Bridge the gap

Shoot a clas­sic wide-an­gle shot, or go even wider by cre­at­ing a panorama

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Bridges make ideal sub­jects for cityscapes, es­pe­cially when they’re lit up, as they usu­ally make for great re­flec­tions. It’s also good if there’s more than one bridge, as this helps to pro­vide a sense of depth – plus, with only one bridge, there’s the risk that you’ll end up with a lot of empty space be­low it, whereas another more dis­tant bridge can be used to fill this space, as is the case with our shot of the River Tyne in Gateshead, UK. It’s this com­bi­na­tion of dra­matic light­ing, re­flec­tions and the three bridges re­ced­ing into the dis­tance, that rightly make this river­side view a real clas­sic.

The ques­tion is, how do we take this a step fur­ther? Well, more of­ten than not, the clue is pro­vided by the scene you’re shoot­ing, and that was ex­actly what hap­pened here: while com­pos­ing our clas­sic ver­sion, we tried to in­clude the both ends of the Tyne bridge in the fore­ground by shoot­ing very wide, but in do­ing so, we ended up with lots of empty space at the bot­tom of the im­age. For the clas­sic shot to work we had to crop in a bit and ex­clude the ends of the bridge; it was es­sen­tially a com­pro­mise be­tween get­ting as much of the bridge in as pos­si­ble, with­out end­ing up with an empty fore­ground.

The so­lu­tion to this, in our cre­ative shot, was to shoot a panorama which in­cluded all of the bridge, but elim­i­nated the dead space at the bot­tom of our ul­tra-wide test shot, as our step-by-step to the right ex­plains.


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