Rainy Day Travellers

There is a clue to where today’s image was taken in the four letters visible – LAUS. But you’ll have to either guess or read to the end of the post to find out.

IMG_5896_cropLet me set the scene. It was pouring with rain, and we were sitting patiently on our train at this station – a major hub – where through trains frequently wait for connecting trains to arrive. It’s not uncommon to wait five minutes or longer here.

There was another train alongside and I glanced across as two people sat down in their compartment. I watched and waited. The girl – hair, I suspect, soaked – sat, leaning forward, engrossed in a newspaper. Her friend, partner (?) sat upright, hand on chin, staring into space. I waited for some movement from either of them, but there was none. Instinctively I took this image through the rain-splattered windows. People reduced to outlines, nameless, featureless. On a journey just like us. Back home I cropped the image to fit the window, converted to B&W (colour was redundant) and just pushed the contrast.

Meanwhile, have you discovered my other blog – iSighting? If not why not take a look. There’s a new post up there today talking about B&W conversions and specifically ‘Where Colour Contributes Little’. Do click on the link.

And I nearly forgot: the place? Lausanne, Switzerland

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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12 Responses to Rainy Day Travellers

  1. Nelson says:

    Very nice

  2. oneowner says:

    This is another fine composition that looks great with the high contrast black and white treatment. I like the vertical line in the middle. It gives it some balance.

    • LensScaper says:

      It was tempting to trim the right half off, but I liked the idea of that empty space and the balance it created. It looked really rather messy before I upped the contrast. I can’t relax on a train – always something enticing round the corner! Thanks Ken.

  3. Len says:

    The B&W choice coupled with the cropping and processing make this a really compelling image Andy.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Len. I’ve looked at this quite a few times and wasn’t really sure whether to post it, so it’s nice to see it get a favourable reaction.

  4. Chillbrook says:

    A smashing image Andy. I learn so much visiting both your blogs!

  5. Instinctively seems to be the way to go here, Andy. Very clever.

  6. Eden says:

    Really nice framing in this! Great piece.

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