A new view - a creative challenge

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges' started by TrainNut, May 9, 2008.

  1. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Lately, I've grown tired of photographing my layout the same way and wanted to experiment with something different. It seems that whenever I take a picture through a window, I go to great panes (pun intended) to leave any foreground interference out. As some of you may have seen in this weeks photo fun, I've done quite the opposite... with a twist.

    The challenge -
    The rules are few - Submit any RR associated picture you took or created that has obviously been taken through a window. I've come up with a ton of fun ideas and I know that you will probably come up with a ton more and I'd like to see your creativity! This is an unofficial, ongoing challenge and there will be no voting... kind of a spinoff of the weekly photo fun but with some focus!
    Let's see what you've got!

    Let me throw in some examples to get you thinking!
    This first shot is something I've been thinking about for some time and finally got around to creating. I took a picture out the side window of my wifes car, used Photoshop to superimpose that over an appropriate picture of my layout and there you have it!

    The next shot, I thought I'd get a little fancier and take it out the front window using the same process...

    This last one, I actually put a lot of work into but I still used the same concept. The crane in the foreground is 1:1 again superimposed over a picture of my layout.

    I used Photoshop for these but you don't have to. Do it however you like of whatever you like as long as it is through a window of any kind and is RR related! Proto or non proto, I don't care! Have at it!
  2. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    I can't even take a decent photo to submit, much less gettin' fancy :oops:... I look forward to seeing what you all come up with :thumb:
  3. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

    What a clever idea! The car interior really gives the photo "real world" context! Cool shots! :thumb:

    I do a lot of Photoshopping. May I offer a few ideas on how you can use Photoshop (or whatever graphics app) to heighten the illusion of distance? These are all very subjective effects, and vary a lot in nature, so try messing around with them. In the example below I pushed them a bit for effect.

    Because of moisture and particulate matter in the air, as an object becomes increasingly distant, more of the light reflecting off it is lost on it's way to your eye. Think of how distant mountains or buildings look "greyed out".

    You can simulate this in a graphics application by:

    - reduce "saturation" (the "intensity" or "vividness" of colors). When a photo of a model looks "toyish", very often it's because the colors are too saturated, which tips off the eye that the object is in fact near. Dull down the colors by reducing saturation, and the objects will look more distant.

    - in daylight, distant objects are usually somewhat lighter overall, and lower in contrast - so try lightening things a bit, and avoid really dark blacks. This is the idea behind the notion of "scale black" which I have seen MRRers mention.

    - adding a bit of blur to distant objects, especially high-contrast edges, can increase the illusion of distance, especially in a case like this where the camera may be focused on the car interior.

    Additionally, in this shot ...

    - I lightened the color of the sky, the blue looked too dark for the faked "daylight" conditions. Keep in mind the sky is often more pale near the horizon.

    - I used the "dodge" (brightening) tool to add some fake "glare" around the bottom and left edges of the windshield. If you are looking through a curved windshield on a sunny day, there will usually be some glare or reflections somewhere.

    Hope to see more photos like this, very creative idea! :) Layout photos could also be "seen" through other fake vantage points, such as building or airplane windows. Carry on!

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  4. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Now you're thinkin'!! Like I said, I started to think about how many different ways this could be done and came up with a ton. Thanks for the pointers on the photos. I'll have to experiment and play with those as I'm still somewhat of a novice with Photoshop.
    On the other end of the spectrum, here is a picture with no photo manipulation whatsoever where the background is looking through a window. See, you don't have to even do anything really special. Easy stuff here.
  5. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

  6. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    Trainnut - that last photo is pretty cool. If I remember, i have a few I took that I will post later.

  7. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    This is great stuff! If I had the talent I'd try to create a locomotive cab's eye view....

  8. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Its not through a window, but how about a shot looking from my screen house towards the river behind my house.

    That is actually an Athearn SD70M behind my Caravan.

    By the way....Thats all thats behind my house....a river.

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  9. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    It kind of looks like you have two cars in the driveway!:thumb: Does the license plate on your van say, "My other car is an SD70M."? By the way, how much did Coke pay you to sponsor their product?:mrgreen:

    Tonight, I'm going to try and hit the local car show so I can get some more "behind the wheel shots" of some vehicles that are a little more era correct for my layout than my wifes van. The two just don't mix very well.
  10. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    TrainNut those are some nice photo's.
  11. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Man, I used to have a LOT of railfan pics I took from inside cars, I'll see if I still have any that got stored away somewhere before my hd crashed.

    EDIT: found one I took with my phone looking out the windsheild of my old work truck!

  12. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    From AC tower in Marion, Ohio last weekend:

  13. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    Here are two taken at the railroad museum in Chandler, Arizona.


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  14. CCrider

    CCrider New Member

    HI,how about this for the contest,1980s era subway nyc.
  15. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    this was easy!

    I saw this thread this weekend. so this monday morning when the R.J> Corman train crossed over the Cumberland river on it's way from Clarksville T. to Cumberland City Tn, I got this picture through my dinning room window.

    Bill Nelson

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