using photographs as backdrops
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            [attachment=28885]Hello Everyone---recently I've been using some of my photographs as backdrops.My printer makes copies that appear a bit hazy or muted but I like the effect.I simply paste the copy onto a piece of card-stock and place a locomotive in front of the picture to create a scene.Here's some samples
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Great Idea! I've seen a few layouts that use this method.
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Nice effect, Ed, and a good way to vary the background without having to redo the whole layout. Thumbsup Thumbsup

Wayne
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Actually it was Bruce (bdw9535) who inspired me to use this technique after he sent me a photobackdrop from his collection

   
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        Here's some more examples
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Maybe it's my monitor but all the backdrops look very washed/faded out and don't seem to blend in with the foreground?
Mike

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(07-13-2018, 06:45 AM)Tyson Rayles Wrote: Maybe it's my monitor but all the backdrops look very washed/faded out and don't seem to blend in with the foreground?

Hi Tyson---it's not your monitor,it's probably an issue with my printer which is not a high grade model and all my copies look faded.My copies reminded me of some of Walthers background scenes which also appear washed out
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Tyson---here's a scene using a Walther's background

   
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(07-13-2018, 08:34 AM)cn nutbar Wrote:
(07-13-2018, 06:45 AM)Tyson Rayles Wrote: Maybe it's my monitor but all the backdrops look very washed/faded out and don't seem to blend in with the foreground?

Hi Tyson---it's not your monitor,it's probably an issue with my printer which is not a high grade model and all my copies look faded.My copies reminded me of some of Walthers background scenes which also appear washed out

I was thinking that it might look that way since your photos are all focused on your locos, not on the backdrop. Still, they do give you a sense of distance being a bit faded out that way.
Don (ezdays) Day
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(07-13-2018, 12:33 PM)ezdays Wrote:
(07-13-2018, 08:34 AM)cn nutbar Wrote:
(07-13-2018, 06:45 AM)Tyson Rayles Wrote: Maybe it's my monitor but all the backdrops look very washed/faded out and don't seem to blend in with the foreground?

Hi Tyson---it's not your monitor,it's probably an issue with my printer which is not a high grade model and all my copies look faded.My copies reminded me of some of Walthers background scenes which also appear washed out

I was thinking that it might look that way since your photos are all focused on your locos, not on the backdrop. Still, they do give you a sense of distance being a bit faded out that way.

Right on Don---that's exactly what I was hoping to capture with the faded background---maybe with more practice the scenes will look better and I'm going to try using larger copier paper to get wider prints.Thanks for the feedback
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I see what you mean about the Walther's backgrounds.
Mike

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