I really don’t remember when I added this little steam locomotive to my collection but it has been there for a long time. I am sure that I picked it up because I really liked the colors and the detail. I have done a lot of searching online and I am not even positive that it is a replica of a real locomotive.
One thing that I am really enjoying about this project, in addition to playing with my toy trains again, is that it is giving me an excuse to work on mastering the craft of macro photography and more specifically lighting for macro work. In the case of this image, I wanted my main light to be right in front of the locomotive. To accomplish this I put my Nikon SB-600 directly in front of the model by laying it in the tracks (it was fired using the built in flash of my D600 in commander mode). This worked great but it only lit the very front of the model. To get a little side light to the scene I simply placed a reflector parallel to the model to bounce a touch of light onto the side of the locomotive.
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