I had just over an hour to kill before my train home from Plymouth this afternoon so I set myself a challenge - to find my daily photo before catching my train. Unlike some Great Western Railway stations Plymouth isn't blessed with any imposing Victorian architecture so that avenue of opportunity was out. Instead I walked to the end of one of the platforms, thinking I might be able to make something of the leading lines and the odd train coming into the station. None of the photos there excited me but I did spot an interesting character or two on an adjacent platform so I nipped through the underpass to test my street photography skills.
The sun was shining but none of it made it onto the parts of the platforms which had seats. Not to be deterred, I found one lady sitting on the ground, propped up by a lamp post, soaking up some rays with a faraway look in her eyes. Nearby a couple were standing on the platform, chatting as the wife checked her phone. Both scenes seemed ripe for a photo but I decided the short lens, up close and personal approach perhaps wasn't appropriate on this occasion. Instead I put a longer lens on my camera (the equivalent of 90mm). Taking my shots from further afield felt less intrusive and by using the articulated screen on my camera I'm not sure they were even aware they'd been snapped.
Both of my pictures were composed using the rule of thirds so I figured they'd also be a good fit for this week's theme here on Photoblog - a double success, and all with half an hour to spare before my train arrived!
3 June 2017