I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Monday, 15 November 2010

LIGHT AND DARK (15/11/10)

We are back in Stockton on Tees. I was going to head back to Derbyshire but the bridge and tide barrage proved too much of an attraction. The weather was supposed to be favourable and it isn’t half bad.

_B158262_3_4_5_6_tonemapped_edited-1      The Infinity Bridge in daylight. Okay it’s pretty smart as bridges go…………………..Come the dark…………….

_B158320_1_2_3_4_tonemapped_edited-1  On a calm night it is special.. Not a perfect lemniscate but as good as I need to get. Could have done with getting a bit lower but the place is a building site. Building sites have safety elves. Should that be Elves and Safety?

_B158282_3_4_5_6_tonemapped_edited-1   Downstream of the river Tees Barrage at noon………………………………………….and

_B158297_298_299_300_301_tonemapped_edited-1     at night……………the wee stick is also supposed to be lit up………….can’t have it all.

_B158257_58_59_60_61_tonemapped_edited-1     The rams that control the sea………..big and impressive but at the end of the day futile….My stage debut was as King Canute at the age of nine or so, shouting.

‘North Sea, North Sea ….Get Back!’

Whilst lesser mortals flapped a bit of blue curtain around my feet…………………..Me dad said I was brilliant…….He had, in retrospect, never seen a proper actor!

Global warming is here to stay. This system will see me out but why spend the money two million years from now county Durham could be a tropical lagoon or a swamp, that’s where coal came from…but…it looks fine in the dark.

_B158302_3_4_5_tonemapped_edited-1Sorry about this, I was doing my best to mirror the shots but I hand held in daylight and had to use a tripod at night and couldn’t find any where to put it. That’s why I’m an amateur and proper photographers are paid.

All images  on this post are exposure blended and hit hard with colour curves in Photoshop.

No worries tomorrows another day.



  1. I like these images Adrian. Enjoyable post.

  2. Enjoyed these night and day shots Adrian.
    They really take on a different look at night.

  3. I sometimes work in the buildings at the end of the bridge and have always admired its curves....... but you've made me see it in a whole new light, literally.

  4. Trevor, so do I so many bad weather days to get these. Thank you.

    Keith, It was worth the effort I think. Thanks.

    Phil, it is a wonderful bridge. I just wish they would finish the white water construction.

  5. Well I have to say that for me these images are absolutely spectacular. They really just hit the spot. I'm sorry but I just couldn't be wishy-washy here.

    Where on earth, Adrian, did you learn words like 'lemniscate'. My job was words and I couldn't even find it in the dictionary. Wikipedia came to the rescue.

  6. I think these photographs are wonderful,the bridges are impressive in daylight but the evening shots are magic.

  7. Gb, I have been after these images for three months, they could still be improved upon. Lemniscate is derived from the latin for ribon and describes the sideways figure of eight used to represent infinity. Years ago I attended evening classes in spherical trigonometry and the pedant who taught us used the word. Once heard never forgotten unlike most of the mathematics he so bravely tried to teach me.

    Matron, thanks and glad you enjoyed them. I like working early and late. Often even the mundane becomes magical.

  8. Well, I like trains (and Jay have a post with trains) and bridges....
    It is so spectacular to see that you can pass over almost everything in a almost safe way...
    Pieces of art - engineering and also the shapes and illumination in the night!
    My compliments for this post!

  9. Wind thank you. The lighting is not very correct these days but it is beautiful so worth having for that alone.

  10. Adrian, don't apologize for any of these shots. They're beautiful.

  11. Jolynne, It was just the last shot in portrait that I objected to. Where one needs an assistant.It is hard to mess up when the light makes the image. Hard but far from impossible as I proved.