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A morning train spotting at Sherton Abbas

wenlock

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I usually take pictures of the layout using my iPad, but thought I'd have a go using a compact camera for a change.  I've had a Panasonic Lumix  https://www.panasonic.com/uk/support/discontinued-products/cameras-camcorders/dmc-tz60eb.html for a few years now, that I use on motorcycle trips and for general photography.  Although generally happy with the results that I get from it, the smallest f stop that it will go down too is F8 and I thought this would cause problems with depth of field on models.  The pictures were taken using a tripod, with the camera set on F8 for an exposure of about half a second.

 

I found some free software online https://www.nchsoftware.com/photoeditor/download-now.html which has a "sharpen focus" setting which I've been playing with, I've also used the software to make the image size suitable for posting.

 

I hope you enjoy the pics!:)

 

 

 

Waiting for the morning train

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Arrival of Metro class number 1500 with the branch set

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Number 1500 running round the branch passenger 

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Number 1500 ready to return back up the branch

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517 class number 539 arriving in Sherton Abbas

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Dean Goods number 2467 propelling some cattle wagons into the back siding

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Dropping off some cattle wagons by the cattle dock

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Assembling the morning goods

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Ready for departure!

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Until next time........

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

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16 minutes ago, Miss Prism said:

Possibly your best set of pics yet, Dave.

 

Thanks Russ!  I’ll persevere trying to master this photography lark, it almost makes modelling seem easy in comparison :rolleyes:

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3 minutes ago, The Great Bear said:

Exquisite.

Thanks very much, I’m delighted you think so!:)

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1 hour ago, drduncan said:

Absolutely lovely.

Duncan

Thanks Duncan!:)

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There is so much detail in those pictures. 

 

I just noticed the horseshoe over the signal box door. Nice touch. 

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As others have already said - wonderful.  I could sit and look at these photos for hours - and probably will.  I sometimes use one of those Lumix cameras myself and find them excellent for model photography, being able to fit where larger cameras won't and providing good depth-of-field because of the small sensor.  You have mastered the lighting very well to produce such 'credible' images.

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My first digital camera was a Lumix FZ30. After the slightly upgraded FZ50 came out, I gave the FZ30 to my dad. My FZ50 was later stolen

but I liked it so much I bought a second hand one from ebay. Wjhen my dad passed away my wife got the original FZ30 back and now I must

admit I grab either one depending on which has the full battery load.

 

I later bought a Lumix G with interchangeable lenses but I still tend to grab the FZ50 or 30 as I know I'll get reliable results each time, whereas

the G - probably because it's more powerful - isn't quite as user-friendly.

 

Great pictures, anyway, Dave. Will we be seeing two bogie clerestories at Cardiff?

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5 hours ago, Dave John said:

There is so much detail in those pictures. 

 

I just noticed the horseshoe over the signal box door. Nice touch. 

Thanks Dave!  I can’t remember where I saw a picture of a prototype signal box with a horse shoe over the door, but I thought it was a nice idea that I hadn’t seen modelled before:)

 

4 hours ago, MikeOxon said:

As others have already said - wonderful.  I could sit and look at these photos for hours - and probably will.  I sometimes use one of those Lumix cameras myself and find them excellent for model photography, being able to fit where larger cameras won't and providing good depth-of-field because of the small sensor.  You have mastered the lighting very well to produce such 'credible' images.

Thanks Mike! That’s interesting about the sensor size affecting the depth of field, I definitely need to swot up and increase my photography knowledge! 

 

3 hours ago, Barry Ten said:

My first digital camera was a Lumix FZ30. After the slightly upgraded FZ50 came out, I gave the FZ30 to my dad. My FZ50 was later stolen

but I liked it so much I bought a second hand one from ebay. Wjhen my dad passed away my wife got the original FZ30 back and now I must

admit I grab either one depending on which has the full battery load.

 

I later bought a Lumix G with interchangeable lenses but I still tend to grab the FZ50 or 30 as I know I'll get reliable results each time, whereas

the G - probably because it's more powerful - isn't quite as user-friendly.

 

It sounds like my Lumix was a lucky purchase, I bought it from Amazon for a heavily discounted price because a newer model was coming out:)  The main reason I chose it was for the 30 times optical zoom and the fact that it would fit in my bike jacket pocket, I hadn’t really considered it for model photography.

 

3 hours ago, Barry Ten said:

 

 

Great pictures, anyway, Dave.

Thanks Al!

 

3 hours ago, Barry Ten said:

 

Will we be seeing two bogie clerestories at Cardiff?

I’m afraid not, I’ve been faffing about with the gas piping on the coach roof and it’s still not finished:rolleyes:  I have made progress on a smart new fascia panel for the lighting gantry, which If I get my finger out this weekend will be ready!

 

Thanks again to all for the positive comments :)

 

Best wishes 

 

Dave

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Hi Dave, what an excellent set of photos. The canopy shadow in the first photo is particularly effective. Shadows are so hard to get right in layout photography, but it really works in that shot.

 

Looking at these photos makes me go all soft and sentimental. I shall now go read the news, that should restore the cynical outlook :rolleyes:

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I’m sitting at home with a cup of coffee with nursing an injured foot feeling sorry for myself. Looking at these fantastic photos has really cheered me up. I am now fully inspired, thank you! 

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1 hour ago, Mikkel said:

Hi Dave, what an excellent set of photos. The canopy shadow in the first photo is particularly effective. Shadows are so hard to get right in layout photography, but it really works in that shot.

 

Thanks Mikkel! :)

 

1 hour ago, Mikkel said:

 

Looking at these photos makes me go all soft and sentimental. I shall now go read the news, that should restore the cynical outlook :rolleyes:

Sherton Abbas, the antidote to Brexit!:D

 

57 minutes ago, 5&9Models said:

I’m sitting at home with a cup of coffee with nursing an injured foot feeling sorry for myself. Looking at these fantastic photos has really cheered me up. I am now fully inspired, thank you! 

Sorry to hear about your poor foot Chris, but glad the pictures cheered you up!:)

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Are you setting up on Friday afternoon/evening. Dave?  I can drive down if needed. I'll do Parkrun saturday morning, so will be down around 11 ish I imagine. Can you keep put of mischief until then?

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Really looking forward to seeing Sherton Abbas again on Saturday. These photos are a reminder of just how good the layout is.

 

Brian

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12 hours ago, Mikkel said:

 

 

Looking at these photos makes me go all soft and sentimental. I shall now go read the news, that should restore the cynical outlook :rolleyes:

 

As well you don't live in the UK, Mikkel. You'd end up overdosed on cynicism.

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6 hours ago, Barry Ten said:

Are you setting up on Friday afternoon/evening. Dave?  I can drive down if needed. I'll do Parkrun saturday morning, so will be down around 11 ish I imagine. Can you keep put of mischief until then?

Hi Al, I’ve PM’d you:)

 

1 hour ago, 88C said:

Really looking forward to seeing Sherton Abbas again on Saturday. These photos are a reminder of just how good the layout is.

 

Brian

Thanks Brian:)  I hope you enjoy the show!

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14 minutes ago, bcnPete said:

Cracking set of photos Dave :yes: 

Thanks Pete:)

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Wonderful pictures Dave of a wwonderful layout.  

 

Don

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1 hour ago, Donw said:

Wonderful pictures Dave of a wwonderful layout.  

 

Don

Thanks Don:)  Will you be coming to the Cardiff show this year?

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3 hours ago, wenlock said:

Thanks Don:)  Will you be coming to the Cardiff show this year?

 

It is one week before our show at Taunton so what with the preparations before hand and being there all day both days on the doors or other duties  it would not go down well if I nip over to Cardiff the week before.

 

Don 

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2 hours ago, Donw said:

 

It is one week before our show at Taunton so what with the preparations before hand and being there all day both days on the doors or other duties  it would not go down well if I nip over to Cardiff the week before.

 

Don 

Ok Don, I hope the show goes well in Taunton, hope to see you soon:)

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