Standing on the subway platform, I got to thinking about photographing some of the other people waiting around for the next train, but wanted to come up with something a bit different…and here’s what I ended up with.
Not only did it take up some of the boredom from standing there like a zombie rider myself, it was a challenge not to be obvious in my actions. It took a while before I realized the shiny surface of the passing cars would make for an unusual, and hopefully original shot of fellow passengers…and without the presence of an obtrusive lens.
I really liked how the motion ended up creating a bit of a “ghostly” appearance of those standing by. Boo! And there you have it, hop on for a ride…if you’re not afraid of the spirits that may accompany you. :)
Special thanks to Krzysztof for once again helping with a large part of the processing to achieve this finished product.
Thanks for stopping by.
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berek (50494) 2014-08-06 21:39
Creative work and very good resuld. İ like BW and your right timing. Well framed picture.
mcmtanyel (22532) 2014-08-06 21:50
I love the motion blur and the perspective. It's a very well thought-out composition. B&W helps the viewer focus on the essentials by taking away the distraction of colors and tint.
I'm curious, how (as in by what method of communication) did Krzysztof help you? Do you email him a photo with a question, do you make your photo available on a cloud drive and ask his opinion?
ikeharel (71321) 2014-08-06 21:56
You were so close to the tracks, Jason - a brave photographer...
Achieved a swift dynamism with the subway exiting the station, with relatively good sharpness.
jemaflor (97169) 2014-08-06 23:07
Interesting dynamic effect and also depth with these lines, good effect too with the b&w version, ideal to give strong contrast at your view, well made.
tyro (24766) 2014-08-06 23:34
This really is an excellent "creative shot": it's been very cleverly thought out and planned and it's worked exceedingly well too!
This also works very well in black and white which does tend to add to the "spookiness" of the image and the surreal look to the reflections off the shiny surfaces of the passing railway coaches.
I'm wondering how you managed to keep your camera steady for as long as 1/3 second but I'm guessing that you probably held it against another post like the one we see at far right.
An excellent idea that's worked very well!
Royaldevon (38776) 2014-08-07 1:57
Well, in terms of originality this is a 'whizz'!
Okay ... it was a pun!
But, honestly, it's lovely to see people trying new ideas and pushing their own comfort zone in terms of experimentation.
I just love it!
For a still shot, there is a real sense of movement.
I works so well because the sign, to the right, is perfectly clear, in contrast to everything else.
rbassin (22783) 2014-08-07 3:00
voici une superbe photo, bien exécutée.
L'effet de vitesse du metro, avec la lumière et les reflets, est bien rendu.
ourania (45344) 2014-08-07 3:08
this photo is superb. Its composition, with the still and the dynamic parts very well balanced; the effective, moody monochrome and the captivating movement; the gritty surfaces, the reflections and the shadows, creates a fascinating urban story. I like very much the sense of intimacy and mystery and how the worlds inside and outside the train seem to momentarily merge. Wonderful work, congratulations (to Krzysztof for his help, too) and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
holmertz (52638) 2014-08-07 6:56
Lacking a mirror you used the well polished train in an inventive way. A subway station without any people would look very boring, but you captured the spirit of the place well. And nobody was offended.
Nicou (141990) 2014-08-07 7:36
Fantastique captage quel train qui passe tout en vitesse superbe et quel effet de flou et mouvement superbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
mirosu (16227) 2014-08-07 9:37
You have captured the train motion in excellent way. I'm wondering how you managed the excellent focusing (see the pillar right)at 1/3s without tripod.
Excellent dynamic photo, well converted in to B&W.
Very well done.
p.s. I'm fine, mowing around, but the weather is not very kind with me (lot of rain).
COSTANTINO (65178) 2014-08-07 9:39
Hello my dear friend
nice idea about photographing people
waiting and standing on the subway
platform interesting dynamic effect
have a nice time
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-08-07 10:06
What can I say more than I´ve already written you in the mail when you sent me this picture?
I love it Jason!Love the way you framed the scene,how you achieved the sense of "movement",but the most for its urban and quite "gloomy" look and mood.Something we can clearly feel even never being in NY.
Have a good day my friend
PS.I´m quite busy this week(peak season at the airport,so many overtimes,but the weekend is mine:)so I´ll send you an e-mail.
CLODO (34164) 2014-08-07 10:24
it's good to try new technics in order to have uncommon pictures; here the slow speed used allows you to blur the running train, get the persons inside it and the reflections of the people on the plateform. The black pole with the sharp letters, and the perspective of the trainare well rendered inB&W mood.
my best regards
annjackman (21899) 2014-08-07 10:27
This is a very dynamic picture with great use of motion blur. The b/w suits the subject of the subway.
Kind Regards, Ann
worldcitizen (8646) 2014-08-07 10:37
This is great! For me it captures the essence of the subway: grit, movement, being in close proximity to lots of strangers. I really like the "ghosts", and the blur of the train as it speeds by. Black and white is perfect for this scene. I often try to furtively take photos on the train and platform. Hopefully I won't point my camera at the wrong person one day! :-)
Cricri (119395) 2014-08-07 12:25
Hello mon ami du désert
Intéressante réalisation, dynamique avec une bonne lumière et les reflets, bon cadrage aussi, le N/B rend bien sur cette image
Bon travail a toi et a Krzysztof......
Passe une belle journée, moi une bonne nuit..... dans 2h , enfin j'espère car il fait trop chaud et il y a des moustiques....en plus :-)
attend ce n'est pas fini, ici dans mon building il mette un nouveau ascenseur! donc je doit descendre 3 étages a pieds et au moins trois fois par jour ( et oui pour sortir ma Jessie), compte cela fait 6 fois par jour et cela pendant encore 13 jours pfffffff
nikkitta (17066) 2014-08-07 13:57
Hola Jason mon ghostly ami
Truly a creative, original capture using the train as a kind of mirror with a good use of B/W color
Quite envious of your idea, lots of times waiting for something special to capture from the waiting people on the other side, between columns, empty space bur never this way
Good to add Lincoln Center as a kind of reference of the place or better, the metro Station always so crowded with busy people
Congrats my creative friend, happy the hot weather let you still post in TE
Marie du Sud
Quand tu partes pour la Russie?
macjake (67706) 2014-08-07 17:21
kinda gives me the creeps about the underground subway system. from a safety standpoint i prefer city train systems that are ABOVE ground.
Maybe the statistics will show there isn't any difference in safety from above or below ground systems, but psychologically it sure feels safer.
its cool how the people here REALLY do look like ghosts or zombies or something creepy. Its as if they're trying to walk through the walls of the train but they're stuck.
I like how you try different things like this - something I could learn from for sure.
Cheers from Hot Vancouver
Robert1969 (7160) 2014-08-07 23:18
The slower shuttertime with the movement
of the train/metro creates a lots of
speed and exciting in the picture. The
b&w emphasize emphasize extra the exciting
and makes the picture timesless. Point
of view and composition are also great.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-08-07 23:49
Hello Jason - A study of tones and lines and beautifully presented. The dynamism is excellent conveying the rush of the train as it passes through the station. The few static elements ground the shot and give context.
Nicely managed, well done.
emka (97489) 2014-08-08 1:38
Hi Jason, you stood so close to the train that it was indeed the decisive moment:) . Very original, creative shot, One can learn so much on TE, I must try something like this one day.. I read what Craig said, but I feel more safe in the underground than in a busy traffic above in car. Of course, walking is better. And even after recent incidents it is safer to go by plane. But it is just statistics, no worth if it is you inside.
WArm regrads and see you sooner and sooner::
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-08 5:49
clever concept shot this, and one that works so perfectly in B&W. When I saw the title I thought it was what you were seeing after consuming a bottle of Jack in the Tube (subway) station. :-)
You look amazingly (dangerously) close to this runaway train old chap, you sure you had not had a snifter or three?
Joking aside - this is an original shot and shows us once again how creative you are with a camera in your hands.
Have a great weekend
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-09 3:01
What a superb capture this! The move was taken very well with a great exposure to achieve a fantastic visual effect. Conversion to b&w was a smart idea to have a cool result. Love it!
Have a nice Saturday!
cornejo (42251) 2014-08-09 11:23
Hi Jason, I like this great shot of speed, very well captured in this interesting picture with good sharpness, light and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
adores (45329) 2014-08-13 16:40
I like this, the composition, the b&w conversion, the sense of movement and specially the way we can see the people through the glass and reflections. Very good shot!
serp2000 (44169) 2014-08-19 5:46
I must to say this is very interesting and creative shot. Similar capture of expression of moving wagon need some skill. ;) Well done! Good colors management, it looks like a photo from 1970th. I think a subway could gives us a lot of ideas. I hope you will see the Moscow's metropolitan too. ;)
delpeoples (58026) 2014-09-10 7:11
What a fantastic photo, so artistic, so beautifully timed and composed. I love the converging lines and the sense of movement. Perfect subject for the B&W conversion. Ands the blurred images make this quite a spooky composition, that makes me think of the Ghost Train.
Loved seeing your photos of Russia and our 2 TE'ers
speedymanu (3587) 2014-10-24 10:01
a very evocative and cleverly done shot. The shiny lines, the contrast between the blurred and the sharp areas, the verticality of the pole, all these elements add dynamics, motion yet delicacy to your image.
Have a nice day
kordinator (20519) 2014-11-04 5:40
Interesting dynamic effect and also depth with these lines.
Great effect in the b&w version.