Making a Christmas card for my railroad
When I got back into model railroading, one of my goals was to make my own hobby Christmas cards. I've been doing this for about 34 years now, and here I'll show how I did my 2006 card:
Here are the basic items used for my 2006 card scene - an On30 Precision Scale Galloping Goose model, some seasonal figures and trees from a dollar store, a foam hillside, some cooking flour, a sifter and a spoon. While the camera is shown, it would not be used until everything is in place.
Here I am sifting some flour into the scene. The black cardboard underneath the scene has no significance, I just used what I had on hand, to ease cleanup. It will be covered with "snow". I only added snow where it will be seen in the photo.
The falling flour "snow" can be seen in this photo because I used my flash on the camera. The short duration of the flash "froze" the falling flour.
The scene is all ready to shoot. Remember there is "snow" only where the camera will see. By itself, the scene was OK, but I added a trick I had used in the past for some of my cards - a piece of glass with white specks painted on it to simulate falling snow. The specs on the glass are fairly close to the 18-55mm lens so they will be out of focus, just like real falling snow.
The finished scene for the 2006 Christmas card. You can see the effect of the "falling snow" painted on the glass. I added the lettering on the image with my Paint Shop Pro XI computer program. I had some color prints made of this image to hand out to local friends, and I sent the digital image to out of town friends. Lotsa fun!
Just to keep you up to date, this is the image used on my 2012 Christmas card. The DSLR camera was placed inside an On30 enginehouse, looking out. The roof was lifted up a bit on the left to allow some light to shine inside. Canon XSi camera with Tamron 11-18mm lens at f/22.