NPhoto - - The Apprentice -

We had planned our af­ter­noon so that we would be in the right place to get a sil­hou­ette shot as the sun be­gan to set. The key to a suc­cess­ful sil­hou­ette, said Phil, is to find a place where you can be be­low the train, so that you can look up at the train and have a clear view through the wheels against the sky. It was im­por­tant, there­fore, to get down as low as pos­si­ble so that no fo­liage in­truded to ruin the shape of the sil­hou­ette. Phil said that we had to set the ex­po­sure for the sky alone be­fore the sched­uled GWR No. 2857 came down the track – that way, none of the cloud­scape in the back­ground would ap­pear burnt out.

Get down low

As you have an ac­cu­rate timetable to go by, you can en­sure you get to the lo­ca­tion for your next train in plenty of time to look for the best view­point. For this sil­hou­ette shot, it was nec­es­sary to get down low, so as to en­sure that there would be clear sky be­tween the wheels of the en­gine and car­riages.

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