Trans-Siberian: Photographers, be realistic!
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Sep 13, 2012 6:36 PM Last Post By: Northernsole
Aug 7, 2010 1:12 PM
Aug 7, 2010 4:33 PM
1Russia isn't interested in tourism dollars. If it was, they would have changed the visa process, the trains, and dozens of other things about the country.
Thanks for your report.
Aug 8, 2010 4:47 AM
2Thanks for your report, I always enjoy learning about unforeseen aspects of travelling not covered by guide books. While I'm not a photographer, your report actually corrected some misconceptions I might have had about the trip - like enjoying great views out of a (imaginary) pristinely clean train window!
Aug 9, 2010 2:00 AM
3From those countries, I have only train travelled to India, and it's a very frustrating experience for a photographer, since the windows are dark yellow.
Aug 16, 2010 4:14 AM
4Thanks! I may be in a similar situation soon, but I was assuming Russian trains would be like Chinese trains and it sounds like I am right. I have low expectations, in China the best was to get good train pictures is to take the hard seat section and take shots of the people around you. I did see a post of someone who said you might be able to open the back door and take pictures of the tracks behind you.
Aug 18, 2010 7:44 AM
5I thought out of the ordinary perspective was what interesting photography was about. My own such train journeys usually devolved into week long rolling parties. The last time I doubt if I took a dozen shots, too busy having a good time socializing to pull the gear out of its packs. On the other hand while "home" in St Petersburg I usually take 400-800 shots on a typical Friday or Saturday night.
Maybe your expectations had a hard crash into culture shock and lost.
Get off the train next time and explore the region before getting back on for the next leg. Unfortunately the price goes up if booking multiple legs on the same route and train, but it is worth it.
Aug 18, 2010 8:43 PM
6I took the trans-mongolian a couple of years ago and found more or less the same thing. There was really no chance of taking any quality pictures out of the windows as they were pretty dirty. I loved the view though, and it was one of the most memorable trips i've done.
I did get off in Ulan Baatar for a few days and got some cool shots there. So i think getting off for a few days along the way would be the only reliable way to get some good photos.
Jan 10, 2011 9:53 AM
7Might be interested in this:
Aug 26, 2012 12:09 PM
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