Mini-shelf photos

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by spitfire, Dec 22, 2002.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Built this little shelf for loco photos this evening. I got the idea when I tried to add a photo background in Photoshop and decided it would be too much work to crop around the entire train - far better to build a small place with an appropriate background. Because then you could change trains at will.
    Anyway here it is - it's done on a scrap piece of 1 x 6.

    :D Val

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  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Here is the same shot cropped. Even without having added the background yet I think this looks pretty good -- except for the dead white guy in the upper right of the shot -- how did he get there?

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  3. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    Cool Val, can't wait to see it with a background

    ....did that guy get too close to the glue bottles?
  4. Peirce

    Peirce Member

    Great idea. Easy to swap trains and easy to swap backgrounds.
  5. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Val, Neat idea and that's really going to show off your models.

    Obviously the little guy has "paled" in the presence of your models and has fainted "dead away"!!!:eek: :D :D :D
  6. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Great Idea, Val!
    Not only is that good for photos, but is a good way to display your modeling work for others.
    (great job scenicking that track, btw!:cool: )
  7. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Val, nice idea that, display loco's on a fully scenic board, great.


  8. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member


  9. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Hi Val the scene looks great. :cool:

    That could be Casper the freindly ghost..He was a dead white guy... I think. :D

  10. RI541

    RI541 Member

    Looks like the guy's been dead for awhile. Does the local athorities have any clues????:D :D

    I was going to get a 1"X4"X6' board for some HO track just to take pictures of the Jerk Water at my in laws house since he doesn't have a striaght section yet.But I never thought of scenicking it. Now it will be scenicked.

    Is there a "K" in scenicking? I followed Charlies spelling:D :D :D
  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks all! I've found a photo of some track showing rust on the ballast all along the rails, and I'm going to try that look. Meanwhile, does anyone have any suggestions for little details I could add to make it look more like a switching yard?

    :D Val
  12. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Val: broken coupling knuckles, broken air hoses, spare springs.
  13. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Val, Back in the steam era a switch yard was not the most beautiful place in the world, only to a modeler. There would be junk, cans, barrels, paper, boxes, spilled stuff, oil, grease, packing waste from car journals, weeds, hobos and who knows what all over the place. :eek: Not to say that it was a virtual junkyard or trash dump but they just weren't as concious about those things then as they are now. Anything that would give it sorta of a railroad/industrial flavor would imho be approiate.

    If you can look back some older model mags for articles on George Sellios' Franklin and Manchester.....He is the absolute "master" at "trashing" railroad right of way. Just remember that the railroad always ran through the worst part of town....Betcha never saw one next door to the Country Club
    :D :D :D
  14. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I saw that the "Box" has reared its ugly head again in the General section. Could be the white guy had some of Errols Spirits.
  15. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Thumbs Up!

    Very nice job, Val! Looking forward to seeing more!:)
  16. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Well, it looks like the authorities have arrived on the scene. The body has obviously been there for some time as it is completely stiff. As to the unnatural palor of the deceased, there is speculation that he may have drowned in a vat of sunscreen....very mysterious.


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  17. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Ahh, the famous detective Hercule Poirot has arrived on the scene with startling news! The corpse is that of the Man from Glad, and he has been suffocated....but how? And why?

    ;) Val

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  18. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    hee hee hee hee Very Good!!

    With the advent of ziplocks and quick-covers...he just couldn't handle the loss of fame, so he wrapped himself up for posterity.

    Did you paint those figures Val?
  19. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Aahhhh, of course, wrapture.......

    Then again, it could all be timing. You did say evening, perhaps you cropped the photo too close to the "twilight" zone. ;) ;) :D
  20. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    I painted the two workmen, but not "Poirot". The cops came with white shirts and white stripes on their pant legs so I painted the shirts light blue and used a red Sharpie pen on the stripes, which I bought specifically for that purpose. Most of my people are from unpainted Preiser sets - they're much cheaper that way, plus a lot of the colours they use on their painted figures are too bright for the 1950's so I often end up repainting them anyway.

    :D Val

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