Trevor Harvey  

Foleys Bridge by Trevor Harvey

November 2023 - Foleys Bridge

November 2023 - Trevor Harvey


About the Image(s)

I created an HDR by combining multiple images at different exposures. I was down to try and capture the Autumn colours but was about 10 days too early. I loved the texture in the bridge and the leading lines caused by the bolders and the shoreline.

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10 comments posted

Ed Palaszynski   Ed Palaszynski
Very nice perspective and composition. Can you darken the bridge and the sky as it is a bit bright and takes away from a lovely image.   Posted: 11/06/2023 13:16:30
Trevor Harvey   Trevor Harvey
Thank you - yip it is just too bright. I have returned since, and taken some bracketed shots so it is easier to keep the sky and not lose details in the foregound.
  Posted: 11/25/2023 14:27:04

Melissa Cramer Sonnen   Melissa Cramer Sonnen
Hi Trevor. For me, this is a sticky problem - converting this one to mono. First - the color is splendid. That is my favorite. Focus is on the roundness of the bridge and everything seems to radiate from it's center. Even the reflection in the water radiates from that center point.
In my belief, the beauty of the tonal differences and ranges is lost in the mono. There is tons of texture, but the whiteness of the left and white foreground rock masses (in the water) really distracts from the bridge. Also, I feel like the sky also pulls away from the bridge, which seems a bit too light to hold its own in the image. What worked for me was to make this a study in mood - I kept the bridge light, but darkened the underside a lot. Then I darkened nearly the entire background from where the foliage edges meet the bridge all the way up to the top, inclluding the sky. With that - the bridge shone like a beacon. Also I added a dark vignette and cropped out a little of the lower left rock.   Posted: 11/06/2023 21:09:43
Trevor Harvey   Trevor Harvey
Melissa, thank you. I knew there was an image in there but had tunnel vision and couldn't figure how to get it out. I went for the colours so converting to mono was not natural. I will definitely give the conversion another go.   Posted: 11/25/2023 14:30:04

Stacey Pearson   Stacey Pearson
Lovely image, Trevor, but a difficult one to convert to black-and-white because there's not a lot of contrast in the original color image. With fewer gray tones to work with, the monochrome conversion feels a little flat. I love the color image. Our eye goes from the reflection of the sky to the reflection of the bridge to the bridge and its arch and beyond. It works!   Posted: 11/07/2023 12:19:09
Trevor Harvey   Trevor Harvey
Thank you. In truth I prefer the colour image too.   Posted: 11/25/2023 14:30:54

Ed Taje   Ed Taje
The image is well composed. I feel the sky and the top of the bridge are blown out and take some away from the image. I tried to add to the top of the Arch and a bit to the sky and toned it down a bit without affect to any degree the rest of the image.   Posted: 11/09/2023 14:39:51
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Trevor Harvey   Trevor Harvey
Thanks Ed I love your processing. It makes the world of difference not having the blown out sky.   Posted: 11/25/2023 14:34:20

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Trevor,
Thank you for sharing.
Yes, the leading lines caused by the bolders and the shoreline works for me. It looks very nice place - clam and peace.
I am not sure that you used PL filter or not. I can see the reflection barely in the original. I would try to eliminate reflection as much as possible. There are lots of fallen leaves in the water and those become conflicts. And the fallen leaves add the story well in my view.
Also I would try not to blown out the main subject as much as possible. My eyes want to see the details very carefully.
If you can go back later in the fall, I would guess a lots of fallen leaves pile up on the rocks. That might be interesting to see and shoot.   Posted: 11/10/2023 00:37:13
Trevor Harvey   Trevor Harvey
Hi Haru, I actually went back last weekend but left it too late to go to the bridge as it is in shadow apart from early in the morning - there is always next year.   Posted: 11/25/2023 14:35:40