One of my favourite walks links two parks. I can walk around my local park, then walk a canal towpath under the M6 motorway, through and below Spaghetti Junction and emerge in another park. The walk takes in some of the most dramatic urban landscape you can imagine. Motorway support pillars, columns of brutal concrete, create shapes and perspectives that move with the light as the sun breaks through open spaces and smaller gaps in the motorway interchange. You can hear the traffic above and around you as it chases around the junctions, or, sometimes, you can hear the traffic humming, stop starting, belching as it rolls in line, queuing to be released on its' way. It's all a matter of timing!
Having said all that, why have I chosen this picture?
Whenever I imagine a canal a stereotype emerges drawn from memories, pictures I have seen and hearsay. I picture a straight section of canal, no barges. A bicycle tyre, rarely a car tyre, floats serenely. Just below the oily stained water you can see the handle of a pram. You know that when they drain and dredge this canal they will pull out a pram, a shopping trolley and a one wheeled bike. So, for me, this tyre brings back touches of nostalgia. It also reminds me of someone's idea of waste disposal.
The tyre looks new. It still has the blue and red bands around it. Reflections of pylons and the underside of the motorway add to the sense of the new. The rest of the canal and motorway around it carries on their own way, the canal with the to and fro caused by the opening and closing of locks and the motorway flowing in the direction of the traffic.
The picture was shot to show the reflections. A 28-70 lens at 70mm isolated the tyre which was the main focus point. The feathery edges of the reflections also enhance the isolation of the tyre from its' surroundings. A stop of f2.8 also helps.
Nikon D800 28-70 @ 70mm f2.8 1/160 ISO100
Only a Tyre