The postprocessing workflow for this image was split into two stages: I captured five bracketed exposures early in the morning while the station was empty, and used luminosity masks to achieve a balanced finish for the bright lights and the gritty texture along the platform. I then used separate four-second exposures for the first westbound Central Line train of the morning — one as it pulled into the platform, and another as it departed — and blended these together to produce the final image.
The image was captured early in the morning, shortly before the city’s busy morning commute began, and edited by blending multiple exposures using luminosity masks.
Another awesome station on the London Underground network and worth a visit if your like me and you enjoy a good Underground station.
I just like the way the light beams in through essentially what is a big skylight, gives Bermondsey a cavernous feel the the station and it certainly feels like that when your there.
Its a station I do intend to revisit on my next trip to London as I have a few new ideas I could try out, whether they will work or not is a different matter.
I am not sure if it was best to go with this crop with the large amount of black on the edges or do you think I should have gone for a square crop? I just couldn’t decide and felt this worked best.
Probably one of my favourite, if not my favourite Underground station on the whole network. I just love the timeless modern architecture going on here at this station, its certainly stood the test of time as this station was built in 1999.
My favourite part of the station has to be this Obelisk in the middle of the two platforms, its stunning, certainly reminds me of a lighthouse. Its quite unique as I can’t think of this architectural feature anywhere else on the tube network, even on the newish Jubilee Line Extension stations.
Seeing stations like this built about 15 years or so ago gets me really excited about the brand new Crossrail stations, I bet they will be a great addition to London’s growing transport network and I am hoping that some of these stations will be available for a sneak preview during Open House London this year, fingers crossed!!
Well my new Flickr account has been well received and I’d like to thank those who have moved over from my old account to my new one and of course your comments and likes too!
I will be following some of you back but can’t at the moment due to the 20 followers that Flickr puts on new accounts, odd I know but I think its some anti-spam thing.
This is another photo from my Charing X ghost station tour. This is one set of escalators within the station complex, sadly they don’t work anymore but are kept in very good cosmetic condition. Again these were used in the James Bond film Skyfall where famously James Bond slides down the escalator, something that would probably be impossible in real life or if you did attempt it, it would result in some horrendous injury!
If you get chance to visit this station it is well worth a visit so keep an eye on the London Transport Museum website.
An old photo this one but one to add to my ‘Conception Fabrication’ architectural series. I quite like the interesting shapes and the face at the end of the tunnel of this fabrication that I have done. Its such aa good way to edit a photo that you would not have edited via conventional means, I have probably got enough now to put into a gallery which I will do in due course.
You may have noticed that I have decided to tidy up and streamline my description on my flickr uploads as I feel sometimes the story of my photo can be lost within all the other information I have provided, do you agree or did you prefer the old way?
Fear not, don’t worry my little story behind each photo will remain as I know a lot of you like this part of my photos and of course I enjoy this part the most!
Let me know what you think and if you want me to go back to the old way.
Another from my little series from my tour of the closed off areas of Charing Cross station. This is one of my favourite tunnels on the whole of the Underground.
Some of you may recognise this tunnel too as it was used in the Horror film called Creep. Not a massively famous Horror film but the Creep creature emerges from a darkened cupboard just off around the corner and its a scene in the film I have always remembered.
When I watched this film back in 2004 it was before was involved in photography and even before I had a DSLR but at the time I wondered where this tunnel was and thought it would be awesome to photograph it and explore the station where the film was filmed one day, well fortunately this came true!
One thing I do find with the London Underground or railway stations is how stations that are packed during the day and then become empty at night (something I have been privileged to working nights on the railway) is how different they can be, they almost take on a sinister feel, imagine walking around this station and down this tunnel at night, completely by yourself!
Would you, wouldn’t you?
My first photo from the ‘Hidden London’ Charing X tour organised by the London Transport Museum.
Last Friday I went down to London primarily for this tour and do a few other bits of photography. The tour was excellent, by far my favourite too that the LTM have organised.
This part of the station was closed off when the Jubilee line was closed off when the Jubilee extension opened and was no longer required. London Underground still turn and stable trains here so I suppose its still partly used, just not to the general public.
Its very surreal that a massive part of Charing Cross station is closed and hidden away from public eye, some of you may pass by the two doors and fake wall that hides these set of escalators. Also some of you maybe thinking that you recognise this station and you would be right, this Ghost station was used in the latest bond film Skyfall and also Horror film called Creep as well as many more.
I am trying to work out what the orange and yellow patches are here, I have not found them in any other stations although I think they are tactile strips to help people who are visually impaired get around on the London Underground, they often test things here before rolling them out to other stations.
I could have spent hours down here but unfortunately I only had one so I got as many photos as I could possible get.