Thomas Farnell’s famous ‘Ironbridge’, the first of its kind is lit up as part of the annual celebrations in Ironbridge, Shropshire, Eng. The site was designated ‘World Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986, in recognition of its major role in the birth of the industrial revolution in the early 18th century.

This shot was taken whilst perched precariously on what is left of a fishing peg. Five other photographers were on the same small platform and we were all jostling for space. I’d guess there were about 4-500 photographers cramming the river banks trying to find a decent viewpoint of the bridge over the 2-3 hours the light display lasted.

I’ve never seen so many in one place, and there was a fair amount of lens envy and ‘gear-talk’ going on around me. I’m sure some folks like talking about photography more than actually doing it!
Personally, I just like having the right tools for the job.

I kept rattling shots off as the lighting kept changing through various and gaudy looking colours. When this cool light blue appeared I thought that’s the one, and stopped down to an 8 sec exposure to blur the water. Right after that shot, the numpty stood next to me decided to back up a bit and knock into my tripod legs…….. go figure! I’d been exposing for the highlights knowing that this would have to be a hdr image, so I could only shift the camera a few inches back to where it had moved from in the hope the next shot for the shadows would line up. No chance. Several hours of painstakingly merging 3 shots ended up with this effort, which with all things considered, I’m fairly happy with…

We all live and learn!

Canon 5d
Canon 17-40L
Manfrotto legs.


  • Polly x
    Polly xover 3 years ago

  • teresa731
    teresa731over 3 years ago

    Really beautiful shot.. I love the lighting!!

  • Thanks teresa :)

    – Paul Whittingham

  • BigD
    BigDover 3 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature! :)

    – Paul Whittingham

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...over 3 years ago

    Congratulations, wonderful shot love the lighting and clarity!!!!

  • Thanks for the kind comment. :)

    – Paul Whittingham

  • midnightduchess
    midnightduchessover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • Thank you so much for the feature :)

    – Paul Whittingham

  • Liza Barlow
    Liza Barlowover 3 years ago

    wow what a spectacular display. well captured and congrats on the features.

  • Thanks Liza, very kind of you to say so. :)

    – Paul Whittingham

  • reindeer
    reindeerover 3 years ago

    Very Cool!!! =)

  • Cheers :)

    – Paul Whittingham

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

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    NatureGreeting...over 3 years ago

    Very beautiful capture ~ <( ;o)~ Carolyn

  • Thanks Carolyn, very much appreciated. :)

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