Category Archives: Layout

Focus on the Western Pacific

I liked the way these two engines sat on the Sandquist Railway… So I chose to focus on the Western Pacific since thats the area we are modeling.

Day 334 of 365
11-30-2013

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Progress on The Sandquist Railway

Getting close on this section to completion. We are awaiting the delivery of a few structures to finish this section of our railroad. This area is replicating the Eastern Sierra’s-California-Nevada border. It is exciting to see the trains running on cool scenery Continue Reading

Adding a Backdrop

So we are slowly making progress on the scenery. The addition of one of the backdrops as really helped to pull things together. Now the finer details of ground cover can be completed to blend into the backdrop.

The backdrop is 292” long by 40” tall.. I did some creative photoshop splicing to achieve this file. I was then able to upload that file so that my friends at my local Fastsigns could print it out on some fairly heavy stock paper, sorry I don’t have the actual name or brand of the paper. It’s the stuff they use for trade show banners. Its fairly sturdy in that it doesn’t rip or tear easily. Below are some more photos of the backdrop.

And for more photos you can check out our gallery on http://www.sandquistphotography.com/Trains/Sandquist-Railway/

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Creating the Foothills

Slowly were starting to detail the transition from the flatlands to the mountains…. A majority of the rock work is complete, now on to the paint, trees and final detailing. Also, the bridge cassons have been completed and it’s been glued into place. Here are some photos of our current progress. Hope to have more… Continue Reading

Layout of upper track

Here’s a photo of the upper rail yard, this will become a passenger terminal: This is the other side of the upper level with the Turntable that will eventually lead to a house to store engines that aren’t in use: Here are a couple of engines on the tracks: Continue Reading

Ask Doug: Do you have any special tricks for photographing flowers and gardens?

Q: Do you have any special tricks for photographing flowers and gardens? My garden is starting to wind down, but I still want to get some close-up shots of my squash blossoms, interesting butterfly visitors, and that sort of thing.  Above-Left: This water lily image is a great depth-of-field-example. Above-right: Floral close-ups are best shot…

Orange Beach Glow

Carlsbad Sunset Almost Missed For every gorgeous sunset, I have been lucky enough to capture on film there are scores of others that get away from me. Sometimes I’m a few minutes too late. Sometimes too many clouds muscle in, obscuring my view. And, sometimes, admittedly, a particular sunset just doesn’t look as spectacular when…

Why You Should Make Prints of your Photos and How

Q: I take a lot of digital photos, but I think I’d like to convert some of them into physical prints. What are some good options for printing my photos?   A: With a smartphone in nearly every pocket, it seems as if we are all taking more photos than ever before. Even so, many…

Sandstone X Marking the Spot!

Sandstone X Marking the Spot!

X Does Mark the Spot Try as I might, I couldn’t capture the grandeur of White Pocket right away. I would have to head back to this special spot again and again at various times to watch the textures and colors that made up this sedimentary “X” shift in the light.   White Pocket is…

Spring Clouds Over Red Rock

Spring Clouds Art Prints Available A friend of mine was visiting from out of town recently, so we hatched a plan to catch a desert sunrise. I was a little hesitant to go, as I was all set to fly out for a family trip later that afternoon, but I figured I could squeeze in…

Best Camera for A Family Vacation?

Q: What’s the Best Camera to Take on Our Family Vacation? Want to get this content first? Join my monthly Newsletter!  A: This may seem counterintuitive, but you don’t need to haul a lot of fancy photography equipment with you, in order to take beautiful pictures on your next vacation. Instead, the answer today is almost…

Gargoyles in the Desert

Gargoyles in the Desert

Fun exploring the Gargoyles made of Sandstone PURCHASE THIS PRINT Little Finland is a unique spot on the Gold Butte of Southern Nevada. It’s a bit of a dusty ride through the desert in a high clearance 4WD vehicle. There are many unique compositions to consider, here’s a gallery of various images from the area. I…

Sunrise Canmore

Beautiful Canmore! Purchase a print of Canmore Sunrise!

Water Reflections at Badwater, Death Valley NP

Water Reflections at Badwater, Death Valley NP

Not quite a lake, but still quite a bit of water in Badwater Browse the Death Valley Gallery for print options!  The water level in the Badwater salt flats was dropping fast from recent rains but still offered interesting reflections amongst the salt lines. I’m also pleased to announce that I have a new store front…

Sunset at Preacher’s Point-Abraham Lake

Sunset at Preacher’s Point-Abraham Lake

Sunset on Abraham Lake at Preacher’s Point Browse my Full Canadian Winter Landscape Gallery! Preacher’s Point is the beginning of Abraham Lake. It’s where the river enters the lake, which means this area is quite a bit shallower than other parts of the lake. There are cracks and ice breaks and even a few spots…

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