Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful

Colourful Transport

Lee's Fairground in Finchley

Lee's Fairground in Finchley

Silverlink At Richmond

Silverlink At Richmond



  1. Can those possibly be so colorful???????
    If so, our passenger trains are sure different from yours!!!!!

    • Well, the HDR process has enhanced the colours, but purple and green were the colours of Silverlink at the time and the yellow on the front was a standard requirement for all trains running on the mainline railways. Sadly, the service is now part of London Overground and the colours are similar to the district line trains on the right of the photo.

  2. Wow! How brilliant! They’d brighten up our travels!

    • Thanks Julia – Colour is enhanced by the HDR process, but Purple and Green were the standard colours for Silverlink following rail privatisation. I personally prefer some of the less Jazzie liveries πŸ˜‰

  3. Wonderful photographs! Love all that color on trains, brings a smile. Maybe if all trains were painted so colorful more people would ride?

  4. Wonderful photo !! So colourfull, I wish our trains would be so colorfull too !

    • Hi Isabelle – now isn’t that a coincidence (I note you live in Paris) – I was considering a few other photographs for a montage and a couple of these were of des trains dans Perpignan avec les couleurs rouges et jaunes glorieuses utilisΓ©es par la SNCF(la SociΓ©tΓ© Nationale des Chemins de Fer) pour faire de la publicitΓ© pour cette rΓ©gion de la France – I need to practice my French also! I also liked the Purple shirts that the station staff were wearing – tres chic! πŸ˜‰

  5. oh wow – that truck is absolutely stunning! great capture.

  6. What a fun way to ride around.

  7. Hi! If I had to ride those colorful trains I would be smiling all the time! I showed my 4-1/2 year old the trains and he went nuts! OUr trains in Connecticut are more muted in color. Thanks for sharing!


    • Thanks Liouse – I think my Son was not much older when we took this trip. We found a nice Pizza restaurant for lunch on the high street in Richmond. Kids! – the same the world over πŸ™‚

  8. I’m not a big fan of HDR but sometimes it can be used to create something quite colorful and you’ve done well with these images. These I like… πŸ™‚

    • Hi Glenn – It’s very much horses for courses. I don’t use it very often and it’s still just a toy to play with for me. Glad you appreciated the shots. thanks for the comment. P.S. – It can be a good way of adding false grain to a B&W conversion πŸ™‚

  9. Great shots, beautiful colors!

  10. thirdhandart says:

    Very colorful transportation! Good photos!

  11. The Train Station`s background looks like a movie very awesome
    combination in colors too!

  12. Fits the bill for colorful quite well! The trains look like giant colorful caterpillars πŸ™‚ Sure beats the ho hum humdrum colorless of our Amtrak!

    • I wonder if they will morph into butterflies πŸ˜‰ Burlington Northern, Santa Fe and Union Pacific have quite colourful liveries on some of their locomotives πŸ™‚

  13. Noway you gonna miss those train!
    I love the color of the truck, its so girly…

  14. Lovely pictures…
    Those trains do look so funky!!!

  15. A lot of people hate HDR, but not me. Can I suggest a site you might like to have a look at, if you haven’t already. It’s called HDR Cookbook and Klaus give some very useful advice, mainly about HDR. You can find it here http://farbspiel.wordpress.com/

  16. This is South London? I don’t believe it! Fabulous shot and good to see some colour on those tracks.

    • It is / was South West London. But the liveries have changed since Silverlink became London Overground – Now they’re boring 😦 ps, thanks πŸ™‚

  17. So vivid!

  18. I love the pink and blue truck! Great capture!

  19. Great images, the grey sky brings out the enhanced colours of the trais even more –
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment – appreciated πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for stopping by too – I chose to HDR that shot because I wanted to bring out the clouds in the sky. In the forum I was aiming for I then desaturated the colours a bit but for this one I’ve let them sing πŸ™‚

  20. Your picture collection is very colorful…especially the silverlink picture.

  21. Happy Transport to brighten up a gloomy day

  22. Better late than never. I wish I could have discovered ths stunning, bright and beautiful picture sooner. Those photos are remarkable. The second picture of the train was stunning. The neon color was perfect. thank you.

  23. the colors almost looked like they are alive. perfect contrast was the gray clouds on the second picture.

  24. A Regular Teenager says:

    This is so Great! i never knew trains like this existed πŸ™‚

    • Thanks – Those ones have moved elswhere and been replaced with newer ones since this photo was taken. Unfortunately the purple and green colours are gone too.

  25. There is a lot of pink on that truck 😦
    I was thinking that there might be some
    of those Monster Trucks on this one…
    Have a great evening 2e0mca πŸ™‚


    • LoL Androgoth – Pink and Trucks not quite macho enough then πŸ˜‰ Barnet council would have an aneurism if someone suggested monster trucks in the park! Sadly even the ghost train couldn’t provide a great looking truck – this was the best that they had 😦

  26. I wouldn’t say horrible just different! I don’t have HDR software, again it was tempting when I first saw it but now its everywhere!

    • I agree Gilly – over used. I pick very carefully when I want to use it and then produce either what I want (artistic wise) or what is required for the intended use. A toned down version of the trains at Richmond went to the Geograph site but the Lee’s truck didn’t πŸ™‚

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