Vista Print

15 Mar

An important part of the layout is the backscene. On my last exhibition layout, Weston Road, I successfully made my own using a stitched together series of photographs taken of the landscape vista south of Crewe. The result was very convincing and I learnt a lot along the way.

Fast forward to Kirkmellington and the intention is again the same. We have taken a series of shots of landscapes of Ayrshire. I have been experimenting in stitching these together this week so we can make some trial prints.

Software used is simply Windows Live Photo Gallery which has a panorama creating function. The software also allows the image to be cleaned up and offending 21st century clutter (a small windturbine) to be removed and the image cropped. The key to this is getting the horizon right in the original shots – a curved landscape is best as the software bends the shots as it stitches (thus a curved horizon becomes straight). A close flat horizon when stitched will come out very distorted.

First impression is positive but how the images will sit on the backscene and merge with the 3D scenery remain to be seen




3 Responses to “Vista Print”

  1. Jamie Wood March 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Top pic the upper Nith valley, second one… (much thought…) Doon valley?

    Good to see the weather conditions are being representatively portrayed 😀

    • Black and Decker Boy March 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

      1st photo is Nith Valley on A76 around kirkconnel just to the north before New Cumnock

      2nd is on B741 New Cumnock to dalmellington at Littlemark, the open cast workings at the top are the back of the Greenburn loading point.

      Clear blue sky would be pushing modellers license a bit far 😉

      • Jamie Wood March 16, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

        Must be because B741 goes through ‘here be dragons’ on my maps!

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