Picture's with sunshine!

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Herc Driver, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Man I love taking pictures using natural sunlight...

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  2. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    ...a few more shots

    A new Amtrak P42 Genesis awaiting the Viewliner cars to arrive for it's inaugural run as the Carolina Executive, round trip service from Charlotte to Washington DC.

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  3. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    WOW!, those DO LOOK GREAT! i guess natural sun DOES make a difference in pic quality:thumb: . BTW Herc, VERY NICE modeling on your layout!:thumb::D . :D -Deano
  4. abutt

    abutt Member

    No question about it, you can't beat natural sunshine when you want your trains to look real.

    I'm in the middle of moving and my layout is in five sections in the basement waiting for the movers to move it into the new house next month. What I think I'll do is before I glue it all back together (ha, ha, glue!) I'll take one of the more attractive sections and have my wife help carry it back out, put some appropriate engines and cars and try some natural sunshine myself. Fortunately the new place has a walk-out, sliding door basement.

    God, I'll be glad when the move is over!
  5. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Deano and Allan - thanks! I get sunlight after 3pm across the layout, so as the season changes to fall, I'll get more and more light. Hopefully, that means better picture quality too. I'm still "wiring" the telephone/power poles...(what was I thinkin') but the overall effect looks pretty good. When I take a close up, you can see the twist of the fibers that make up the thread I used as wire. I just might take every pole out and use the EZ plastic line that everyone recommended, it would probably look better when pictured in close ups. But when looking at the layout - standing right next to it - the thread looks pretty convincing. I tried to give each section of line various amounts of tension to give a more random appearance of the way the lines hang. I've painted almost all of the poles but need to add some tension lines where required. I've even attached some of the lines to the buildings to complete the look. (My apologies...I posted the pictures of the P42 prior to number boards, hoses, and front light installation.)
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    That natural light looks great in photos! I especially like all the light and shadows in the first pic.
  7. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Finally got the number board, light cover and hoses installed.

    Thanks again. I'm still learning how to take pictures with this camera at such close up levels. Seems like the more I modify the "automatic" settings to a more "manual" setting, the better they turn out.

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  8. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    Way to go - Loooking sweeeeeeeeettttttttttttt !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    One trick that can be used to get photos in natural light when the layout is inside is to build a small portable "photography diorama".
  10. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    WOW! Your photos are lookin' GOOD, Herc... how is the t-pole stringing coming along?

    Bob :thumb:
  11. Iron Horse

    Iron Horse Member

    Hmmm.....first time attempting to post a pic here:)

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  12. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I musta needed my head examined thinking it would be a quick thing to accomplish. I've got wires on every pole, sort of happy with the result. Need more poles though in a few areas. It does add a nice touch of realism to the overall layout when the line hangs just right. Too loose - and it looks really fake, but jus the right amount and the results look good. Hard to get a picture of though...since taking a shot of just the poles and lines doesn't convey the "total" look. When you look at the train, or layout as a whole, your eyes see past the lines yet you know they're there and it adds something. Check out this picture...you see the lines above the train, but hopefully you'll agree that they don't take your eye away from the focus of the shot. I do notice that with thread, in a closeup shot, you see too much tiny fibers. Next time, I'm going to use that EZ Line.

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  13. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Hey Iron Horse - Nice Shot!!!
    Is that in Nscale? Good looking layout work too!
  14. Papa Bear

    Papa Bear Member

    Very nice photos, Herc. I like the Arrowhead Mills building in your first and last shots.
  15. cn nutbar

    cn nutbar Member

    nice pictures herc and excellent work on those telegraph wires---i can relate to the learning process in your picture taking as i've been trying to improve the quality of my photos as well---the manual settings and proper lighting play a key role and if you're like me,trial and error---thank goodness for digital cameras---keep those pictures coming,thanks---nutbar
  16. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Great photos by both of you guys! natural light/shadows and beautifully modeled layouts. Someday...someday
    cn nutbar, it's nice to know some one who is as good with a camera as you is still trying to improve. You really are an artist:thumb:
  17. Iron Horse

    Iron Horse Member

    Thanks:wave: It is actually HO Scale on a woodland scenics module, that I took outside on a nice day. The loco needs to be weathered before this looks real, lol.

    Also, your electric wires look great, You don't need to do anything differentjawdrop

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  18. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    You guys are right about getting just the right digital camera settings. One click here or there makes a difference in a good picture looking great or terrible. Thanks for the wire/pole compliments. Spent what seemed like hours and still not done yet. I agree too that an small diorama might be just the ticket for great outdoor shots. Sometimes it would be great to just have a few cars and an engine photographed...hmmmmm maybe that might need to be the new project.

    cn nutbar - I'm still trying to approach the quality of your pics! You're inside shots are great studies on lighting.

    Iron Horse - that WS scene turned out really well. I really like the rock work and culvert. If that is modeling southeast PA - where are the groundhogs?
  19. Dragon

    Dragon Member

    Yes, I find natural sunlight the best source when phtographing.

  20. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    That looks great. Very nice wood working on that retaining wall.

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