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

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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'.
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12 Responses to Rainy Day Travellers

  1. Nelson says:

    Very nice

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  3. Len says:

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

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  4. Chillbrook says:

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

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

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  6. Eden says:

    Really nice framing in this! Great piece.

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