Old 08-25-2008, 08:30 PM   #1
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The past discussions about the article about Gary Knapp in the latest issue got me thinking about an interesting topic someone mentioned, inspiration.

Obviously we all shoot to please our own tastes but sometimes we are given the opportunity to get our own slightly different version of someone else's idea or vision. What are some of your inspirational and inspired photos?
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Inspiration:
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My take:
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Great topic Andrew "(2)".

For me inspiration isn't necessarily seeing something someone else has done and then recreating my own version of it. Though there are pictures I see, respect, and enjoy viewing, I feel that inspiration comes from a combination of something within myself and an outside source.

I can't exactly explain what I'm saying, but for me true inspiration is hard to come by. However when it hits, it hits like a ton of bricks and I say "WOW". When this occurs I feel like my mind is clear and intensely focused and I see things I never saw before. Unfortunately, that truckload of bricks hasn't hit me in a year or so as far as train pictures are concerned, but hopefully it's not too far down the road and hasn't permanently broken down.
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There are a lot of photos that I think are inspirational. I will post some of them later. Here is one I was able to put my take on it.

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Oh yes, I must admit it too. I was inspired by this picture:
Image © Kerry Klarr
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And the result was this one:
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P.S.: Please note the nearly great similitude of these shots - but don't tell it around !
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Good artists copy. Great artists steal.
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Image © David Hawkins
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As a young boy, some of my first Railroad Books were Pennsy Power I & II by Stauffer. I spent hours gazing at the panoramic views of the Middle Division (mostly taken by Bob Malinoski). When I was finally old enough to go out on long distance trips by myself with a camera, the Middle Division was one of my first destinations. I still find myself anxious to go there as often as possible - trying to re-create some of Bob's classic photos.

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We learn from our efforts and mistakes, if someone was able to learn earlier, you certainly can benefit from them! Nice job Otterpicasso!

As for inspiration verses emulation:

I was inspired by Michael Allen for this shot - the sun is our friend, don't turn your back on it! Before I wrapped the day, I was going to get a picture with some glint. While most, if not all were facing East, I shot West.

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Now, for outright theft, though with my own character inserted, I emulated Chris's shot as it was near perfection. Though, not wanting to duplicate it, I went for the cantenary version. No PC for me, but a picture I'm very happy to have accomplished.

Image © Mitch Goldman
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Last - it's funny that AB2 felt inspired by Chris's magic photo... Kind of makes you wonder who was the inspiration for this earlier photo?

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Looking at Brian Stephenson's work, I've been highly inspired to shoot B&W. Here's a sampling here.

Looking at AB2's work, I've been inspired to get out of the house and keep up, and, I do like that "Look, there's a train in the picture concept" when it is done well.

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Some shots that are inspirational to me that I want to try to get a shot at.

Dramatic sky and foreground and interest wide angle
Image © John Benner
PhotoID: 247238
Photograph © John Benner


sunset, glint
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people in a hurry in poor conditions
Image © Chris Starnes
PhotoID: 217634
Photograph © Chris Starnes


early morning fog silloutte
Image © Jim Thias
PhotoID: 204220
Photograph © Jim Thias


high contrast b+w
Image © Daniel Putz
PhotoID: 182598
Photograph © Daniel Putz


early morning fog silloutte
Image © Ryan Schoenfeldt
PhotoID: 200996
Photograph © Ryan Schoenfeldt


great colors and scenery, sweeping curve
Image © Scott McClarrinon
PhotoID: 206507
Photograph © Scott McClarrinon


sunset with interesting silloutte
Image © Craig Williams
PhotoID: 200162
Photograph © Craig Williams


great sky and curves
Image © John Ryan
PhotoID: 159673
Photograph © John Ryan

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I wish I could post some photos that I've been inspired by, but honestly it wouldn't work very well. Almost never do I see a photo and think "Wow, I wanna try that." RP helps me view a large quantity of photos and from every photo that I like I just take that specific part of it that I like and join it with others to form a shot. I guess that doesn't even happen very often.

I think the most common place for me to get inspiration is from my own photos. I don't get inspiration because they are so good, I get inspiration because some of them are so bad. I try my absolute best to find every flaw in each of my photos (it can be frustrating, but ultimately very rewarding) and I just try to figure out how to not repeat that same flaw. Sometimes I just stare at a photo of mine that I didn't get quite right and since I know the area, I can try to visualize how I will execute the idea next time. Sometimes I have to abandon the idea completely, but sometimes it's as simple as moving to the left 2ft. Often times when I'm trying a new shot that I'm not sure of, I'll pick out some objects to help me place myself in the same exact spot next so if I have to move a little I know where to start.

I don't try to shoot great shots, I just try not to get shots that suck.

None of that probably made any sense.

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Image © Mitch Goldman
PhotoID: 235400
Photograph © Mitch Goldman

and
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gave me the idea for

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I wish I could post some photos that I've been inspired by, but honestly it wouldn't work very well. Almost never do I see a photo and think "Wow, I wanna try that." RP helps me view a large quantity of photos and from every photo that I like I just take that specific part of it that I like and join it with others to form a shot. I guess that doesn't even happen very often.

I think the most common place for me to get inspiration is from my own photos. I don't get inspiration because they are so good, I get inspiration because some of them are so bad. I try my absolute best to find every flaw in each of my photos (it can be frustrating, but ultimately very rewarding) and I just try to figure out how to not repeat that same flaw. Sometimes I just stare at a photo of mine that I didn't get quite right and since I know the area, I can try to visualize how I will execute the idea next time. Sometimes I have to abandon the idea completely, but sometimes it's as simple as moving to the left 2ft. Often times when I'm trying a new shot that I'm not sure of, I'll pick out some objects to help me place myself in the same exact spot next so if I have to move a little I know where to start.

I don't try to shoot great shots, I just try not to get shots that suck.

None of that probably made any sense.
Mike, there must be a photo that you want to reproduce the majority of. Maybe different location, time of day, etc.
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Mike, there must be a photo that you want to reproduce the majority of. Maybe different location, time of day, etc.
The only one I can remember thinking that about is the very same photo AB2 posted. That's why I said "almost never." I still have not tried to reproduce a shot like that, but I have done a bit of night work since then and the RP community seems to like it.
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Wow! Keep up the responses! It's pretty cool to see how different photographers put their own spin on a shot whether its an exact location or just a style.

I was at work when I made this so I couldn't find all the ones I've emulated, but here are a few more that I could remember.
Image © Willie Brown
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Image © Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
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The fisherman just happened to be walking in the same direction as me so I asked if would mind posing for a few quick shots. Glad I asked, even more glad he obliged!
Image © Dick Hovey
PhotoID: 171129
Photograph © Dick Hovey

Image © Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
PhotoID: 186303
Photograph © Andrew Blaszczyk (2)

I'm glad I'm not the only one who took a liking to this one and tried it for myself. I recently had the opportunity to try it with an F unit but used a little different technique.
Image © Mitch Goldman
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Image © Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
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And of course, where some of us got the inspiration and courage to try pans on our own.
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A few more:
Image © Kelly Lynch
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Image © Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
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Not exactly the same but no one was in the enginehouse plus it was an in and out shot.
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Image © Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
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Unfortunately or fortunately, I don't live close to the areas Ryan covers otherwise I would have a lot of 'inspired' ::cough::cough:: copied photos.
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I'm pretty sure that most of my inspiration comes from photos not on this site, and I doubt that I could cite a specific example of a photo I've seen on the internet that I tried to duplicate! If anything, I try to find my own way (And not just through processing) and I've got some shots in the DB from parts of the system that are frequented by millions of people a year, but I haven't seen anything close to.
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Here's a few more blatant "inspirations."

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Image © Joe LeMay
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Image © M.J. Scanlon
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Image © Donald J Hagen
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Image © Christopher Muller
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My inspiration has always come from those that were shooting the trains that I'd never see, or was too young to appreciate, railroads that are gone or lines that are abandoned. The people that make it possible for us to imagine what it must have been like to watch Little Joes grinding through the Rockies with tonnage, GMD1's hauling strings of grain boxcars over tiny prairie rails, double diesels and fast forties blasting out of Hermosa tunnel, tunnel motors and SD45's on oilcans on Tehachapi, F-units on the Nanticoke, MLW M-Liners working tonnage, EL pigs behind 45's, etc.

These are the images that inspire me. Not to copy them, but to continue the tradition they began by photographing trains, by taking decent shots of the stuff we take for granted today. Because it'll be gone someday and we'll miss it. But more than that, because some kid out there that was born too late to have known the stuff we've seen will able to visualize what a trio of B36-7's on a TV train with 'CONRAIL' on the flanks looks like, or to see a train without grafitti. When SD40-2's were more than hump engines, and C424's were on the mainline.

I want to take decent shots that may someday inspire someone else to pick up a camera and head trackside. The way I'm inspired by others.

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Here are a couple of mine.

Ross's shot not only inspired me but was the beginning of a great friendship!

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My take:

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Jean-Marc Frybourg's

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My attempt:

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great colors and scenery, sweeping curve
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Holy crap, how'd I miss that originally? How'd that not get a POTW? Shots like that are what inspire me to get out there, although we have NOTHING like that here in Michigan. But I know if I lived out west, I'd have a plethora of shots like this. I love amazing landscape scenery, and there's nothing better than seeing a train in the middle of it all.
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I got the idea by Mr. Hardins photo showing the conductor climbing back up into the locomotive after flagging a crossing. I wanted to get something similar, but with the conductor getting off the engine, to walk his train in less than ideal weather.

The subject inspriation:
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My interpretation:
Image © Matt Marck
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Another one by Mr. Blaszczyk
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My normal inspiration is to take a look at photos from a particular location, then attempt to not do whatever was done. My inspiration is being unique, preferably shooting towns and angles that no one else has bothered to shoot, and to do it as interestingly and artistically as possible. While this doesn't always work, it's what I normally attempt to do.
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My inspiration is being unique, preferably shooting towns and angles that no one else has bothered to shoot, and to do it as interestingly and artistically as possible. While this doesn't always work, it's what I normally attempt to do.
I'm with you on this one.
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My normal inspiration is to take a look at photos from a particular location, then attempt to not do whatever was done. My inspiration is being unique, preferably shooting towns and angles that no one else has bothered to shoot, and to do it as interestingly and artistically as possible. While this doesn't always work, it's what I normally attempt to do.
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My normal inspiration is to take a look at photos from a particular location, then attempt to not do whatever was done. My inspiration is being unique, preferably shooting towns and angles that no one else has bothered to shoot, and to do it as interestingly and artistically as possible. While this doesn't always work, it's what I normally attempt to do.
That is what I do also but aren't you inspired by others photos that you want to try in your location and put your twist on. It just happened that the first two photos I posted were very similiar since it was shot locally to me but all the other photos I posted have composition, themes, weather and/or lighting that I want to shoot myself most likely in a different location and done my own way.

What photos inspire you? Not what photos do you want to copy to a "T". That is what I think Andrew meant with this post but just had a photo from the same location and everyone is taking it wrong. Maybe I am taking it wrong.
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