Lighting Up Flinders Street Station


Lighting Up Flinders Street Station

Sometimes you really are in the right place at the right time. It doesn’t happen to me very often, but last night, well, I was so happy to see the light that was shining onto and reflecting onto Flinders Street Station. It was soft, almost diffused light.

We had been down to Docklands to take photos, but the late afternoon sun was hot and too bright. We decided after awhile that we should head down to Federation Square and maybe do some sunset and early evening shots down there.

We jumped on a tram down Flinders Street from Spencer Street. I love it that trams are now free in the CBD. Still, it was incredibly busy and not a lot of them. We were jammed on one with lots of other people.

When we got off at Flinders Street Station I could see the late afternoon sun coming from the direction we had just come from. It was shining on the side of the station, but the front, which should have been in shade, also had light on it. It was being reflected off something else and gave the front a beautiful soft diffused light. It was stunning.

There were no trams coming so I could stand on the tracks and take photos before the lights changed. I was also very happy that I had my 14-24mm lens on.



Once the image was opened in Adobe Photoshop CC I had to do a bit of work to get rid of the distortions that the lens creates, but I think this works. The front part was full of people, so I tried to darken that area, so while they are still there, they don’t stand out. I also did a little more work to make the front of the station station stand out more, but not a lot.

For me this was incredible. I had never seen the light on the station like this before. I love the effect of it.

14 Responses

  1. That is an outstanding picture, Leanne.

  2. Sandra

    I love this photo, and how you have handled the people in the front. Just a hint of them

  3. glen

    Just the right moment Leanne, if you had of had to change your lens you’re have lost it..fab shot!

  4. Beautiful shot, Leanne. Agree with you about the light and I certainly think it gives the station a glowing, soft feel about it. Must have been worth that packed tram. Very good timing with the tram and lights, and it is nice to see the advertising on the sides of the front of the station aren’t too garish and distracting 🙂

  5. Sometimes the light is the shot, and sometimes we are in the right place at just the right time. I love your work. Kudos

  6. Beautiful capture, Leanne. The reflected light works so well in this shot.

  7. Hey Leanne .. Wonderful pic of Flinders St Station. I love the light! I bet you got really excited .. Super

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