Continuing my journey through my backlog of pre-Olympic trips and sets, we come to a post that was actually completed and ready to go before the Olympics started, but fell by the wayside when the Games got into full swing. And unfortunately, as the original opening alluded to the Games in an expectant way, it needed a little bit of rewriting before it was ready to post. Still, it’s here now, and only a month after it was finished.
I keep an active list of things I’d like to shoot (well, okay, I keep two active lists of things I’d like to shoot, but one of them is technically unrelated to photography). Every working day on the train I pass an old-style railway bridge at St Margarets station. It’s the classic style of metal railway bridge – in fact, I had one just like it, only made of plastic, in the train set I had as a kid. This bridge has been on my shooting list for months.
What kept me from shooting the bridge for so long wasn’t distraction, or lack of motivation. I was waiting for the right conditions. Because I’d been eying it up for so long, I had a specific sort of shot in mind, and had ample time to prepare (I even used Google Street View to examine the angles) and, more importantly, wait. Simply put, I wanted cloud porn. Fortunately, the weather in the UK lately has given near perfect conditions for cloud porn. That is, lots of rain. We had a bit of a bright spell around the Olympics, and occasionally since then, but ultimately this summer has been a dull, grey washout.
Wanting cloud porn, as well as wanting to capture the texture of the structure, I realised before I arrived I’d need to use HDR. As I mentioned in my last post, the HDR plugin I’m currently using is still in trial mode, so please excuse the watermarks.