Man I've wanted to shoot this structure for a long time, so when work asked me to work in Bristol over a weekend I jumped at the opportunity and took the time in lieu to spend some time in Bristol / Somerset doing my thing.
The intricacy of this pier has always fascinated me, so I was chuffed to bits to finally be there, but it wouldn't have been possible without my good friend Paul Wheeler. It's miles from any train station and he was kind enough to drive me there... of course he got the opportunity to shoot it for the first time too.
One thing for me in my work is detail, "I love detail". Sometimes when I get home from a shoot I immediately dismiss a lot of shots if there's not enough. So I knew that this was going to be a difficult one to get, retain some space around the pier or compress it too much. Therefore, I opted for the two shot approach, one for the sky and the other for the foreground and blend them, it's the first time doing it, but already got a load of spots in mind to revisit...
Anyway, hope all are well, it's been a manic few months with moving house etc... but glad to be back.
Exposure: 169 seconds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII
Lens: 24-105 @ 60mm
Filters: LEE Big Stopper
Processing: CS5 & Silver Efex Pro