Debbie DeLong  

Long Pine Crossing by Debbie DeLong

November 2020 - Long Pine Crossing

November 2020 - Debbie DeLong


About the Image(s)

This photo was taken in October at Dogwood Canyon which is a Bass Pro property about 45 minutes from my house. This bridge is named Long Pine Crossing, and was handcrafted in 1992 by members of a local Amish community in Seymour, MO using repurposed beams. I have been practicing long exposures and waterfalls. I have many images of this bridge taken over the years, and I’m hopefully improving with each attempt. There are always people on it, but with the long exposure I was able to get a clear shot.

I processed it in Nik Silver Efex (still learning the program) and LR. Taken with my Sony A7iv, 16-35mm lens at 21mm. ISO 100, f/9, 32 seconds.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
4 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Debbie, I enjoyed seeing your bridge in BW. It looks better than in color, especially the detail on the bridge and the boulders. I believe you need to bring out the detail on the trees on the right side of the bridge, as I found them rather flat. Overall, a very nice photo of the bridge and the water.   Posted: 11/11/2020 14:38:11

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
I really like this image, the composition is quite pleasing to the eye. For some reason, the black and white appears to be a bit more blown out than your original image, particularly the sky. Perhaps increasing the contrast and toning down the brightness would help, or burning in the sky a bit. It is so bright, my eye keeps getting drawn to it.   Posted: 11/12/2020 23:56:58

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I've always been a fan of covered bridges. I do not know how many people you faded out, but that part looks good. I'm still struggling to learn B/W but to me this seems to have too much grey. The park that bothers me the most is the bright sky in the upper right corner and the overexposed rocks and bank on the far ban under the bridge. I think the far ban could be solved with some dodging and burning and you might be able to save that sky by applying a graduated filter used diagonally. For me, those bright white areas just draw my eye away from the image so I try to avoid them.

However, Bill is right, the composition is lovely and really sets off the bridge.   Posted: 11/13/2020 14:18:00

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
I agree with the others - really nice composition and preferable in B/W. And also, the bright areas act as a distraction. A possible suggestion for those. Before you go to Silver Effex, see if you can darken and saturate the blue in the sky and the also darken the highlights in the river. Then in Silver Effex look for the color sliders and move the blue slider to darken the sky. If you had a solid blue, you can almost make it black in Silver Effex. You might play with the structure sliders too to pick up the contrast - but that is a personal taste. If you like what you have, stay there.   Posted: 11/13/2020 17:34:17