Getting the hang of it

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by spitfire, Nov 30, 2002.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Well, after a very busy week during which I had no time for digital photography, the weekend is here and I'm back at it. I'm trying to learn how to control the depth of field with the f-stop and here's what I have so far.

    This is the loading dock/back alley of Thomas Mfg. showing the frieght elevator door which I made out of stripwood. Yes! A scratchbuilt detail!

    ;) Val

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  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Here's the window display at Shapiro's Menswear (Quality That Will Please You). I cut the hat off a Preiser figure. The models in the window are an inferior brand of figures that looked just fake enough to be mannequins.
    There's a lot of light leaking out from under the door - I'm going to have to fix that.

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  3. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Val the scratchbuilt door looks great as does the photos and modeling! As far as the light under the door goes (at the menswear store), most places that had a recessed door like that had a overhead light to guide the customers to the door (which is what that looks like), I wouldn't change it myself. :) :cool: :)
  4. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    Both pics are very good. I feel almost on the street in both of them. I especially like the realism at the loading dock. beautiful work, Val.
  5. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks guys! Now I'm going around the back.....

    These people are always arguing. Maybe this time it's about his old beat-up car that's parked on the rose bush - I don't really know. They're quite annoying to live beside, that's for sure.

    I borrowed the stucco idea from an article I read a while back. Basically, you spread Polyfilla (or similar) in a thin layer then carve away parts of it to simulate peeling. I put it on quite carelessly and didn't have to scrape anything since there were already bare patches. It's a very cool idea, I think and so easy to do. Really gives the old neighbourhood a run-down look.

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  6. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Here's a close-up of my first white metal kit that featured broken skids, crates, etc. I had fun making the place look like cr*p!

    ;) Val

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  7. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    And the crowd screamed "Encore, encore!!!" :)
  8. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Can't resist one more:D This is a view through the park.

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  9. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Thats some wonderfull modeling and great photography Val.

  10. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Nice work. The detail is excellent.
    Did you make the signs yourself?
  11. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Nice work Val, getting the hang of your camera now I see.


  12. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Val, Your work is excellant!

  13. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I have always felt that I would never want to get to a point where the work of others no longer impressed me. Thankyou for reminding me that I haven't gotten there yet !! Detail, perspective, mannequins in the window, and a walk in the park!

    You've got my attention !!

  14. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Fantastic modeling & photos Val!
    That close-up perspective really puts us "in the scene"!
    Great work!
  15. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Great work Val!! I especially like the back of the buildings with the wearing stucco and the gritty trashed up areas. What are Gino and Mama Leone arguing about back there? :) I have got to get a digital camera! My point and shoot sure doesn't allow for much manipualtion of depth of field! Nice modelling and nice pics!
  16. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thank-you all for the encouragement. I must say I am so pleased with the Olympus Ultra Zoom camera (and thanks Shamus and Gary for reccommending it). The interface certainly takes some getting used to - I miss my focus ring!! - but the camera itself allows for some real control and the super macro mode is fantastic.

    Marty, you asked about the signs. Yes, for the most part I make them myself. I haunt the internet for vintage signs to get ideas. They're collectibles, so there are tons of sites with images that can be used for modelling. The window signs are just printed on my colour inkjet. The "Quality that will please you" sign in the menswear window was a free download from this very cool retro clip art site, at: (I've attached a sample of their wares)

    If you're intersted in more signs I have some links on the Urban Scene site: and then click signs on the side menu.

    :D Val

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  17. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    It goes something like this:

    Mama: Eh! When you gonna move you car? Is a no good here.
    Gino: Ma! I told you! I'm fixin' it up.
    M: You fixa. You no fixa. Is a no good. You move.
    G: Ayyyy. Whatsa big deal? I got no place else to put it. Howcome you never said anything to Vinnie when he had his cars back here?
    M: Vinnie's a good boy. Not make a mess. Not like-a you. You move car.
    G: I ain't movin' it. &*@#! The guys are comin' over to work on it this afternoon, you old.....
    Neighbour: Hey keep it down over there!
    Dog: bark bark bark!
    Baby: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
    Dog: bark bark bark!

    :D Val
  18. Railery

    Railery Member

    Right on Spitfire. U have nice detail in your pics. Looooks gooood :D i like the story too :cool:
  19. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Val - Thanks for the info on the signs.
  20. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    You seem to be a natural with that camera in your hands. Good photo work--and story telling.:)

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