The Rusted Rail
A big challenge for me has been to embrace the idea of becoming more "artistic" in my image making.
Summer is here and it is time to hit the beach
Listening to a LensWork podcast by Brooks Jensen recently, he mentioned the idea of aspect of photos and how the "standard" image has shifted over the years as we get more and more used to the wider HDTV and computer monitors that we look at daily.
I've noticed for a long time, that when I'm processing my train photographs, I tend to think in wider images. I've used a lot of 15:5 (aka 3:1 or simulated panorama) in order to present these type of shots.
I'm reading through Scott Bourne's 72 Essays on Photography on the Kindle and really enjoying his perspectives on Photography and life in general. One of my favorites so far (I'm not done with the book yet) describes his patience in waiting hours in the field to photograph hummingbirds.
Personally, I don't have tons of patience. When I go out railfanning, I'm really expecting a certain number of trains per hour (TPH I guess) in order to keep my attention. Especially if it is hot and humid outside. I'm quick to decide to head back to the house when the trains are not coming, particularly when close by.
Of course, by doing this I'm missing the chance to make some great train images. I'm also missing the chance to walk around and take some detail shots of trackside, or read some more of a book on the Kindle, or listen to some podcasts, or...
My goal is to work on being more patient. Try to take a little longer to make the "right" image instead of just snapping off a shot and heading to the next location. Waiting a little longer for another train when out along the tracks. Not getting so angry when I have to wait a few minutes for service on the phone or at a store.
I'll let you know how it works out.
p.s. I was just reading on Scott's website where he is retiring (retired?) and leaving social media. Good way to go out on top.
I had the chance recently to discuss railroad photography with Mike Howard and Tim Kempere on the popular jpeg2RAW podcast show.
This was my first "live" interview and I enjoyed sharing my favorite photography subject with them.
Be sure to check out their website and the rest of the great episodes.
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