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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby oleth » Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:51 pm

Harold is now in Greece :) I'll try to take the photos this weekend and send him to his next destination during the following week!
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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby Bruce N H » Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:58 pm

Very cool! Will he have the chance to visit the Acropolis?

Also, DNL, do you have additional photos? I'm updating the 'travels of Harold' page.

Also (last one), Scnicker, did you ever post photos? I don't see them in your Brickshelf or DeviantArt pages. I do hope we have some pics of Harold out and about in Istanbul.

Hmm, he's been to Istanbul and is now in Athens. Do we have any members in Rome for Harold to visit?

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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby Athos » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:38 pm

Bruce N H wrote:Hmm, he's been to Istanbul and is now in Athens. Do we have any members in Rome for Harold to visit?


Man, I wish I could travel like Harold... except for the whole traveling via mail bit...

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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby oleth » Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:40 am

Bruce N H wrote:Very cool! Will he have the chance to visit the Acropolis?

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Hmm, he's been to Istanbul and is now in Athens. Do we have any members in Rome for Harold to visit?

Bruce


Harold is an excellent excuse for me to go for a photo-session in town (too many distractions the last months), so yes he'll have a tour :)

The weather will be rainy this weekend, I'll probably have to postpone it for the end of the next week (I have some free working days too, so it's sure that we'll find a good day). In this way, we have some time to find someone in Italy!
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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby oleth » Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:02 pm

Hello! I'll upload my photos soon. I can send Harold to his next rendez-vous next week.

Should I send him to Remyth (#15) or have we found someone in Italy, or somewhere near by? BTW why not send him to jens at Germany (#16) so that we save the Atlantic trip?
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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby oleth » Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:22 am

Harold visits the Acropolis:
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the Arch of Hadrian:
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and Athens from a hill:
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I think I broke Harold beyond repair, I showed him emacs and he liked it :P
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Harold with his accessories (I gave him sth to eat during his trip)
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and with other minifigs wishing him a good journey!
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The day I went shooting was a quite cloudy, so I wish could keep Harold more and take more pics - he 's very challenging and interesting to shoot! The brickshelf folder is here.

I describe how I took the pictures of Harold in this thread.
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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby Athos » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:11 pm

oleth wrote:Harold visits the Acropolis:
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Those are some super-cool pictures.

I wonder if there is a way to get similar pictures without resort to photo-editing. I've never been able to edit photos well.

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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby Tedward » Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:08 pm

Just because I think this is funny and Josh posted about the Castle display @ BrickCon.

Harold's Timeline - Comedy Highlights:

June 2008
  • Harold is introduced to replace Henry.
  • Includes rule: "You must mail him to the next person within one week of his arrival."
  • limited to twenty people.
  • Harold is sent on his way - If we assume one week for travel and one for photography and multiply that by twenty people we get an estimated completion of 40 weeks or approximately nine months.

September 2008
  • Plans are hatched to ensure Harold gets to attend the biggest Castle display in North America @ BrickCon in Seattle.
  • 3 months.

January 2009
  • Harold is approximately half-way down the list.
  • 7 months

March 2009
  • Harold arrives in the Netherlands.
  • 9 months

June 2009
  • Harold held hostage in Istanbul.
  • 12 months

July 2009
  • Discussions begin for Harold to attend BrickCon 2009.
  • 13 months

October 2009
  • Harold takes three months to take a two-hour plane ride.
  • 16 months

January 2010
  • Harold visits LEGOLAND California.
  • 19 months

June 2010
  • Harold visits the Acropolis in Athens and stars in a great photography tutorial.
  • Plans once again being hatched errr... here's hoping he makes it to the best Castle Display in North America: BrickCon2010.
  • 24 months

I wonder if I should start working on something special for his arrival @ BrickCon 2011?

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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby oleth » Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:20 am

Athos wrote:I wonder if there is a way to get similar pictures without resort to photo-editing. I've never been able to edit photos well.


In the HowTo thread I posted a Youtube video that shows the process. Maybe it can help a bit :)

Also keep in mind that since the lighting in both photos is the same (and the original) and the blurred background of the minifig and the landscape is the same, the editing is much easier and the final result looks natural. Good pre-production preparation can make your life easier in post-production. On the other hand, compact cameras often don't have manual settings. This means that the light measurements in the two photos might differ a bit causing small light differences between the two photos - the more you go in night scenes the more you'll probably notice this.

I am not a photograph-guru, someone else might be more appropriate to give a final answer, but I think it's hard* to find a lens that can focus on an object 40cm away from the lens and show sharp and clear a landscape that's 200m away. With an object 5-8m away and a landscape 200m away, it works fine - you can even do it with compact cameras.

*hard or not possible with a lens that costs less than 300 euro :P
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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby Remyth » Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:10 am

Harold has landed safe in Oregon!
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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby plums_deify » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:05 pm

Woah. At this rate, I might ACTULLY be able to take him to BrickCon this year!


...maybe. That was the goal two years ago, too. :wink:
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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby JoshWedin » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:39 am

plums_deify wrote:Woah. At this rate, I might ACTULLY be able to take him to BrickCon this year!


...maybe. That was the goal two years ago, too. :wink:


He did make it to BrickCon two years ago, didn't he? Dan brought him. Although maybe I'm mixing up the years....

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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby plums_deify » Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:31 pm

I think he did make it, but the plan originally was for me to bring him. Which is fine. Or it might have been a doppleganger? We've had those too.

I'd have to look at the past photoshoot photos to be sure, though...
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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby JoshWedin » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:07 pm

plums_deify wrote:I think he did make it, but the plan originally was for me to bring him. Which is fine. Or it might have been a doppleganger? We've had those too.

I'd have to look at the past photoshoot photos to be sure, though...


I see. Yeah, Dan brought the real one. Our Henry is a doppelganger, but Harold was the real deal.

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Re: Harold, The Traveling Castle Fig

Postby Velliscig » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:24 am

I might be interested in hosting Harold's presence in my village sometime in the future. He can stay in my inn, assuming it will be finished by his arrival. :)
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