From a Train

A journey is always a photo opportunity. On the day we travelled back to Geneva Airport recently a quite violent series of storms was sweeping across central Europe including Switzerland. It caused a landslide that de-railed a train near St Moritz – remarkably there were no fatalities. Click here for a report and images.

From our train, as it travelled around the north side of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman), there were dramatic views of rainstorms in the distance – but none that I was able to get a decent view of. The lake itself was whipped by the wind into a considerable swell and between the showers bright shafts of light lit the troubled water.

IMG_6634_cropAs always the train stopped in Lausanne for a few minutes. A few weeks ago I posted an image from our last visit to this station – click here to view it. This time it was the people crowding the platform opposite that caught my attention. They were not a happy bunch. Summer had gone AWOL for the day but through the rain-spattered windows I captured an image.

IMG_6640Geneva Airport midweek is surprisingly civilized these days and we sat for an hour or so in the main departures lounge – or rather my wife did. I wandered about, camera in hand, and eventually watched our plane arrive for the return flight to Heathrow.IMG_6652 Never neglect the opportunities that a journey provides photographically. There are always surprises and I’ve never been stopped at airports or stations for taking images.

Meanwhile, over on my other blog iSighting there is a post about capturing the Expected and the Unexpected while on holiday – with more images from Zermatt.

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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'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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15 Responses to From a Train

  1. oneowner says:

    I like all three photos but the train station shot is remarkable.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. A bit of work was required in processing to get the rather gritty look to this (Topaz plug-ins), but I liked the way it turned out. Glad you agree.

  2. John Linn says:

    Always enjoy your posts but wish I was traveling with you… camera in hand!

  3. That’s the one thing I really enjoy about traveling, the unexpected photo ops. You’ve captured some real winners here, Andy. I like the way that tail section of the plane came out. I’ve fallen into this picture-in-picture mode where I am always looking for a reflective 2nd image in the frame. Sounds odd maybe but it has expanded my vision to some degree.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much for that comment Jimi. I am a great lover of reflections for the very reason in your comment. They really can add another dimension, but you’ve got to tune your eye to look for them, as I am sure you will know.

  4. shoreacres says:

    The platform shows the frozen-in-time nature of certain travel experiences beautifully. Whether we’re at a train platform, a bus station or an airport, there seems to be a world-within-a-world feeling, as though time is standing still. We’re traveling, but for a moment we’re not going anywhere. it’s hard to describe, but I see it in your photo.

    • LensScaper says:

      That’s a very perceptive observation, Linda. ‘Frozen’ is the right word here particularly. Platforms are often busy places, but this scene was a series of statuettes. People were rooted to the spot – it was like a freeze-frame in itself before I pressed the shutter.

  5. Wonderful shots Andy. It’s amazing to find the extraordinary in the everyday “ordinary.” The train station image is my favourite.

  6. Len says:

    Nice images Andy. I am always amazed that some photographers don’t take these travel shots especially when moving. I have gotten some great shots that way as you have proven.

  7. seekraz says:

    I love the image of the lake, Andy…the somber color of the choppy water and the land beyond it, with just a trace of light coming in through the clouds…very nice.

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