Heading north on the Gautrain – part 2

As I wrote the other day, my wife and I took the train north for some family admin. I just finished processing my photos from the trip and I’m still a fan of Gautrain platforms and stations. Here are a couple of my photos from the album. I used the opportunity to experiment a little more with some of the images. The results may be technically incorrect but I like the effect, especially the one with the security guard and the commuter.

People Travel and places

The Rosebank commuter

I grouped some of the photos I took this morning together into a set I’m calling “The Rosebank commuter”. It’s a working title, really, and it extends a couple photos I took while I was waiting for the train at the Rhodesfield Gautrain station a while ago which I titled “The commuter”.

I initially titled photos of one particular person “The Rosebank commuter” and as I edited more of my photos and came up with these particular ones I started thinking that, perhaps, the Rosebank commuter isn’t just one arbitrarily chosen commuter but rather a sort of multi-faceted personality and each of these people represent one of those facets.

You don’t really have to overthink it quite like I have, it’s just a thought that occurred to me while I was editing. I would like to know what you think about the photos?

Photography Travel and places

Heading north on the Gautrain

I’m heading to Centurion with my wife this morning for some civil service admin and, hopefully, a more efficient process.

I’m using the trip as an opportunity to capture more Gautrain images for my collection. I managed to delete my RAW files from my Rhodesfield collection (I still cringe when I think about it).

I think the Centurion platform is one of my favourites. Here are a couple HDR shots I took with TrueHDR a this morning. I have more on my Nikon which I’ll work on later.

Update: I started working through my DSLR photos and picked out these two to share in the meantime. I’m presenting at a conference next week so I’ll have to finish the photoset off in the next couple days.

Travel and places

Taking the train

I presented at a Protection of Personal Information Act seminar today and took the Gautrain instead of driving out to the venue. I took my camera with me and, on the way back, I took a number of photos at the Rhodesfield station just outside the OR Tambo airport. I enjoy taking the Gautrain (I’m not a fan of road traffic) and I love how the outdoor platforms are designed.

Here are some of my photos (along with one from one of the underground Sandton platforms – I like how the train’s light comes up behind the guard). I really like the empty platform photo and the three photos of the commuter looking at his phone.

Travel and places

Midrand Mosque from the Gautrain

I took my son on a Gautrain ride yesterday afternoon and had to shoot a little video of the massive mosque near Midrand. It is pretty spectacular from the outside! This video gives you a sense of what it must look like on the ground.

Mindsets Travel and places

Big Brother, Gautrain edition

I noticed something interesting this morning when I took the train from Sandton to Rosebank. This security guard was filming passengers with a small digital camera or camera phone and trying to be surreptitious in the process.

The stations have CCTV so why would a security guard need to video passengers in such a suspicious way? Bomblet is working hard to appear untrustworthy and very much Big Brother.

Update: Here is a photo I took with my DSLR which I tend to carry with me everywhere.

Handheld Gautrain surveillance-1

Update 2: A Gautrain representative has responded on Twitter and Bombela seems to be investigating this matter which doesn’t seem to be a Bombela initiative:

Update 3: The Gautrain’s Twitter representative got back to me with some more feedback today: