Ancient & Modern





Winner in Glasgow Photo Challenge
Peer Award
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Witmar November 11, 2016
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VioletStevenson March 30, 2018
Love this photo! Stunning. Moving on from the industrial Glasgow! Congrats on your win. Very well deserved!

Behind The Lens

From a bridge over the River Clyde in Glasgow. Though it was a great location to capture as much of the river bank the number of people passing meant I had to time my shot carefully so that their vibrations wouldn't impact the image which was shot with a long lens, tripod and slow shutter speed.
Sunset. I'd planned to shoot this stretch of river for some time, but was only working in Glasgow on an occasional basis so had no control over the conditions. I couldn't believe my luck in finding the river so mirror-like and the skies so cooperative too.
Natural light towards the end of golden hour.
Canon 5d mkIII, 70-200 f.4 lens, tripod
Glasgow has a lot of incredible architecture from the height of the British Empire that I'd shot before, but this shot tells a different story. The modern buildings of the SECC and Hydro as well as the bridge give a futuristic feel, but there is still a symbol of the past, for the great Finnieston Crane once loaded steam engines onto ships that enable rail networks to be built and established across the world.
Afraid I can't remember exactly what processing I undertook but some colour toning to produce that overall pastel.
In my camera bag
The lens I used in this shot has gone, replaced by the 70-200 f2.8. In some respects I regret selling it because it was incredibly light by comparison, but the 2.8 is my go to option for it's versatility and lovely bokeh despite the weight. Aside from that my 24-70 f2.8 and 17-40 f4 are permanent features in my bag as they give me a full range which I can extend with my 1.4X converter. Aside from those my bag varies according to my plans for the shoot; primes for people and macro when out in the wild might be other options. Polarising and ND filters are always in there too!
Have a plan in mind that you can implement regardless of the conditions. I was incredibly lucky here, but had the conditions been different I could have used filters to lengthen the exposure and create a different but still beautiful image.

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