Nikon D60 at Paddington

Last week while in London I needed to pick something up from someone arriving from Cardiff on an early train at Paddington Station. I don't think I've ever been to Paddington before and really my only frame of reference is the bear and his human friend Christopher Robinson.

I love train stations. I love the coming and going, the bustle, the excitement people feel when leaving or arriving somewhere. In Europe many of the train stations have amazing architectural features -- high arched ceilings, ornate glass and iron work -- they are lovely. I also love train travel and have promised myself that on the next journey to London it will be via train instead of the more economic MegaBus, which is just as bad as it sounds.

My favorite train stations are:

1. Gare du Nord in Paris
2. Grand Central Station in New York
3. Paddington (since last week anyhow)

There used to be a passenger train that went through Regina but was sadly discontinued -- the beautiful old terminal turned into the shell for a casino. There is still train service in Canada and I would absolutely love to travel across the country that way. It would be an amazing way to see the landscape I think -- though strangely expensive.

A few weeks back I bought a Nikon D60 camera with the intention of learning how to use the manual features. This was really the first time I've taken pictures using the manual setting (as opposed to only controlling the shutter speed and aperture). I deleted as many images as I kept and it was really a trail and error process of me adjusting things over and over until they looked OK. I don't think I am a natural photographer but I do enjoy trying.

For the complete Paddington Set click here.

PS: It is sunny in Wales today! Sunshine!!

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Anonymous said...

I think you must be thinking of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Poo - different bear (Paddington didn't have a human friend, but he did come from deepest, darkest Peru or some such thing)! Them's a lot of photos of Paddington Station, lady. I'm glad you had a nice time!

Amy said...

Confused indeed. Aren't they all the same though, those British bears? The thing that strikes me the most about both Winnie and Paddington is how melancholy they've always made me feel. There is something decidedly sad there. X

Anonymous said...

Ok, just for the record it's "Winnie the Pooh".

Anonymous said...

Thanks for clearing that up Lorraine - we are ever closer to reaching a consensus on this very important issue of fictional bears. :P