Eric Schweitzer  


030 Gage Model Railroad by Eric Schweitzer

March 2020 - 030 Gage Model Railroad

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A neighbor has a model railroad layout and ask me to shoot some shots for an article he was writing for a model railroad magazine. In this shot the different locomotives and cars in his collection and the three tiers of the layout are shown. Shot on a tripod with a 24-105 mm lens set to 51mm for 0.4sec@f8 and ISO 3200. Post processing using Lightroom and Topaz 2.


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9 comments posted

Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
I really like the way you blended the tiers. You didn't say whether you were able to get them in a single capture or had to blend them in post-processing. Looks like a single capture to me. I am distracted by the out of focus areas in the upper portion, especially in the upper left corner, and also in the lower left corner. Everything is so well blended and of similar sharpness that these areas catch my attention. Also the bright blue patch under the bridge on the lower left is confusing to me.   Posted: 03/08/2020 14:35:59
Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
You are correct it is one capture, I should have done a focus stack.   Posted: 03/19/2020 18:38:19

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hello Eric, this is a wonderful shot. I am sure your neighbor is pleased with it. What a great layout they have.
The depth of field is pretty good, but if you were shooting on a tripod, why not make it f16 or f22 and increase the depth of field, or did you want to have a little blur from the close and far parts of the image? Another thought--if the engine can make smoke, have your neighbor invoke that and shoot immediately after.   Posted: 03/11/2020 13:33:29
Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
Unfortunately, my neighbor is moving and this layout has been taken down. He is moving to Florida and building a new layout which will not be done for several years. The smoke is a great ides we did not think of.   Posted: 03/19/2020 18:41:40

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Your neighbor has quite a play place! I would have liked it better is it were more in focus. If the image is for publication in a mag, it will need to be sharper.   Posted: 03/18/2020 11:12:44

Abe Chen   Abe Chen
It is an attractive image. It provides a jolt of joy on its own. I like the overall composition and think that the character of the model trains stands out. The image is well balanced; the house on the upper right corner balance with overwhelm models in the front. I would like to see the locomotive engine on the second tier turns around to face the viewers.   Posted: 03/18/2020 23:16:55

Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
You picked up on the objective, to show different types of locomotives. The locos on the 2nd and 4th rails are converted trucks from the 1930's. Only 7 were built and all ran the rails in Colorado.   Posted: 03/19/2020 18:45:49
Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
That is so interesting. I wondered about those two as they didn't seem like regular engines. Thanks for the extra input, it really enhances the story.   Posted: 03/19/2020 20:19:52

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
I love the image. I guess I wanted a bit more contrast. I darkened the image and then lightened the trains. You can decide if you like it.   Posted: 03/20/2020 11:46:58
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