The last assignment over on PixelatedPhotographer.com was ‘Engineering’. Being short of inspiration I decided not to try and come up with an interpretation/play on the work Engineering but instead simply go on a hunt to find some good old fashioned structure that could be considered Engineering.
With this I had a day off a couple of Fridays ago and seeing as the sun was out and bright I headed on down to riverside in Dundee. The rough plan was to photograph the Tay Rail Bridge and/or the Tay Road Bridge. Starting with the Tay Rail Bridge, I managed to grab some decent images:
I also managed to take the following image, I say image but there are actually two as I applied different LightRoom pre-sets to them and can’t really make up my mind which I prefer:
Overall I think I am more impressed with the black and white image as it isolates the bridge from its surroundings (i.e. removed the hills in the background). But I still really like the colour version as it highlights more detail in the structure of the bridge as well as showing the light coming across/through it.
In the end I decided to enter the black and white version as my assignment entry – like many other members on the site black and white seemed to be the obvious choice for the subject of Engineering. But this is a perfect example of how simply applying a pre-set within LightRoom can dramatically change an image, the trick is finding and applying the correct one for that image and for that scenario.
Note: and seeing as it was so cold with the wind channelling down the Tay I decided not to bother photographing the Tay Road Bridge, that can wait until another day.