Peats Ferry Bridge – Sunset Weld
Local icons. As a photographer do you shoot them, or do you shoot the less known areas? Do you shoot in a picture postcard manner or do you shoot all fine-art? There are many answers to that question – all I knew is that as ‘a local’, I was getting many requests for an image taken down near Kangaroo Point. As always, I listen to people. I had tried the weekend before and taken dull flat images in dull flat colour that were also – my goodness! – mostly out of focus. Happens to us all sometimes.
In this instance, though, I got lucky, and the sunset in many ways looked like multicoloured weld sparks or lines coming off the bridge. Hence the title: – Peats Ferry Bridge – Sunset Weld. It was lovely just spending time down at the water’s edge with the bustle of the traffic so close, yet a million miles away from how I felt.
The area I shot from is a narrow strip beside the water, and steep in places. It is really quite rocky at the waters edge, and also very slippery. The main challenge for me doing landscape photographs is a lack of known foreground options due to tides and a bit of swell. The Great Light came and went very quickly over the Hawkesbury – it usually does. Lots of quite high pinks – though more on that later. I had planned to take some panoramic landscape photographs as well as single frames, but I had no time with good enough light.