Rich has been back in touch.
If you missed his last post, it’s here.
“I want to thank you all for your kind comments about the Pine Island Railroad and encouragement to send more.
Many of you wanted to see some video but, unfortunately, I don’t have the capacity to produce it. My friend, and tech wizard Jeff, could help me out and we will be in touch as soon as life starts to open up again around here. (Jeff is also the airbrush virtuoso for the backdrop work.)
My technique for photographing the Pine Island is to use a tripod and time exposure.
Also shoot at night because natural light through windows and flash photography leads to unrealistic color and overly reflective highlights.
Set the f stop as high as it will go (22-29) and regulate the shutter speed slower than 1 second.
The high f stop keeps more of the depth in focus (although nothing’s perfect) but the shutter speed requires an absolutely still camera; setting the timer helps too.
Also try to stay low at track level. Too many aerial shots are unrealistic and don’t do justice to detail.
I will send still more pictures at another time and hopefully draw up a track plan.
Thank you Alastair for again posting my photos.
A long quiet platform.
BBQ gone to the dogs.
Back street game of hoops.
Diesel service yard.
Dad scolds lazy son for not helping out.
Farm plowed field was cardboard box.
Hudsons prepare to depart.
Lovers kiss as nuns look on.
NYC T&P motors at hillside junction.
Overview of layout taken through window.
Ready to hoop up orders.
River valley looking south.
Pine Island 0-4-0s and 2-6-4s croud roundhouse whisker tracks
This is a bust!
Toxic dump creates puddle under the bridge
I do love the story that the captions tell.
Stunning stuff from Robert. His pics are as a good as his layout – it’s good of him to share his photography tips too.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the The Beginner’s Guide is here if today is the day you get thoughts together to get going on your very own layout.