Tips for Top train shots
Your Apprentice feature on steam trains in issue 30 has prompted me to send you a few more of my own images of railway scenes.
As steam photography is now so popular, especially when a trip is due on the main line, I always try to get away from the crowds, otherwise you end up taking the same shots as everyone else. This might involve a long walk to a remote location, or searching for the less obvious angle that others have overlooked.
Advance planning is essential, so a good stock of maps is required. Even a few minutes trawling through Google Earth can often reveal new places to explore.
Whenever possible I aim for images that contain plenty of smoke and steam, to give the impression of power and speed. Sometimes there is no alternative but to shoot against the light, in which case converting the image to monochrome can sometimes produce a much more pleasing result, and at the same time evoke a more authentic appearance of a bygone era, especially if you frame tightly to block out modern intrusions or other people
Chris aims for plenty of smoke in his steam train shots – and he’s really captured it!
Those are really beautiful images, Chris, the sepia one in particular. Thanks for your tips on taking shots of steam trains – it’s a subject every photographer loves to capture, and they’re sure to inspire other readers.