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Railfan's Dream
3rd PlaceRailfan's Dream

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Challenge: Children's Toy IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Date: Dec 29, 2012
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/15
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2012

When I saw the challenge was toys I immediately went downstairs and started playing taking photos of our HO train platform. I wanted to get a shot that looked like you were really there in that little town. Notice I even have a railfan on the left taking photos of the train. Hard to see in this size.

In order to get that effect I laid the camera on the train platform, angling the camera upward manually focusing on the train station and the front of the train. It was edited in LR & PSE with just increased contrast and brightness in specific areas.

Place: 3 out of 76
Avg (all users): 6.9407
Avg (commenters): 8.5455
Avg (participants): 6.6596
Avg (non-participants): 7.1268
Views since voting: 2342
Views during voting: 260
Votes: 118
Comments: 31
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/08/2013 09:13:47 PM
Wow! Nice train set. The picture is really good too... Excelent job of lighting and depth of focus control.
01/07/2013 12:27:57 PM
What a wonderland! I love looking at this!

Congrats on your PB and Ribbon, Marcia!
01/07/2013 11:38:14 AM
congrats on the ribbon and new PB
01/07/2013 10:48:38 AM
Congratulations, nice image.
01/07/2013 09:41:28 AM
We used to have a toy train when we were kids, but not quite as fun-looking as this set-up. Congrats on the ribbon!
01/07/2013 08:48:07 AM
Congrats on the ribbon; well done.
01/07/2013 04:08:23 AM
Lovely shot of what must be a great train platform. It looks like the old Märklin tracks, is that right? Anyway, congrats on your ribbon and PB, VWD!
01/07/2013 03:52:49 AM
Fabulous image of your magnificent layout. I am a Märklin fan and am 3 years into building my own layout. Wow. Wd on the ribbon.
01/07/2013 03:39:39 AM
I would have preferred a blue for this! But you should be happy anyway right? Brava and congratulations for your first ribbon and your new PB!

Message edited by author 2013-01-07 03:40:36.
01/07/2013 03:17:53 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, very well done.

FYI, this is an example for images made with a tilt/shift lens; it can be used to make a real life scene look like a scene in a miniature

The original purpose of T/S lenses, though, is different, look here
01/07/2013 03:17:49 AM
Outstanding! Congratulations, Marcia!
01/07/2013 03:03:13 AM
What a beautiful little world... congrats!
01/07/2013 01:10:19 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! I was referring to a tilt-shift lens, which when used a certain way, produces this same effect, but on real size scenes.
01/07/2013 01:01:51 AM
Congratulations, lovely picture
01/07/2013 01:00:18 AM
Thanks for all the great comments. I was thrilled to get such a high score. This is my highest yet!
01/07/2013 12:58:18 AM
Originally posted by tanguera:

Looks like a tiltshift image!!

Not sure what this means. I angled the camera up when I took it.
01/07/2013 12:15:00 AM
Hey your first ribbon well done, thought this would do well!
01/07/2013 12:09:35 AM
What a great set-up! Love the taxi at the station, the various figures waiting, relaxing, working. Congratulations on the ribbon.
01/07/2013 12:03:05 AM
Very well done, congrats :-) For the grown-up child in all of us...
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/06/2013 10:44:59 PM
Great detail and clarity; nice job.
01/06/2013 09:03:22 PM
I can't wait to read your picture description. Very interesting. Nice little town.
01/06/2013 08:27:46 PM
I quite like this one, should be in the top ten, just one nitpick the foreground is a little distracting! 7
01/06/2013 04:19:54 PM
uping this as a former hornby oo owner great feel to it
01/06/2013 11:59:50 AM
Wonderful DOF to accentuate the minitaure scene.
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01/06/2013 11:18:19 AM
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01/05/2013 10:49:44 PM
This is one of my highest rated shots in this challenge. It's an excellent shot in every way.
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01/05/2013 08:54:05 PM
Nice lighting and framing, not sure what the point of focus is here and it feels a little static. A touch of motion in the train could give the image make it stand out more for me. (8)
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01/01/2013 05:51:14 PM
very good scale models, looks almost like a tilt-shift. Love the detail and pov.
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12/31/2012 05:55:55 PM
This looks fantastic. Great shot, one of my top picks.
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12/31/2012 04:14:37 PM
Oh how I wish I still had my old train set. Excellent photo, with great light, focus, and details.
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12/31/2012 12:07:08 PM
Looks like a tiltshift image!!
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