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Thank you for your comments.


The wood camera studio stand is replaced by a metal one. I machined few adaptors for the final goal: to take a photo from the top of the model ship boat. This is a difficult task because the camera has almost to touch the ceiling to be able to see the entire 8 feet long model at a distance of less than 3 feet. Of course, a wide angle lens is required. Here is how it works; the camera transfer a live view  image to the lap top and then the photo transfers to the TV. This way, I can easily see behind the camera.









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2 photos could be an option to get the model complete.I am not familiar with stitching images.  I did not realize that I was missing the extremities, I was focused on the quality of the light.

I did a fast try but to get a perfect match is difficult as you can see in the photo.

I will do another try, focusing on taking the complete model. 

If the model is still too high, I will take it out of the dentist chair, this way I would get 3 more feet of distance and then it would be easy to get the full model.

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Gaetan,   I did a Google on photo stitching. There's apps/programs (some free) and also how-to's using photo software you might have.  Your photo looks pretty good and if you hadn't mentioned the imperfect match, I doubt most of us would have noticed.

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You can stitch large (upwards of 10 or more pics) distant panoramas (landscapes) quite easily, just snap individual pics (vertically) overlapping them about 1/3 and stitch them together on one of the panorama programs, like Hugin (free), Photoshop or PTGUi (purchase license), but taking panoramas of close up objects (macrophotography) involves the so called, parallax error, which makes stitching difficult or even impossible.

To remedy this, you have to use a special panorama arm (head) that eliminates this error, like this one:   http://www.rosaurophotography.com/html/panoramas/vr_review/nn3/nn3_review.html     or similar

It all involves determining the so called nodal point of your lens, which is sort of a complex concept, so I won't even try here to explain it.

Such panorama arms (heads) are quite expensive, unless you want to build one by yourself (which drastically lowers the cost, total ~ 20-30 US dollars).
Some time ago I built one from hardwood scraps + purchased a few extra inexpensive parts, following a short tutorial online, and determined my nodal points for my Nikon D200.

I still use it occasionally. It works quite well.

PS: Your model is spectacular and mind boggling! I am building the same one, but in 1:48 scale. Still, it is a monster!

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Finally, the solution was easy, I just needed 6 more inches between the camera and the model ship. I thought I was going to take the model to the ground which involved a lot of manipulation. Instead, I found an easier solution: remove 1 ceiling tile.




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12 hours ago, Jeronimo said:

Hello Dziadeczek.

You build the same model in 1/48 scale.

Under which link can I find your construction report / photos?



Hi Karl,

I did not post here any reports and pics of my model build. Alltogether I lagged behind with taking photos of the progress of my work, rather concentrating on the build itself (which is going exceedingly slowly).

Here you can find some older pictures:   http://www.koga.net.pl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=523&t=46424

It is a Polish ship modeling forum, but the pictures are in English!   :-) Be sure to see all 4 pages.

There has been some progress since then (photoetched elements and other). One day I will have to snap a couple of new pics and post them.

Thanks for asking.




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