Bridge Over Troubled Water

Time to get to work on the signature scene of The Hills Line, the Iowa Interstate's deck-girder bridge over the Iowa River. The first detail needed are the cutwater retaining walls that wrap around each of the bridge piers. I searched for a suitable commercial product, but all were too bulky to simulate the prototype. … Continue reading Bridge Over Troubled Water

Beginnings

"Big things only can be done by paying attention to their humble beginnings." -Laozi I'm positive that this image will never win awards nor garner world-wide acclaim. But I wanted it documented for posterity's sake. The first scenic element of The Hills Line, the grass median of US Highway 6 in Iowa City, has been … Continue reading Beginnings

Rails and Trails

In the category of "one of those simple things to add to a layout that takes all of five seconds but helps establish era and locale", today's entry covers the Iowa River Corridor Trail. The 13-mile path rolls through Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty. As the name implies, it follows the Iowa River... and … Continue reading Rails and Trails

Photostacking for Fun (and profit)

Let's open up the ol' Hills Line mailbag... I see you do stacked focus photography...could you dedicate an article about it for us newbies? Stacked photography has fundamentally changed how I document and share images of The Hills Line, both online and in print. I had seen what others, notably Paul Dolkos, had done with … Continue reading Photostacking for Fun (and profit)