‘Liège - A night at the station’
Some people prefer a night at the opera, others a night at the station :)
In late December and early January the weather in Belgium was very dreary and rainy. During daytime there were no good occasions to take beautiful pictures of this splendid railway station. Certainly not as beautiful as you can see on other photos posted by other member during sunnier periods.
But in winter the night falls early and as soon as it was dark I could photograph this wonderful project of Calatrava in all its splendor.
This is my second picture of the railway station of Liège-Guillemins designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It was officially opened on September 18, 2009.
It has 9 tracks and 5 platforms (three of 450 m and two of 350 m). The station is made of steel, glass and white concrete. It includes a monumental arch, 160 metres long and 32 metres high.
Information from Wikipedia.
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dip (21961) 2013-01-14 22:35
A beautiful,and,qualitative good night shot of the station,where we can see many details not only of the station but also behind from the town,
good choice of POV,very well exposed,
thanks for sharing,
Romano46 (5958) 2013-01-14 22:38
complimenti per questa bella fotografia nella quale hai saputo incorniciare la notte tra il grigio di una bella architettura in una composizione molto piacevole
emka (58982) 2013-01-14 23:18
Hi Paul, Night at the station, when interesting then why not? Excellent photo with the calatrava lines above and the view of the city in the middle. Excellent night shot.
jjcordier (63042) 2013-01-14 23:30
J'aime bien les deux! Très bonne photo nocturne de la gare de Liège devenue star sur TE. Ta composition est remarquable, exploitant à la fois le graphisme du lieu, les trains éclairés et la vision nocturne de la ville.Une photo de grande qualité.
krzychu30 (9385) 2013-01-15 0:51
magnificent night composition!I like this strong contrast between so nicely illuminated foreground(steel and glass are superb subjects for a night photography)and the city in the distance,which despite the night still looks very lively.Brilliant image in excellent quality.
Have a nice day
Royaldevon (18339) 2013-01-15 1:29
Good Morning Paul,
The weather has been grey and uninteresting for quite a while in many regions of Europe. However, you have been very inventive and taken a most interesting night shot.
Your viewpoint was well chosen giving the opportunity to capture the wonderful arches of the station, the horizontal layers of the trains and the enticing lights of the city beyond. Well done.
Have a lovely day,
lousat (58414) 2013-01-15 2:23
Hi Paul,a great choice of point of view and a magnificent result! How is nice the city inside this natural border create by the railway structures,great idea and great quality of exposure,details and colors,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Sergiom (40141) 2013-01-15 6:04
J'aime beaucoup ces structures qui ressemblent à de grandes vagues. Ici , la vue vers l'extérieur de la gare est superbe et bien dégagée et donne de très belles teintes.
danos (74478) 2013-01-15 8:27
nice the view of the modern station of Liège,during the night.I like the created texture of the upper part of the image as teh excellent light and colour management.
Have a good afternoon,danos
rbassin (11381) 2013-01-15 11:06
Une très belle photo, d'une architecture intéressante et d'un bon graphisme.
C'est bien fait.
cornejo (18696) 2013-01-15 11:11
Hi Paul, I love this great shot of the beautiful and interesting view of the station with the interesting structure and the city in the background. A beautiful and interesting image, captured with good technique and quality. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
npecanhuk (54207) 2013-01-15 15:05
Very interesting and attractive picture specially for its exposure, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
ACL1978 (6103) 2013-01-15 15:08
Paul - great use of lines here; the railing at top complements the curving lines of the ceiling well, and mimics the trains themselves. There's almost the effect of a curtain rising here. The light is really nicely managed, with the bright interior not dwarfing or overcoming the village beyond with its soft colors. Nicely done!
fabbs99 (6286) 2013-01-15 18:01
Thats really special.Excellent shot with great clarity and sharpness.Superb shot with perfect framing and presentation.Very well done.
dkmurphys (37399) 2013-01-15 23:05
Very fine capture of the impressive artwork of Calatrava. I like the POV and the city lights in the back. Well composed.
mesutilgim (68590) 2013-01-17 11:30
Great architectorial capture from Liege with perfect graphical effect !
TFS and best regards
Schnappilic (7955) 2013-01-17 12:43
I like your framing using modern architecture. Good sharpness and colors. Bravo!
Sonata11 (28748) 2013-01-17 20:33
very beautiful and interesting composition of this station. You capture this moment perfectly well. I like you POV and DOF as well. Beautiful presentation and perfectly framed. Thank you.
All the best,
pajaran (36868) 2013-01-17 22:27
Dobar teskt o stanici i modernoj arhitekturi ...
Lep pogled u noci na vozove i stanicu ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan.
Good referred to as the station and modern architecture ...
Nice view of the night on the train and the station ...
Good image sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good composition, nice revealed.
Have a nice and successful day.
All the best.
Graal (89420) 2013-01-18 0:01
very nice picture. I like the composition, colours and sharpness. Amazing modern architecture of railway station. Well presentation and done photo.
Have a nice day.
jhm (123116) 2013-01-18 2:22
Ik ben er nog niet geweest alleen gezien van foto's en architecten bladen, waarom kon een belg dit niet ontwerpen, typisch een belegen mop.
Gelukkig is uw foto van goede kwaliteit is er ook veel op te zien.
Wat voor een nachtfoto niet zo evident is, maar misschien is daar de verlichting voldoende.
Goed foto werk, bedankt.
Prettig weekend, liefst zonder sneeuw.
ikeharel (38062) 2013-01-18 4:37
Old town Liege view through the iron structure, and the trains on tracks added an extra strait-lines frame to the arched dome.
A fine light management, under shining white strong led illumination.
Super modern stations and bridges made up by Calatrava style-design throughout the world, each is different.
adores (28536) 2013-01-18 17:45
And it seems you got a very good night shot here! The pov is just great to show the station, the trains and also the illuminated square in background. I like the graphism and even the presence of the man there, waiting for the train.
UlfE (13740) 2013-01-20 7:25
A very nice mix of exciting architechture, transportation and the city at night. The man and the dog is a great inclusion. Excellent sharpness and depth. TFS and have a nice Sunday evening!
ourania (13057) 2013-01-20 11:23
a marvellous composition, very comprehensive and sophisticated, with amazing depth and sharpness. I love the way it is composed by layers, each with its own special features and interest but all creating a rich and impressive whole. There are so many details that catch our attention and your light management has made observation very comfortable and exciting too. Great work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
adramad (27872) 2013-01-20 14:28
A fabulous composition, which combines the modern and beautiful modern structure of the station, with trains on the midplane and the wonderful image of the city, the narrow view through deck line, a stunning combination of elements, all very beautiful and give a masterful job.
Very well done. I love it.
Have a nice day.
tober (8768) 2013-01-23 14:20
Hi Paul, it partially reminds me of Oriente train station in Lisbon. I liked the unusual way of framing here in which graphism dominates the top half and the daily life goes on at the bottom of the composition. Congratulations.
Kamilutka (3207) 2013-01-25 5:55
interesting idea for a photo and well executed. The chosen POV gives impression of someone watching the scene from above and contributes very much to the unique atmosphere in here. Very good light and colors management.
Well done and thanks for sharing!
ChrisJ (87654) 2013-01-26 5:03
I like the warm vs cold colour contrast between the blue grey fg architecture & the bg city lights with a yellow red tint. Good sharpness & graphics. The solitary person at left adds scale. A superb wide angled shot of the station. Tfs!
chrisvek (5645) 2013-01-26 5:19
Very good composition here with great architectural details.Superb colors and very good lightning management.Nice framing too.
Have a nice weekend
chrislo (2179) 2013-01-27 13:09
Weer een andere kijk op dat al heel veel gefotografeerde gebouw van Luik. Je hele serie van dit station is echt heel goed, Paul. Het gebouw blijft me verbazen, ik moet echt eens naar dat station afreizen. Je hebt er weer een prachtig plaatje gemaakt, met een mooie doorkijk naar de omringende stad. Prachtig hoe de overkapping hier tot zijn recht komt en hoe je de enorme ruimte goed in beeld hebt gebracht. En is het altijd zo rustig of heb je lang op een rustig moment moeten wachten om deze foto te nemen ? Hoe dan ook, een goed doordachte compositie zo met die ene reiziger !
Angshu (51394) 2013-01-31 1:11
We have been treated with pictures of this Calatrava created station from all conceivable photographic angle! Yet, I find this original, as I cannot remember a picture in which the platforms & indeed the trains are seen in the station. It definitely helps me as a viewer, understand the whole perspective of the amazing work of art & also the 'practical purpose' it serves. Lovely exposure & crisp details makes this a delight!
Fis2 (73626) 2013-02-03 6:03
Your photo is interesting.
I like POV and composition.
Good colors and sharpness.
abmdsudi (27098) 2013-03-02 6:48
This is a very eye pleasing shot in superlative in door light as the viewer being led to focus straight to the achitectural details and its delicacy. It's smartly composed with the contrasty warm tones in the distance to anchor the eye, and there's with great sense of depth and space too in natural colors. Lots of positives here, indeed a wonderful display of interior that looks so appealing with your exquisite work. Flawless capture, well done. Congrats