Wade's Bridge at Aberfeldy - B&W by Tom Gomez

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I though I would try something a little bit different for me. I generally stick to colour, but I thought I would try converting my most poular image into mono.

The original colour version (click on the colour image below to view it) as of 10 Jan 2012 has 3597 views, 83 favouritings, and 318 comments.

Lt. General Wade’s Bridge at Aberfeldy in the Breadalbane region of Highland Perthshire (Breadalbane means “Highland Scotland” in Gaelic). Shot taken on Saturday 20th December 08 in the middle of our winter.

Designed by William Adam, Scotland’s best architect. The total cost was £3,596 or, in today’s terms, over £1m.

“… a freestone bridge over the Tay, of five arches, nearly 400ft. in length, the middle arch 60 feet wide, the starlings of oak and the piers and landbreasts founded on piles shod with iron….” (House of Commons Journal, 7th February 1734).

The bridge was first opened to traffic at the end of October 1733. Wade regarded it the greatest of his considerable achievements in road-making. In 9 years he had personally supervised the construction of over 250 miles of military roads in the Highlands – the first engineered roads in Britain since Roman times.

lt is now the only one of Wade’s 35 major bridges to remain in use as a public highway. Built for 18th century wheeled carriages, it survives to the 21st century as a great memorial to a great roadbuilding engineer.

Wade’s Bridge is a Category A listed structure of historic importance (HB Number 20861) under the care of Historic Scotland.

The River Tay, Scotland longest river, meanders across Scotland from Loch Tay before flowing out to sea at the Firth of Tay.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Highland Scotland.

Featured in : Around The World : 27 Nov 09

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  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkover 4 years ago

    Instant fav Tom – looks top notch in both the mono and the colour versions, preference for me lies with the b&w

  • Thank you so much Chris. I have no real experience with mono, so I was not sure if this would work …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    great shot well composed

  • Thank you kindly Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • GerryMac
    GerryMacover 4 years ago

    fantastic as a BW Tom! the water is excellent!

  • Thank you so much Gerry …

    – Tom Gomez

  • George Kypreos
    George Kypreosover 4 years ago

    Both images are great! I just saw thw b/w i lked it.Looks like jumped out from a book of 1773.But the colour is stuning! It looks like Hollant artist’s painting!

  • Thank you George, so glad you like them …

    – Tom Gomez

  • BigD
    BigDover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, Tom

  • Thank you kindly BigD …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    Tom, the POV is great…. the mono is great but I can’t help notice how the bright sunny yellow draws me into the scene. Just my opinion…. did you ask????
    But you know me and color…… the brighter the better!!!!! But the scene is amazingly captured!!!! Spell check please…….

  • Thank you so much Brenda. The colour version is my most viewed image and it is also one of my favourites. I see so many wonderful mono shots on RB, so I thought I would try and see what some of my shots looked like in B&W …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 4 years ago

    A beautiful image in color, it also translated perfectly to b & w! The details are amazing! And it’s strange how the lack of color changes the mood so dramatically! In the color version it’s all about the capture of light and reflections, in the monotone it’s the shapes in both the bridge and landscape that grab our attention! I couldn’t choose if I had to….both bring different things to the forefront and both are impressive images in their own right!

  • Thank you Joanne, so glad you like the image. This is very much an experiment for me as I have very little experience with mono. Over the next few days, I will try a few more to see how they are received …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 4 years ago

    and isnt it fun Tom b&w adds a different mood to a image, i started playing around recently and havent looked bak

    great shot as always

  • Cheers Philip, I will try some. If nothing else, it opens up another avenue for my images …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 4 years ago

    and sometimes its worth revisiting your images HDR works , i have some work where the B&W have had better reception than the colour

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 4 years ago

    This is really beautiful, Tom! I love it in B&W!

  • Thank you dear Barbara …

    – Tom Gomez

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