Lauren Heerschap  

San Yaquina Bay Bridge by Lauren Heerschap

November 2021 - San Yaquina Bay Bridge

About the Image(s)

This is a shot of the San Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon. ISO 400, 23 mm, f6.3, .08 sec, taken with my 590 converted Olympus Mark 2 in infrared.

I processed it in Lightroom, swapped the red-blue colors, then went to Photoshop and stamp tool to cover the bright spots in the clouds. I added Dynamic Range and sharpened it in On-1 raw. I then converted it in Silver Efex Pro to black and white. I was pleased that the infrared gave such a nice set of tones since it was a very stormy day! We had to cut our trip short since we had 50 mph winds while towing our 20 ft trailer across this bridge.

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8 comments posted

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Wow, three images from Oregon this month - IR heaven out there!
I really like your composition. The two arches carry the eye into the distance.
The foreground shrubs are a little soft. Did you try localized sharpening or increased texture? I find Nik Viveza handy to increase structure in an area, that might help.
I would have tried to increase the tone/texture in the river glare. Again using a control point in Viveza or Silver effects. You could also apply some extra structure in the clouds to make them a bit more "edgy."
Let me know what you think.

  Posted: 11/03/2021 14:52:01
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Thanks for the feedback. I am finding that there is a difference on the water brightness between my two screens; but I did try a control point in Silver Efex. What I got was more gray. The bushes did benefit from increased structure with Viveza, thanks for the suggestion!   Posted: 11/03/2021 16:35:58
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Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Oh, the second version looks nice with the texture on the foliage. I think this is one very cool bridge and like it very much. The river is a little bright but I'm hard pressed to think of a way to tone it down. I really do like this!!   Posted: 11/17/2021 10:36:31

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
Having just returned from an Oregon Coast trip with my 21 foot trailer, I crossed this and many other bridges along the coast. Many are worthy of being photographed. Your scene captured some of the arches that seem to be characteristic of these Oregon bridges. You did a nice job showing off the bridge and the surrounding area.   Posted: 11/20/2021 16:23:54

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Terry's suggestions have improved this image. I too find these bridges very interesting. I like this image very much and my only suggestion would be to crop the sky from the top to where the bridge meets the edge of the image, I think this just adds to the drama of the bridge. You could maybe use a luminosity mask to darken the water a little without affecting other areas. I've only just started using these myself so I am not sure how successful this would be. Worth experimenting though. A lovely image.   Posted: 11/21/2021 13:14:20
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Thanks for the idea of the luminosity mask. Our NW Council of Camera clubs just had a convention with Nic Stover. He will be teaching a class on luminosity masks in early December, very affordable at $30. Have you heard of him?   Posted: 11/21/2021 14:47:02
Julie Walker   Julie Walker
I'm not sure that I've heard of Nic Stover but we've had a couple of talks recently on luminosity masks at our camera club which have been very helpful. I just need to find the time to practice!   Posted: 11/25/2021 11:37:00

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
I really like the bridge image, the only thing I see is the bright water in the middle draws my eyes there.
Not sure I would change anything else.   Posted: 11/24/2021 10:31:11