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 Posted: Tue Jan 8th, 2008 02:21 pm
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found this site whilst browsing, thought it may be of some use
http://pic.templetons.com/brad/pano/

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 Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2008 12:56 am
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Good link Lawrence,
I wonder if he is going to West Wales, I might send him an email :lol:



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 Posted: Thu Jan 17th, 2008 12:59 am
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You could try Jeff.... :)

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 Posted: Tue Mar 4th, 2008 10:09 am
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I messing around with something like this at the moment after finding something called 'Panorama Maker' in Photoshop Elements. Canon include 'Photostitch' withtheir camera software too which is quite good.

Printing bothered me, having a rubbish 10 years old HP which is fine for letters. A quick 'Google' revealed several printers that one could upload a finished file via the web and send back a large print on a roll.

Here's the file made up from 1/2 a dozen or so images.

http://www.nevardmedia5.fotopic.net/p43716341.html
The trick is to shoot with manual exposure and white balance to ensure all images have the same colour and brightness, this avoiding any differences between stirched pictures.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 4th, 2008 10:47 am
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I'd be interested to know where you are getting your prints done Chris, I went to a local printer and asked what the cost would be of a 12 inch by 6 foot print - 52 :shock: :shock:

I think I managed a thank you before exiting, suitably numb :?

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 Posted: Tue Mar 4th, 2008 11:11 am
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On the other hand Lawrence it can make or break the effect and although it is pricey, it is so much better than many of the comercially available backscenes.

I am considering "the whopper" at the moment which is a lot cheaper than what Chris has done but somehow for modellers of British railways you can still tell that the picture they have used is of somewhere other than the UK. The shots Chris has used look just like where I used to live in Gloucestershire - very authentic (Chris will probably tell me they were taken in France now :oops: ).

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 Posted: Tue Mar 4th, 2008 12:29 pm
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Excellent Chris, that's what I hope to do, I've got the Canon and photoshop software and have dealt with the local printers for business reasons in the past.

Now all I need to do is get the starting photos of the Teifi Valley. :shock:



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Les wrote:
I am considering "the whopper" at the moment which is a lot cheaper than what Chris has done but somehow for modellers of British railways you can still tell that the picture they have used is of somewhere other than the UK. The shots Chris has used look just like where I used to live in Gloucestershire - very authentic (Chris will probably tell me they were taken in France now :oops: ).
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Interestingly enough, Les, International Models used to sell the Woppa, but I see are now profiling a new range of photographic backscenes on their website.
If it's the sort of scenes you want, then they look quite good (and they are reasonably priced)

Here's the link:-

International Models Backscenes

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Excellent link, Jeff :!: I'd say those scenes are very good.

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Oh well done Jeff, I guess these are the ones. :D :D :D

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International Models always are worth looking at for all sorts of scenery products. There's alot more out there than Woodland Scenics.

Panoramic printing can be a bit pricy, OK, it's the price of an engine, but think how much more it could do for your railway than yet another loco?

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Marty wrote:Good link Lawrence,
I wonder if he is going to West Wales, I might send him an email :lol:


I have a 6 foot long panoramic backscene that is a view from the top of Sugar Loaf mountain (mid - west Wales) that I can send you the file for if you want, I printed it out on 5 sheets of A4 on my colour printer

Its a bit long to get in one shot but here are a couple of views of it





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John, please send me the file of your backdrop

sol@aandr.com.au

thanks

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Just emailed the picture let me know if yo udont get it. It is made froma series of photos I took on my Hols last summer merged together on Coral Photo, so there are no copyright issues feel free to do with as you feel fit.

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John,
I would be delighted to have a copy of that photo, would you be so kind to email on to me?
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Marty wrote:John,
I would be delighted to have a copy of that photo, would you be so kind to email on to me?
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Will be happy to send you the file but need your email to send as an attachment !!

Drop me a PM and I will senrd it by return.

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Ron has attempted to print the file but printing from the file direct gives a picture shrunk onto 1 A4.

Just incase this is the same problem for anyone else here is the reply I sent to his question

When I print oversize pictures I use Coral Photo-Paint, one of the print options is to "TILE" this automatically prints the picture on several sheets, I will look at another way of doing it, If not I can break the big picture into A4 chunks over the weekend.

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Quick update before I head off for work, If you open the file with Microsoft Paint and do a print preview it will split the picture into several pages, reducing the margins increases the available print spaces thus reducing the number of pages.

If you go to page setup and reduce the margins to 5mm. Set to Landscape not Portrait. and untick the Centering Horizontal and Vertical.
This will reduce the number of pages to 6

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PM for you John.



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Off topic but relevant I think. Is clicking on the e-mail link at the bottom of each post not the same as typing in the e-mail address? It seems that it may not be so from reading the above posts and I was wondering why.



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