“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!”
-Robert Burns, 1786-
It’s a good thing that I continue to enjoy the act of model railroading. For there are numerous times that I find myself once again enjoying aspects of the hobby that I thought I had completed. Case in point, the backdrop at Lafayette Street in Iowa City.
My previous entry ended with a promise to blend the colors present on the two-dimensional photo backdrop with the colors present in the three-dimensional foreground, most notably the numerous streets and sidewalks along this stretch of the industrial spur. Within seconds of publishing that post, I realized that this was easier said than done.
Despite having been successful in transitioning other photo-to-road areas on The Hills Line, the multi-road aspect of Lafayette was a different beast. Since the entire panorama was created from multiple images captured at separate times via Google StreetView, there was no consistency to the color temperature. When I went to attempt to blend all of them onto the modeled street, the result was akin to a patchwork kaleidoscope. Not the look I was going for on the layout.
In addition, my first attempt at adhering the photos was less than ideal, with multiple seams visible. That happens when building from individual sheets as opposed to a single roll. I originally justified the less than stellar outcome by trying to convince myself that most of it was going to be blocked by foreground buildings. But after a few days of giving it a good long look, I realized I was just fooling myself.
No more excuses. Time to try this again.