one day at a time

day 35: reunification


reunification © Verena Fischer 2011

Yesterday I was travelling from Düsseldorf back to Berlin. I got up early, packed the last bits and bobs, had a little breakfast, talked to my man and then I walked to the closest S-Bahn station in the town where my dad lives. My suitcases were heavy and it didn’t take long until I started swearing. I don’t like travelling, mostly because it involves things like badly balanced cheap luggage that keeps falling over and big bruises on the legs that you get from trying not to fall down staircases with your two suitcases. When I reached Düsseldorf I found the lift downstairs to change platforms, but on the platform where my ICE train was supposed to leave the elevator was out of service. Obviously …!

In the end I still had about half an hour before my train was leaving and I sat down to take pictures. Taking photos at train stations as simple as the one in Düsseldorf can only be candid people photography, since the building is boring, if not even ugly. There are also pigeons, but they move too fast for the difficult lighting conditions. However, taking pictures of people at train stations also gets you lots of bored faces or faces of people like me who hate travelling. You get people yawning, playing with their mobile phones and the faces of people who are eating. All those situations are rather unflattering to be honest, so again one of the more challenging conditions for photography.

Then finally I managed to capture a great train station moment: Two women embracing, probably mother and daughter. They were so happy to see each other and hugged each other tightly. And again a picture that would not have been possible without my 55-250mm lens which I have had for a week now.

30 responses

  1. What a great smile.

    September 17, 2011 at 2:02 am

  2. Badpanda22

    Fantastic image! great words 🙂

    September 17, 2011 at 2:18 am

  3. one more perfect shot..!!

    September 17, 2011 at 3:15 am

  4. Nice moment

    September 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  5. Really lovely…..

    September 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

  6. Such a sweet moment, and I love reading your stories along the way!

    September 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    • I’m glad that you like the stories too 🙂 Although the pictures could probably stand for themselves the stories add to them I think. I like how words can transform the meaning of a picture.

      September 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

  7. Beautiful moment in time! You have a wonderful blog.

    September 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    • That’s exactly why I felt like capturing the moment, it was just so strong! Thank you so much for your nice comment!

      September 20, 2011 at 8:51 am

  8. She looks so happy!
    You’ve done a great job of capturing a such a warm moment… it makes you want to smile, too!

    September 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    • Glad you like it! As often I was just lucky with the shot, but I guess that belongs to photography!

      September 20, 2011 at 8:52 am

  9. I think it is a beautiful shot – you really caught a moment

    September 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm

  10. what a joyful moment. may they have a memorable visit together….
    hello’s are always so much better than good-bye’s
    thanks for sharing

    September 19, 2011 at 4:03 am

    • I so agree, saying hello is way happier and nicer than saying goodbye with the sadness … Although goodbyes can be very pretty too 🙂

      September 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

  11. One fine moment. I especially love the light in her eyes.

    September 19, 2011 at 6:18 am

    • I agree, she just has such a strong expression in her eyes although she’s not looking at anything it seems.

      September 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

  12. needlepointernc

    Such a happy look on her face. Great shot.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    • Thanks 🙂 I’m glad I was there and released the shutter at the right moment 🙂

      September 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

  13. A journey with an embracing reward, how lovely for them both to be sharing such joy and how lovely for you that you were able to capture it so well. Thank you!

    September 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

  14. Eganda

    Great shot! I love my 55-250, too! 🙂

    September 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    • Yeah, the 55-250mm is nice. It gives real flexibility for street photography, since you are far away enough to not scare people with your huge DSLR+lens. However, at 250mm it really needs a steady hand even though it has a stabilizer. For the price I’m very happy with it though 🙂

      October 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

  15. Great moment.. Brings a smile to the viewer.. Congrats for being able to capture the moment very well!

    September 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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