Despite sending in photos to the railway mags, I’ve never had any published. I presume it’s because they’re either too alternative (possible) or not good enough (probably more likely!). I’m not losing sleep over it, I don’t photograph with the intention of publication, I do it as I enjoy the challenge of doing something different.
A point in case is these two pictures, the one above I much prefer to the one below. Try as I might, I could not satisfactorily get rid of the damned colour cast, so I gave up and decided to enjoy the unusual lighting instead.
The one below is of the same engine, but from the traditional head height / front three-quarter perspective. OK, I’ve tried to include what I could of the shed, but the it’s still a bit too much of a record shot. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but it doesn’t move me, doesn’t make me think. It works well as part of a set, but is nothing special as a stand-alone image.