Iron Horse

Steam engines are a great source of photo gold. So much texture and character point to deep history and untold stories. And they’re just one of the many source of ideas a tog can draw from.

Which brings me to a part of shooting that is seldom talked about. In the midst of all these posts and lectures and downloadable videos about making money, legal matters, and photo techniques, there’s a category that’s sometimes lacking: finding your inspiration.

Three main reasons sometimes hinder togs from getting that breathtaking problemsshot:

  1.  Lack of time: being in a rush moving from job to job sometimes means that your mind is somewhere other than in the moment. You may find yourself writing off potential shots just because you feel pressured.
  2. Lack of focus: subjects other than your photography crowd out your creative powers. Bills, social conflicts, worries in general: whatever they are, they distract people from giving their all.
  3. Poor conditions: whether it’s bad lighting, harsh weather, or interference from passers-by, photography in the field is fraught with potential pitfalls.

So what’s to be done? Tune in to the next post for some practical solutions!

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.


    1. Thanks, Steve. 🙂 It’s not for nothing that they use the term “shoot” to take a photo. Just like firing a rifle, you usually can’t get a great photo if you’re rushed. Even sports togs know their games well enough to be prepared for the right moment.

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