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St Pancras International Station
UPDATE AUG 2010 - #37 on Explore and Front Page for 04.08.2010 - thank you very much everybody! :-)
One from the vaults this one, never really been sure what I wanted to do with it. In the end I exported the photos from LR3 into Photomatix and did a little tweaking there, reimported it back into LR3. Then exported into Photoshop Elements as it had quite a bit of noise which I wanted removing and then back into LR3. The colour version just didn't do this magnificent place justice so the B&W you see here was the result. Adjusted the contrast and shadows with a very faint vignette and I was very happy with it.
This was done with my kit lens Sony DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6, I really want to get a Sigma 12-24mm at some point, it will be such an upgrade to my current widest lens, can anybody recommend this lens?
Also view this photo on black, I prefer it on a black background
St Pancras railway station, also known as London St Pancras and since 2007 as St Pancras International is a central London railway terminus celebrated for its Victorian architecture. The Grade I listed building stands on Euston Road in St Pancras, London, between the British Library, King's Cross station and the Regent's Canal. It was opened in 1868 by the Midland Railway as the southern terminus of that company's Midland Main Line, which connected London with the East Midlands and Yorkshire. When it opened, the arched Barlow train shed was the largest single-span roof in the world.
After escaping planned demolition in the 1960s, the complex was renovated and expanded during the 2000s at a cost of £800 million with a ceremony attended by the Queen and extensive publicity introducing it as a public space. A security-sealed terminal area was constructed for Eurostar services to Continental Europe—via High Speed 1 and the Channel Tunnel—along with platforms for domestic connections to the north and south-east of England. The restored station houses fifteen platforms, a shopping centre and a bus station, in addition to London Underground services from King's Cross St Pancras tube station. St Pancras is owned by London and Continental Railways along with the adjacent urban regeneration area known as King's Cross Central.
The station is the terminus of East Midlands Trains for services from London to the cities of Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, and smaller towns in between. The station provides direct passenger interconnection with Eurostar’s high-speed services to Paris, Brussels and Lille and First Capital Connect trains on the cross-London Thameslink route, which stop at platforms beneath the station and offer services going south to Gatwick Airport and Brighton, or north as far as Bedford. Domestic services to Kent (run by Southeastern) began in December 2009.
St Pancras is often termed the 'cathedral of the railways', and includes two of the most celebrated structures built in Britain in the Victorian era. The main train shed, completed in 1868 by the engineer William Henry Barlow was the largest single-span structure built up to that time. The frontage of the station is formed by St Pancras Chambers, formerly the Midland Grand Hotel (by George Gilbert Scott, 1868–1877) an impressive example of Victorian gothic architecture.