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kumard
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Posted - 09/14/2015 :  11:45:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Frank I found the photo online. I did a search for 'Midwest Landscape' or 'Great Plains' and it came up as one of the first results. I saw the photo about a year ago and kept it in mind when thinking about color. I'm very pleased with the result.

Eg: https://www.google.com/search?q=Great+Plains&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAWoVChMI1o_--bn5xwIVS5aICh3sqQVn&biw=1920&bih=880


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 09/15/2015 12:26:10 PM

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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 09/15/2015 :  10:38:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This last shot is really splendid, Kumard.


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kumard
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Posted - 09/15/2015 :  12:31:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Frederic Testard

This last shot is really splendid, Kumard.



Thanks Frederic,

More pictures to come when the new backdrop gets fitted with the proper lighting - this weekend hopefully.


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 09/18/2015 11:46:13 PM

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kumard
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Posted - 09/15/2015 :  12:35:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I created this photo backdrop to be able to take photos of the layout from the other side. I'll have to remove the main backdrop cover of course. I'll try it out this weekend.

The picture came from the cuttings of the original print. I pasted it onto two cardboard sheets. I left a gap in the middle to bend the image around the layout without incurring sharp corners.




http://thedepotonline.com/

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kumard
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Posted - 09/17/2015 :  12:47:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Now that the cover is back on I'm having fun taking photo from new angles. The iPhone is small enough to place on the layout and so I can get a good ground level view (if I want). I'll try to find more interesting angles over the next week. Other photos will be possible once I remove the cover and use my mobile backdrop to photo the layout from the other side and the ends.

The close-ups also help me spot areas needing attention such as the chimney on the depot roof.


My locomotive detailing, painting and weathering project has started. I'm waiting for supplies to arrive. I made a list of details I would need and then bought the lot on Ebay from a single supplier. The cost of these items came to around $25 (including $4 shipping):


This is going to be a fun project.


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 09/17/2015 1:09:53 PM

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kumard
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Posted - 09/17/2015 :  11:54:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Local farmer Pieter Hendriks while waiting for his supplies to be loaded has a chat with mill foreman Jake Evans - they are probably discussing the recent rumors of the railway closing.










http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 09/18/2015 11:44:02 PM

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Tyson Rayles
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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 09/18/2015 :  12:05:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Railroad closing!? More than one kind of dark cloud on the horizon.



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kumard
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Posted - 09/18/2015 :  12:27:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Railroad closing!? More than one kind of dark cloud on the horizon.


Yes there is definitely a feeling of gloom surrounding the railroad and the storm clouds on the horizon don't help the matter. Maybe customers up and down the line can petition to save it from closure.


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 09/18/2015 3:46:44 PM

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kumard
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Posted - 09/18/2015 :  11:38:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This weekend I'm fitting the new lighting rig and I am detailing the GP7 for the layout. In the meantime (and stop me if I am boring anyone) here are some pictures from the less photographed side. The little motor shed was a small kit which I added the odd detail to. The white paint effect was achieved by rubbing white crayons along the sides. The ties look much better since I repainted them a couple of weeks ago.










http://thedepotonline.com/

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 09/19/2015 :  08:53:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Not boring at all. Great photos. Thnk you for posting them.

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railman28
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Posted - 09/19/2015 :  11:18:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm really enjoying your Photos. I love what you've done with your ground cover.

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robchant
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Posted - 09/19/2015 :  11:49:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Kumard, still a great tread, so keep the photos coming. Take care, Rob.

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kumard
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Posted - 09/19/2015 :  3:02:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Michael, Bob and Rob.

Thanks.

More photos to come with the new lighting and background.

In the meantime I've more or less settled on the concept of the next layout and decided to stay within the universe of this branch line (which was always my first choice). Since I want this forum to be part of the the design and build process I'll start a new thread at some point soon (maybe even today). I'm interested to gather thoughts and opinions from those following.



http://thedepotonline.com/

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kumard
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Posted - 09/22/2015 :  11:14:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote

New backdrop and lighting


The new backdrop arrived yesterday and I wasted no time in fitting it. There are a couple of differences from the original - firstly I moved the storm over to the side since I didn't want it to dominate the scene. It now sits over on the left behind the grain installation. The other difference is that I lowered the horizon to about an inch and a half above ground - it was previously three inches and felt too high. The whole scene now seems balanced with the focus being on the railway and not the background. I'll now focus on hiding gaps and edges around the whole scene.

I also fitted lighting - I added track spotlights to the cover and created my own lighting supply from an old extension chord. The lights are a little bright but I will add a dimmer next weekend. I also want to add more diffuse lighting since the spots are a little too focused. Nevertheless the whole scene is slowly coming alive and I'm very pleased overall with the result so far.

Fitting the track lighting. Easy to do.




The whole scene with lighting. It's tricky to photograph the scene since the contrasts can result in 'blown out' areas. I managed to play with the iPhone HDR settings and get a reasonable result.








I'm fitting more lighting this weekend.


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 09/26/2015 1:55:56 PM

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