Pictured here is a shot of part of Glasgow Central train station in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland.
Though it would be much more popular to show the beautiful fašade of this fine station, this scene caught my eye because of the play of light from inside the building with the sun beaming down from above and creating a silhouette on the non glass parts.
The station itself is huge, carrying over 38 million passengers a year. Opened in 1879 north of the river Clyde, the station originally had 8 platforms. However, congestion saw redevelopment in 1890 and 1896 to extend it to serve new lines.
Between 1901 and 1905 the station was rebuilt and extended over the top of Argyle street. This is the view in the shot here, and Argyle street runs underneath what we can see in this picture. This is the glass walled bridge that is one of the notable features of the stations redevelopment, and this feature is known as the "Hielanman's Umbrella".
Further redevelopment work in the 1980's 1990's and eary 2000's saw the station become the urban centre it is today, housing not only the rail lines servicing these millions of people but also a beautiful concourse filled with shops and cafes, as well as a hotel, nightclub, theatre, gallery and a number of restaurants.
The central hotel, which is part of the station would be one of the more famous views of the station. The Gordon street entrance to the station is underneath the Central Hotel which was designed in Queen Anne style by Robert Roward Anderson. The hotel was completed in 1883 and at the time was one of the most exclusive hotels in the city. Its finery is still apparent today and it makes a beautiful fašade to the station.
The view I took is a lesser seen one, and it taken from where Union Street meets Jamaica Street at the junction of Argyle street.
Thanks for looking!
Edit : DOH! I've chosen the wrong country. Sincere apologies Moderators.... This is Scotland in the UK, not Ireland. Sorry. I don't believe there is a state / county applicable to Glasgow, I think it just comes under Glasgow. I've reported the location as a problem.
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photoray (13981) 2014-01-30 11:22
Intriguing geometric back lit view through the windows with arch mimics, revaling the elaborate roof skeleton structure, with the sun radiating above.
Having worked many moons on California rail stations, I would love to see Glasgow Central. And it must be a major historical work of pride for Glasgow.
PS: Unfortunately I cannot claim relationship to Robert Anderson, but I did write the California Passenger Station Manual for planning, design and construction.
willperrett (11242) 2014-01-30 11:26
How come Glasgow's in Ireland? Has it floated over the sea to Dublin? Why wasn't I informed? Actually I love this contre-jour shot, especially the more subtle light through the glass. Hope your sensor survived this untoward zap of sunlight right between the semiconductors!
ourania (47784) 2014-01-30 11:50
a very original and intriguing picture of the train station fašade. The sun shines in all its glory, its rays convey a playful dynamism. A visual challenge as not all is clear under the sun. There's mystery in the silhouetted building and the big dark areas but also in the interior that's intriguingly defined by patterns, perspectives and light. The blue sky looks so relaxing and pure, the contrasts are superb. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
Fis2 (100638) 2014-01-30 12:05
Difficult light good effect!
I like composition and colors.
Curious windows ;)
I like it.
Lord_Of_Chaos (0) 2014-01-30 12:23
Good evening, Noel.
Nice shadows and a nice view of the glass surface illuminated by direct sunlight.
Excellent management of light and it is very difficult to photograph.
Greetings and all the best.
tyro (25902) 2014-01-30 12:43
Oh, dear, Geography was never my strong point either - so you're forgiven!
I know this place very well though I must admit that though I've been there often, I've never actually been there with my camera: that's something I need to rectify.
I know exactly where you were standing - you were looking westward along Argyle Street where the street actually passes underneath the station - an area of street which was once believed to be the most polluted area of roadway in Europe due to the heavy traffic and also the fact that the 'buses used to sit waiting under there, stationary with their engines running. And because of its sheltered nature, that little area was also known as the "Hielander's Umbrella" by some. In fact, I think I've sheltered from the rain under there myself.
But again your ability to shoot contre jour amazes me. Thankfully for me, you do have a trace (or a couple of very small traces) of lens flare here but those are overwhelmed by the gorgeous greenish yellow light pervading those tall ornate Victorian windows. The fact that the delightful colour is the result of years of smog, soot and grime is irrelevant - it is beautiful to look at!
nikkitta (17066) 2014-01-30 13:02
I have been near Glasgov while visiting Scotland, did the moderators got ungry or were polite?
Quite agree and congrat you for posting not a common train station but an istant that never will be the same
stunning capture the lights and shadows where the rays of the sun are truly the protagonists
Creative capture, congrats
carlo62 (50778) 2014-01-30 15:29
ho soggiornato in questa cittÓ e passeggiato nelle sue strade, sono entrato anche in questa stazione, ma era di notte e solo per curiosare.
La tua foto Ŕ molto originale, di difficile interpretazione, se non si legge la nota, ma di sicuro effetto, quelle grandi vetrate illuminate, attirano l'attenzione.
jcpix (13930) 2014-01-30 15:31
"This picture's so bright, I gotta' wear shades." (Thanks to Timbuk3 for the song title rip-off)
Alright, I'm just going to award it to you now...a big gold medal for being the master of shooting against the sun! :) Incredible, I can't seem to figure it out myself...but you have quite the knack to come away with stunning results, and here we have another. Not only that ability in hand, but the intuition and recognition for a different kind of potential with this subject and scene. Plus, you had the unique gift to bring Ireland and Scotland together in one frame! lol
Bursting with brightness (yes, pun intended) this is quite the eye-catcher...and scorcher of pupils!? :) The starry effect from the sun is the thing that first jumps out, but as you mentioned, the more subdued play of light under the rooftop is the most captivating. A great an original way to show this station. Keep your sunglasses handy! Happy Friday!
Cheers from sun drenched Az.,
ktanska (28140) 2014-01-30 22:17
An impressive result on challenging light. As a birthplace of railroads UK has incredible amount of such classic terminal stations. With such big glass roof I can imagine that the place looks well lit and spacious inside. Actually I have visited that place, but my memories are not very accurate.
I would have cropped off large part of that black area though.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-01-31 3:05
Love the artistic windows. You have captured the essence fantastically.
snunney (101602) 2014-01-31 3:23
An out of the ordinary point of view that clearly shows the prowess of the Victorian railway engineers. I like the use of the vertical frame and the layered effect and all that intricate ironwork that we can see in great detail.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-31 5:29
amazing light management this. The result is so effective and hauntingly beautiful. It turns the station into a cathedral and works so wonderfully. Clarity and detailing superb and I applaud your technique and presentation here. Stunning!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-31 9:42
This is spectacular! Facing the sun and extracting minute details of the shade using the silhouette so successfully... great! What a fantastic idea it is to present a train station like this!
Wonderful shot. Tfs.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-31 10:57
A fantastic against the light shot and that too such a strong sun. I wouldn't have dared to take such a shot, forget taking it so well and presenting it over here. Like the way the sun has illuminated the roof of the station and throws enough light for us to enjoy the beauty of these iron works. Love the way the frame rises from absolute darkness to bright light. Superb shot, thanks for sharing.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-31 11:02
il gioco di luci Ŕ perfettamente riouscito.
Alla bella silhouette si associa a meraviglia il sole con i suoi raggi che colpisce nella sua grandiositÓ, ma ancor pi¨ bella Ŕ la disposizione all'interno della parte illuminata dell'edificio nella quale la luce e le forme si susseguono in successione disegnando particolari arabeschi.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Gigidusud (21151) 2014-01-31 13:21
Great light management on the Glasgow Central train station. I like the dark departure from the bottom of the photo to the sun. Well done!
PS: I understand your comparison about hats quite agree with you :)
Have a nice WE my friend.
abmdsudi (55574) 2014-01-31 20:26
It's highly challenging shot Noel! credit to your courage by shooting into the fireball with lovely flare impact adds a heap of punch to this shot and without burnt out or hot spot!! wonder did you use a starburst filter? Great too that dark and shadow details areas are still retained, enhancing the strong graphical shapes and lines with awesome golden touch. The scene can be the most difficult to expose highlighting two extreme lighting conditions but it's so delicately well balanced and pleasantly viewable, an inspiring and creative shooter who's not afraid to experiment and explore. Gorgeous shot and tfs
COSTANTINO (66511) 2014-02-02 6:22
Hello my friend
amazing capture of this part of Glasgow Central
station in the heart of Glasgow
you presented perfectly this play of
light from inside the bulding
it looks like a star like an explosion
of lights I liked the black foreground
it is excellent in my opinion
have a new nice week
adores (45869) 2014-02-28 10:08
A well thought composition! The sunlight gave you much detail inside the station and the windows are very beautiful. Not an easy shot, but you managed to get a good result.
unclehotshot (4000) 2015-06-16 0:55
That's a cheeky cropping; leaving the lower third black. . The top third has all the light it needs as a compensation. But it's great. The middle third is so nice with the big window areas devided in small sectors... the roof seen through the window. There is a fine depth and some "yummy" colors + obviously the interesting patterns and graphical effect of the lines criss-crossing.
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (32090)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/16, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-30 11:04