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New Cologne
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5819 W: 275 N: 13293] (52938)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-04
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Railway Stations 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-08-07 1:15
Viewed: 2198
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Good Morning Everyone,

Yesterday, I showed a very old building in Cologne, today, it is a very much more modern building.

This is the railway station in Cologne. I was wowed by this construction. On a sunny day, as it was when we were there, the light streams through the honeycomb roof and makes wonderful shadow patterns. Anyone who knows me will know that I just love light and shadows in a photograph! Yes, I loved it!

We were only on an afternoon's exploration of the city and didn't actually travel on a train but this was one busy station. Our guide told us that over 1,000 trains a day pass through!

If you would like to know more of the history of the station an Internet link here will give you lots of information. You will have to follow the 'read more' prompt.

Thank you for stopping by.
I wish you all a happy day, Bev :-)

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To Energysavingelk: Cologne StationRoyaldevon 1 2013-08-07 02:48
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Ciao Bev
una struttura molto bello e ben fotografata.
C'è un bellissimo gioco di luci e ombre sui ferri della costruzione, ma anche sul terreno.
Buona giornata

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13685 W: 0 N: 16026] (168148)
  • [2013-08-07 2:21]


Fantastique compo quelle armature et graphisme et ce jeu de verrière quel ancien bâtiment avec ces b elle formes, sueprbe la lujmière qui pénètre.
Bravo et amitié

superb frame. Like the textures. Love the light and shadowed parts as well. Very good vertical presentation with nice depth. Excellent shot. Tfs.

Hello Bev,
Great capture of this massive railway station, which I seem to remember stands almost next door to the cathedral? I like the point of view and the particular emphasis given to the roof with its wonderful geometric lines. Also, the play of light across the platforms and far wall. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Baverley,

beautiful composition, very interesting and eye-catching structure.


Do not worry Beverly, I do not have a picture similar to this... I did not enter the RR station, though saw the place from a near by location.
Beautifully taken the platforms under variable shades, created a magnificent effect with the iron-structure above.
Superb clear shot, well managed the depth, vibrant place and so busy with trains.

Hello Beverley, an interesting image here on TE where 90 per cent of the images are landscapes. Good angle on the shot that allows you to get the roofs too. Lovely shades. Well done.

Hi Beverley,
as a semi-local resident, I may emphasize that this is outstanding in several aspects:
1) You have accidentally been there at the right time of day. This location is very well know among friends of railway photography, but the results depend much on selection of the right hour. And you just come over from UK, shoot it, and: wow!
2) You chose a very high perspective, with the most upper field of the roof covering almost 50 percent of image area.
3) You managed to omit trains, which is not quite easy...
For comparision, please look at http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Germany/photo1412395.htm, taken inside Cologne Main Station only a few hours after my wallet was stolen, I hope you still own yours.
Regards from Rhineland

Bonjour Beverly

Peut-être très moderne comme construction mais avec un sens esthétique certain qui ressemble un peu aux verrières britanniques d'une autre époque. La gare est peut-être très occupée, mais pour le moment , les trains sont rares.



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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24280 W: 523 N: 40598] (174774)
  • [2013-08-07 5:07]

Hello Bev,

Cologne after WAR II completely destroyed, through the a lot bombs on these nice rich city, 1940-1945
Excellent panoramic view about these area.
Your picture has a very well composition, lovely presentation with splendid colours.
Very well done, TFS.


great structure you shot in excellent frame.

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  • Glint Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1049 W: 30 N: 1226] (6171)
  • [2013-08-07 5:40]

Hello Bev,
I love this composition. You have given due regard to the wonderful glass and metal structure. We can see its shadows not only on the paving but on the white partition to the left. Like the architecture, your photo is graphically pleasing.
best regards,

Hi Bev
this does look like an impressive structure and all the more so from this POV and in this light. Wonderful symmetry and glorious shadows that add depth and scale to the image. I can see why you liked this place because the effect is a bit special. I like it too!


Hello Bev

Fantastic textures and areas of light and shade. Great patterns, curves and lines too. The kind of place I would love to photograph!



Hello Beverley

Very good photo with splendid composition and so amazing symmetry and details.Great sense of minimal and perfect POV and framework.Well done.

All the best

Hello Beverly,

i've been in this Station a few times, but always in a hurry, always changing Trains. I never saw it in that beuty!

The light Management is well done!


Hi Bev
I look at this and the first thing that comes to mind is how it must look in monochrome!

I think it would suit it well, no?
its so sweet how the Iron seems to climb up the frame like a ladder.

there also seems to be an 'infinity' feeling to it because of the compo you chose, as if the structure just keeps on going and going.

lovely shot Bev

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9995 W: 144 N: 25041] (122307)
  • [2013-08-08 0:00]

Hi bev, Very attractive view pof this railway station, so similar to Calatrava's Oriente. The columns look like big palm trees. Superbly composed shot.

Warm regrads


Hi Bev,
Nice view with an interesting effect between light and shadows, Good angle, well captured.

Hi Bev,
Lovely photo of this railway station in Cologne. As you say as a lover of light and shadow in a photograph,you have certainly done a good job here.The shadows are projected really well on the concrete of the platforms.Nice composition .

Hello Bev - Although this is a modern construction it harks back to the time of the great railway station projects of the Victorian era. Perhaps this is not so highly decorative but the sweeping lines of the arches and the number of glass panes certainly echo the past. A superb construction and your shot emphasises the scale of the place very well. Warm regards Rosemary

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2013-08-08 10:50]

Hello Beverley,
interesting construction and architecture of railway station in Cologne. Good vertical composition. Fine light and natural colors. Well done photo.
Have a nice evening.

Hi Bev,
A very modernistic and attractive pattern here! Maybe we can enjoy this architecture around the end of September when we intend to make a train trip from Gothenburg to Paris (via Cologne).
Kind regards

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15350 W: 159 N: 26877] (140844)
  • [2013-08-08 19:25]

Hi Beverley
Intéressante construction moderne, effet graphique dans un jeu de lumière, bon format et réalisation
Belle journée

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2013-08-09 2:06]

Hello Bev,

Yes, this is a different scene from your previous one of Cologne Cathedral but it is also a delightful one. Nice to know that one can take photographs in railway stations in Germany whereas in Britain it is certainly frowned upon and many people have had their collars felt by those in authority for trying to do so.

Not only is your composition excellent, the lines of the platform adges making fine diagonals across the lower part of the picture, but the curving lines of the glass panelled iron canopy above make for a very graphic image. And I love the shadows of all the ironwork on the ground too. The inclusion of a large group of people at the building in the distance adds depth to the image as well as giving some human interest and a fine sense of scale.

Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite depth of field and sharpness.


Kind Regards,


Ciao Bev, great view of fantastic architecture, superb graphic, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3793] (14030)
  • [2013-08-13 19:10]

Hi Bev,

I'm with you, I love the play of light & shade, and you captured a beautiful moment here to showcase it! Fantastic graphic appeal from that aspect, as well as the shapes, lines and patterns created from this design...almost like a giant spider web of imagery. Amazing how much traffic there is through this station, and you caught a completely clear shot along the quais, outstanding! :) I really enjoy how you've composed this, as the perspective appears to open wide going from the bottom to the top of the frame, expanding out to envelop the viewer. Keenly realized and justly presented. Thanks for providing this delightful look around the station. Have a great day ahead.

Friendly regards,


Hello Beverley,
so you were in Cologne?I hope you liked it!
Excellent composition of the roof construction of the Main station in Cologne(I see it everyday commuting to work:)
I really like this lovely,atmospheric light coming through the roof as well as the geometric shapes and patterns of the glas&steel roof construction.
Superb presentation!

Have a nice sunday

Hello Beverly,

As a railway friend I like your contribution to TE very much. Very good composition and fine sharpness. I like the wondergul play with lights and shadows. very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


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