December 10, 2009

It can be done!

This is awesome:


That is a photograph, not a render. Here's how it was done.



This one is pretty cool, too.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in linky at 12:57 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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For some reason, the thing that came to mind upon seeing the picture right after 'scale modeling', was 'Ray Harryhausen'...


Posted by: cxt217 at December 10, 2009 05:46 PM (HxmfY)

2 Have you seen Ascending and Descending in Lego?  That's my favorite "optical illusion made real".  It's still a trick, of course.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 10, 2009 08:22 PM (PiXy!)


That one is definitely awesome. But if you know what to look for, you can figure out where the seam is because of parallax. Right at the seam, the figures on opposite sides are quite a lot different in size, because the "small" ones are a lot further away from the camera.

Given that legos are standard size, and the figurines are too, that wasn't really something the guy could do anything about. Wicks (this photographer), on the other hand, can make his models to whatever scale he needs them to be, so his equivalent of Escher's waterfall (the first picture above) doesn't have that kind of scaling issue. He's deliberate made the piece in the front slightly smaller than the one in back so that there's no obvious parallax change at the seam.


Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 10, 2009 08:52 PM (+rSRq)

4 I wouldn't be massively surprised if Wicks uses CAD to lay out these scenes, in order to make sure the sizes are right.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 10, 2009 08:55 PM (+rSRq)

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