Sheldon Wecker, QPSA  

Untitled by Sheldon Wecker, QPSA

November 2020 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

I find myself going back to previous years for images to submit as a result of Coronavirus travel limitations, and being stuck in Phoenix through the summer heat.

This image was taken in 2014. It's the lower level of a bridge over the Chicago River. The bridge pivots on bearings near each side of the river. There are massive counterweights on the shore side so that little power is needed to lift the bridge. In 1992, the roadway of the bridge was being replaced and when a crane on the bridge was moved closer to shore, the balance shifted to the shore side of the pivot, and the bridge "fell up".

Sony A77 1/20 sec, f5.6, iso 200 15mm(35mm eq). Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro

6 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is a wonderful shot of the bridge structure. I have only praise for the shot, no suggestions for improvement.
Your story of the bridge "falling up" is fascinating. What happened after that? Was there damage, or did they just move the crane back?   Posted: 11/04/2020 15:42:50

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Mono suits this shot perfectly. The strength of the structure comes over very well. You might consider dulling down the two areas of highlights and also bring out more of the graffiti on one of the diagonals. I like the receding lights very much.   Posted: 11/11/2020 03:39:23

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Another great B&W here! And, an excellent study of shapes and angles. Lots of leading lines with the lights at the top and the railing and the metal structural wave! I'm with Peter on dulling down those two bright areas on the beams and the one created by the light reflection near the center top.   Posted: 11/12/2020 19:58:47

John Hackett   John Hackett
Monochrome is the only way with a subject such as this. It helps give the image a feeling of strength, it shows the design aspects of the engineering and turns it into an art form. I like the touch of graffiti, that is made less prominent in monochrome.   Posted: 11/14/2020 06:57:32

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Really nice monochrome shot. Very detailed and using monochrome really gives it a unique perspective on the structure.   Posted: 11/19/2020 20:00:08

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
You nailed this one Sheldon. Except for the highlights that should be toned down, it is a great presentation: leading lines, texture, contrast, detail, triangles, geometry.   Posted: 11/22/2020 10:30:10


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