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Gramps46

Pre-digital Dioramas

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I have been enjoying and inspired by the photos here so I guess I had better share some of my favorite diorama  photos taken on film a couple of decades ago..

 

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Just goes to show what could be done during those days before digital cameras...... and we have it so easy now. I remember buying a 24 or 36 exposure film, black & white or colour, loading it into the SLR camera, hoping that each shot would actually come out, never mind come out good, then taking the film in to Boots the Chemist, waiting two weeks for developing and finally collecting and paying for the 24 or 36 photographs. Quite often you would get maybe three good photos out of 36, if you were lucky. These days of course, we shoot as many photos as we like and upload them to the computer in seconds, and end up with hundreds of folders containing thousands of images. You can try for one exceptional shot of your diorama by taking 60 almost identical shots, or vary the angle and settings slightly and away you go !

David

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I've done a few model RR diorama shots with a 4x5" camera in B&W back in the '90s.

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Hi Brian from Boston..... What sort of RR diorama was it that you built in the '90s ? Yes, I agree, that you could still produce some stunningly realistic shots in B&W by using an old SLR camera, like the one I have which is a Zenit ( Russian ).

David

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Heh, sorry David those particular 4x5 shots aren't anything to write home about.  I do have a bunch of 35mm slides to scan of the diorama, which was constructed for the shoot.  For fun.  It had a 1:48 scale RR track on a plate girder bridge crossing over a road.   On the street below I had placed a few of my 1:43 diecast cars,  including a truck hauling a representation of a disused wooden electric trolley car (i.e. tram) body...barely passing underneath the bridge.

I had the pleasure of having one of those slides published in Model Railroader magazine in the readers' photos section.

 

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Thanks for the interesting reply Brian, and it's quite funny that I misunderstood your ' RR ' as meaning Rolls-Royce, when I presume you mean Rail Road !!!

My diorama, as you may have seen, is Rolls-Royce.

David

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