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 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2016 10:48 pm
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Si. wrote: Birds, passenger-steps & shovels ...
... WONDERFUL !
Looks like you are having fun with the detailing


I am, indeed. This is the part I've been looking forward to, where I look at a scene, and ask myself, "what is missing here that you'd find in the rural South during WW2?," and then making sure it gets placed there...



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 Posted: Mon Dec 12th, 2016 11:01 pm
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It's a small thing, but I filled every depression and hole on the layout and lined every path with real dirt from the place the layout takes place. I also placed a few small pebbles in certain spots to represent large rocks on the surface. Those also came from where the layout takes place.
Before I started the layout, my Mom and Dad actually collected a jar or dirt and a bag of small rocks from the area, just so I could do this once the layout was built.
It means a great deal to me to have several small actual pieces of Stoney Creek on the layout.



A couple of days later, I took some photos for a planned magazine article. During a few, I'd forgotten to close the blinds and the light made some shots unusable. But I thought I'd post them here to give you an idea what the finished shots looked like. One shot I'm not posting yet turned out great, with realistic venting from the cylinders as well as smoke. None of this was photoshopped and was done in real-time for a long term exposure, using old-school methods...



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 Posted: Wed Dec 14th, 2016 10:21 pm
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I got a aluminum casting of a 1943 Baldwin builder's plate (for a VO diesel, but it's mostly the same type of plate they also used for their export steam locomotives) off eBay recently, and I decided to paint the thing with gold paint (nobody makes bronze colored spray paint that I could find), then went over it with brass paint highlights, then filled in the black background and generally made it look well-worn. My goal was to give it the best, "just yanked off the locomotive in the scrap line and never cleaned" look that I could. Now it hangs over the back wall over the layout.



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It's all looking very natural Lee and that last head-on low level shot is a peach. I particularly like the cornfield, that must have taken a fair bit of planting.

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" done in real-time for a long term exposure, using old-school methods..."

:pimp: :pimp: :pimp: :pimp: :pimp:

Hi Lee :wave:

Is that on 8x10 or 5x7 glass-plates ? ;)

:moose:

Si.

I wanna see some more of those cool 'panning shots' !
I don't think they are 'gimmicky' at all...
...look real good to me !!



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 Posted: Thu Dec 15th, 2016 12:47 am
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Si. wrote: " done in real-time for a long term exposure, using old-school methods..."



















Is that on 8x10 or 5x7 glass-plates ? ;)





Well, I could use this for model photography, but I'd need to figure out depth of field issues. It's a Speed Graphic from 1938 and all the functions work...






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Hi Lee :wave:

NICE camera !
I have a 1/4-plate, from way back when.
Just no quarter-plates to use in it though. :f:

Something I did find recently was.
I have all my Grandfathers lenses from the WWI era.
Also his pre & post WWII lenses as well, with various screws & mounts.

With the Lumix u4/3rds camera I have.
I was able to get lens-mount adapters for ALL these vintage lenses.
Some of them over 100 years old !

They are nothing like modern lenses, of course.
They were never designed with 'colour' photography in mind either.
Nice to be able to use them though, with a modern camera.

I should use them more.
Mostly I just use a cellphone though.
GREAT depth of field, with such a short focal length lens.

:moose:

Si.

Old flashbulbs, used with digital-cameras can have an interesting effect as well.



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Of course, you're laughing with the Speed Graphic.

5x4 cut-film is still easily available.

:bg:

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Quite some few years ago I sold three Speed Graphics (actually, one was a Crown Graphic. No focal plane shutter), a Graflex monorail 4X5, a "baby" Speed Graphic (2-1/4 X 3-1/4), two Mamiya RB67's, three Nikons and a Nikkormat (I kept all my Nikkor lenses), and a Kodak 8X10, and assorted lenses and accessories for all of the above. 
I was just able to purchase a Nikon D3 with the proceeds.
I miss silver.
I miss having the time to mess with silver.
I haven't quite gotten the hang of digital yet.
A long time ago in a galaxy far away I was a working pro.  The RB's and Nikons were the main workhorses. The large format equipment was for fun.
Managing water utilities is not as glamorous or fun, but it is a far more reliable source of income. 
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Si,
You can find the film for a large format negative, but only one place I know of will develop it locally, and they are NOT Acheap. A pal owns a massive collection of WW2 miltary cameras abd shoots with a speed graphic often...



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