Stephen Levitas  

Bridge by Stephen Levitas

September 2020 - Bridge

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This is the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge over the Patuxent River where it enters the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland. The nearest towns on each side are Solomons Island and Leonardtown. I shot it during our family beach vacation to the Bay, when we hired a boat to take us on a private cruise around the marina and mouth of the river. The bridge is very striking to drive over—scary in fact—because it has only 42 in. high “Jersey Barriers” on each side, so you feel like you are driving up its VERY steep incline with nothing at all at your side. If you don’t like driving over bridges, this one is frightening.

12 comments posted

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
(Group 74)
It looks a bit scary Stephen, how tall is it? I can imagine, crossing in windy / stormy weather may be nerve-wracking. Your photo needs a bit more contrast. I hope you had a restful holiday and enjoyed time with your family. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 09/01/2020 09:28:54
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Merhaba, Ata, good to hear from you at the first of every month. Our family vacation was very good. I expect that September in Turkey will be a pleasant month for you--how my wife and I wish we were there this year. Now that we are retired, it is possible to go in September, and--bang--now we can't. How ironic.
The bridge is 140 ft. high, actually not nearly as big as many others, but proportionally, with just two lanes and the low barriers, it feels like one is climbing to the sky.
I will try increasing the contrast. Thanks.   Posted: 09/01/2020 13:24:07
Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
I agree with others that it needs a bit more contrast. I like the angle the shot was taken from, you really get the feel of the height and narrowness.
But, Stephen, if you one of these days get a chance to visit Norway, you will have to look hard to find a bridge with more than one lane each way. And some even have just one lane, so if you meet midways, one of you will have to back the car! That's where you get those funny video ads from...
Interesting shot from a good angle.   Posted: 09/06/2020 11:09:35
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Oh my, not for me. The last time I met another car on a one-lane road, I graciously backed up--and did such a bad job, I went off the road. But at least it was on the surface, not a bridge. I was backing downhill and lost my view of where the road was, so went into the ditch. I had to call for a tow. I should have asked the other driver to back up, as he would have had a clear view of the road behind him.   Posted: 09/07/2020 00:34:03

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
I like the composition, leading line & perspective of this image. I am not sure I would like to cross this bridge given its height, narrowness & low barriers. My only suggestion is to remove the white areas on the lower left & foot (right), but that is just me. Nice image with good impact.   Posted: 09/03/2020 18:40:49

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
This is a frightening bridge even for those without a fear of bridge crossings. Add in some fog and it seems as though you're driving straight up into the sky.

The simplicity of this image is very pleasant and composition is really well done. I don't mind the white area on the right. Perhaps toning down the left would be a little less distracting to me, although the two white areas somehow tether the image. Bumping up the contrast is a good thought.   Posted: 09/07/2020 09:20:24

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
You have a wonderful dramatic angle that makes the bridge look even higher than it actually is. Angles like this are seldom seen and thus they are more interesting.

I feel this would be even more powerful if you
had used the full tonal range and managed to get some true blacks and whites.   Posted: 09/07/2020 15:42:26
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
How is this? This is an overall change. Should I select different sections to work on?   Posted: 09/07/2020 21:05:52
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Excellent example of a "vanishing point" image. I really like the angle of the bridge and it that shows how high that it is. I would remove the thin poles above the bridge and the white area at the waterline on the far left. I like the tone of your original image better that your second image.   Posted: 09/09/2020 14:49:39
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Russ Butler   Russ Butler
I like what you did Tom   Posted: 09/09/2020 19:30:48
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Thanks, Tom. Good idea about taking out the light poles--it emphasizes even more the slender causeway atop the bridge.   Posted: 09/10/2020 13:25:04

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Everyone has said what needs doing. My husband hates normal bridges so I would be the one driving here! I find this exciting! I've experienced some of the Norwegian bridges but I have to say that Icelandic ones are even worse! They frequently don't have a good surface and then they go into unlit tunnels which are one car wide. They terrify me! back to the photo-I think Tom's suggestions are good and although I liked the darkness of Stephen's increased contrast, the clouds had lost all detail so somehow you need to retain this.   Posted: 09/13/2020 13:56:18


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