Seasons: minis and the backdrop

by brae  

I love to use backdrops in my photos of miniature scenes.  I think it adds a lot of realism and perspective.  Here is the kitchen in Baxter Pointe Villa.  The scene in the background is appropriately captioned On the Beach.

The main reason I use backdrops is because I have a hard time seeing the miniature room as a whole when I am looking at my own real life dining room through the windows.  :D

Here's one of the initial dry fit layouts of the first floor.  All that stuff in the background distracts me.

When I first started planning, I didn't have a beach scene printed out so I used the Bodie, CA backdrop from Baslow Ranch.  Ghost town or not, it certainly helped get me out of the background and into the proper space of the room.

Then, once I added a beach scene, the whole mood changed.  Just as in real life, the light and colors reflected from outside change the coloration inside without even a drop of paint added.

The way I use my backdrops is to print the image on 11" x 17" paper and tape it to a spare piece of foam core board.  I can raise it or lower it depending on the perspective I need, or if I'm photographing a lower or upper floor.  If there are windows on adjacent sides, I prop up two boards.  They don't have to match side by side, but I do need to make sure the seams don't show through any of the windows.

In the Newport, I used Winter Landscape and Trees by Icefront that I found on for the Christmas scenes in the study.

My usual backdrop for the Newport is a clipart image of a lovely autumn scene, shown here in the guest room.

Let's see what happens when Baxter Pointe villa changes from summer at the beach... autumn in the hills...(scarecrow detailed here)

... and then to winter after an ice storm.  Brrrrr.  (wrap and presents detailed here; poinsettia by Lyssa)

Swap out a few accessories to match the background, and there you have it...a completely different mood.


Comment from: Moonstorm [Visitor]  
What a wonderful idea - when I first read through your blog I thought you must have fastened them in somehow. Going to try this idea :)
07/17/11 @ 08:02
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
Beautiful! Love the light too. :D I painted a backdrop for something I'm making this morning. I want moonlight over the ocean. I hope I can get a similar effect as yours. I'm waiting on my lights from Evans designs to finish it off. BTW. How would you do the drop leaf table? I up to trying more hinges now. LOL
07/17/11 @ 09:42
Comment from: heather [Visitor]  
It's amazing how the backgrounds change the feel. I love this. Do you back-light the backgrounds or are they front-lite?
07/17/11 @ 11:28
Comment from: Deb Kelly [Visitor]
Incredible imagination and wonderful technique. Thanks for the tips!
07/17/11 @ 14:07
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! The backgrounds are all lit from the front...usually my dining room overhead light fixture.
07/18/11 @ 09:25
Comment from: dale [Visitor]  
What a cool idea and thanks for sharing it. Different backgrounds really do alter how we see the inside. I know exactly what you mean about being distracted with real life poking through the windows. &#59;)
07/18/11 @ 10:42
Comment from: Betsy [Visitor]
Thanks for posting this info! I have been wondering for some time how you made it work with the background images in all your pictures. :-) What a great idea!
07/18/11 @ 12:46

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