A Cross the Forth

Edinburgh: A mid summer sunset lights up the sky behind the First Forth Road Bridge prior to the construction of its successor.

Edinburgh: A mid summer sunset lights up the sky behind the First Forth Road Bridge prior to the construction of its successor.

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I wouldn’t normally have considered photographing the road crossing of the Firth of Forth, but this photograph occurred quite by chance.

I had been north of Edinburgh in Fife on a summer’s evening, scoping out a few potential vantage points and locations. Spending most of the time exploring low lying coastal paths and looking south across the water to Edinburgh, I had been oblivious to the sunset that was unfolding over the hills to the west. It wasn’t until I started my journey back across the ForthRoadBridge that I really became aware of the spectacular colours streaming across the sky from the, now rapidly disappearing, sun.

Without the luxury of any time to plan, prepare and compose a shot, I frantically fell out of my car in a lay-by in South Queensferry and threw my tripod and camera together in an attempt to capture something meaningful, before all was lost below the horizon. The result was a series of very rich images that bring, perhaps an otherwise uncharismatic landmark, to life.

This image particularly caught my attention as it adopts a more unconventional geometric composition and provides an interesting alternative to more traditional panoramic views of the bridge spanning the Forth.

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