On the left is the footbridge leading to the main MediaCityUK buildings in Salford Quays. Back in 2011 when this was brand new I photographed the same scene from this point. Architecturally little has changed, but my camera and photography skills have clearly improved. This was taken in April 2019 on a very rainy evening. I was out with my friend Mark and we were determined to try and capture something in the Salford Quays area. Setting up the tripods our cameras quickly got completely soaked from the heavy rain. This was the best of about a dozen quick snaps but the camera had to go back in the bag as we ran back to my car.
This photograph shows a fountain called Girl with a Dolphin by British sculptor David Wynne. It’s a beautiful sculpture but it is a shame we can’t see the girls face from this angle. I would have had to be on the other side of the fountain and not see the bridge to capture the face of the girl. I had previously taken a photograph of the sculpture in the day time. While waiting for a nearby coffee shop to open after a dawn photoshoot. I came back to try to capture the movement of the water in the fountain. Using a tripod even though the sun was rising at this point. Framing the fountain to be as dominant in the photograph as the bridge. I was attempting to avoid the Shrad skyscraper in the background. In the end I chose to include it rather than hide it behind the bridge. It doesn’t matter too much as the Shard and sky are similar colours and the bridge and fountain are so dominant in the frame.
I considered called this photograph London old and new. This was my first time back in the English capital since 2008. The city skyline has changed a lot in the last 10 years. In the foreground is the icon Tower Bridge and bulbous shape of City Hall. The tall building is The Shard. Standing at 309.6 metres this is the tallest building in the UK. I took this photograph from The Thames path near St Katherine Docks Marina. To the North East side of the bridge looking west.
Sydney is world famous for the Sydney Harbour Bridge but it isn’t the only bridge worth seeing. This is the Anzac Bridge at Johnstons Bay. Taking 8 lines of traffic between between Pyrmont and Glebe Island. Opened in 1995 it is over 800 metres long. It’s also close to the central business district of the city. You can even see the more famous harbour bridge to the right of the left hand pylon in the distance. When composing this photo, I made sure to include the city skyline, in particular the Sydney Tower.