It’s not often that I can walk to a civil engineering photography shoot but this one is local, so local that I feel I know the Bridge Road Exeter site intimately. Recently when passing along Bridge Road, Countess Wear I realised that the plan was to cantilever a cycle-footpath to the outside of the existing bridge and I don’t mind admitting I was rather excited about the plan. So when the boys from the north called me to shoot the double-crane night-lift I was a happy photographer.
Running between about 9:30 in the evening and 01:00 in the morning the planned lift of the pathway decking required two cranes to distribute the overall load between the stronger parts of the bridge; the edges rather than the centre. To be honest conditions weren’t great, some nights are lighter than others and this one had a fine drizzle in the air, the cameras wore their anoraks.
As with a previous crane lift photography job I set one camera on a tripod riverside and fired it remotely by radio triggers from the bridge deck as I shot the action contemporaneously from above. This caused a small amount of surprise from an engineer who was riverside as the remote camera triggered, he described the surprise in stronger terms at the time.
Flash is a no-no for obvious reasons so shutter times were long from the lower camera where as from the deck there was just enough LED light to make an exposure, cameras are often stretched to their technical limits with this work. Pointing spectral light source into wide angle lenses on wet nights will invariably create flare, to be honest I may or may not remove it from the images.
These images will be supported by some daylight shots.