• Not Happy Jan! - Vermin Inc
  • is this guy giving me the finger? it's either that or scratching his chin. i really can't tell
  • i think both. he is trying to give you the finger but disguised it as scratching his chin ;) - suz or sooze
  • Is that a bridge? Love! - ::cyndi::
  • No, but i don't really know what it is, perhaps the wires above the train station. Thanks though!
  • First thing I noticed... that and he reminds in some weird way of a cross between Thom York & Hugo Weaving. - ☆naughtyword☆
  • and tony abbott - Lnk.Si
  • haha, omg yes. that is scary

The Day The Trains Died (144/365)

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144/365 (May 11)

On Black

A long long time ago
I can still remember how the trains used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while
But Connex made me shiver
With every passenger I'd deliver
Late Trains on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step
I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the trains died

American Pie - Don Maclean (with variations made on the lyrics, of course).

Something went wrong with the Werribee line today, and 100's of people were stranded at footscray station, so of course I took photos, as they pushed themselves up the walkway.

taken from one of my comments further down: I was lucky for this shot, the original walk I had planned was just down by the river to take photos of a pretty average sunset, and had just decided to go up to the station, partly because I thought I might see my brother, as he came home, and just for some more photos, given that I knew I hadn't taken crap by the river.
But here I am, arriving at the station, and there is this enormous crowd of people and announcements going of everywhere, with people on other platforms crowding around trying to work out what had happened.
I asked around, and it turned out something had gone wrong with the line (I later heard there had been an oil spill) so I got up on the footbridge, made sure I wasn't in people's way too much, and took photos as they pushed up the ramp!

It's something about an event or something happening which have me more confidence to take photos like this. If it was an ordinary day I wouldn't have had the guts, but because something special had happened, it was an event, and it felt like people wouldn't notice/care about me as much, for there was more reason for me to be taking the photo. As someone said, as they walked past - "Sell the photos to the Herald Sun," they knew it was something different. There were other people taking photos as well, on their mobiles, that also made me less worried.

Footscray Station, Melbourne

Hey guys, I entered this in the Flickr 64 Challenge for round one. And it won! Check out the group, it's a pretty cool idea!

Vermin Inc, Orel ..., Dani_Girl, and 29 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Dani_Girl 60 months ago | reply

    Oh, this is a great capture! And I really do think that guy is giving you the finger -- how funny!

  2. aust-novella (one is what one is) 60 months ago | reply

    That is a great capture Leon and you've made it beautiful with bokeh and everything...and even funny with someone giving the finger. lol

    Tim Best 1972 - thank you for the chuckle with your Werribee comment!

  3. Michael James Christian 60 months ago | reply

    Isn't it funny how a delay can be the biggest upset known to man. Nevermind all the other stuff going on in the world - if I miss Home And Away I'LLLLL DIE!!!!

    great shot

  4. Jeff Engelhardt 60 months ago | reply

    hahhahahaahahaha - the lyrics revision is great! the shot ain't too bad either - nice job!

  5. djdphotos 60 months ago | reply

    wow, what an intriguing shot! very cool. love the DoF.

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  6. I've made a new account... find me! [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

    maybe if you showed that lady this photo she wouldn't be so pissed off, hahah.

  7. busrah 60 months ago | reply

    can see all the tensions in this image... fantastic work..

  8. blowback photography [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

    What a great capture. Pissed off people are awesome for photography.

  9. suz or sooze 60 months ago | reply

    omg! that is just fabulous! her expression and all that bokeh action.

  10. ~tonzze 60 months ago | reply

    very interesting shot, nice one.

  11. Parkinson Sniper 60 months ago | reply

    great shot and notes :))) I think she is not happy about being photographed...and the "finger" guy :))) great catch :)

  12. Ann McLeod Images 60 months ago | reply

    Brilliant capture.

  13. ::cyndi:: 60 months ago | reply

    You are brave to shoot that photo with all those peeps standing right there! :-)

  14. roadside rustica 60 months ago | reply

    I've been meaning to tell you how great this shot is. The first time that I saw it I knew that you would post it to Flickr Challenge 64 and that it would be tough competition. I love the very real expressions, the bokeh, and the story. And I do agree with other commentors that you deserve some credit for having the guts to take this. I'm so chicken of taking shots of strangers - I really need to get over it!

  15. Leonrw 60 months ago | reply

    thanks a lot! i myself wasn't expecting such tough competition for round one but you definitely supplied it! I was lucky for this shot, the original walk I had planned was just down by the river to take photos of a pretty average sunset, and had just decided to go up to the station, partly because I thought I might see my brother, as he came home, and just for some more photos, given that I knew I hadn't taken crap by the river.
    But here I am, arriving at the station, and there is this enormous crowd of people and announcements going of everywhere, with people on other platforms crowding around trying to work out what had happened.
    I asked around, and it turned out something had gone wrong with the line (I later heard there had been an oil spill) so I got up on the footbridge, made sure I wasn't in people's way too much, and took photos as they pushed up the ramp!

    It's something about an event or something happening which have me more confidence to take photos like this. If it was an ordinary day I wouldn't have had the guts, but because something special had happened, it was an event, and it felt like people wouldn't notice/care about me as much, for there was more reason for me to be taking the photo. As someone said, as they walked past - "Sell the photos to the Herald Sun," they knew it was something different. There were other people taking photos as well, on their mobiles, that also made me less worried.

    Woah, what was originally meant to be jsut thanking someone turned into a whole explanation of the shot! anywho, hoped you enjoyed, and thanks everyone so much for all the comments and favs! though with 23 comments and 8 favs, i don't why the donkey hasn't touched it, he at the same time put in another of my shots with only 5 comments and 3 favs! What the hell?

  16. roadside rustica 60 months ago | reply

    Awesome job! You're right, sometimes it's just luck to get such a shot, but you obviously also have the technical skills needed to capitalize on it when it happened. Good luck in the rest of the competition. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  17. Shashanka Nanda 56 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Trains & People, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  18. pheαnix 49 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Ring of Excellence (Post 1/Comment 3), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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