness and whiteness). Fortunately, I have a window seat in my room which sunlight comes through in the morning. That is where I made the setup. After taking the photos with the window open to let in the sun, I used iPhoto's (rather rudimentary) editing system to do some touch-ups. Luckily iPhoto had the two things I needed most--the retouching tool and the exposure level adjustor. I used the exposure to brighten up the white background of the posters to the highest it could be without compromising the rest of the photo, and I used the retoucher to cover up any cracks that appeared between the two posterboards. Then I just fiddled with the other tools--adjusting definition, contrast, highlights, saturation, de-noised the photo, etc, until I was pleased. It normally doesn't take much of that last step. I used my sister's Canon Powershot A2200 4943B001 14MP Digital Camera (sorry for the huge title--it's on all I could find online. If you copy that into a web search, the first result should be it) and a tripod to take the pictures. Hope that helps!
 I made it 
  January 10, 2014
Quoting Ian Spacek Congratulations! As you're probably aware, you've made it to Round 2 of the Middle Earth Lego Olympics: http://mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=23408&topicid=93644
Thanks, Ian!
 I like it 
  January 9, 2014
Congratulations! As you're probably aware, you've made it to Round 2 of the Middle Earth Lego Olympics: http://mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=23408&topicid=93644
 I like it 
  January 9, 2014
Wow! Amazing job!
 I like it 
  January 8, 2014
Really well done! I especially love the tree - the chains are a great effect.
 I like it 
  January 7, 2014
Not trying to add spam to you on your MOC, but I have some questions. First, what kind of lighting setup and background do you use? And what kind of camera do you have?
 I made it 
  January 7, 2014
Quoting David . The way the darkness spills over and devours everything is just so... perfect. :) Well done, really lovely trees, landscaping, and Darkness. Love the fig, too. ;) Good Luck!
Thank you very much, David! That is high praise.
 I made it 
  January 7, 2014
Quoting A. Sargent So much for Gandalf. No matter. The Blissful Rohan Farmer is better instead. :P Excellent job, Alex. Another last minute entry, eh? ;) Good luck.
He's always better! Lol, thanks Andrew.
 I like it 
  January 7, 2014
Interesting idea, great build!
 I like it 
  January 7, 2014
Quoting A M A build is being planned, but I don't know how long it'll take :P Sorry!
No problem! I'm glad to see that there is still interest!
 I made it 
  January 6, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein . . . the photos look great . . .
Quoting Michael K. . . . the lighting is good.
Thanks, guys!
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  January 6, 2014
Quoting Elvish Brick Wonderful! Any chance that one of these projects is for the Syndicate?
A build is being planned, but I don't know how long it'll take :P Sorry!
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  January 6, 2014
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Ah, you used as many dark red leaves as I did! NO!!! ;) Great build dude, good luck in the contest!
Haha, can't help myself. Thank you, you too!
 I made it 
  January 6, 2014
Quoting David FNJ Excellent dark devouring! I too like that dark tree - well, I like all of the trees! I like the natural lighting :) I would consider trying GIMP first before going and purchasing photo editing software.
Thanks! Hm... I just might do that. Thank you for the input! :)
 I like it 
  January 6, 2014
Nice trees!
 I like it 
  January 6, 2014
Very pleasant. :P Love the black tree!
 I like it 
  January 6, 2014
Excellent dark devouring! I too like that dark tree - well, I like all of the trees! I like the natural lighting :) I would consider trying GIMP first before going and purchasing photo editing software.
 I like it 
  January 6, 2014
great job and good luck!
 I like it 
  January 6, 2014
Wonderful! Any chance that one of these projects is for the Syndicate?
 I like it 
  January 6, 2014
I love it, stellar work! The contrast is fabulous! Well done and good luck!
 I like it 
  January 6, 2014
Awesome! The way you have the dark spilling over the scene is very organic, very well presented.
 I like it 
  January 6, 2014
Excellent entry! I love the black tree that's cool. I also like how the darkness is creeping across the landscape through the water and across the rock. Brilliant work
 I like it 
  January 6, 2014
It's good to see you posting again! I like your trees!
 I like it 
  January 6, 2014
So much for Gandalf. No matter. The Blissful Rohan Farmer is better instead. :P Excellent job, Alex. Another last minute entry, eh? ;) Good luck.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2014
The way the darkness spills over and devours everything is just so... perfect. :) Well done, really lovely trees, landscaping, and Darkness. Love the fig, too. ;) Good Luck!
 I like it 
  January 5, 2014
That's just amazing. Love how the dark just blends in. Great Work! :)
 I like it 
  January 5, 2014
Ah, you used as many dark red leaves as I did! NO!!! ;) Great build dude, good luck in the contest!
  January 5, 2014
Brilliant job here! The darkness is awesome and the other side just blissful and realistic. I love how everything flows together seamlessly; it's really quite beautiful. (And yes, the photos look great. :P)
 I like it 
  January 5, 2014
Truly excellent work! The way the darkness blends into the the landscape so smoothly and natural looking looks great! The path and landscaping also look quite wonderful! Glad you're posting again!
 I like it 
  January 5, 2014
Very nice landscape, the lighting is good.
  January 5, 2014
Excellent work, A M! Good luck!
 
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