Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Mary's Covered Bridge by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

August 2022 - Mary's Covered Bridge

August 2022 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

Mary's Bridge Side View

About the Image(s)

This was taken a couple of weeks ago near Chester, Illinois. I used my OM Systems OM-1 camera, Olympus 14-150mm lens at 14mm, 1/250 seconds, f8, and ISO 400. I did adjust the shadows slider in camera RAW to show the interior. The clouds add to the image, I think. I have included a side shot for reference.

8 comments posted

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
I like the way that the road and walls lead you inside. The detail on the inside of the bridge really makes the picture. It may be my imagination, but it actually looks cooler and inviting on the other side!
At first, I thought I would like it head on, but as I looked at the picture, the sense of turning onto the bridge grew on me.   Posted: 08/02/2022 11:06:20

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks Paul. I wanted to take it just a bit off center, to show the detail inside. It was nice on the other side, they were mowing over there, and it is a very nice and well kept up location. It is just off a busy highway with the bridge that replaced this one. Since the bridge is blocked off from traffic there are not all of the safety signs on it that these old bridges have if traffic is allowed on them.   Posted: 08/02/2022 12:43:53

Gaetan Manuel   Gaetan Manuel
It seems that this photo was taken during midday: the light is harsh. The use of a polariser here is a must. I know that it not might be obvious, but having the same shot during the golden hour would give a great photo.   Posted: 08/03/2022 11:41:04
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Yes, it was taken about 3:00 in the afternoon. It is too far from home to conveniently take during the golden hour. And you are right, I should use a polarizer.   Posted: 08/15/2022 13:53:10

Hoshedar Cooper   Hoshedar Cooper
Hey Tom. I like the leading lines to the bridge and the play of light and shadows, the cool and the warm and the serenity it portrays. Not sure if a bit of saturation to bring out the red structure and a bit of dehazing would have given it a bit more punch?   Posted: 08/08/2022 07:14:58
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks for the suggestion.   Posted: 08/15/2022 13:47:17

Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
All you need is a horse and buggy approaching from the other end! It is not the best time of day but well done for what you had. I think less contrast would improve the mood. I would add a bit of life if possible; A child, or your partner or even a dog.   Posted: 08/16/2022 16:12:39
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
It must be about right on the contrast, you want less, and Hoshedar wants more saturation.   Posted: 08/16/2022 16:21:11


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