This morning I went into Southern Cross Train Station in the city. Southern Cross Station is the main station for the country trains that run all over the state. I have caught trains there myself. Just after I moved to Melbourne I was a frequent traveler on the train to Swan Hill in the states North West before my mum moved to the Mallee.
There I was photographing this train, when the announcement came over that the Swan Hill train was leaving in 4 minutes, I was photographing the train I used to catch. I couldn’t believe the coincidence. This train is a lot newer than the ones I used to travel on. I do like travelling on trains though, would like to do more of it in the future.
The trains aren’t the only thing that have changed. Southern Cross Station has completely changed in the last 10 years. It has been given a very new face lift, or roof really, it never had anything like this before. It also got a new name, for over a century it was called Spencer Street Station, but they changed it a few years ago to Southern Cross Street. I still have trouble with the name and refer to its previous name.
It is an interesting place to photograph, and I know I am probably going to need more than one attempt. I did take lots of images of the same thing and hoping to try some things this week from the images.
Like a lot of places in Melbourne they are strict on taking photos. I contacted the station and organised to go and take photos. You need to get permission first, and you can do that by emailing the station. If you want to use a tripod then you have to make sure you have someone else with you that can be a spotter for you, make sure nothing happens while you are using the tripod. Not too much to ask for. Though if you start using a tripod, you will have security coming up to you and telling you you can’t use it. You might have to explain to them.
I did everything with the wide angle lens this morning, the 14-24mm on my Nikon D800. I looked to see how many photos I had taken and was shocked that my cards had so much space. Yesterday when I was teaching I must have changed to jpegs, oh man, so I quickly changed to RAW. I think I will have to use one of my other cameras when I teach.
So here are some more photos. I have only processed these very quickly in Camera Raw, I am hoping that you will see some other versions this week coming. Take care, enjoy your weekend, take lots of photos.