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Photo experiment...
Posted by fritzthefox on Saturday, January 20, 2018 3:56 PM

This is a photo of a 1/48 Revell T-6, which I have finished as a Harvard flown by a friend of mine. Since we live near Cincinnati, I have chosen the city as a backdrop. Comments are welcome. Is it convincing? If not, any suggestions for greater realism? 

Revell T-6

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Posted by Les.61 on Saturday, January 20, 2018 3:58 PM
Personally I think it looks great. Spinning prop and everything.
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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, January 21, 2018 11:12 AM

Very nice.  It looks quite realistic.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Jet Jaguar on Sunday, January 21, 2018 11:27 AM

One tip, the lighting doesn't quite match.  Look at the direction of the shadows on the bridge supports, the light is coming from over the photographer's left shoulder.  The light on the airplane looks to be coming directly from out of frame to the left.  Other than that, it looks good and I like it.

- Bob

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Posted by Greg on Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:49 PM

Seeing as I examined the photo to see if there is a pilot in the cockpit, I'd say it's pretty convincing. Geeked

IMHO, you nailed the lighting.

 

-Greg

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Posted by fritzthefox on Sunday, January 21, 2018 2:30 PM

Greg

Seeing as I examined the photo to see if there is a pilot in the cockpit, I'd say it's pretty convincing. Geeked

IMHO, you nailed the lighting.

 

 

 

 

There is not only a pilot (who I painted to look like my friend, mustache and all), but if you look closely, you can see a red ball cap in the back, which another friend of mine once lost in the plane. 

The lighting has been a source of real struggle for me, and I have tried a number of approaches. I used a flat screen TV to display the background image, so it restricted just how much light and what sort of angles I could use. Reflections are a chronic problem. Matching foreground and background color temperature is a challenge. I'm still playing with it. I'd love to find a way to get more light on it without underexposing the background, or blowing out the whites, and get crisper shadows. Also dancing around the proper amount of fill light. The whole excercise is proving very educational. 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, January 21, 2018 3:35 PM

fritzthefox
There is not only a pilot (who I painted to look like my friend, mustache and all), but if you look closely, you can see a red ball cap in the back, which another friend of mine once lost in the plane.

Well I'll be, there is a pilot in there. I failed to expand the image adequately on my dumb tiny high rez display, mistook the pilot figure for a set of seat belts. Embarrassed

-Greg

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Posted by fritzthefox on Sunday, January 21, 2018 9:47 PM

Here is a re-shot photo that I took tonite....I added a fill light, which softened the light a bit on the near side and made for a better photo, I think.

 

t6

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Posted by fritzthefox on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 5:37 AM

I tried this yet again...this time I think I got the lighting and color closer. What do you think? Better, worse, same? 

 

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