Tips for Top train shots

NPhoto - - Over To You… - Chris Cole, Chip­pen­ham, UK

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.