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03 June 2016

Posted by Anna Fraser

Hi Steven! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?

My name is Steven Reid and I am a photographer based in the south west of England. I love photography in general, but I am fascinated with capturing movement in photos. I have always been amazed that you can look at an image and see either a split second or ten minutes captured in a single photo.

QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?

AI think the more you shoot, the more abstract situations you find yourself in. I am not sure if it counts as weird, but I found the behind the scenes of my image Night at the Station quite surreal.

I feel the image captures a peaceful station at night quite well. For me it invokes the calm at the end of the day when the commuters have left, and just a handful of people are arriving having taken the last train home.

The reality; the photo was taken at Kingswear station during a minor storm. Space was restricted so photographers were quickly rotating into position, the rain was pouring down outside and dripping off the roof, and a gale was blowing up the river Dart. I am quite happy that none of the reality got into the final image.

QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?

AI shoot with Canon equipment, I tend to use a 7D for aviation and a 5D for landscapes and hot air balloons. For my railway photography I sometimes use both bodies with different lenses, or I may pick a particular body for a shoot depending on the weather and the effect I want. In terms of lenses I have built up a collection of L lenses over the years, but I mainly use a 24-70mm and a 100-400MM zooms.

QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?

ALook, learn and live.

Look: I think photographers can gain a lot from looking at other people’s work. The more images you are exposed to, the more you come to understand what you want in your own photos; what you like, what you dislike, how you would take it, and what you would do differently. Remember every element in a photo has been placed there by the photographer.

Learn: There are a tremendous amount of resources available today on the internet, both free and paid. I am a big fan of Scott Kelby and always make time to watch his weekly YouTube show 'The Grid'. If you ever see an image and think ‘Wow, how did the photographer do that?’, then the answer will be out there somewhere.

Live: This is the most important of all, photographers need to go out and take photos. It is always easy to find an excuse not to shoot, the weather isn’t right or the light isn’t going to appear... trust me, I have many more excuses. But if you head out and fill your memory cards, one day, you will be in the right spot with no-one else around you, and you will capture that decisive moment to hang on your wall and keep forever.

I always find it hard to pick a favourite image. Currently I think I would choose this one. The photo was taken during a TimeLine Events charter, where we spent the whole day wi... Read more

I always find it hard to pick a favourite image. Currently I think I would choose this one. The photo was taken during a TimeLine Events charter, where we spent the whole day with this locomotive. We were hoping to take the train down the line to where we could get a nice glint effect, but the loco began to run out of water and the light was starting to fade. All the photographers had to get out quickly and we had two last run pasts in which to get our final shot of the day. When the pressure is on, it is amazing how you can sometimes produce your best work. Read less

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This photo was taken on the picturesque Paignton to Dartmouth Steam Railway. The line has some of the best scenery you can experience, from the train and from the lineside, fro... Read more

This photo was taken on the picturesque Paignton to Dartmouth Steam Railway. The line has some of the best scenery you can experience, from the train and from the lineside, from rivers to beaches, coastlines to viaducts. Along this section the train runs parallel to the river Dart all the way down to Kingswear, and offers the possibility of some stunning reflections. For my railway images I will always do a black and white conversion as I feel this lends the images a more timeless feel. Read less

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Every two years in Lorraine, hot air balloonists gather for the Metz Hot Air Balloon Festival. On each occasion the balloonists try to beat the world record for the most hot air... Read more

Every two years in Lorraine, hot air balloonists gather for the Metz Hot Air Balloon Festival. On each occasion the balloonists try to beat the world record for the most hot air balloons taking off at the same time. In 2015 the record was set at 433 hot air balloons, which was quite a sight. As a photographer you have so many possible shots; for this one the colours of the balloon drew my attention, so I decided to place it central to the frame. Read less

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This was taken at one of my favourite heritage sites, Didcot Railway Centre, Oxfordshire. The site is continually evolving and every visit yields something new. On this occasion... Read more

This was taken at one of my favourite heritage sites, Didcot Railway Centre, Oxfordshire. The site is continually evolving and every visit yields something new. On this occasion the coal in the locomotive was being topped up from the coaling stage. Read less

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This photo was shot during a mass hot air balloon ascent at Metz, however, unlike the balloon shot above, for this shot I went wide to try and convey the spectacular sight of a ... Read more

This photo was shot during a mass hot air balloon ascent at Metz, however, unlike the balloon shot above, for this shot I went wide to try and convey the spectacular sight of a sky filled with hot air balloons. Read less

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This shot of a Great Western freight engine was taken at another of my favourite steam heritage railways, The Great Central Railway in Loughborough. What makes this site unique ... Read more

This shot of a Great Western freight engine was taken at another of my favourite steam heritage railways, The Great Central Railway in Loughborough. What makes this site unique is that it has two running lines, allowing for a constant stream of locomotives coming and going. The image was taken during their Winter Steam Gala in January, which for me tends to be the first photographic event in the new year, and one not to miss. Read less

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