I’m not on much here anymore either, in fact, today has been the first time in several weeks. I look at a couple pages of home page postings, read the first page of titles from each of the forum sections and click on any that grab my attention. Yours just happened to be on top and mentioned railroad, so I thought I’d take a look. You know what happened after that. 🙂
The “mile in both directions” track shot was back when I shot film and digital was still very much in its infancy for the general public. It amounted to the rails coming exactly out of the corners and I was still naive about composition that I put the horizon line dead centre with a few shrubs and trees on either side. Looking back on it now, it is a rather boring shot, but at the time I thought it was kind of cool. It was a “jump on the tracks, align the corners, and click” shot, with little planning. There’s also a black metal bridge over a small ravine that I might consider just for the stark, almost silhouette symmetry against a bright blue sky. But there’s no way you’d catch me in the middle of that bridge with no means of escape except trying to outrun a train!
As for photography groups, I haven’t really sought them out. There’s a storm photography page on FB that I peruse every so often and the odd Flickr page now and then. Beyond family, I’d have to say landscapes are my favourites. Having mentioned symmetry, I rarely pass up reflected scenery on a still lake, especially at dusk or dawn. If there are any groups you think are worth looking into, don’t hesitate to pass them along. I know a Google search for “landscape photography groups” brings back close to 8.8 million results (just tried it!) and I’m sure some of them are really good, but I’m happy to take a look at any recommendations, not just in landscapes.
Being a site that mocks photography, this probably isn’t the best source of a thread recommending groups. For all I know there may have been such a thread months ago that I’ve simply forgotten about or more recently on a discussion page I’ll never see anyway. If you’re up to it, don’t hesitate to start such a thread! 🙂 I know that I, for one, would take a look.