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Covered Bridge by Jim Wulpi

October 2021 - Covered Bridge

About the Image(s)

This is a 3 shot HDR made at one of Indiana’s iconic covered bridges. This particular area of the state has numerous covered bridges and holds a Covered Bridge Festival each year with maps showing the location of each one. It’s a nice getaway.

This particular bridge had a view of the surrounding countryside that was unique (among the bridges we saw) in that the road approaching it was long and (relatively) straight. The high contrast between the heavily shadowed interior of the bridge and the bright daylight led me to do the HDR composite. Your comments and /or suggestions would be appreciated

11 comments posted

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
This is a nicely composed, exposed and framed image. There is good detail in the timber of the covered bridge and the continuing road leads the eye deep into the image.
I would clone in some timber over the white top right and bottom left white corners, which were probably left white after transforming the image to get the verticals upright.
Another great image Jim.   Posted: 10/02/2021 17:40:46
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Thank you for your comments. You are absolutely right in that I failed to notice the corners after doing a slight tilt adjustment to the image.   Posted: 10/04/2021 07:51:06

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Nice image, Jim! Coming from Lancaster County, PA, I am very familiar with covered bridges. I'm feeling confined when looking through your bridge. I wonder if you'd have moved a few feet forward whether the view outside the bridge would have opened up a bit. But then again, if your intent was the detail in the bridge, you accomplished that well. The bridge looks well maintained. The long road and line of telephone poles just pull me into the image.   Posted: 10/04/2021 05:45:30
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Thank you for your comments. I loved that scene.
My intent with including as much of the interior of the bridge was to highlight some of the interesting construction techniques that truly makes these structures unique. I learned, that weekend we were there, that many of the bridge builders of the day had their own signature style of construction. Variations would come in depending on the length of the span, and other factors such as whether or not it had "windows".   Posted: 10/04/2021 07:58:45

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Great shot and choice for HDR. The color contrasts, framing and lines compound to make a strong image and the tilt on the bridge adds to the antique appearance. The coloring on the wood could be color noise on one or more of the HDR frames, but not sure if a denoise procedure would reduce it or perhaps leave it as is. It seems that white parts of the road may be blown out and wondered if you had a less exposed frame to mask in the road?   Posted: 10/04/2021 10:59:16

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Jim, I like how the image draws me through the bridge and down the road. I'm wondering if you used a long lens that resulted in the compressed appearance of the road. What impresses me most is the contrasting colors, not only between the bridge and the landscape but also within the landscape itself. I do have the feeling that the bridge is out of balance. It appears you might have attempted to straighten, resulting in losing some of the image on lower left and upper right hand corners. Love the story that could have come with this bridge. Do you know what year it was built?   Posted: 10/06/2021 19:51:36

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Some of the bridges we visited had dates on them, others did not. I think this one did not.
Thanks for your comments. The bridge is slightly skewed at the edges. I left it that way.   Posted: 10/06/2021 22:10:09

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
This is so much fun for me to see. I was in Vermont this past week taking photographs of covered bridges of all things! This is a lovely work. I have one I took with the exact oppostie effect. The countryside on the far end of the bridge was not particularly interesting so I concentrated on exposing the construction within the bridge itself. Now I don't know what to do with the overexposed space at the opposite opening! You have mastered a great balance here between near and far. I found the interior ceiling of the bridge really fascinating. Did you try to capture that as a main focus in one of your photos? This one is quite lovely!   Posted: 10/09/2021 14:21:02
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
I had such a great time photographing many covered bridges that weekend in Parke County, IN (Google it). Glad you could get some similar joy last week.
My intent with capturing much of the interior of this specific bridge was to highlight exactly what you referenced - the stunning design and engineering work that goes in to creating these structures. The exterior scene was a bonus. I used a small aperture to try to use a hyper focal distance that brought all elements into focus- near and far. I feel as though I was successful.
Thanks for your comments. You made me smile.
  Posted: 10/10/2021 07:36:22

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Very nice image. The details of the bridge are sharp ,and the colors following the road coming off the bridge, toward the dark trees in the background, makes a very nice picture.   Posted: 10/10/2021 13:48:50
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Thank you, Stuart. I appreciate your comments.   Posted: 10/10/2021 22:36:09


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