I spend a fair percentage of my photography time taking pictures of trains and railroad related subjects. When the nearby Bluegrass Railroad Museum offered a “Trains and Tripods” event — an all day photo shoot and training session on the museum’s lines and equipment — came up, I couldn’t resist the chance.
As it turned out, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, though it was a pleasant change. The planned expert was unable to attend, and the substitute brought along some human models for us to shoot during part of the day. I’ve done very little portrait or model photography, so this was a rare treat to learn something I’m not very familiar with.
I learned something about my own photography, though. Shooting the models was interesting, and so was shooting the trains themselves. But what I found most interesting was documenting things from “behind the scenes”. Looking through the photos afterwards, the ones I found most interesting were the “behind the scenes” shots — pictures of the models prepping or waiting around, of the expert giving instruction or reviewing photos, of the attendees practicing their art, and so on. These types of photos tell a story, and often contain some genuine emotion or feeling that just isn’t there with the posed model shots.
I’m still sifting through these more interesting behind the scenes shots, and will share them later. For now, here are some of my best attempts at model photography from the weekend.
Another new thing for me… all of these shots were taken in full Manual mode, and many were done with my Canon 50mm f1.8 manual focus lens. Of course, most of them have been dressed up a bit in GIMP as well.
WARNING: These photos were taken at a railroad museum sponsored and hosted event, on museum owned and controlled property, under strict safety guidelines regarding the trains and access to the track. DO NOT take photos like these without first getting permission of the owning and operating railroad(s) and also taking the appropriate safety precautions. Photography on or around railroad property without authorization and safety precautions can be illegal, dangerous and even deadly.