We determined that two conditions were needed to make sure there was time to try different settings: cooler weather and enclosed space. The cooler temperatures allow the smoke to stay visible longer; enclosed space means that it does not blow away so quickly. Being inside also meant that lighting could also be controlled. Well we have the enclosed space – the car barn is rather large.
Photographers to tend to look for opportunities to try new things, and so a number of CBPC members overheard the plans and also wanted to give it a try, which meant that costs could be shared. The FVHRS uses the “School Tour” program to coordinate the scheduling of these types of events for safety, access and staffing needs.
Due to other commitments and events in the year we could not agree on a date in the winter of 2018-2019 that worked for all interested. The CBPC does plan on photo outings over the year and suitable dates for some conflicted with planned events. The idea lingered on to the fall of 2019 when we scheduled the “SMOKE shoot” for mid January 2020.
You may have noticed Derek’s idea of “silhouettes of trains and railway officials” which implies more than just the trams in the picture. In the past I seem to have become the subject of a number of images being the “face of the FVHRS” for many events and so I was persuaded to pose for a ‘few’ pictures. I think the event was vastly improved when CBPC member Elizabeth Green arranged a great model, Roxanne Lewis, to be front and center for many of the pictures.