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Royal Border Bridge Twilight

By flatfoot471    
The Royal Border Bridge carries the East Coast Main Line from Edinburgh to London across the River Tweed. Last year the local council along with Network Rail and local enterprise fitted the bridge with coloured lights to commemorate the bridge centenary.

Tags: Sunset Bridge England Dusk Twilight Rail River tweed Landscape and travel Berwick-upon-tweed Royal border bridge

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tonyguitar Plus
8 77 37 Canada
9 Nov 2014 3:24AM
They fitted lights but you presented them in the best possible way, making the ordinary a true delight.
Flaws and suggestions? Sorry. Nothing to pick at here. TG

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kel55 7 8 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2014 7:55AM
Very nice shot , looking hard to find flaw also , this works well .
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2014 8:38AM
At Berwick I assume. A first class low light record of this structure. What more to add? The passing of a blurred well lit train perhaps to add a bit of interest over and above an excellent record.

fazzer 11 54 7 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2014 9:49AM
Lovely shot
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
9 Nov 2014 2:55PM
I have only two incredibly picky suggestions to add - one of which is possible with this shot: the other would require reshooting on a similarly dramatic evening.

It looks fractionally untidy that the picture is framed on the left with an arch cut in half - I've done a crop, trimming between arches.

The other thing is that the lines of colour and shade on the bridgework align uneasily with the horizon beyond. Ideally, I think, you would have set your tripod higher or lower to remove this alignment. Such things either need to be very precisely in line (and this isn't quite) and to look right rather than unsettling, or to be thoroughly broken, so that it doesn't look as if you tried for alignment and got it wrong.

In fact, I'm sure this was simply because being higher or lower wasn't an easy option, and you didn't spot the issue at the time, one way or the other. Such is landscape when you are snatching a moment's beautiful light (or even 8 seconds' beautiful light!)
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2132 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2014 4:11PM
This is very attractive, David, obviously completely transformed by the centenary lights, which you have used to great advantage. I like the inclusion of the crescent moon, and also the water movement and reflections, all flowing so nicely with the use of a long exposure.
The water behind the bridge is almost mono - did you alter that at all?
With there still being some lightish colour in the sky, the bridge stands out beautifully.

I'm sorry to say that I picked up on the same thing as John straightaway. The alignment of the dark horizontal bricks with the horizon. But it doesn't detract from this being an excellent image, and many people will probably not even notice it. For me, however, it felt like a bit of an optical illusion, as if the background was melding into the bridge on the right side, most peculiar.

9 Nov 2014 10:49PM
Thank you for your comments.
Dudler, I swithered with the crop you suggested and tried the crop as you have done and also the original. I felt with taking off the half arch, took the other arch too close to the edge and it bothered me somewhat. I went back and forward with it several times but swayed more to the original. Your crop has the overhead catenary poles snipped out and it was these that really pushed my decision.
I appreciate what you've said about the horizon lines through the arch. To be honest, I never noticed until I processed the image. I took a whole series of images that night as the lights came on. The camera and tripod was in position before the sunset and the lights came on to get the best position. The camera couldn't have gone any lower due to a steel fence and it couldn't go higher because at the time, although it looks calm was actually blowing a fairly strong wind and putting the tripod extension higher would have meant sacrificing some steadiness.

Pamelajean - The water behind the bridge was only tweeked a little. Just selectively dropped the expose by a very small margin. But the colour is as was on the evening.

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