10/03/13The pier at Saltburn-by-the-Sea is a favourite spot for photographers. It has a fascinating history, suffering much damage in its early years when it was much longer. During the period of my visit to Yorkshire, at sunrise and sunset the tide was coming in and near to maximum height. I had visited the location the night before and took some shots from the staircase above the pier. Unfortunately the sky did not present any drama - a feature that landscapers always wish for in a scene. I returned the following morning with the sun rise lighting up the side elevation of the pier. However, there was still no drama in the sky - I was hoping for a north easterly storm, which would certainly have provided some mood in the composition - perhaps on my next visit.
The fishermen's huts beneath the Redcar steelworks are nestled down in the dunes, protected from the winds off the coast. The steelworks emits steam approximately every 15 minutes and during the two hours in the evening that I was photographing there were several different patterns and forms of the steam across the plant, depending on the wind direction and sources of steam within the complex. Fascinating! - and quite a different scene to that of the snowy, scenic hillsides of the moors and dales. However, this view is part of the landscape and there to be captured as, who knows, it may not exist in a few years' time. Although I had taken the shot in colour I converted it to black and white during post-processing. There was a definite path forming a hair-like parting through the dunes to the huts to provide the lead-in to the scene. The wind gave the dune grasses a wave like pattern and texture.
I decided one day to walk from my rented cottage in Great Ayton up to Hunter's Scar, which I had viewed below on a previous day from Captain Cook's monument. The snow from the recent days' storms had settled and the going was - well, challenging. It was one of those decisions that seemed like a good idea at the time but was nevertheless enjoyable and satisfying with not a soul around. Is that not how us landscapers like it? I noticed this young tree [left image] amongst the debris from the tree felling, which signified new life. The view is to the Cleveland Hills beyond.
On my way down through the forest I eventually came to the main track with its sinuous curve through the pine trees. There was a high contrast range with the sun occasionally flitting across the snow and causing shadows in the trees on the right; I used a 'soft' Lee filter because of the 'V' shape from the combined tree-line from both sides of the track.
I had visited the location earlier in the day in order to select positions around and on the walkway deck from which to take photographs in the evening. The light quickly faded so there was little time before it was quite dark for good photography. In the evening there were surprisingly few people crossing the bridge, for which I was glad. However, perhaps with people in some of the photographs it would have provided a sense of scale and some human interest.
The full mathematical infinity shape is shown here [image above] with arches of the bridge above the 230 m long walkway deck combining with the reflection in the water below. When the water beneath the bridge is completely still the reflection is sharp but unfortunately there was a gentle breeze whilst I was on location, which resulted in a slightly blurred reflection.
The bridge has a series of lights along the length of the walkway deck. The lights change colour as people pass by, whether on foot or bicycle, which is a security feature and provides a warning to other users crossing in the opposite direction. The walkway deck is suspended from steel hangers, which are fixed to the steel arches above; a magnificent structure.