Guys and Gals.....I took some pictures a couple of days ago as I prepare for some print coverage of the layout with regards of how to use natural light to create some sharp contrasts between light and shadow.  These don't represent the best but may give you some ideas as to what not to do as you post pictures on the forum and submit to the magazine....LOL!!  There are 42 pictures so forgive me for posting so many.  Also, if you click any of the pictures, you will be able to get a much better full page view with more detail.  As always, thanks so much for taking the time to look....

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Alan Arnold
CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
adman@ogaugerr.com
800-980-OGRR (6477)

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Just as important as the contrast between light and shadow is composition.  You've scored all three, Alan.  (Not to mention an incredible layout.)  

I will be savoring the details in each shot with my morning coffee.

Thanks for posting,

Tomlinson Run Railroad

P.S. - the Attachments section shows the photos as thumbnails.  When viewed together-- almost like a contact sheet -- I see a fourth dimension: fabulous color!  If these are the "seconds", the "keepers" must be spectacular .

Your layout is remarkable, super pictures.. Considering the layout and the time OGR must take, I am nominating you as the most effective human in managing time!

Hokie 71

Chief of Operations, Free Union, Blacksburg, and Albemarle Railroad (FUBAR)

hokie71 posted:

Your layout is remarkable, super pictures.. Considering the layout and the time OGR must take, I am nominating you as the most effective human in managing time!

Thanks Paul....I have a friend at the local university that has discovered how to clone people so I have plenty of help!!....

Alan Arnold
CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
adman@ogaugerr.com
800-980-OGRR (6477)

Quarter Gauger 48 posted:

Wow', Alan, you have invested a lot of time, energy, and devotion to your layout, and it shows in your photos'.  Very nice display and presentation.  Thanks for taking the time involved in posting your great pics'...

Td 

Thanks Td.....!!  Don't get to spend as much time as in the past since OGR takes up a bunch of time...

Alan Arnold
CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
adman@ogaugerr.com
800-980-OGRR (6477)

I am echoing what others are saying. Natural light does a lot for images. I always find it nice to look at pictures others have taken, because the camera I use is a cell phone, and I also don't get much natural light on my layout due to it's location. Even when I am able to do the full basement for my layout, I only have 3 windows in my basement to let light shine in.

Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

Amazing. Sorry I didn't get a chance to comment the other day. I think I see room for a new topic, water effects. Alan, what did you use for your water that is shown in those few pics? Almost looks like you have slightly tinted green glass(or green glass) with an epoxy on top to create the waves.

Thanks Dave!....the "water" is a technique that I learned from the late John Allen who was an HO modeler.  Dennis Brennan also used this technique and wrote about it in his book.  The "water" is made from a sheet of annealed shower door glass.  Shower door glass is available in tempered and annealed....  Annealed glass can be cut, drilled, etc. without breaking into little pieces like tempered glass.  It comes in different patterns so one can pick a pattern that looks like waves or ripples.  Unlike Dennis Brennan, I do not paint the bottom side of the glass rather I paint the surface on which the glass will rest....usually a smooth piece of Masonite.  This way, if you want to change the color of the water, it is done easily and has the side benefit of looking a little deeper...but both painting methods work fine.

Alan Arnold
CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
adman@ogaugerr.com
800-980-OGRR (6477)

tcochran posted:

I am echoing what others are saying. Natural light does a lot for images. I always find it nice to look at pictures others have taken, because the camera I use is a cell phone, and I also don't get much natural light on my layout due to it's location. Even when I am able to do the full basement for my layout, I only have 3 windows in my basement to let light shine in.

Tony....a cell phone is just fine these days for taking pictures.  If one gets the lighting effects just right, some pretty good pictures come from cell phones with good optics.  Every one of the pictures you saw in my post above were taken with a Galaxy Note phone.....

Alan Arnold
CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
adman@ogaugerr.com
800-980-OGRR (6477)

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