River Lights: Fast Shutter Speed

I used a fast lens hand-held this time to try to capture night lights reflected in the river with more vibrancy than with my long exposure image of the other day. Hmmm… Perhaps the colours do look a bit clearer and sharper here, but nevertheless I think overall I still prefer the soft smoothness of the water in the long exposure shot… Sigh…! Back to the drawing board again…! 🙂

Inverness at Night

Every time I walk home across the Victorian footbridge over the River Ness, I look across and think how lovely it must be to capture the lights of the main bridge reflected in the river – so tonight I took my camera for a walk to see how I got on… I even remembered to take my mini tripod, and to set my ISO on as low a setting as possible, and to set the shutter timer to prevent camera shake.

So overall it went OK, in that happily I definitely got loads of sharp images, but nevertheless I find the colours of the lights are disappointing, insipid somehow – the lights on the main bridge change at regular intervals, and although that probably looks great at a fast shutter speed, it seems the quick change almost cancels out the vibrant colour range over a longer exposure…

I’m happy enough with the way this shot turned out, though, and I know I’ll have plenty of opportunities to try and try and try again to get it right, just exactly the way I want it 🙂

Kessock Bridge from Clachnaharry

The Kessock Bridge crosses the eastern end of the Beauly Firth at Inverness, carrying the A9 main road across the water. Before the bridge was built, a ferry used to run the short distance between North and South Kessock – a ferry trip I remember very well from childhood 🙂

Greig Street Bridge

Greig Street Bridge is a Victorian-built cast iron footbridge crossing the River Ness here in Inverness – The bridge was built in 1881 and the iron used in its construction was actually cast in the old (long closed) Rose Street Foundry in Inverness itself.

Being a suspension bridge, it bounces slightly when walking over the horizontal wooden slats underfoot, which always causes much mirth and excitement for children – I loved it as a child, as did my own children, and now my grandchildren enjoy the dizzy feeling of temporary imbalance sustained during the crossing 🙂

Muirtown Swing Bridge

After any boats travelling along the Caledonian Canal have descended through the system of locks to reach the ‘natural’ water level on their way out to the Beauly Firth at Inverness, they then have to go through the Muirtown Swing Bridge.

Whenever necessary, the traffic is stopped, and the bridge swings smoothly open on a pivot to allow the boats to go through. Once the boats are safely through, the bridge swings closed again and the traffic too continues on its way 🙂