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The Bridge

When Scots are asked to name an iconic landmark this would rank very highly indeed. It is known by the Scots as "The Bridge" or the "Forth Bridge" not the rail bridge as some describe it.
 
The Bridge is in a constant state of repair and the last 4 times I have visited for images, it has been covered in scaffold and advertising banners, this image was taken over two years ago.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forth_rail_bridge
 
Genevieve made a comment yesterday regarding her Great Grandfather being the harbour master at Leith.  Leith is the major port of Edinburgh and is on the Firth of Forth river, this image was taken from South Queensferry and is less than 6 miles from Leith.
 
All the best Mal

The Bridge

When Scots are asked to name an iconic landmark this would rank very highly indeed. It is known by the Scots as "The Bridge" or the "Forth Bridge" not the rail bridge as some describe it.
 
The Bridge is in a constant state of repair and the last 4 times I have visited for images, it has been covered in scaffold and advertising banners, this image was taken over two years ago.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forth_rail_bridge
 
Genevieve made a comment yesterday regarding her Great Grandfather being the harbour master at Leith.  Leith is the major port of Edinburgh and is on the Firth of Forth river, this image was taken from South Queensferry and is less than 6 miles from Leith.
 
All the best Mal

comments (26)

Mal, I love the tone of this pic, the perspective too, so the reflex on the water, really nice!
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 00:20
that's stunning Mal, you need to teach me how to do pp like that. i know I always said I would never use photoshop but damn that's good.
Learn something new everyday. Nice work
with such an honour, all they could think up was 'the bridge', thats cool smile very nice shot mal. its perfectly framed. i love the lighting and reflection on the water, very peaceful. its a very unique structure for a bridge too. a very good night shot and your a master at pp. did you use a tripod? reason i ask is i am rather challenged when it comes to those. i dont know if its me or the camera, they always turn out blurry. thanks for sharing the tidbit of info.
Mal: Hey Genevieve, Thank you, I hope that you enjoyed the image. This is a scene that your Great Grandfather would be very very familiar with being only a few miles from his beloved Leith. Yes, the camera was mounted on the tripod with a 30 second exposure. It's funny really, this image has recieved very little photo shop trickery! The image was duplicated in PS with the second layer switched to soft light mode and the opacity of the second layer reduced to 14%. I'll gladly talk more with you of that if you are interested. All the best. Mal
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 6 Dec 2006, 03:50
Terrific shot, Mal. Love the lighting and color.
Nice lighting Mal. But the bridge looks a bit blurred at the left side.
to me it's too bright on the right center, but it's good ! did you climb this as well ? See ya later my friend
  • SheepLover
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 09:52
The bridge against the skyline is supurb. Nice one, Mal
Mal: Thanks SL, where is my funny comment? wink Mal
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Dec 2006, 11:38
At first i thought this is a christmas shot with all the starts in it. Then i saw they were lights - especially those on the river bank flares beautifully.

The bridge appears to be floating in the air - I hope it is just my bad eyes and it actually has pilons.

Another superb photo by Mal.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Dec 2006, 11:40
At first i thought this is a christmas shot with all the stars in it. Then i saw they were lights - especially those on the river bank flares beautifully.

The bridge appears to be floating in the air - I hope it is just my bad eyes and it actually has pilons.

Another superb photo by Mal.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 6 Dec 2006, 12:07
Awesome! They should not call this "the bridge" but "the beast".
What a bridge!
Hello Mister Smart(ypants). Humourous comment number 1 to be found at my blog for today.

I think you need to stop this PP business, we can't see what kind of photographer you are LOL. My own PP skills are so bloody limited that you really do make me feel so bad when I see the really great images you post, but then what the hell, I take photos that don't need it!!( I wish!) Very good work Mal, I hope you are making a few quid out of rellay great imagery such as this.

BTW. How did you get the starlights in? I have been looking for the filter in PS. Many regards, Neil.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 12:31
Really stunning shot here Mal smile
  • me
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 12:59
test test test
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Dec 2006, 12:59
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 13:32
I'm wondering if black and white would work here too. I like the composition and all that but I do wonder if taking the photo earlier in the evening, when there was just a touch more light/colour in the sky would have lifted it a bit and avoided having those star-shaped lights (which are a lovely shape) look quite so burnt out and glaring.
super super shot!
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 6 Dec 2006, 14:33
Another great shot Mal. i see from the top of the bridge that the shutter compression is not agreeing with your shot. i like the reflection in the foreground.
  • PhotoSam
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 18:06
the structure itself is impressive and i do like the way youve brought out a night image so cleanly...
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Dec 2006, 19:58
Everything has been said......
WOW!!!!
  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 6 Dec 2006, 20:55
i kinda like how bright the lights are on the left. they make the bridge seem more alive. the right star lights are blasting in my eyes.. but i still love the effect. i dont have any bridges like that, and if i had - i would have to borrow you and/or your camera to take a real photo anyways. scots name things funny? i didn't know that part. i know funny scots, and they have names. ~S.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 22:39
u are one of the best landscape photographers in shutterchance, if not the best, teach me Oh Jedi master LOL
  • Paul
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 23:24
OK, I have to leave Shutterchance now. Did you post this today just to make me feel bad about my picture? And correct me over calling it the Forth Rail Bridge? In my defense, my picture was grabbed in a hurry when already late to meet up with someobdy last night but even if I hadhad all evening it wouldn't have matched this grin
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Dec 2006, 23:27
I'm constantly surprised by coincidences on Shutterchance, where people upload very similar pictures on the same day. The other day there were two telephone boxes, today both you and Tadpole have uploaded the Forth Bridge!

I really like the reflections, and also the "star" lights, was that the exposure or something done in Photoshop?
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2006, 13:55
Un-frickin'-believable!
  • Alistair
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Dec 2006, 21:06
You are really showing your metal (no pun intended) at the moment.

This is one fantastic shot.

Technically perfect IMHO.

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