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An Historic Scotland Category A Listed Bridge

Looking north from almost directly under the elevated rail track at the south end of the world famous Forth Bridge on the outskirts of South Queensferry, Scotland.

This unique steel Cantilever Railway Bridge with three diamond-shaped towers crosses the River Forth from South to North Queensferry.

The Forth Bridge is an Historic Scotland Category A listed structure. HB Number 40370.

Construction started in 1883. The bridge was opened in 1890 at a cost of £2.5m (~£205m in today’s prices) and 57 fatalities among the construction crew (it is now believed that the actual death toll is likely to have been closer to 80).

The bridge is still in use today, carrying the railways to the north from Edinburgh. Along with the Forth Road Bridge (just visible on the left of the shot) these two bridges form the main traffic arteries north and south.

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM


Three bracketed RAWs Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.1.4.

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Related shots can be found at: Queensferry, Lowland Scotland, Bridges and HDR.


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  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkover 2 years ago

    classic shot Tom, fantastic use of the viewer to show the real size of this fantastic feat of engineering. Brilliant photography m8

  • Very much appreciated my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithover 2 years ago

    An excellent image Tom. You have certainly captured the size of the bridge with the use of the figure in the image.

  • Thank you so much Christine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Cracking capture of this iconic bridge…love the perspective and scale Tom.

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  • Cheers mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 2 years ago

    BIG! Very BIG!
    I’ve never stood there but I’ve known that bridge since I was a wee lass. I will have to go and stand there one day!
    Great idea, capture and processing!

  • Thank you kindly Kasia, it is a huge structure …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 2 years ago

    Gorgeous Tom!

  • Thank you dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoover 2 years ago

    Great shot, Tom.

  • Thank you kindly Steven…

    – Tom Gomez

  • joak
    joakover 2 years ago

    not big enough apparently we need another yin! great stuff tom very powerful

  • Hehe, cheers mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Forfarlass
    Forfarlassover 2 years ago

    A very strong image of the bridge. great composition .

  • Very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    The figure certainly indicates the huge size. This is a wonderful shot Tom, love the angle and the colour

  • Thank you so much Mik …

    – Tom Gomez

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