A quick trip down to the Riverside the other evening left me with a handful of images, this one amongst them. I wasn’t hugely impressed with the images I made and while this was the best of them, I’m not certain the composition and crop here really show the architecture to it’s best advantage. That said, I did like the tonation of the image here. I suspect I’ll end up recropping and reprocessing the image to see if I can improve on it further.
This is another image that I’ve processed in several different ways; on this occasion, I wanted something verging toward hi-key, to try to bring out the strong shapes and tones contained within the image. It meant losing a lot of the detail that was already present in the sky, but I think the result was worth it.
A brief visit to Pacific Quay, running alongside the River Clyde in Glasgow, gave me two shots – this one of Bell’s Bridge and the Armadillo, and a long exposure version of the same scene. This image is a combination of six exposures. It was very cold at the riverside, but I did like the muted tones in this image, which made the trip worthwhile.
I also decided to convert this particular image to monochrome, whcih gave me the following result –
Early one morning I walked along the River Clyde at Pacific Quay, past the BBC and on to Bell’s Bridge. I stood there looking across toward the Armadillo and watched as the sky quickly darkened and the heavens opened. The sky was magnificent against the structures of the Armadillo and the Bridge.
Setting up my camera and tripod, I smiled when I noticed the figure of a man who was standing half way along the Bridge, sheltering from the rain; his silhouette added a nice detail to the scene and so I made this image.
The classic shot of Glasgow’s Armadillo is to take in the entire structure. But, walking around the outside of the place one afternoon, I stopped and noted how the detail of the struts was very pleasing close-up, particularly the way the struts created the shadows behind them. Also, I liked the contrast of the warm golden tones with the cold blue. Sometimes, less really is more.