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A Bridge Not Far Enough

By simon butterworth
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!


Tags: Scotland Bridge Transport Architecture Firth of forth

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Shroomer 11 14 167 England
31 Oct 2007 6:31PM
OK i'm confused a bridge with nowhere to go to and nowhere to start from. Looks splendid with the foggy water effect

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User_Removed 11 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 6:36PM
Interesting. It must have been almost dark when you took this. Great end result. Quite surreal.
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
31 Oct 2007 6:36PM
a very unusual effect Simon
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
31 Oct 2007 6:37PM
cracking image ....three minutes!!! Smile
SRSmith 10 1 United States
31 Oct 2007 6:42PM
A stunning image. So unique.
Leightonhs 11 155 1
31 Oct 2007 6:47PM
Really like this one.
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 6:55PM
Amazing ... and so interesting!

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
31 Oct 2007 6:57PM
A superb capture and almost surreal with the bridge out in nothing

martin.w 16 519 22 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 6:58PM
Slightly surreal, especially as the long exposure shows the path going under the bridge!
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
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
31 Oct 2007 7:04PM
Bizarre is the word! Excellent work, Simon.
31 Oct 2007 7:09PM
Great image and title.

John Smile
James_G 11 166 5
31 Oct 2007 7:12PM
Stunning. Wonderful effect.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
31 Oct 2007 7:16PM
How unusual, local knowledge and camera technique have delivered the goods. Superb as usual Simon. Ron.
dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 7:37PM
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.

angej 13 479 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 7:37PM
refreshingly different Simon, the detail is superbSmile
phillips 12 69 2 Scotland
31 Oct 2007 7:38PM
Well thought out and really surreal as you say yourself.

Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
31 Oct 2007 8:06PM
steviehutch 11 18 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 8:45PM
brilliant image, good work
tonyheps 15 6 1
31 Oct 2007 8:50PM
Eccellent work - has an abstract/sureal quality that is very attractive

JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
31 Oct 2007 9:15PM
Great photography.
wamp 11 276 8 England
31 Oct 2007 9:19PM
The lovely colour from the lit bridge contrasts very nicely with the water, the shot is very nicely balanced

31 Oct 2007 9:21PM
Not sure what I was looking at from the thumb but it's a really interesting & unusual shot.
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 9:33PM
Positively surreal. Well seen and executed Simon.

stevenb Plus
14 265 6 England
31 Oct 2007 9:54PM
Top draw Simon I like it

MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
31 Oct 2007 10:03PM
that's amazing. great photography!

31 Oct 2007 10:20PM
A simply beautiful serene and pure image. Excellent camera work, Simon.

culturedcanvas 12 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 10:42PM
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 !!)

audi_db 11 8 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 10:46PM
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.
31 Oct 2007 11:17PM
stunning image simon,
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
31 Oct 2007 11:56PM
bold use of form and colour, not the easiest combination to pull off and make the shot look simple
1 Nov 2007 12:34AM
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!

stevebutler 13 122 England
1 Nov 2007 6:16AM
Very surreal. A great artistic shot.

Paul_Barr 13 544 Scotland
1 Nov 2007 7:34AM
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.

Possum 11 148 England
1 Nov 2007 7:35AM
A quality shot, with an almost glacial look to the water. Makes you look twice!
thewaiter 16 1.2k 9 England
1 Nov 2007 8:04AM
yes indeed Simon I see what you mean ......
Phil_Restan 12 280 9 England
1 Nov 2007 8:05AM
Almost every image you produce shouts quality !!this is no exception, and one of your best as far I am concerned. Love it.

scott_jessuk 12 249 1 Scotland
1 Nov 2007 9:15AM
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.

MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
1 Nov 2007 9:54AM
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?

1 Nov 2007 10:25AM
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.




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!
1 Nov 2007 11:14AM
Definitely an interesting image. At least you have a refuge if caught by the tide!!!!

jken 11 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2007 11:17AM
Love this.

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

xinia 13 54
1 Nov 2007 11:24AM
quite surreal and keeps you wondering?? till the description is read Smile - beautiful subtle hues with super minimal impact created by the long exposure
MikeA 13 1.3k England
1 Nov 2007 11:37AM
Beautifully captured.

IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2007 1:18PM
Weird, Surreal, Brilliant.

Without a doubt my favourite image of the week so far.
jimbo_t 14 959 England
1 Nov 2007 4:52PM
Great idea for a photo and technically supurb.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2007 9:38PM
Exceptional photography, very high standard.
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2007 11:41PM
Absolutely outstanding!!
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
7 Nov 2007 5:11PM
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.

thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
7 Nov 2007 7:39PM
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 just twice a day mind. Awesome work.Take care.AnnSmile
shutter speed 13 369 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2007 10:39AM
This is out of this world a truly remarkable image.
First class piece of photography.

katieb Plus
13 255 4 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2007 6:51AM
Well thought out and excecuted, a fantastic image.
daringdaphne 14 82 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2007 11:07PM
The timing is remakable. Also the picture is a one off.

CathyI 13 344 3 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2008 5:15PM
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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