Bridge Of Sighs

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The Bridge of Sighs (as seen through the columns of the (unnamed) bridge a few feet in front of it). Both are located within the grounds of St Johns College. The Bright of Sighs is ones of those ironic views of the city which you often see adorning postcards and guidebooks but is a location that a lot of people would find it hard to pinpoint exactly where it was! Bridging the gap over the Cam and linking the two main areas of St Johns College together 

This is somewhere I'd wanted to photograph for a while but not had the chance. Finally, one early morning towards the end of last year I headed to the college with the single reason of capturing some shots of the bridge. I didn’t really know what kind of image I was after. I was hoping to be inspired once I got there. There are so many shots of the bridge that it was going to be hard to try and create something new. The standard views of the bridge from a variety of different angles didn't do a great deal for me. They were ok, but nothing more.

I then tried to be a bit more creative; looking for places where I could shoot through with the bridge in the background. This was how this weeks image came about - shooting directly through the columns of the other bridge, helping to create a frame to the shot.

I played with various filters and colours but decided on a vintage filter called "Chocolate b&w" as the final choice. This helped to balance the image by taking away the wide palette of colours and allowed the detail to stand out instead.

Taken with a Canon 70D DSLR Camera and EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens.

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