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I Recreate The ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Scenes On A Tabletop (8 Pics)
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I Recreate The ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Scenes On A Tabletop (8 Pics)

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The Lord of the Rings has been a love of mine from the first time I was able to see the films in the theater almost 20 years ago.

This project has been something I wanted to do for such a long time. It first started when I wanted to see if I could merge portrait photography and toy photography into a single image. After a few test shots, I came to the conclusion it was possible.

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    I started to first lay out the plans for building Bilbo’s hobbit house with a design on some graphic software. After I got the blueprints developed, I then laser cut them into the wood to build the base frame of the home. Then I began construction of the landscape. After three months of work, I put the finishing touches of the trees and fences.

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    All of my images are shot with a Canon 5D Mark IV and Sigma 35mm Art lens. The 35mm gives the most cinematic look to each of my photos. When I am able to complete the photography aspect of the diorama, I then move to the shooting of the human model. I use the exact same lighting setup and lens to make sure all of my color tones match in camera.

    When all of the photos are done, I move over to Photoshop to composition the image. Adding the sky tends to be the most difficult part because I have to make sure all the lighting is correct with the diorama and human model so it appears seamless. Each photo series can take up to three months to complete.

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    Nick Busch

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    Airinga has a degree in Marketing from a Top 10 UK University, which she puts to good use as a digital advertising analyst at Bored Panda. A self-proclaimed writer of fantasy stories (is yet to finish a single one). Typical introvert. An avid fan of anime and manga. Fascinated by ancient history, astronomy, and artificial intelligence.

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    Airinga

    Airinga

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    Airinga has a degree in Marketing from a Top 10 UK University, which she puts to good use as a digital advertising analyst at Bored Panda. A self-proclaimed writer of fantasy stories (is yet to finish a single one). Typical introvert. An avid fan of anime and manga. Fascinated by ancient history, astronomy, and artificial intelligence.

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    Night Owl
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    4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Wow! That's amazing. And with so much attention to detail

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    BroadwayBound
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    4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Your work is so beautiful! As a Tolkien fan, I would love to seen these irl, they are really gorgeous

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    Biopithecus
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    4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    The level of detail on the scene, especially the vegetation is fantastic. Keep it up! What do you use for the texture of the grass and plants?

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    4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    The grass is just your standard diorama grass you can get from Woodland Scenics. You apply it with a gadget that has a static charge and it gets the grass to stand straight up. The plants are a combination of pre made plants from the hobby store and others I hand made. Cheers mate :)

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    Night Owl
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    4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Wow! That's amazing. And with so much attention to detail

    4leggers4dorisd avatar
    BroadwayBound
    Community Member
    4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Your work is so beautiful! As a Tolkien fan, I would love to seen these irl, they are really gorgeous

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    Biopithecus
    Community Member
    4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    The level of detail on the scene, especially the vegetation is fantastic. Keep it up! What do you use for the texture of the grass and plants?

    nckbusch avatar
    Community Member
    4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    The grass is just your standard diorama grass you can get from Woodland Scenics. You apply it with a gadget that has a static charge and it gets the grass to stand straight up. The plants are a combination of pre made plants from the hobby store and others I hand made. Cheers mate :)

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