Whilst in Rome we took my favourite form of transport. (I should really say it’s Baz’s new souped up car, but I don’t get any shots from that.)
If you look at the first two shots, you may only notice slight differences, apart from one being nice and clean and the other being covered in graffiti. Travelling on them though, there is a huge difference. The woman in the top shot is on one of the newer trains, and she is sitting quiet comfortably in the air conditioned carriage. The man is also in an air conditioned carriage. However, his air conditioning, is the open window. In over 35C heat, you hope that the train you are getting on is one of the new ones.
There is a draw back that I found with the Rome Metro. The trains run too frequently. What I mean by this is that I would have liked more time on the platform to get more shots, but it was never long until the next train came and time for us to go.
Baz is a regular Metro user, so he is like all the others that use it, they just want to get on the train. I know I would be the same if I was a regular user.
If Tina had shot this woman there would have been a comment about people standing on the Subway steps instead of climbing them and getting out of the way to use her phone. Tina is also a regular user of the Subway in NYC, so like Baz, is less tolerant of people on the underground. Me, I only use it on holiday, and with my camera in my hand am a lot more chilled.
The lack of the shorter lenses due to the breakdown of the EM5 really came home when getting shots whilst travelling on the trains. I was really looking forward to using the tilting touchscreen. However, as the old saying goes, and I don’t know who said it, “The best camera is the one you have with you”. So using my trusty D7000 & 85mm I got these following shots whilst on the train, with the camera on my lap, and having to use hit and miss, with a much louder shutter.
The woman never took the bag off her lap so I was very pleased to get this shot.
The woman in the next shot looked stressed. She was sitting quietly when an older man sat opposite her and began talking to her. I couldn’t understand what they were saying as they were speaking in Italian but she didn’t seem comfortable, as the expression on her face shows. He got off the train a few stops before her, so I was pleased about that.
This woman had previously been texting away with a big smile on her face. It was such a happy sight. Sadly my angle of shooting was not as good as it could have been. So this shot is one that I did get and she has drifted off somewhere.
My favourite place though was when we were on the station. Watching a packed platform and then a train arriving. It leaves and there is nobody. Then watching it quickly fill again.
The best time for any photographer is just after a train has left, and the platform is clearer, so enabling you to get shots like this one.
The next shot though was just as the train was pulling up. The woman had been been looking the opposite way for the train to come, but as it came alongside her head turned to look at the carriages. Thank you.
I saw this woman on the opposite platform, but each time I tried to get a shot someone walked in front of her or in front of me. I was so pleased when everyone cleared and I got the shot just as my train came to the platform.
The final shot gave me a big smile. Kids and mothers are the same all over the world. I have no idea what he had done or what she thought he was about to do, but the wagging finger says it all!
Apologies to Esther for the darker shots. It was pretty dark in places, but I promise the next post wil have much brighter shots!