This one is for Ann (annjackman) who is at present touring Perthshire with her husband and tells me that today they have visited this remote place - Rannoch Station.
Rannoch Station is one of the most remote railway stations in Great Britain, lying on the West Highland Line, and serving only some very small communities nearby. It lies at the very end of the narrow and twisty B846 road which passes along the north side of Loch Rannoch and which meets the A9 trunk-road between Pitlochry and Blair Atholl, some 34 miles (55 km) east of the station.
This station lies at the west side of Rannoch Moor which is a large deserted area whose terrain is mainly boggy marshland and peat bog. It is notable for its wildlife and is a favourite place for walkers.
The railway line, which passes from Glasgow to Fort William, was opened in 1894 but, to cross the moor, its builders had to float the tracks on a mattress of tree roots, brushwood and thousands of tons of earth and ashes. The line still remains open after more than a century.
Here we see the little signal box on the station platform. The day I took this it was raining - in fact, it always rains here!
In the workshop I shall add a wider view of this place, taken from the footbridge across the line.
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lousat (64197) 2013-10-22 9:34
Hi John,a pic that remember me a lot my trip whit the train around Scotland many years ago,a railway full of small and desert stations like this in magnificent scenery,great work in PP too,maybe a soft HDR,and all under the typycal cloudy sky.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Kamilutka (3738) 2013-10-22 9:37
I like the colors in your photo and how they create very nice and warm atmosphere. There is some nostalgic tone in this image, almost one can feel saying good bye to someone important. Nicely composed. Very good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
holmertz (31302) 2013-10-22 9:55
Considering the privatization of British railways and tough competition between various companies it's rather amazing that someone finds it worthwhile to still serve this line. In Sweden, just as sparsely populated as parts of Scotland, this would surely have been closed down decades ago. But if that had been the case here you couldn't have taken this nice photo where the various colours of the platform and their long lines, beside the tracks, have formed a very nice pattern and given the view superb depth. In spite of the dull day with thick clouds the colours don't seen to have lost any of their intensity.
Nicou (105809) 2013-10-22 9:58
sueprbe captage quelle petite gare elle est charmante et le grpahisme de voies la fuyance génial.
Bravo et amitié
Romano46 (11509) 2013-10-22 11:08
io sono dell'idea che il soggetto non sempre è importante, ma spesso anche quello che può sembrare banale si può trasformare in qualcosa di bello ed interessante se il fotografo è bravo.
Questo mi sembra il classico esempio. Un soggetto non eclatante valorizzato al meglio con una ottima ripresa nella quale un ruolo fondamentale va alla composizione ed altrettanta importanza alla valorizzazione dei colori e della luce diffusa che un bel cielo grigio ti ha offerto, dandoti anche la possibilità di usarlo come ottimo sfondo.
Ciao e buona serata
InasiaJones (30028) 2013-10-22 16:58
The first impression that I have while looking at your photo is one of nostalgia and as your note suggests, of isolation.
The empty station, the absence of any living presence, the stretching landscape in the background, there's a lot of elements in your photo that epitomizes the feeling I had when visiting Scotland.
I like the way you have used the railway, anchored in the low corner and making us traveling in your image. The alternate sides where small buildings are taking place and the distance between them adds depth. Good post-processing that brings out the contrast despite the lack of light and dramatization of the clouds.
Very well done!
emka (64144) 2013-10-22 23:20
I saw some remote railway stations on my way to John o'grouts. They were ion demand and I was one of the maybe a few passengers in the train. How it is possible that it is still in use?
fantastic quality of the photo, I like specially the right part with the birch trees. fine composition, the rails go far away. Very nice colours and melancholic atmosphere.
I am back home already. Warm regards
jjcordier (67226) 2013-10-22 23:55
Intéressante composition aux belles couleurs. La voie ferrée conduit vers ce ciel nuageux qui donne une belle atmosphère à l'image.
macjake (45588) 2013-10-23 0:47
looking at the WS photo, its funny how the height from the POV makes the little command post there appear so large, but in this view it looks just like a tiny box.
in both photos, i'm very impressed with the level of detail, sharpness and clarity of everything.
its picture perfect with superb exposure, really!
love the birch trees on the far right as well.
excellent post for TE, it works so well for many reasons.
see you around
SnapRJW (23656) 2013-10-23 1:19
As expected, this a finely managed shot John. The little waiting room and forecourt looks well maintained and as your title suggests, almost a last outpost before the mountains which are so beautifully captured in the WS. Attractive colours, well saturated and contrasted overcome the dullness of the weather and infuse the image with a pleasing and harmonious Scottish feel.
Enjoy your meeting and warm regards to all. Rosemary
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-10-24 4:37
Love this, the sense of depth from that train track running off into the distance is really superb, and gives a wonderful 3D feel to the image. To compliment that, the colors (especially the red pathway!!) and the active sky are really fantastic. Beautiful POV and moment.
All the best
marabu61 (5867) 2013-10-24 7:32
Amazing perspective with the railway lines disapearing in the distance with the nice curve to enhance the effect.
There is a distinctive feel of loneliness in this composition that suits the subject very good.
have a great day
saxo042 (33926) 2013-10-24 7:37
All the colours of the platform and the building are in a perfect harmony with the surrounding "natural" colours. A very pleasant perspective with the rails disappearing at the focal point far away. I would like to take a trip here, last year we took a trip on the Norwegian line between Oslo and Bergen, another railway that required a lot of efforts to be built. Unfortunately we had to go by bus half of the way to Bergen...
jhm (127995) 2013-10-28 5:40
Almost not to believe, end of the way but nobody to see, or are all the people away by train!
Perspective and depth are perfect taken.
Your picture is taken in high quality and perfect sharpness.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
delpeoples (48634) 2013-10-28 19:56
Sorry I've been slack on TE lately, the mamma figure has been very ill, which means I've been neglecting my mates here. It's likely to be like that for the foreseeable future. But I've have been stalking your gallery and look forward to hearing of the TE meeting and all the fun.
Having seen your wonderful photos of Rannochmoor, this photo sets a context for me. It's also very attractive, although of course not as spectacular as your previous shots of this place. The colours and definition leap out of the screen at me. And as usual, the image is carefully ( and very successfully) composed. Great shot, take care.
annjackman (15533) 2013-10-29 11:19
It was very kind of you to post this very picture and brings back fabulous memories of our day there. The signal box is no longer used but is a mini-museum. In front of it is a lovely little cafe with about 3 tables in it and run by an enthusiastic lady who opens it for a few hours a day. Great cakes! I love the colours in your picture and the dark sky shows just how wild and isolated this place is. Great quality and composition - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
npecanhuk (56368) 2013-11-03 17:54
The subject here is simpler, but the picture is just as interesting and beautiful with superb quality: Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, slim black borders, dof, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (15711)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-02-27
- Categories: Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-22 9:26