Saturday, June 18, 2016

The "Fallowfield Effect"

The "Fallowfield effect."

That’s the term coined by my friend Eric Gagnon at Trackside Treasure about the unique photographic style of great Canadian modeler Bob Fallowfield.

The effect is easy to see in his photos, but hard to describe—the focus and lighting are soft is the best way I can think of describing it.

How does Bob achieve it? I think it is a combination of his lighting and camera—he used to use an iPad, but now uses an iPhone. (I also used an iPhone for my photos.)

Of course, the effect is helped along by Bob’s fantastic modelling and realistic modelling. 

I think I accidentally achieved a version of the Fallowfield effect on the CP Rail M & M Sub. recently, as seen by the photos on this page.

I’m not sure how I did it, but I’m pleased with the results.

Now, if only my modeling was as good as Bob’s . . . .

For a look at the real "Fallowfield effect," see some of Bob's photos from his great CP Rail Galt Sub. layout below.


  1. On one hand, the scenery is very well done, it looks like it may be static grass used to good effect. The lighting, though, is sort of overcast-day backlit. This wouldn't be ideal for actual prototype photography. It might be more acceptable in videos, where the moving train makes up for compositional "defects". The photos actually look like stills from a DVD.

  2. I bet Bob didn't nail The Effect the first time, John. But it is an approach worth trying and can produce great results! Looks like fun!