I have no idea what the name of either bridge in the picture is, but I took the above photograph from the bank of the River Cylde in Glasgow. As you can see the dusk time of day coupled with the mist has made for an very cold feeling photograph. However, the street lights do add a touch of warmth to the scene. I love the way that the bridge in the foreground appears to frame the photo, this was very much intentional on my part.
Here is a complex photograph that has been a few years in the planning stages. Firstly, I took a very similar picture on a lovely summer afternoon with a wider angle lens, but this caused a lot of distortion and the weathered colour and texture detail on the barrel of the cannon were far from apparent. So a set up at dusk was the order of the day, however I usually visit Edinburgh in June rather than December.
This December I was fortunate to return, with this as number two or three on my long list of photographs to shoot. I used an 18mm lens and a ten second exposure, obviously the camera was on a tripod. In the background we can see the National Monument which is lit by one massive floodlight. The cannon was very dark so I brought out the flash gun to fire a few bursts of artificial light at it. The tripod legs were spread extremely wide to give a sturdy but low view point and I wanted to create an even and “unflashed” look so chose to hand hold the flash as I moved around the cannon.
After a slightly disappointing sunset Kay and I headed back to the car. Looking back up to the “Pikes of Sca Fell” I saw this scene. The sun had gone down behind the mountains behind us, but was still lighting up the clouds above the pikes. This is the highest mountain in England and I wish to finally climb it next summer all being well.
This was taken as a test photograph. I was testing my camera on a long exposure and checking my manual focus was giving me a sharp image, waiting for the sun to go down and for the International Firework Competition to start. In my opinion this is probably my favorite “happy accident” photograph that I have put on this website. I would love to do more night photography around Blackpool, not just of the fireworks but also the Illuminations, and more of the tower and the three piers. I believe dusk is the best time to photograph a lot of things but certainly the best time of day when it comes to the town of Blackpool.