Thursday Doors: Double Doors

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Usually tube train doors only open at one side or the other, as the train is generally accessible from only one platform at most stations. But at Stratford station, the West-bound Central line underground train can be boarded via platforms at either side, so here are both sets of doors opened at once. Although the platforms are above ground at Stratford, there are underground tunnels at either end 🙂

Thursday Doors

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Daily Prompt: Particular

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I’ve always loved the beautifully simple design of the London Underground roundel – modern roundels (like in Oxford Circus station, below) have an open red circle with a blue bar across, but this mosaic example from Maida Vale (above) shows the older, solid red circle with blue bar, and is a particular favourite of mine.

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And I took this shot of a wonderful rainbow-coloured Pride roundel over the summer 🙂

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Daily Prompt: Particular

Daily Prompt: Dubious

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I was a bit dubious about my ability to capture with any clarity the feeling of the exact moment a tube train bursts out of the tunnel immediately in front of you – it comes at you at speed with such a swirling rush of air it’s hard to stand your ground steady enough to keep your shot in focus – but I’m happy enough with the end result.

Overall I quite like the distinct motion blur effect at the front of the train, yet the mouth of tunnel and platform remain reasonably sharp.

This image was taken with a 28mm equivalent wide-angle lens at f2.5, 1/30s at ISO-1600 and is straight out of camera (apart from resizing) – I’m quite pleased with the overall composition, too, as it fills the frame nicely! 🙂

Oxford Circus Underground Station, Central Line, East-bound platform

Daily Prompt: Dubious

Daily Prompt: Grainy

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I took this shot late this afternoon in Chancery Lane Underground Station, here in London – we were right at the end of the busy East-bound Central Line platform waiting for our train to arrive, and I realised I could see quite far in to the usually dark tunnel.

So I grabbed my camera and took a couple of quick shots of our train coming in along the tracks, and was pleasantly surprised to find that this image is reasonably in focus and not actually too grainy, considering the ISO was set at 1600!

Daily Prompt: Grainy

A-Z Challenge: U is for Underground

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U is for Underground…

Confusingly the platforms of Leytonstone Underground Station (and the railway line itself at this point – see T is for Tube Line from yesterday) are actually above ground! When you enter the station from street level, you have to walk down a curved slope into the below-the-surface ticket office, before going through the automated ticket barriers and climbing the central stairs back up to reach the ground level platforms between the tracks.

This year for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’ve decided to keep it super-simple, and stick close to home with a straightforward agenda. I tend to post lots of local London images anyway, so my aim is to post at least one new (as in taken recently, and not posted before) photograph each day, taking us on a whistle-stop A-Z tour of Local Leytonstone Life; simple snapshot images of ordinary everyday things around me that capture my attention, yet don’t take me out of my daily routine too much…

A-Z Challenge: T is for Tube Line

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T is for Tube Line…

Leytonstone is located on the Central Line, which snakes all the way horizontally across London from Epping in the East, through Central London, and on to West Ruislip in the West. At 46 miles from one end to the other it is the longest tube line, and it certainly feels like one of the busiest, especially during rush hour!  Although the middle section of the Central Line is a deep level underground line, at either end it sits on the surface, including here in Leytonstone 🙂

This year for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’ve decided to keep it super-simple, and stick close to home with a straightforward agenda. I tend to post lots of local London images anyway, so my aim is to post at least one new (as in taken recently, and not posted before) photograph each day, taking us on a whistle-stop A-Z tour of Local Leytonstone Life; simple snapshot images of ordinary everyday things around me that capture my attention, yet don’t take me out of my daily routine too much…