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

Mesquite Sand Dunes Sunrise!

Sunstar over Death Valley Sometimes you have to be an early riser to catch a landscape in its most pristine state. For this shot of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, I arrived in Death Valley National Park at 5:30 a.m. Wearing my trusty headlamp, I began my hike in. (You’d be amazed at how dark…

Anitas in Reine Norway

Anitas in Reine Norway

You can nearly smell the briny waters of the Norwegian Sea’s Vestfjord—literally “the West fjord”—in this brisk scene. I shot it in the remote fishing village of Reine in Norway’s Nordland region. And just behind me? Anita’s Seafood (https://www.facebook.com/anitasseafood/), a  restaurant and fish market serving both fresh-caught fish and dried cod. Arctic cod spawn in these waters during…

Northern Lights of Norway!

Northern Lights of Norway!

Finally got to see the Northern Lights! Seeing—and photographing!—the Northern Lights has long been on my bucket list. So, from transportation, accommodations, and all the usual travel details, I had planned as much as I could several months in advance for my recent trip to Lofoten, Norway. Still, there was one thing which was decidedly…

Hamnøy Village

Hamnøy Village

It took four separate (and lengthy!) airplane trips and another one-hour ride by car to get to what feels like the end of the earth. But all that travel—and braving the elements above the Arctic Circle—was well worth it. This is winter in Hamnøy Village, located at the far west end of Norway’s Lofoten Islands. The…

Gold Rush on McGee Creek

Gold Rush on McGee Creek

Aspen aglow over McGee Creek Early last month, some photographers friends, my son, and I met up near Mammoth Lakes, California in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Just after sunrise, we ventured over to nearby McGee Creek just in time to catch the aspen trees, glowing neon-yellow, in the morning light.   [Photo caption:] Yellow aspen trees glow…

Family Get Together Photo Tips

Family Get Together Photo Tips

Q: “With the holiday season coming up, what are some tips to take better indoor photos of my family and friends?”   A: Although you may be tempted to try to fit every last family member in one elaborate photo, you’ll end up with better images, if you simply take several close-ups of individual friends and…

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…

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