N-Gauge Loco Pictures

Thought that I would try some pictures with and without macro. Both taken with an iPhone6.

The subject is a Fleischman 1/160 scale n-gauge model train.

n-gauge loco
n-gauge loco
n-gauge loco closeup
n-gauge loco closeup

Lighting is a pair of LED household lights from Ikea and some reflective foil surrounding the subject. The iPhone is not using flash and not in HDR mode. The second picture uses a clip on macro lens on the iPhone to look at the front driving mechanism. Time for me to clean the track I think as you can see tiny pieces of lint that the wheels have picked up. These were taken freehand… they would probably be better if I clamped the phone. Still I am pretty happy with what can be achieved with not much prep on a phone camera.

Cows and Runes

We tried a new area to hike recently and were surprised at this gem in the Stockholm suburbs. The area is called Järvafältets naturreservat and it is near the Akalla T-bana line. The area is quite large and its pretty easy to go for a more than 20km walk. Its made up of a mix of farmland, small lakes, woodland and small hills.

There are a lot of paths so easy to get a bit disorientated, but they do have a great map that you can pick up at entrances. The paths are not as well marked as the more isolated areas like the Sörmlandsleden, but you are never far from the city. It’s always a good idea to take some navigation device so you can orientate yourself even when close to the city  (eg. smartphone with maps and data connection, compass, GPS).

Jarvafaltet Map
Jarvafaltet Map

At the entrance near Akalla we saw this rune… there are many more in the park but we were pretty unsuccessful in finding them, even with the map and a lot of hunting. We assumed that mostly they are not as spectacular as this one and a bit hidden off the path.

Rune
Rune

jarvafalet rune map

And here is a spectacular cow we saw in a field.

Cow in Jarvafaltet
Cow in Jarvafaltet

and some of the landscape.

trees in jarvafaltet
trees in jarvafaltet
sabysjon
sabysjon

Photos of tiny things

When doing projects photographing them is part of the enjoyment. And for most of my hobbies things are very small so a macro lens is a requirement for a good photo. I don’t have one for my SLR, and for a quick snap I often just grab my iPhone. But of course its ability to to take a close up shot is limited. So I was very happy to find this set of clip on lenses for smartphones as a hobby show this weekend.

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For $12 I managed to get a fisheye, macro and wide angle lens in a set.

Here’s a first shot with the macro. Its the head of a map pin, laid on a sheet of printer paper, taken with an iPhone6.

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Next I have to work on lighting but hopefully this will improve the pictures that I post.