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The Firth of Forth with Bass Rock in the background.

This footbridge is partially submerged twice a day at high tide.
I took it using a three minute exposure which has picked up the remnants of the sunset on the brickwork and given the water the icy effect. The light house on the rock is just visible in the far distance, the banks of the river which it normally crosses are just visible under the water.

Have a look at the big version, I think it makes more sense. The graffitti on the bridge looks like embroidery!

I have had this image in mind for a while now, I waited for the tide and light to coincide with a very bland sky to give the surreal effect I was looking for. I am really pleased with the result and I am on the lookout for more bizarre subjects to snap!


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Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:24-70mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:A Bridge Not Far Enough
Username:simon butterworth simon butterworth
Uploaded:31 Oct 2007 - 6:29 PM
Tags:Architecture, Bridge, Firth of forth, Scotland, Transport
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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 6:31 PM

OK i'm confused a bridge with nowhere to go to and nowhere to start from. Looks splendid with the foggy water effect
Richard

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31 Oct 2007 - 6:36 PM

Interesting. It must have been almost dark when you took this. Great end result. Quite surreal.

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kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 6:36 PM

a very unusual effect Simon

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Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 6:37 PM

cracking image ....three minutes!!! Smile

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SRSmith
SRSmith  7 United States
31 Oct 2007 - 6:42 PM

A stunning image. So unique.

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Leightonhs
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31 Oct 2007 - 6:47 PM

Really like this one.

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GillyB
GillyB e2 Member 9316 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 6:55 PM

Amazing ... and so interesting!

gill

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
31 Oct 2007 - 6:57 PM

A superb capture and almost surreal with the bridge out in nothing

Peter

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martin.w
martin.w e2 Member 12352 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 6:58 PM

Slightly surreal, especially as the long exposure shows the path going under the bridge!

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 7:02 PM

My star photographer in Edinburgh Gordon Terris took this for me a couple of years ago as a stand a lone image, I thought he was at it as they say.

This is a typical Simon slant on this, with the channel showing on the top of the water, you are my friend, very special.

All the very best
Dougie

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joolsb
joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 7:04 PM

Bizarre is the word! Excellent work, Simon.

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 7:09 PM

Great image and title.

John Smile

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James_G
James_G  7166 forum posts5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 7:12 PM

Stunning. Wonderful effect.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 7:16 PM

How unusual, local knowledge and camera technique have delivered the goods. Superb as usual Simon. Ron.

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dp
dp  10163 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 7:37 PM

Did nothing for me from the thumb but your description and a study of the large version and I get it. Well done for seeing it and leaving enough space around the bridge.

Dave

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angej
angej  9477 forum posts United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 - 7:37 PM

refreshingly different Simon, the detail is superbSmile

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phillips
phillips  869 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 7:38 PM

Well thought out and really surreal as you say yourself.

Guy

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Boyd
Boyd  1011213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 8:06 PM

Excellent.

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steviehutch
steviehutch e2 Member 7steviehutch vcard United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 - 8:45 PM

brilliant image, good work

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tonyheps
tonyheps  111 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 8:50 PM

Eccellent work - has an abstract/sureal quality that is very attractive

Tony

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JohnParminter
31 Oct 2007 - 9:15 PM

Great photography.
John

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wamp
wamp  8276 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 9:19 PM

The lovely colour from the lit bridge contrasts very nicely with the water, the shot is very nicely balanced

Sean

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RobD
RobD  725 forum posts United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 - 9:21 PM

Not sure what I was looking at from the thumb but it's a really interesting & unusual shot.
Rob

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Nigel_95
Nigel_95 e2 Member 8260 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 9:33 PM

Positively surreal. Well seen and executed Simon.

Nigel

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stevenb
stevenb e2 Member 11260 forum postsstevenb vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 9:54 PM

Top draw Simon I like it

Bill

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MikeBonsall
31 Oct 2007 - 10:03 PM

that's amazing. great photography!

Mike

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Eric_Hendershot
31 Oct 2007 - 10:20 PM

A simply beautiful serene and pure image. Excellent camera work, Simon.

Eric

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culturedcanvas
31 Oct 2007 - 10:42 PM

How the f .. hell this doesnt have an EC is beyond me. To be honest this is probably my favourite landscape shot on EPZ this year and is starting in it's simplicity.

Now get it printed, framed and sent to me for the wall (ASAP !!)

Dan

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audi_db
audi_db  7 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 - 10:46 PM

Excellent picture, and thanks for the explination, it gives a better under standing of how the superb lighting and the creamy smooth water was captured.

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steve allsopp
31 Oct 2007 - 11:17 PM

stunning image simon,
cheers

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riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 11:56 PM

bold use of form and colour, not the easiest combination to pull off and make the shot look simple

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simon butterworth

Thaks for the C an C's everyone.

Thanks Dan, so pleased you like it , I will let you know when I get some prints done!

Simon

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stevebutler
1 Nov 2007 - 6:16 AM

Very surreal. A great artistic shot.

Steve!

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Paul_Barr
Paul_Barr  9544 forum posts Scotland
1 Nov 2007 - 7:34 AM

A cracker Simon.

Is this Belhaven Bay?

I used to stay at a house that overlooked the bay when I was 16 and was working at the local trout farm.

Paul

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Possum
Possum  7148 forum posts England
1 Nov 2007 - 7:35 AM

A quality shot, with an almost glacial look to the water. Makes you look twice!
Allie

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thewaiter  121177 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2007 - 8:04 AM

yes indeed Simon I see what you mean ......

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Phil_Restan
1 Nov 2007 - 8:05 AM

Almost every image you produce shouts quality !!this is no exception, and one of your best as far I am concerned. Love it.

Phil

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scott_jessuk
1 Nov 2007 - 9:15 AM

This is very good Simon, love that surreal feel to this and I love the way you have caught the last of the sun on the submerged bridge. Great Work.

Scott

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MikeBonsall
1 Nov 2007 - 9:54 AM

still looks as good this morning Simon!

Out of interest did you try a version from a slightly lower viewpoint so that the horizon is visible beneath the bridge?

Mike

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simon butterworth

Hi Mike,
I did but I wasn't so keen because it reduced what is visible of the bridge disappearing into the water which is the bit I was most interested in.
I did take some from higher up as well which I like, I may post one of these at some point.

Cheers

Simon

P.S.

It's just come back to me what was going through my mind at the time!
I wanted to reduce the number of lines to an absolute minimum to make it a simple as it possibly could be. To put the main shape of the bridge on the same line as the island emphasises the parallel arcs and gets rid of an extra line at the same time.Voila!
Or so I thought!

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keith_yorkie
1 Nov 2007 - 11:14 AM

Definitely an interesting image. At least you have a refuge if caught by the tide!!!!

Keith....

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jken
jken  81672 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2007 - 11:17 AM

Love this.

Surreal alright. Keep 'em coming Simon. Forget the EC!! POTW more like.
Inspiring stuff Simon.

john

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xinia  954 forum posts
1 Nov 2007 - 11:24 AM

quite surreal and keeps you wondering?? till the description is read Smile - beautiful subtle hues with super minimal impact created by the long exposure

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MikeA
MikeA  91168 forum posts England
1 Nov 2007 - 11:37 AM

Beautifully captured.

MIkeA.

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2007 - 1:18 PM

Weird, Surreal, Brilliant.

Without a doubt my favourite image of the week so far.

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jimbo_t  11959 forum posts England
1 Nov 2007 - 4:52 PM

Great idea for a photo and technically supurb.
James

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2007 - 9:38 PM

Exceptional photography, very high standard.
Johanna

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2 Nov 2007 - 11:41 PM

Absolutely outstanding!!
Smile

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PatrickSmith
7 Nov 2007 - 5:11 PM

Awesome. How did I miss it? I only saw it by viewing the 'best of' gallery. This is the kind thing that I'm looking for myself.

Patrick

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thorn
thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2007 - 7:39 PM

Hi Simon, an outstanding shot of the bridge,when you see it like this it makes it look absolutely spectacular but also makes you think they could have stretched the bridge a wee bit.....lol just twice a day mind. Awesome work.Take care.AnnSmile

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shutter speed
11 Nov 2007 - 10:39 AM

This is out of this world a truly remarkable image.
First class piece of photography.

Ian.

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katieb  10255 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2007 - 6:51 AM

Well thought out and excecuted, a fantastic image.
Kate

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daringdaphne
16 Nov 2007 - 11:07 PM

The timing is remakable. Also the picture is a one off.


(*.*)D.

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CathyI e2 Member 9344 forum postsCathyI vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2008 - 5:15 PM

How bizarre! Great vision from you to see and realise this image - once you know what it's about, it's fabulous!

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