Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Perspective modelling

Level Crossing

Another photo from Geoff William's model of Aylesbury, it's only shot on my compact but illustrates a rare feature - perspective modelling.

The street leading away from the crossing looks longer than it is. The houses change scale as they get further away. It's a technique used in many place on the model to make it look bigger than it really is. Nowadays, perspective modelling is very rare. For a start, you have a much more complicated scratchbuild and in a world of ready to plonk buildings, that doesn't fit in with the way people work.

Once consequence of the approach is that the layout has to be displayed quite high up, I'd estimate about 4 1/2 feet off the ground. Viewers must look into the scene rather than hover over the top like a helicopter. I know the layout appeared in the press at the time it was built, I wonder how they managed to photograph it in those days when "helicopter shots" were very much the thing?

Never mind, Andy York has taken some proper quality photos for the appearance in BRM so you can get a good view around May.

1 comment:

James Finister said...

As the development of how layouts are presented has come a long way since Aylesbury, and since we now have easy to access 3d design programs I wonder if perspective modelling is overdue a come back.