iBri Daily-ish

So, the daily post thing's now pie in the sky. Posts will arrive here as and when. Daily-ish. Weekly-ish. Random-ish.

Train

Fighting off the clouds of Scottish midges alongside the clouds of keen photographers hoping to catch the ‘Flying Scotsman’ steam past between Alloa and Stirling. A pair of wellies and wade out into the River Devon meant I managed to keep the people out of the shot, but it’s taken a bit of work with the healing tools in Photoshop to clear the midges. An impressive sight all the same.

Making sure everything is set up for the shot - camera sheltered from the drizzle and plenty of test shots in preparation. Tricky exposure with the bright sky/dark landscape so used a 0.9/3Stop ND Grad filter to keep the sky in check. Shot in Shutter Priority mode (a normal service train had just passed so had a good idea of the shutter speed that could be used to freeze the action) with auto ISO. Fired off a burst of images as the train passed through the scene, selecting the best composition for the edit above.

The Bridges

An unusually good run of weather through April continued into May and produced some gorgeous blue skies to frame the Forth bridges on a lazy Sunday afternoon wander around South Queensferry.

As much as the colours were fantastic, it was the conversion to black and white, with some tweaking to colour balance, that produced the most striking images for me.

The structure of the Forth Bridge, in its distinctive never-ever-finished coat of red paint, really popped off the screen with this treatment. The train crossing to North Queensferry and the tugs below highlight the scale of the near 130 year old bridge.

The moon made a very subtle appearance too, rising to the east as the trains trundled back and forth over the Firth.

Driving out underneath the Forth Road Bridge and down towards Hopetoun House provides a great view back to the almost finished 'Queensferry Crossing'  and demonstrates how busy this short stretch of river is for traffic crossing between Fife and Edinburgh.