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Subject: [Leica] Rail fans gather 'round...
From: luisripoll at (Luis Ripoll)
Date: Fri Mar 21 06:20:13 2008
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What a nice collection!, you catch on a really good sense of reality!, very
nice see this work
Thanks for showing,

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Richard Taylor
Enviado el: martes, 18 de marzo de 2008 18:55
Para: Leica Users Group
Asunto: [Leica] Rail fans gather 'round... 

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 appreciated.

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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