Waiting for the train

by Helen Hooker June. 05, 2017 2087 views

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

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Lakshmi Bhat 3 years, 9 months ago

Nice photos, just the other day I had been reading about Henri Cartier Bresson and street photography. The faraway look in the lady's eyes is interesting :)

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David Cardona 3 years, 10 months ago

Great composition and balance on excellent B&W artwork!

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- Kim - 3 years, 10 months ago

Love Picture #1 too! The rule of thirds really draw the viewer's eye to the lady, and the leading lines create a nice perspective.

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Helen Hooker Replied to - Kim - 3 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Kim!

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Pam Brighton 3 years, 10 months ago

Love the first one Helen, such an expressive face and the bare feet say it all.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Pam Brighton 3 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Pam. She looked so relaxed, enjoying the sunshine in her own little world.

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 10 months ago

Nice work & always love your commentary!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Jay!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Helen Hooker 3 years, 10 months ago

Your work=My pleasure

:=D

Cheers!

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Kay Hooker 3 years, 10 months ago

What a surprise! Plymouth station looks just as it did in the 1960s.  I would have expected some improvement, in 50 plus years .

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Helen Hooker Replied to Kay Hooker 3 years, 10 months ago

I think the shopping area has changed a lot but the station evidently hasn't!

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Andrew Wakefield 3 years, 10 months ago

Agree, No 1 is great. You'd think they'd provide a bench wouldn't you?....but then you wouldn't have got your shot. Well seen!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Andrew Wakefield 3 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Andrew! There were benches but they were all in the shade - I guess she must be a bit of a sun worshipper!

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Stephanie 3 years, 10 months ago

A good way to fill some otherwise 'spare' time. Helen- you could have just sat and watched the world go by.... as your model in #1? but that's not your style! BTW shame Laira station wasn't still open- its only a short walk from Laira to Saltram House along part of the  'West Devon Way' (36 miles- Plymouth to Okehampton) walk or Bike trail.... next time maybe?

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Helen Hooker Replied to Stephanie 3 years, 10 months ago

You know me too well Steph! Sadly the walk to Saltram probably won't work as I always have a big suitcase full of music with me when I visit Plymouth. One day I'll have to go just as a tourist...

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Stephanie Replied to Helen Hooker 3 years, 10 months ago

One day...... Hopefully!

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 10 months ago

I especially like #1.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Antonio!

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