Going For Distance

Reconstruction of the Lafayette Street backdrop required a bit more work than just paint and glue. However, the overall effect is far stronger and cleaner than my first effort, and offers a vista unique to The Hills Line.

I’ve come to understand the pros and cons of using rolled aluminum flashing for my backdrop. On the plus side, it offers a continuous solid surface that can be coved and formed to fit any radius with no seams to fill. On the other, it’s a less than stable material that bends, creases, and chips at the drop of a hat. Removing the original photos did not damage the backdrop, but did require it to be repainted.

My sky color of choice is Behr Paint’s Nevada Sky. Unlike a lot of modelers, I do not feather in different tints or shades of the base hue to create a feeling of distance. That’s an effect that’s much easier accomplished with modern photo editing software. Moreover, to get the best results from a sky removal tool, you need a consistent color to remove. Hence sticking with one hue throughout the backdrop.

To address the previously mentioned road color issues, I went back to my original panorama in Adobe Photoshop and overlaid an opaque gray layer atop all the concrete and asphalt surfaces. The result is a much less jarring transition between foreground and backdrop. However, I still used PanPastels to blend a few rough spots.

Overall version 2 of the Lafayette Street photo backdrop far outperforms the original edition. The lesson for today is obvious but worth repeating. Don’t be afraid of change.

One thought on “Going For Distance

  1. It’s all looking really good. Yes, the road transition is way better.

    I haven’t gone the way of photo editing software yet. Frankly, it kinda scares me – the cost, the learning curve (at least I’m honest). I may have to bite the bullet next layout.

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