Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/03/18

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Subject: [Leica] Rail fans gather 'round...
From: r.s.taylor at (Richard Taylor)
Date: Tue Mar 18 10:55:11 2008

My friend Tom is an ardent O-Gauge model railroader.  Over the decades  
he's built a railroading empire that now fills what was once his two- 
car garage.  The landscaping is still pretty sparse, but all sections  
of the system are finally up and running after a couple of years of  
troubleshooting and rewiring.   This is not your typical Lionel set,  
after all, but a project akin to an electrical version of a Rubik's  
cube combined with the wiring demands of a small city.

Tom overseeing his empire:

ISO 800 18 mm f5.6 @ 1/50th

... a view from the other side of the tracks;

ISO 800 16 mm f5.6 @ 1/10th

Here's some of the rolling stock, all shot at ISO 200 f16.0 and  
shutter speeds from 1.6-2.5 seconds using Live View on the D300 and  
manual focus.  Focal lengths varied from 11 to 18 mm.  The depth of  
field was surprisingly narrow.  Next time around I'll stop down even  
further and focus further back on the locomotives to make better use  
of what depth of field there is.  Any other suggestions you might have  
regarding how to make these tack sharp from front to back would be  

Sorry I can't do a better job of identifying the engines.  I only  
recognize only a few of them, such as the GG-1 on the right in _0429,  
from my own very long ago model railroading days.  All you fellow  
former Lionel fanciers will be happy to know, however,  that the ZW  
transformer, the sine qua non of train controllers in the '50s, and  
the focus of my early-teen years railroading lust, can still be  
found.  Tom has three of them.

All were shot with a Nikon D300 on auto white balance and a Sigma  
10-20 mm zoom. White balance and levels were touched up in Lightroom.

Enjoy!  C&C always welcome.



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