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"To All Trains"

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 4 March 2011 in Transportation and Portfolio.

A VERY short barrel-vaulted concourse leading people to and from the trains at Union Station in Chicago. It would have been a much more dramatic capture had the vaulted ceiling been a little longer. Actually, what I cropped out of this image was the cornice that went around the entire Great Hall and therefore continued across this open space. Had the cornice not continued across this vaulted space, I could have stepped back another 10-15 feet.

Makes me wonder if this barrel-vaulted space is actually a space added onto the Great Hall and was not part of the original construction of Union Station. It doesn't make sense to continue the cornice across an open space. It would be like seeing the cornice continue across the window in the background.

Photo captured February 8, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/4 second F/9.0 ISO 100 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

love the movement in the people, cracking

4 Mar 2011 6:17am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

great shot, the light is fantastic and a nice effect by the motion blur

4 Mar 2011 8:10am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

What an amazing train station.. beautiful architecture.

4 Mar 2011 8:48am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

You know I'm a wee bit disappointed, I was hoping to see a slow shutter shot (around 1/15 second) with masses of people moving around in this magnificent hall. Never mind, it's a fantasy of mine which I am going to try when I find the right location, unfortunately I won't be able to come to Chicago to do it.
I bet you surprise me tomorrow :-)

4 Mar 2011 9:49am

@Curly: I'll try to surprise you on Monday. My visit here shortly before noon doesn't generate a lot of people. But Monday's should be better for you. :-)

tataray from france, France

Wow... Quelle belle architecture. ))
Magnifique cette gare.

4 Mar 2011 1:45pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

You may have a good point there, Steven..I see what you are saying. Nevertheless, the view you have provided us here is phenomenal! The detail in that ceiling is amazing...a beautiful capture by you, sir!!

4 Mar 2011 5:07pm

Antoine from France

Superb capture and very good framing. Light is excellent. Have a lovely day Steven. Amicalement Antoine.

4 Mar 2011 6:15pm

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

I don't really understand the text but I really enjoy the photo.

4 Mar 2011 6:36pm

@Kenny: My photo next Tuesday should better explain it for you. :-)

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Great sense of height! I understand Curly's point, but I've rarely been in there at a crowded time of day. I've noticed that if you pass through there often enough, you'll see groups of Amish venturing into the "big city." It's one of the best places I've been to, for the quality of the people-watching.

4 Mar 2011 7:09pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

elegant and sophisticated architecture, well documented!

4 Mar 2011 8:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Your description of the cornice does seem strange. Perhaps it is an add-on. Even though it may be short, the ceiling is high and beautiful.

4 Mar 2011 8:23pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I love that window.

5 Mar 2011 12:51am

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Nice perspective. I like how the roof contribute to the composition.

5 Mar 2011 9:46am

Antoine from France

Great capture. Have a lovely week-end Steven. Amicalement Antoine.

5 Mar 2011 7:25pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great shot!

6 Mar 2011 2:32am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The ultimate in simple messaging ! A lost art for sure.

6 Mar 2011 12:09pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Stellar detail here.. I like the tall profile of the image.

6 Mar 2011 6:55pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Well you had a ball in the station, this serie is awesome and you did some very good job !!!!

7 Mar 2011 12:24am