A Day at the Station – Union Station


Sometimes you come home with only one image, but that is all it takes.

It was cold and breezy outside, so Jerry Weber and I decided to shoot Christmas Day the Los Angeles Union Station instead of downtown Broadway. Up on the train platform, there were trains on two adjacent platforms, effectively creating a tunnel except for a small slit near the roof and between the train cars. I took a bunch of shots while the passengers were loading, but the payoff was near then end with the last few stragglers.

The sun, though low, was quite intense and in looking at my early shots, I had the wits about me to push down the EV 2-stops. While I was shooting, I was just concentrating on getting the face in the shaft of light, keeping my framing straight, and fixing the relationship between the light in the upper right and the corner of the frame. I didn’t recognize the reflection or little red lights on the side of the train until I looked at the back of my camera.

2 thoughts on “A Day at the Station – Union Station

  1. -N- December 31, 2014 / 8:16 am

    Nice job – keep on posting – and this was really a very lucky catch. Interesting how it is important to keep on shooting on our subject, sometimes moving, sometimes holding still, but to keep making those exposures. What is that saying – you have to shoot 100 pictures to find one keeper? Anyway – great image. A thought – how about an article on your workflow in post? I really like your colors.

  2. Peter Lee May 6, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    Excellent image!

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