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 Posted: Mon Jan 21st, 2019 05:56 am
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Duane,

Glad to see you out there again.






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Thanks Steven, still kicking and making models!






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Holy dead thread revival!

I had posted a few pics of the Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge modules on my “regular” Torres & Prietas thread,
but realized it was off topic.
 
So I’ll revive this thread and post updates and pics here.


When I started the SP modules, it was my hope to bring them to Owens Valley and operate them in place,
and taking photographs in situ to see if I could recreate the feel of the railroad and the historic landscapes it passed through.

That never materialized, but, with the help of Photoshop, I am hoping to recreate some of the historic scenes.

I am still struggling with Photoshop but am learning...







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It dawned on me that while trying to find this thread, that in doing a Google search,
neither this thread nor none of the photographs in it appear in any of the Google searches I used,
i.e “Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge” “On30” etc....

Does anyone know anything about how the mysterious Google search engine works,
so that others searching for models of the Southern Pacific can find this thread?

Is it based on keywords or the name of photographs?

Just thinking out loud here, but am curious.

Duane




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 Posted: Sun Oct 20th, 2019 07:28 pm
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Have pirated the b/w picture of this morning and modified it a little.

Duane mentioned that he intended to remove the wires,
so I did this using a medium size brush.
 
Went over the area of the wires several times,
with several shades I had taken from the sky,
at maybe 20% intensity.

Sorry, I have an old Photoshop CS2 in GERMAN,
so I may use some wrong terminology, hope it makes sense.
 
I also cut the house from a duplicate picture with the marquee tool,
tilted it countercrosswise and pasted it in its place again (move tool),
as it was leaning to the right.
Had to touch up the cuts.

Then took the whole picture and stretched it horizontally,
as I feel the tender looks rather tall,
and I wanted it to be more "squat"

Duane has allowed me to post the modified picture.
Didn't want to violate his copyright!

I am not a Photoshop pro, use it mainly to enhance prototype pictures I find online.
However, I may try to combine real world backgrounds with my models too,
as I like the pics in this thread very much.  







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Looks great, your changes make the photo look much better.

Nothing wrong with using an older version of Photoshop,
I think the older versions were more user friendly.

For example, I couldn’t find the right tools to fix the station, which seemed to lean a bit....
So much to learn in Photoshop, and I am not a tech savvy person.

Heck, I can’t even figure out how to resize pics on my phone so that I can post them.




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elminero67 wrote:
Looks great, your changes make the photo look much better.

Nothing wrong with using an older version of Photoshop,
I think the older versions were more user friendly.

For example, I couldn’t find the right tools to fix the station, which seemed to lean a bit....


What version do you use? 

Have CS 5 at the office, it's full of mysteries to me...

The easy way for me  to change things like the station, is to open a copy of the picture.
Then I may rotate the whole copy, increase its size or make it smaller.
When the detail I need looks good, I cut it and transfer it to the first picture.

Surely there are faster and smarter ways to do this,
but it works for me.




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I am currently using CC 2017.

Or should I say that I’m trying to use CC 2017.





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If anyone is curious, this is what Keeler looks like today from the same angle as the model
(this is what I used for the background of the model photo).

I'd like to revisit the model photograph a couple of spaces above at a later date,
as I think it is a good composition, just a mediocre execution.







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 Posted: Sun Oct 27th, 2019 04:00 am
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Pic of the day.

This view shows the Keeler depot from the highway coming into town from the north during the late 1950s.

Not a great railroad pic, as I failed to even have a loco in the foreground.

But with every photograph I am learning a little more about what works and what doesn’t,
as far as matching a modeled foreground and a photographic background.

In this case I like how the background blends except the roof of the station,
which seems to look a little “off” as the light was a little different.

I’ll re-shoot this angle at a later date.
If anyone sees anything that doesn’t look right, a better way to do things, I’m all ears!

Thx, Duane







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