My plan this morning was to drive out to Maumee Bay State Park and take some pictures. Driving South on I-280, I made a detour hoping to find my way back to a railyard I'd spotted. After toodling around for a bit with no results, I was ready to get back on the highway and proceed with plan A.
Fortunately, instinct led me to keep following a road to its dead-end conclusion, stopping at train tracks with a line of brilliant yellow Jerusalem Artichokes adjacent to them.
I shot the flowers and power towers for about an hour, just enjoying the brisk September morning, with trains coming through about every 15 minutes.
Eventually, a train slowed and finally stopped. So I made some shots of it, and finally stumbled across this composition -- immediately knowing this was the shot I came for. The starkly angled lines complemented by the contrasting tones of the yellow morning sun and polarizer-enhanced blue sky came together perfectly.
My creative process is absolutely a work in progress, and hopefully always will be. Today's lesson was to let the scene play out, and to enjoy yourself while it's happening.