Dave Edwards  

The LaSalle Bridge by Dave Edwards

June 2022 - The LaSalle Bridge

June 2022 - Dave Edwards


About the Image(s)

For those of you who have driven on I39, Illinois, may have driven crossed the LaSalle/Peru truss bridge. We don't cross the bridge very often, but when we do our passenger has the role of taking bridge photos through the front windshield of our car traveling at 65mph. A week ago, it was my turn to get the photos. With an attempt of adding creativity into the photo, I used Snapseed to crop and darken the image, and then Distressed fx to convert the photo into black and white.

6 comments posted

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Interesting to get the chance to shoot while your wife drives. I actually do all the driving so I never have that chance.

I had never thought of using Distressed FX for turning into B/W. Sure enough, just move the color slider to the left and that is what you have. Question Dave. Did you wnat to take all the details out of the green trees in the background?

I like the B/W version. It is a strong image. Just wondering if you used Distressed FX first and Snapseed second if it would make a difference?   Posted: 06/03/2022 11:24:04

Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
It is amazing that your image is sharp at 65 mph. The conversion to B&W really works. I think it is interesting that the details seem clearer this way. Kind of reinforces the notion that color images are about color and B&W images show structure.
Nice lesson in both seeing and execution.   Posted: 06/06/2022 09:10:56

Bob Barley   Bob Barley
I do like BW images, and this was a good opportunity to use it. The dark framework against the light sky works well. The vegetation is in silhouette and that doesn't bother me too much although that landing for the bridge structure is blotted out - it's a green bridge with green vegetation, too. I don't know if that could be remedied with the mobile apps we have. Nice idea, and I'm glad someone else was driving so you could safely take the shot!

  Posted: 06/06/2022 15:40:32

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
You did well getting a sharp image traveling at 65 MPH. I didn't have such good luck when I tried it a few years ago on the Mackinaw Bridge. I like the b/w especially for the bridge structure. For me the nearly black/no detail in the vegetation is a distraction. Also, the dark second more distant car. Is there a way to mask those and bring some detail back in in Distressed FX or in Snapseed?   Posted: 06/11/2022 17:09:51

Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
While the bridge photo nicely converts to B/W I prefer the original photo with the green bridge leading the viewer and driver into the dark green forest. It seems lyrical. It's a winner either way.   Posted: 06/13/2022 12:20:06

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
There is a very dramatic element to the B&W so it gets my vote. The black trees, in this case, add to that drama. Maintaining sharpness throughout while on the move is remarkable. Nice going!   Posted: 06/19/2022 16:12:34


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