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Low-level Track Mounts

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Low-level track view camera mount.  

This is another low-cost mount that places the lens a full inch lower to the track than the hi-level mount.   This seemingly small distance yields a surprisingly more realistic camera view as if the view was standing on the ground right next to the subject.

The one problem with this mount is that because the angle tends to be more upward than the hi-level mount you are more likely to shoot the ceiling unless you are closer to a backdrop.   Note that while the mount is designed to align the camera with the tracks for head-on shots it does not have to be used that way.   You can rest it on the ground perpendicular to the tracks for broadside photos of an engine.

A Few notes on construction. When you build this kind of mount make sure you have room between the camera and mirror mount when the lens are extended.   Also, note that the mirror is hinged to adjust the framing of the picture.

    

 

 

This is a Basic low-level camera mount.  This view shows the wedge used to set mirror angle.  Go to a window replacement store if you can’t find anything suitable.  I had an 8x10 mirror cut into 25 different sizes of mirrors for less than $5.00 and the extra mirrors can be used for all sorts of other projects.   

    

This is the rear view of the mount.  The thumbscrew holds the camera in place and is able to slide up and down slightly to accommodate focusing.  It is centered over the track center

 

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The center of the picture can vary from a couple of feet off the railhead to the height of a man taking a picture depending on the mirror angle and how you crop it.

 

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The lens is fully extended for maximum close-up leaving only a small gap between the lens and the mirror.

 

    

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Note that the viewer seems to be standing in the middle of the track, but not necessarily at ground level. This is not as evident as in close-up shots.

 

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This close-up again shows good track alignment but it looks as if the viewer was standing on a bridge or building closer to the top of the train than the ground.

 

  

 

         

   

 

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Last update   7/26/2012