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Salmon Bay Rail Barge

Salmon Bay Rail Barge

In getting this photo, I confirmed that my rail barge really does float. The tug does not. And while the barge floats, it also drifts (especially without a good tug to hold it in place). And to top it all off, the tide keeps changing the water level, which may not matter if everything floats, but my solution to the drift was to set the models on rocks to keep them in place. Fortunately, the tide was going out - not coming in!

That is BNSF Bridge 4 (6.3) in the background.
This is a cool picture and a great photo idea! I'll have to try it with my barge someday.
The use of photo backdrops is a science that this person has obtained a Master's degree in. This is one of the best and most original model railroad photos I have seen. Did you actually place your model in the water or was a photo used for the entire background? Brilliant!!
I read your description after posting my previous comment QUESTION ANSWERED.
> The use of photo backdrops

That backdrop was built by Great Northern and the Corps of Engineers, not Kodak. :) It's all real, right down to and including the water. As far as I know, Steve did no compositing at all in this image.

So, while he is good at photo backdrops (see some of his other layout shots) this isn't one of them. On the other hand, the depth of field in this image is just plain incredible!

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