you are better off either posting smaller pictures (resizing and cropping before posting), or posting a small picture here and a link to the full picture on flickr or something. The forum upload cant really cope with big pictures with a lot of detail like those, the file size is just too big and it compresses it too much. Its the same deal on facebook. mangles the hell out of larger detailed pictures.
Unless admin has some tips or can adjust some settings.
As I've said before try not to post linked pictures to flicker, photobox etc. The site can handle images up to 2MB which is more than plenty for your average photos, any bigger than that and it just takes to long to render in Internet Explorer.
But larger images get serious compression artifacts from the site. The ones of the silo have a lot of lost detail.
I'm looking at my own images and think I know whats going on.
If you take images straight off a camera they are almost uncompressed or even uncompressed entirely (quality 12 jpg). if you upload them then the site code is having to compress them which it doesnt do very well.
If you take the images and resize/save them yourself in an image editor then they should be a couple of hundred Kb (not multiple Mb) and the site will load them as-is and they will look spanky.
I use ACDSee Pro there is a free version, it lets me do bulk edits, resizes, change white balance etc, it also does the import from the camera when I plug it in. You can set it to save the original photos and create smaller copies, the resizing is almost lossless, all my photos here have been resized with this.
Lots of work on this in the past few days. I finally have my modelling mojo back. Today I made a big order of scenic supplies, including a lot of pine trees. They're expensive, but it should really look good with them.
Now for the fun stuff. I'm going to spend the next few days carving the rocks on the layout. These will eventually be given various reddish washes. This time I'm also experimenting with weathering powders to give them the proper dusty look. I bought a range of red, brown and rust colours.
It's exciting to get to this stage because what has looked like a piece of woodwork suddenly starts to look like a model.
The first layer is plaster cloth; over this I bush a layer of thin plaster. Finally the rocks are carved out of casting plaster while it is setting. I just blob the plaster down in the spots I want rock faces and the carve it with a paint stripper blade. Then I brush it down to add texture and slight wear the edges.
grover wrote: Awesome work. Do you paint by hand only or mix in airbrushing? I'm fascinated.
The plaster is painted with thinned artists acrylics. It's more of a wash than anything. I'll try to run the various colours together because nature isn't uniform. Then highlights on the rocks with darker washes, dry brushing and weathering powders.
Looking good, i see you don't have a cork underlay for the track, do you find that increases the noise? I've often wondered if its worth splashing out for it and am trying 3mm double sided Foam Tape which also gives the track some elevation.
Smithy wrote: Looking good, i see you don't have a cork underlay for the track, do you find that increases the noise?
To be honest that's because I was lazy with this layout. I don't mind the sound, I actually sort of like it. In the past I've used both Midwest cork and Woodland Scenics foam underlay. The foam is much easier to lay but the cork provides a much better surface for stable track work. I'm undecided about which I would use on the next layout.
Rock carving finally finished. I also completed and painted the fascia. Next up is preparing the ground surface. This involves texturing the ground and adding in smaller rocks and dirt. I'll be using various grades of Woodland scenics talus and plaster for this.
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
Grant's HO Scale Layout: Canyon Diablo
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