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Shot on 1st April last year on a blazing hot day (we had some last April if you recall, and precious few since) with ne'er a cloud in the sky.
There was another photographer there, too, dashing about madly with a very large and expensive looking Canon lens (and camera, of course!) and my later perusal of this site revealed him to be another EPZ member, so I've been a bit imtimidated to post this until now, but hey, what the hell!
I shot this fully intending it to be a mono image - the featureless sky and stark shadows, I felt, really lent themselves to a mono treatment with the lines of the cables and the shadow of the bridge acting like an arrow pointing at the tower.
Conversion was done with channel mixer, followed by selective contrast adjustments and then converted to quadtone.
For those who don't recognise it, this is Brunel's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge in Bristol.

Thanks for stopping by and, of course for all comments and votes on my last upload(s).
Bill

Camera:Olympus E500
Lens:Zuiko 14 - 45 @ 14mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Bridge
Username:BillyGoatGruff BillyGoatGruff
Uploaded:4 Feb 2008 - 8:50 AM
Tags:And, Architecture, Black, Black & white, Bridge, Bristol, Brunel, Clifton, Landscape / travel, Suspension, White
Votes:5

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Matman
Matman  637 forum posts United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 - 9:01 AM

Hey Bill,

I am from Bristol and so grew up with this bridge. When you walk accross it on a breezy day you can feel it moving about...a bit disconcerting!...Smile
I have had a few attempts at shooting this bridge and failed each time but you have created some lovely lines here and as you said perfect for a mono....Smile

Cheers

Matt

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creative_sara
4 Feb 2008 - 12:30 PM

Thought I recognised that bridge. Nice shot.

Sara

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2008 - 4:30 PM

I'm very impressed with this image for its composition, contrast and the detail in the far rocks. Perfect for a mono image, as you say.
I can't decide whether it looks better without the tracks across below the rock face; they add to the impressive height of the bridge while detracting from the beauty of its form.
Bill

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2008 - 5:43 PM

My husband comes from Bristol and so this has become a regular sight for me too over the years as his family live near the Downs
Lovely composition
Works well in mono
Helen

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2008 - 8:09 PM

Thanks all for your praise and votes. This image did quite a bit better than I expected, but, to be truthful, less well than I had hoped so far.
I suppose that since it doesn't include dramatic evening light, misty seas and the ubiquitous rock with leaf adornment in vivd super-saturated colour, I shouldn't be surprised!
The tracks you mention, Bill, are, in fact, the A4 road markings on what is known in Bristol as the Portway, heading out to Avonmouth and difficult to exclude without compromising the scale of the bridge or unbalancing the composition, which you all seem to agree is strong. A longer focal length may have helped crop them, but would have reduced the drama, imo. But I know what you mean as they run acroos the image rather than along it.
A wider lens may be an interesting alternative, if I can ever afford one!
Thanks again folks.
ATB
Bill

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