A reason to come, and to return

This is the shot I wanted to make in Slovakia. It all was perfect, until… As happens so often, the sun disappeared behind the clouds right when the train is there. It was a matter of seconds before it would be back, but of course the train wouldn’t wait. 6 disappointed photographers… however, I am glad I made the photo. I’ll have to return another … Continue reading A reason to come, and to return

Meeting up with Brigitte Bardot

Back to Horna Stubna, to check what action can be expected next. THere was not much asking involved, as we saw this train running into the station. This is the train I came to Slovakia for: cement train 55721 from Lietavská Lúčka to Zemianske Kostoľany, pulled by 3 Bardotka engines. Some people see a similarity between the locomotive’s nose and Brigitte Bardot, hence the nickname. Continue reading Meeting up with Brigitte Bardot

Meeting up with the locals

Next stop: the station of Horna Stubna. Research showed that a freight train could be arriving, hauled by 3 Bardotka locomotives. Upon arrival, I knew I as right… but only caught the 3 loose engines heading back to Zilina. Tough luck. Upside is that I met 2 local photographers, who were so kind to show me around. They know the region and the traffic very … Continue reading Meeting up with the locals

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What makes a photo location a good one? Among my criteria are a nice landscape as back- or foreground, no clutter like communication masts or fences, and “peace and quiet”. You don’t see the last criterium on the photo, but it makes the waiting nice. Add a little sunshine and some interesting trains, and I may be tempted to stick around for a while… even … Continue reading More like it