Having completed my work in Scotland it was time to have some fun today so I took the Borders railway back to Edinburgh, where I picked up a hire car and headed for South Queensferry where I'd arranged to meet up with Matt McKenna near the Forth Bridge. We've known each other for many years via Photoblog but we've never had an opportunity to meet in person until now. I've admired Matt's photos of the Forth Bridges for a long while so this seemed a logical place to meet and we were blessed with great weather this afternoon.
I fully expected to be sharing colour photos from this afternoon, featuring the red of the bridge and the beautiful blue skies. However, I've tried the images both ways and somehow they worked better for me on this occasion in monochrome. As we took a stroll along the road through the centre of South Queensferry Matt pointed out the view of the rail bridge through the windows of a nearby bar. My eye was drawn to the interesting character sitting outside, with a cool beer - perfect material for a little candid street photography. We also came across a beautifully preserved Vauxhall Viva nearby and this too was irresistible to me and my camera.
After a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon Matt and I parted company and I headed for my hotel, on the outskirts of Falkirk. Following dinner I considered relaxing in my room but the draw of an interesting sunset was too great and I headed instead for the Kelpies, two enormous horse sculptures beside the Forth and Clyde canal. These amazing pieces were created by the sculptor Andy Scott in recognition of the historic role horses had in industry, in particular their work alongside the canal network. The sculptures themselves were based on two horses he knew called Duke and Baron and they stand some thirty metres tall, built from stainless steel.
The sunset wasn't quite as spectacular as I'd hoped in the end, as a brisk wind was blowing clouds across the sky at quite a speed. However, they still looked magnificent, and as the light levels dropped the ever changing coloured lights inside the Kelpies made them even more photogenic. As day turned to night I began to regret not bringing my tripod (sadly there just wasn't room in my suitcase) but the image stabilisation on my camera worked a treat and I was able to capture photos well after the sun had sun below the horizon.
23 April 2017