Every year one of the largest model making competition and swap meets takes place at the Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum in Hamilton and I do my very best to attend. Back when I was a lot younger, I used to build primarily 1/48 Scale WW 2 aircraft (everybody has their niche) and while I always appreciated the work and detail of dioramas I never possessed enough of a skill set to build my own. Once I got married (ironically I met my wife when she was working in her Grandparent’s Hobby Store) and we began to have a family, the model making fell by the wayside and life crept in. Still, I love good work in miniature and always will and some of these builders really do magnificent work.
As far as the photography goes, the CWHM has very high and very bright lighting of the standard metal halide type and while the wall with the hanger doors has plenty of glass, lighting conditions are a challenge at best. I’d meant to pick up an LED fill light but hadn’t had time since my Rotolight pooched on me. Because it’s a show, I didn’t bring a tripod either as who wants to be stepping around that while they’re trying to enjoy things? You’re also shooting on the extreme edge of the macro settings on your lens. In this case a Sigma 17-75mm. In order to get better DOF, I was shooting at around f6.0 and because of this I had to run my ISO at 2000 and my average shutter speed was 1/30.