Rotterdam Central Station: post-processing

The Dutch Railways realises that railway stations form an important part of the center of cities. I guess that is one of the reasons that the architecture of the railway stations is regarded as extremely important. Rotterdam Central Station is no exception. It was officially opened in March 2014. A year later I took this picture.

Central Station Rotterdam

It is one of my best selling pictures, especially in 2015. The most recent sales was this week.Here the original picture, it was taken with my Nikkor 16-35mm lens (settings: 16mm, f/4, 1/400sec, ISO 100). Especially, the wide-angle setting gives the pointy shape of the building special attention.

As you can see, I did quite a bit of post-processing:

- The diagonal roof line is an essential characteristic of the building, so I cropped the picture to map the roof line close to the diagonal line of the picture. It makes the picture a lot stronger. The additional advantage was that I got rid of the glass building on the right (it distracts).

- As you can imagine, I took a lot of pictures of this building. In the end, I chose the one with the person in front. It gives depth and it leads your eyes to switch between the shape of the station and him.

- Last, I made the picture more lively: blue sky and yellow in the building.

Also inside it is a nice building, definitely worthwhile to pay a visit.

Central Station Rotterdam

Photo credits: Peter Apers.

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June 30, 2017


Glad to hear you enjoyed comparing the original and the final picture.

June 26, 2017


Thank you for providing the link to original picture. For someone who is a new to stock photography like myself, it always interests me to view the before and after post-processed image.

June 19, 2017


Thanks a lot, and also thanks for sharing the nice pictures.

I also like the big capital letters on the front.

June 19, 2017


Great design and nicely captured.

June 19, 2017


Very nicely done, both of you. Peter your efforts and attention to detail really paid off.

June 19, 2017


You are right Peter, this train station is very impressive. Here are my picture capture during trip to Paris.

 Rotterdan central station with the early morning light 
 Rotterdan central station 
 Lost Traveler at the departure gate 
 Rotterdan central station 

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