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Zakim Bridge and TD Garden, Boston by David Brown

September 2020 - Zakim Bridge and TD Garden, Boston

September 2020 - David Brown


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My first real attempt at a long exposure shot, this is the Zakim Bridge and TD Garden in downtown Boston. Details: 24mm, 6 seconds, f10, ISO100. I did some very light edits in Lightroom, then brought it into Luminar to finish it. The sky/clouds at sunset were just OK, tried to play it up as much as possible. Not sure if the whole highway is too red in general? At any rate learned a lot and will try again.

7 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
David, an exiting picture! I think that you have done a great job with the exposure: the white and red streaks of the headlights and taillights have come out fine, as well as the background. The sky is so beautiful. I was wondering if a slightly tighter crop might add to the impact; if you take a little off from both sides, you would not lose anything interesting and would get a nice leading line? I played with the original in Luminar and put a gradient mask from the bottom up to the horizon level, took down the saturation and luminance of the yellows and oranges and put up the same for reds. That took down the reddish hue of the rod and made the red streaks show well. What do you think?   Posted: 09/10/2020 13:41:23
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David Brown   David Brown
Thanks a lot Kristi. Agreed the crop could be tweaked here, and I like the bottom gradient you added. After submitting this I actually found another photo from the same night that I liked a little better, used the same bottom gradation here.   Posted: 09/17/2020 19:06:53
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Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Well done David. Great to see you and Kirsti using Luminar. It definitely increases your creativity. Dave, I do not think your road is too red, but then I'm a saturated/visual impact type. I do like Kirsti's crop, but probably would of left the image in original aspect if it was mine. I do see that the image is not as sharp as hoped. Two potentials are that there was a breeze and your tripod wasn't quite sturdy enough. OR, as you might know, this road was built on soft soil that was originally part of the sea, and that the traffic going by causes vibrations. I do not remember seeing this view before and those that I have seen do not have the nice traffic flowing lights but do have a view more from the side and showing the colors of the bridge supports. Good job visualizing.   Posted: 09/10/2020 14:52:18
David Brown   David Brown
Thanks Bob. I'm not sure what happened with the image, agreed its a little muddy here. The original is much sharper - I'll double check that I have the proper settings for group images.   Posted: 09/17/2020 19:08:17
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
1400 long side x 1050 .jpg and I let the dpi fall wherever it lands.
  Posted: 09/17/2020 19:48:30

Joan Field   Joan Field
This is a well-composed evening photo that really shows the car light streaks very well. The time of day was perfect and you have achieved a blending of the three primary colors, red, yellow and blue that is very pleasing. Frankly, I like it the way you have presented it, with all the colors showing and that composition. It is sharp front to back and the sky color is dramatic as it fades from yellow to blue. Your work in Luninar helped put punch into the final product. Nicely done for your first long shutter speed image.   Posted: 09/19/2020 14:37:58

Joan Field   Joan Field
One of the best things you did to enhance it, was increase the yellows in the image. Very important here.   Posted: 09/19/2020 14:44:58


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