I was at a photography exhibition a few weeks ago in Shoreditch, and took the opportunity to take some pictures of the GE19 Bridge that my company Benaim had designed, and for which I was the Project Director. It was built for the East London Line (now TfL Overground) in 2008 and carries the twin-track mainline railway across the lines coming out of Liverpool Street Station, at quite a large skew angle too. As those East Anglia lines are in a cutting, the bridge almost appears to be at ground level, which is a little odd. Nevertheless, it is a large and impressive 84m span, requiring a 9.1m deep steel Warren truss, made from fabricated plate girder sections, with a total steel weight of 810t. It was launched across the railway using a front steel nose, temporary trestles, counter-weights and rear SPMTs (self-propelled modular transporters).
It’s rather industrial, but in keeping with other spans of that type on the railway. This image is the classically symmetric view with a train just sufficiently blurred to give the impression of speed/movement. It was taken at 1/160s, f/11, ISO 125 and 70mm. I used the standard adjustments in Lightroom, but needed quite a lot of work in Photoshop to get rid of all the graffiti! A lot of this Brick Lane area is famed for its artistic street graffiti, but the stuff on the bridge was much less skilfully done! The bridge has also been painted a few times to mask the graffiti - so, those patches are real, not mine from Photoshop.
Having to now start a separate page for this half of the 2019 blog, as the Chelsea Flower Show took up so many pictures in May!
These images are from the end of April at Flatford Mill in Suffolk, which was owned by the Constable family from 1742 to 1846. John Constable painted the famous Hay Wain in 1821, which is widely regarded as his best work. The first photo is of the mill buildings and pond, while the second is a facsimile of the Hay Wain picture itself, minus the hay wain, of course. There are also considerably more trees around the River Stour than were present in the 19th century. The river forms the boundary between Suffolk and Essex - the left bank is Suffolk while the picturesque landscape on the right bank is actually Essex. Both were taken at 1/160s, f/11, ISO 100 and 30mm, with little more than the normal adjustments in Lightroom.