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  • New backdrop and lighting

    The new backdrop arrived yesterday and I wasted no time in fitting it. There are a couple of differences from the original - firstly I moved the storm over to the side since I didn't want it to dominate the scene. It now sits over on the left behind the grain installation. The other difference is that I lowered the horizon to about an inch and a half above ground - it was previously three inches and felt too high. The whole scene now seems balanced with the focus being on the railway and not the background. I'll now focus on hiding gaps and edges around the whole scene.

    I also fitted lighting - I added track spotlights to the cover and created my own lighting supply from an old extension chord. The lights are a little bright but I will add a dimmer next weekend. I also want to add more diffuse lighting since the spots are a little too focused. Nevertheless the whole scene is slowly coming alive and I'm very pleased overall with the result so far.

    Fitting the track lighting. Easy to do.





    The whole scene with lighting. It's tricky to photograph the scene since the contrasts can result in 'blown out' areas. I managed to play with the iPhone HDR settings and get a reasonable result.









    I'm fitting more lighting this weekend.
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    • Too bad the lighting has bright spots and dark spots. Have you considered florescent tubes or LEDs?
      Frank

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        Originally posted by Frank Palmer


        Too bad the lighting has bright spots and dark spots. Have you considered florescent tubes or LEDs?


        Yes the plan is to fit dimmers to the spots and use them to highlight scenes and remove shadows.

        I'll be adding either fluorescent lights or LEDs this weekend.

        The lighting was always a two part process. I needed to see what the spots looked like before fitting the second set.
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        • Carl looks almost real

          greetings frank

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          • and now flash ligt and thunder ....

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            • Since you have the spots, and the backdrop has something other than a clear blue summer sky!, it would be interesting to experiment with some colored filters on the spots after you get the other lights in.
              Modeling Arizona Eastern Railroad, Hayden Junction (1920), in On30

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              • i mean it so how i wrote, i like thunder and flash ligts i built it also on my layout.

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                • I really like the new backdrop with its asymmetry and variety of colors. The lighting at present is perhaps a little too spotty but not too bad. It reminds me of late afternoon storms rolling in with little patches of light and the clouds gradually covering the sky. Very dramatic. Looking forward to further developments.

                  Mike
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                  Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                  • quote:


                    Originally posted by Cowboybilly


                    i mean it so how i wrote, i like thunder and flash ligts i built it also on my layout.



                    Thanks Cowboybilly,

                    I definitely wanted some drama on the layout. The story of this railway is that it is about two years away from closure and therefore I want an ominous sky to reflect that.

                    However, the next layout based on this same branch line will have clear blue skies and the layout in general will have a happy colorful atmosphere. I'll be posting more on that once I've finished my research. I'll start another thread once I'm ready.
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                    • quote:


                      Originally posted by rca2


                      Since you have the spots, and the backdrop has something other than a clear blue summer sky!, it would be interesting to experiment with some colored filters on the spots after you get the other lights in.


                      Thanks Bob,

                      I've been doing some reading on lights this week and re-reading some Iain Rice writings on the matter - he's the go-to reference for 'layouts as paintings' (btw that's my term not his!) Well, he says the same thing: use colored filters, so yes I'll probably try that.

                      Today I'm going to add LED strip lights (http://www.amazon.com/16-4ft-Flexibl...s=led+lighting) since they are cheap. If they don't look good then I can use them elsewhere and I'll try some kind of florescent lighting.

                      Once this new lighting is in place I'll focus back on the spots and add dimmers (and possibly filters).
                      https://thedepotonline.com/blog

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                      • quote:


                        Originally posted by Michael Hohn


                        I really like the new backdrop with its asymmetry and variety of colors. The lighting at present is perhaps a little too spotty but not too bad. It reminds me of late afternoon storms rolling in with little patches of light and the clouds gradually covering the sky. Very dramatic. Looking forward to further developments.

                        Mike


                        Thanks Mike,

                        Once the new lighting is in place with the spots better focused we'll be able to see the new backdrop a bit better. It's definitely better than the first but there are things I miss now from the first one such as the faraway houses and trees which I removed from the new backdrop. Maybe I'll combine the best of both and create a third backdrop at some point. Let's see how the new lighting looks first.
                        https://thedepotonline.com/blog

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                        • I used a 5000K color temperature for LED strips for my layout room. Some people like their LEDs considerably warmer.
                          James

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                            Originally posted by jbvb


                            I used a 5000K color temperature for LED strips for my layout room. Some people like their LEDs considerably warmer.


                            Hey James,

                            I'm off to the hardware store in a moment so I'll take a look at that too.

                            I took a picture with all the spots focused on one area just to see what more natural lighting might look like. Looks good although did I notice an annoying kink the backdrop image which I missed when working on it. I forgot that small issues in Photoshop get blown up enormously in real life. Darn it, I might be heading towards creating a third backdrop!


                            Spot the kink?


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                            • That's a wonderful picture, very realistic. :up:

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                              • The kink is not obvious, but I did spot the broken parts of the wrought iron fence. I especially like how the bright light in the foreground is echoed by the backdrop. Fantastic modeling and photo.
                                Modeling Arizona Eastern Railroad, Hayden Junction (1920), in On30

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