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kumard
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Posted - 09/06/2015 :  1:36:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Very nice indeed. I like how the backdrop looks good whatever the angle of the camera, I guess because there are no buildings to mess up the perspective and there is a patchwork of complex fields and pastures in the background.

Mike




Thanks Dave and Mike.

I was lucky with the backdrop matching the layout. I definitely didn't want any or many buildings in the backdrop since I was portraying a railway in the lonely windswept prairies. Of course one of the benefits of a backdrop such as this is the wide range of shots available that still look good from any perspective. The next version of the backdrop will fix any current issues. I'll post more on that another time.

The backdrop started as this image. I'm creating another (hopefully better) version for the layout.



http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 09/06/2015 1:36:37 PM

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Genetk44
Section Hand



Posted - 09/06/2015 :  3:08:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kumar ..you should enter your layout in this challenge at MRH... http://mrhpub.com/2015-09-sep/port/files/19.html


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kumard
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Posted - 09/07/2015 :  12:57:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Genetk44

Kumar ..you should enter your layout in this challenge at MRH... http://mrhpub.com/2015-09-sep/port/files/19.html



I might just do that. Thanks for the link!



http://thedepotonline.com/

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Genetk44
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Posted - 09/07/2015 :  1:01:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My pleasure...i think you will win.


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Cowboybilly
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Posted - 09/13/2015 :  08:55:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
my also


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kumard
Engine Wiper

Posted - 09/13/2015 :  1:33:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The daily freight has come and gone and Eric Smith - assistant at the depot - heads home for the evening.


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 09/13/2015 3:06:43 PM

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kumard
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Posted - 09/13/2015 :  3:00:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote

New backdrop


I wanted to move the storm clouds slightly off the main backdrop area since I didn't want the storm to overshadow the layout

The backdrop that I will send to the printers:


The backdrop in a quick Photoshop test:


I'm going to play around with it and tidy a few things up but I think that the test confirms that the storm over to one side is the way to go.

Prints are around $40 and I get them printed here: http://www.posterprintfactory.com/


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 12/09/2015 3:15:00 PM

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Genetk44
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Posted - 09/13/2015 :  3:53:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So...is that a photo you took or found and you send it to http://www.posterprintfactory.com/ via email or snail-mail and they blow-it up to the size you need?


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kumard
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Posted - 09/13/2015 :  4:11:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I found it online. I created a canvas in Photoshop of size 108 inches width by 18 inches high. I then stretched and duplicated the image and generally played around with it to fill the space. I then used the blur, clone and other filters to tidy up the overall picture. I shrunk the image to post here but the original jpg file is in fact full size. I uploaded this file on the printer's website. They will simply print it out and mail it to me - no blow up required.

http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 09/13/2015 8:50:24 PM

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Bill Gill
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Posted - 09/13/2015 :  7:48:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kumard,The new background looks very good in your test image. The mirror image symmetry is much less noticeable. Nice scene!


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quartergauger48
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Posted - 09/13/2015 :  8:09:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kumard, Is there any alternative to having a print made the size one requires
by this printing company with out having access to photo shop'? Will they stretch the photo
out to the required size needed? Thanks very much'...



Ted

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kumard
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Posted - 09/13/2015 :  8:46:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
"Kumard,The new background looks very good in your test image. The mirror image symmetry is much less noticeable. Nice scene!"

>> Bill, Agreed. The symmetry is still there to some extent but any remaining issues I can live with. Also once it goes behind the layout the symmetry will be less noticeable.

"Kumard, Is there any alternative to having a print made the size one requires by this printing company with out having access to photo shop'? Will they stretch the photo out to the required size needed? Thanks very much'.."

>> Ted, I think that they will blow up an image to the size required, however remember that if you are making a small image larger then you are going to end up with something blurrier than the original. That may be fine however depending on your tastes and whatever the layout requires. Check on the printing company website, it will tell you more about the services provided.


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 09/14/2015 12:26:34 PM

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kumard
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Posted - 09/13/2015 :  11:32:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Eric homeward bound.

The road surface is made from a mixture of grout, Woodland Scenic's foam putty, grit/dirt added to the mix with a touch of matte black paint to create the grey color. When you sand down the surface, the grit creates the stony surface to the road and is firmly stuck down. It took me a couple of attempts to figure it out this far. Next I need to add cracks and other surface weathering.



I'm keen to get the Soo Line locomotives and freight cars on the line. They will add some much needed color to the scene.


I will have spotlight rig above the layout to better light some areas and hide annoying shadows.



http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 09/19/2015 12:05:13 AM

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 09/14/2015 :  08:36:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 09/14/2015 :  10:53:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Kumard, did you get the photo online or did you take it yourself? Thanks for the print site.

Frank

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