Urban Transport

Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge this week has the theme of ‘urban’ – and for me, London’s Underground trains are as urban as you get. Luckily for me I found myself travelling out of town aganst the rush-hour traffic last Thursday morning, flowing outwards towards freedom instead of funneling myself with fathomless futility into the crushing confines of the train carriage. Anyway, to my surprise and delight I managed to capture some reasonably clear-of-commuters-playing-sardines shots on my smartphone, from both outside and inside of a tube train 🙂

Onwards and Upwards…


I was really pleased to capture the smooth shapes created by the lines and curves of this dynamic shot as I was coming up the escalator in Canada Water Station towards the exit the other day. And although taken in colour, it almost looks monochrome by design. I was hoping for a sharp, slick image but sadly on downloading it to my laptop I can see it’s either not properly focussed or I’ve got camera shake – or maybe both…

I’m not always very good at capturing things on the move, especially like here when I’m the one on the move in difficult lighting, without something going wrong and ending up with a slightly blurry or fuzzy photograph. I can often see what I want to take, but don’t always manage to translate that immediate vision into reality in time… oh well 😦

Still, I like the image enough to share with you all, so hopefully you like it too? Onwards and upwards, and hopefully the more I try, the better I’ll get 🙂

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Arch, Dome,or Half Circle

The beautifully arched barrel-vaulted ceiling over the central concourse of Gants Hill Underground Station – Eastbound trains depart from the platform just beyond the columns on the left, Westbound trains on the right.

The space-age looking circular wheel of ceiling lights above Redbridge Underground Station’s circular ticket office.

The softly-curved arch of the ceiling leading to the escalators and way out at Wanstead Underground Station.

All three stations sit one after the other in quick succession on the Central Line of London’s Underground system 🙂

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Thursday Doors: Dunkeld & Birnam Station


Not a terrbily excting black door on the Southbound platform of Dunkeld & Birnam railway station, sleepily snapped through the grubby window of the Caledonian Sleeper at around midnight while journeying overnight between Inverness and London – but what actually caught my eye was the tattered old sign on the door…


Look Dan – no facilities! 🙂

And for any Shakespeare buffs out there, the Birnam in question is the Birnam of Macbeth fame – ‘Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until Great Birnam wood to High Dunsinane hill shall come against him.’

Norm’s Thursday Doors