(but adults can read it too)
This is the story of a farmer and his wife, and the pigs that came home from market.
and see how the story was made
The pictures for this short story for children were made by photographing two of the corner modules of the Saskatoon Railroad Modellers group G-scale test track, since renamed the BiG Railway. The cabin and farm scenes were shot on the module shown here set up in a corner of my workshop. The photos were taken with a Pentax single lens reflex camera fitted with a 35-210 mm lens. After processing, the photos were scanned with a Mustek flat bed scanner. The photos were then modified using Micrografx Picture Publisher 6.0. Most of the modification consisted of replacing cluttered backgrounds with blue sky and occasionally clouds, and extending the forgrounds to hide the front edges of the tables. Composing the web pages in HTML was done using Netscape 3. None of this work is particularly difficult, once one has learned to operate the camera and to manipulate images using the photo retouching program, but it can be quite time consuming, often 3 to 4 hours per image. Pictures for a short story using a dozen images could easily be a week's work.
I make no claim that my way of working is the best way. But neither is it the worst. I use what I use mostly because that is what I have available. I also have a video camera and a Snappy video capture adapter which I use when I have no need of photographic prints. It eliminates waiting on film processing and the end result on the web is virtually indistinguishable from a scanned photo. And I have an Epson 600 printer which makes plain paper prints comparable in quality with good photos on my monitor. So I can have quick digital images and good prints or I can wait a bit and have photographic prints and still have digital images. What more could I ask?
Jim Banner, August 1998