Long lens

I was photographing the layout yesterday and decided to experiment with a 70-300mm zoom lens. Zoom lenses do foreshorten the scene, so for example the switches look a lot sharper than they actually are – but I don’t mind the effect and the lens allowed me to get into places I can’t with the 18-55mm lens I normally use.

Here are a couple of photos from the operating session. More to come.

CNR 1560 on the yard throat, Port Rowan:
Switching in Port Rowan photo SwitchingPortRowan.jpg

And with its work complete, CNR X1560 East departs Port Rowan:
X1560 East at Port Rowan photo X1560East-PortRowan.jpg

Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Long lens

  1. Dear Trevor

    I have to say I for one am a big fan of the long-lens proto shots. When it comes to modelling proto scenes to high degrees of “compare to a proto-photo” accuracy, esp in small spaces, those foreshortened images can be highly inspirational, and give some hope that even a small layout can “look right”…

    After all, if the proto image _looks_ like a given switching track arrangement is using #4 turnouts, (long lense distortion providing somehow-more-acceptable “selective compression” than that which we as modellers apply un/consciously during the build stage), then why can’t we model the location using #4s?

    Particularly when researching and modelling a prototype one will never be able to visit from 16,000+ kilometres away, if the model looks like the photo, then surely it’s “right”, isn’t it?

    Happy Modelling,
    Aim to Improve,
    Prof Klyzlr

    • Hi Professor:
      It’s a good observation you make about the turnouts – if only the long lens didn’t foreshorten everything else, too. If you model the location using #4 turnouts, and want it to look like the product of a long lens distortion, then you would also have to model 40′ boxcars that were only, say, 20′ long. Locomotives would also have to be squashed to keep everything in perspective.
      Cheers!

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