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Sunset Through Central Window

By flatfoot471    
Late evening as the sunset over Glasgow shines through the windows of Central Station.

Tags: Transport Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

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Andysnapper 12 109 25 England
8 Dec 2014 6:46AM
I rather like this. Those splashes of colour contrast very well with the grey iron of the station structure.


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cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
8 Dec 2014 7:23AM
wonderful engineering..well captured Smile
TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2014 10:55AM
Hi David - welcome back to the critique gallery Smile

The thumbnail for this image caught my eye immediately, and I wasn't disappointed when I opened it up. There's a goreous tranquility about that sunset through those beautifully intricate windows that's incredibly appealing. I know it's a railway station, and of course there's trains associated with rail stations, but I'm also wondering what the image would be like without that train? It's a very modern looking example, and while that gives a good contract between the old windows and the wonders of modern railway travel, there's a part of me would like to see a more traditional steam-type engine in this setting, with some billowing steam. (The railway afficionados will no doubt throw their hands up at that, but for me this settings is really reminiscent of the glamourous, glorious hey-day of steam and tweeds, hats and old battered suitcases Smile)

To be honest, there's not a lot I'd change about the image as you've presented it. I think there may be a slight bit of curve to the brick wall which I've corrected in my mod using the Lens Correction tool. It's slight, but it's what my eye saw straight away and when I put a horizontal rule against the top edge, there was definitely a bit of curvature.

The other thing I've done is bring a fraction more detail back into the shadows, which were clipped - only by a couple of points, so it was hardly noticeable, but while I was adjustings things I thought I'd do that bit as well. Some may say that it needs that darker shadow detail, but it's always a personal preference.

The other thing I did in my mod was just a touch of smart-sharpening to the overall image - the window structure looked a little soft in your original, and I feel that by sharpening a touch more it gives them more clarity.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2014 11:07AM
Very well seen and technically well taken. NY only comment is a slight lack of room at the bottom. I assume this is because there us just a blank platform or a distraction in the foreground.

Nice image.

Mike43 9 149 21 England
8 Dec 2014 11:37AM
I like the general feel of your photo, but my eyes are being drawn to the light in the roof just over the train so have uploaded a mod where I have clone out the light and also because of the lack of room below the train have lowered the space at the top of your photo in the hope of balancing the feel of the photo.

Hope you don,t think I am being too negative, because I think you have a great Station/Train photograph, but I just feel it needs that little something.
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1643 England
8 Dec 2014 12:44PM
I saw this a few hours ago, and didn't have time to comment before doing various other things for a while... Others have now beaten me to it!

It's perfect, or as near as I ever want to get to it.

Yes, lens correction; yes, the lamp; yes, the steam train would be lovely. But this is transient beauty captured, and I love that it is so anchored in reality - I'd quite welcome a display showing the minute and second in there, along with the stopping places for the journey.
8 Dec 2014 3:31PM
Thanks for the comments. It's great how you work on an image for hours, then upload the wrong version....duh!

I've got another one with the lens correction applied and then go and upload the wrong version.

This is a blend of two images, which were taken without the use of a tripod. Quite pleased with the result.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2208 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2014 4:07PM
A warm welcome from me too. I love this - it's a classic case of the photographer's eye finding the picture by putting that rectangular frame over the bigger scene, isolating the bit that works in isolation.

I like the way that apparently random elements fit together, and the contrast of the temporary and the permanent. The train will move on, the arches remain.

Lots of different compositional variations are available, Mike43's mod does what I would want to do. It gives a slightly cleaner, simpler contrast of vertical and horizontal lines.

Hope we'll see more of your work here.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2014 11:31AM
Digital is wonderful, but how much simplercwas it to go into a dark room, a we're one, and just carry out the usual improvement processes. No mucking about with lens corrections in those days!

A bit like the modern all electronic systems in our cars. Cannot touch them ourselves now. Are we going a bit too far?


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