Why the question mark, well what do they do? I spent some time Saturday with photographer Don Schremp figuring this out. The short answer, they volunteer their time to restore old trains. To be specific, they are restoring Locomotive 2479 in San Jose. They rely on donations and are very open to talking with photogs. You can find them at 2479 Healy Avenue in San Jose, California. How do two photographers approach a subject like this, well here it is. First let's look at Don's perspective;
Now here are my choices of images from the same location;
The point of this is not to have a competition, but to illustrate how photographers are attracted to different parts of a scene. Don is one of the best photographers I know at finding unique images almost anywhere. He is a walking learning experience, and very much fun to shoot with. He and I are planning a workshop on composition which should be fun for everyone including us. The blog is not to hype the workshop but to illustrate different "eyes".
One last image(s) which we collaborated on, since I'm the model. He had seen the first image and asked me to pose. Here is the outcome. I love this idea!
Now we talked through the following images, but he framed it so nicely.
And the next one is another variation.
These are images from a couple of photographers walking around. I did get one more normal image, sort of street photography, which I "grabbed".
I wrote this blog to illustrate two points. First, it's fun to shoot with fellow photographers, you will learn something, and it will expand your point of view. The key is to share the photos. Secondly, it is fun and instructive to shoot with different styles and points of view.
Photography is a matter of taste. There are rules, but in the end, we all strive for style and voice. By shooting with others, you benchmark your point of view, learn something, and make progress.
Remember, photography is a full contact sport so get out there and take some pictures!