Swinger – 128/365

The Sutton Weaver swing bridge first came into being in 1872, and I travel along it several times a week, as do many thousands of people traveling through to Frodsham.

It’s had a few make overs, from its humble iron and wooden plank beginnings, and you can read all about its history here:

http://www.suttonweaver.co.uk/sutton-weaver-bridge/4550789330

It’s a really cool bridge, and if you end up stopped on it at the lights, you can feel it gently “bounce” as cars going the opposite direction travel over it.

It’s nice, and it gives the bridge a real feeling of it being “alive”.

It’s also pretty cool for photographs, and I’ve photographed it, and some of the boats moored up around it before.

That’s why I chose it as my subject today, and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with the result!

I framed the shot so the red traffic light was dead centre, and the bridge so it’s lines and rivets lead you into the image. To balance the heavy iron bridge, I adjusted the tones in the sky, to get a nice moody effect.

I like it, I think it works.

For those interested, I again shot in auto mode, and the settings were:

EF-S18-55mm lens

F/5.6

18mm focal length

ISO 100

1/100 shutter

Learnings – knowing I only had the one shot at my disposal, really forced me into concentrating on the framing of the shot. Something I don’t feel I paid enough attention to in yesterday’s “one shot”.

That meant I looked all around the bridge for the best angle. It was time well spent I feel, because the first few angles just weren’t cutting it.

Being in auto mode meant I was free to concentrate on the framing, and hopefully after a few days of this I’ll be confident enough to flick the lever into manual and really let my creativity loose.


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