Waiting

Waiting

Train stations, bus stops, waiting rooms, lines in the store, airports. We spend a lot of time waiting. Sometimes I welcome the pause, but mostly I am just impatient wanting to move on and get the task at hand done or get to my destination. I wonder how much time I have spent waiting in line?

I took this picture in Copenhagen train station. The two on the bench didn’t seem like they were in any rush nor did they seem like they were waiting for anything in particular. They also didn’t seem particularly intent or happy. I wonder if they were just waiting for something interesting to happen. After I developed this picture it made me wonder how much of our lives do we spend waiting – and I mean that figuratively. How much time do we spend waiting for the next vacation to arrive, the work day to be over, the weekend to arrive, to see a loved one again? Of course there is nothing wrong with the excitement and anticipation, but we should also try our best every day to enjoy every second.

I really liked the light in this picture, and I felt the contrast and melancholy came through more in black and white. I perhaps could have used a lower ISO and faster shutter speed, given the amount of light that came through, but in the end I was happy with the way this picture turned out. I could have composed it better, because I had to crop it, but that was due to the fact that I was too far away. I would have moved closer, but I I didn’t want to miss the moment.

Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF-S 18-55 at 55mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/60
ISO: 200
Postprocessing: Lightroom

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