Piers Blackett  


Bridge at Lake Overholser by Piers Blackett

May 2021 - Bridge at Lake Overholser

May 2021 - Piers Blackett

Original

May 2021 - Piers Blackett

Original 2

About the Image(s)


I found a unique angle for shooting the Overholser iron bridge while a cyclist was crossing at about 11 am; 1/640, f/11, ISO 250 (see original). I used Lightroom for routine adjustments and use topaz denoise AI. A brush was used for selective exposure. I used Luminar 4 for sky replacement from my cloud library with sunset-tinged clouds to enhance. I also converted to black and white (support image). The histogram for both images had no clipping and spread throughout the spectrum but my preference was to go slightly dark to enhance color and contrast and to simulate the sunset hour.



11 comments posted




Martin Newland   Martin Newland
I love bridges and this is a fine example of a Pratt truss bridge. I wish there were more of them.
I would try and open up the shadows to reveal the detail of the steelwork in the shadows.
I prefer the monochrome version. The colour image seems to have a slight brownish cast over it. To fix this: Photoshop - Image>Adjustments>Levels then press Auto   Posted: 05/04/2021 19:02:23



Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
I think I like the B&W selection the best too. How about giving a try to select subject on the bridge itself and keep that in color with lightened shadows and make the rest of the photo monochrome? Might be interesting to see how that goes. I do really like the drama of the sky as in the original.The strength of the iron work seems to be enhanced by the more dramatic sky. Nice photo of a really interesting bridge!   Posted: 05/05/2021 10:01:18
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Great idea to color the cyclist. Also I took Shirley's advice and changed the sky - perhaps the added contrast helps.   Posted: 05/05/2021 23:02:24
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Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
I love this bridge and have a similar one in Little Rock. AR.   Posted: 05/05/2021 11:37:06
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Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Very nice bridge, perhaps built in the same era. I'm thinking it would make a good panorama too.   Posted: 05/05/2021 23:06:36



Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I like the perspective of your shot that makes me want to walk through the bridge. I think that as long as you were changing skies, how about one with a few clouds in the bright blue sky that would make a nice contrast to the color of the bridge? I feel the busy clouds take away from the importance of the bridge structure. Also, I would suggest cropping off the bottom to eliminate most of the grass.   Posted: 05/05/2021 19:21:25
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Yes I agree and its better for black and white (see my response to Jacqueline).   Posted: 05/05/2021 23:04:12
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Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
(Groups 18 & 40)
Good shot. I thought this is an interesting picture. The cyclist is positioned just right and lifts everything. I think the new sky (later in the discussion) in an improvement on version 1 which doesn't quite look true to me - I don't know why.
My only suggestion would be to try and lighten the shadow areas, maybe worthwhile considering to re-visit with a different sun position if that is possible.
  Posted: 05/06/2021 11:34:28
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for your helpful comments. I was standing southeast of the bridge on a narrow trail with no exits at that point. There could be a better angle the other end of the bridge from a lighting point of view.   Posted: 05/06/2021 13:52:00



Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
(Groups 18 & 40)
I hate the phrase but v2 is almost a picture I'd put on the wall.   Posted: 05/06/2021 14:02:00



Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Piers, I love this bridge and everyone's comments made it a little better. The only thing that really bothers me is that concrete bridge abutment. If you go back to shoot it again, try to position yourself to eliminate that. I don't think cropping it out will work, but with time and a bit of patience, you may be able to clone it out. Really nice image!   Posted: 05/06/2021 14:45:59



 

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