09-09-2012, 12:07 PM
Oh yes. The correct answer was submitted rlundy90 via PM. It is the building with stairs showing out the end of the engine house. That gave me the clue to the foul up on my part. I searched back on found it in the background of the turnout remote threads. Jim
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09-09-2012, 12:39 PM
Sheepishly moving on. Here is that webbing mess photo shown before the 'contest.' I shot this at a little higher level so you could see the tunnel entrance in the upper left. Jim
09-09-2012, 04:46 PM
Was only kidding about the time zones, would be the same here if it was an NRL (national rugby league) State of Origin game.
Now, this latest pic, where is this track into the tunnel going to? You've got the lower track coming around from under the back of the layout that's going to join up to the one behind the engine house, and this middle levels going where?
I can see I'll have to print off copies of all your pics Jim so that I can do quick comparisons while bleary eyed if I'm going to have any chance of winning one of your comps.
09-09-2012, 04:54 PM
toot, I'm guessing many are weary about trying to win this one. I hope you didn't stay up. Just another senior moment.
Next time I try for 1300 my time. Thanks, Jim
09-09-2012, 05:14 PM
09-10-2012, 09:44 AM
Toot, I understand about sleep. 9PM is getting late for me. Did I mention that I played rugby for the Portland (OR) Rugby Club from 1967-72? Fullback and I was the kicker. Scored all 18 of our points, all free or penalty kicks, in an 18 to 12 victory against Oregon State University. Loved it!
BACK TO SOME PHOTOGRAPHY: I know many of you like this thread for photography hints as well as scenery ones. Let's look at the 'contest' photo again.
I really like this photo. I'm not a 'zoom' photographer because I seldom like the results. I only shoot my photos at 1200x1600 pixels to go easy on the different site servers. Zoom as a rule comes out better in the 3500x4000 range. But, this photo was take with a zoom setting.
Let's look at basically the same photo taken this morning in about the same light. This was a regular photo, no zooming. After I took the photo I used my primitive photo program to crop/trim it. Notice the change in roughly the same area.
I don't really know why I took the zoom photo for the 'contest.' Normally this is the photo I would have taken and used. Go figure. To me, and we all see photos differently, the zoomer seems to shorten the whole scene making it more crowded and I'm not sure what else? I just seemed right to do it with the zoom when I looked through the viewfinder. Compared to the cropped photo it just seems to have more life. So I guess the moral to the story is: Take more than one photo of the same scene. Use a zoom on one, and crop a normal photo and see which you may prefer. Always test yourself and don't do the same stuff all the time. Jim
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09-10-2012, 07:36 PM
Comparing the 2 pics I would say I prefer the non-zoomed as a picture i.e. as a scene it has depth and for instance makes the distance between the loco shed and the contest's subject shed that much further apart (and easier to detect). Being taken from a slightly higher position also helps.
But if you wanted to make it more of a "find the hidden object" type competition or as you did a "find the object that wasn't there before" then the zoom has brought the small shed sufficiently forward to make it look as though it might be a part of the loco shed and cunningly disguised it.
Whatever, both photos are worthy contenders for the background/wallpaper prize.
09-10-2012, 10:14 PM
I like them both, but I too, prefer the second picture. I think it looks more realistic. The barrels and logs on the wharf are bigger in the second picture giving it a feeling of depth. That is missing a bit in the second picture. The 1st pic's barrels in the front are a little bigger than the ones in the rear, but the difference isn't as noticble as in the second picture.
Also the mountain in the background looks much closer further compressing the scene. If I was trying to get more background detail, I would use the 1st shot and for an overall view, the 2nd. Glad you posted the second pic. I never realized there were those differences. Maybe it can be used to some advantage in taking future photos.
09-11-2012, 08:39 AM
Good comments fellows. This is the goal of this thread, having readers take the next step whether they're thinking about photography, layout design possiblilities in limited space, or scenery issues.
I like the second one as well. The zoom photo was used probably because, like Toot said, it makes the new building too obvious to be the center of attention.
Next Contest will be at the 50,000 hit mark. Jim
09-11-2012, 10:32 AM
Just another thought on these two photos. If you look at the engine house you can see that it doesn't sit straight anymore. When tearing up this part of the layout I either dropped it or grabbed in the wrong place, I think grabbed, and actually did the house more damage that the nearly trashed ore tipple.
I haven't reglued the engine house back together yet because I have to scenic and lay track behind it and I seem to hit it from time to time. Hitting it now it has some give to it so I don't think I'll damage it anymore. In the front of the engine house the peak from the roof to the door opening is completely split apart. Jim