The Northern Spire Bridge is Sunderland’s newest landmark and is likely to be one of the most photographed bridges in the north east for some time! Rightly so, it’s a magnificent structure and is very photogenic, especially at night.
When something new comes around it of course exciting in the photography world but sometimes it can get a bit continuous when all you’re seeing is one subject being continuously posted online. I am too in that bracket. But I don’t post online, I keep to writing and posting my images right here on my blog.
The History of the Bridge.
The bridge itself has been a long time coming. A total of 13 years actually, I remember seeing in the paper when the designs got released, but financial difficulties stopped the construction. Then in 2015 construction of the bridge commenced.
The bridge opened to the public on the 28th August and I knew every man and his dog would be there to take photos, so I waited a few days for the excitement to calm down before I ventured out to see what the fuss was about.
I have seen some fantastic images of this bridge before its release, but now on a night the whole bridge is lit up with colour changing lights and oh boy does it pop! What a sight to see, you can nearly see the bridge from all over Sunderland. Some of the photos being shared online are truly stunning.
One of the most popular places to see and photograph this bridge is from the car park at the Royal Mail just off Wessington Way, It gives you a perfect shot looking right up the River Wear with the bridge perfectly aligned in the centre of the frame.
This is where I started on the night, and the conditions were perfect, the river was nice and still meaning the reflections to be had would be brilliant, which is what you want when photographing scenes like this.
My first shot was set up using my trusty Sony a6000 and my Samyang 12mm, using this set up means I can lots more in frame as the 12mm is a super wide lens (it’s also one of the best for night photography and stars) The shot itself was shot at 12mm – 20secs – ISO 400 – F16. By using F16 this gives you the ability to make the street lights burst with an amazing star like effect.
I was also kindly sent these images below by Brian Priest to share – using his Inspire 2 Drone, you can check his work here.
These are images you won’t see every day and really do show you the scale and beauty of the Northern Spire
The next location was on the bridge itself, there is a central reservation which you can stand on, but it looks as though a barrier will eventually go up here which will stop you getting this shot. But the symmetry you can get here with the main part of the bridge itself is amazing.
Brians video of the Northern Spire