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Historic Bridge

ISO100 30mm f/11 1/50sec

I had a very limited amount of time to shoot today, but had the shot I wanted in mind when heading downtown. I haven’t been to this old historic bridge since middle of last summer and have never had the pleasure of shooting it. I love this part of downtown because the roads have stayed true to their brick paved origins. Although its repaved with new bricks you still feel the history beneath your feet as you take your strides across the street.

It was an extremely gray overcast sky today opening the details up in the scene so I decided what better time to shoot some HDR. Despite my shivering body from the stark cold weather and lack of tripod I was able to get off a few rounds of bracketed shots. Besides some shots of a cruising police car later on these were the only shots I took with my canon today. Luckily they turned out haha.

The rest of my time was shooting with my Minolta SRT202 35mm for the first time. It was definitely a different experience compared to my rapid fire dslr. I will be posting some of the resulting images on the facebook pageΒ after I finish this post.

Back to this scene though. As you can probably guess if you’ve been following along with my posts, these parts of town really build my energy, which is ironic because the beaten and tattered building look as if they are just about drained through to the last drop of energy. Theres so many layers to this part of town as these roads have been through a number of bricks, the buildings a few coats of paint, and the rest of the scenery has its own unique patches from the years. Its like how the rings in a tree trunk will tell you how old the tree is, these everlasting gobstoppers of buildings with multicolored flakes hold the true tales to the older generation of Downtown. This part of town is seldom touched with new buildings, and thats what I love about it.

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31 thoughts on “Historic Bridge

  1. kristasta on said:

    Oh wow…love the teal and red brick road!

  2. Very striking colors.

  3. I love the compo and colors – that pop of the teal really makes the photo!

  4. It’s somehow reassuring to see an area that’s comfortable in its own skin, so to speak. As nice, and as impressive, as some new buildings are, they can seem very out of place parked up next to older, more established buildings. This bridge seems to me a very pleasing piece of engineering.

  5. Love the colors! HDR really suits this old bridge!!

  6. Fantastic colours and textures. Love this kind of photo, and you did a great job with it πŸ™‚

  7. I really like how the bridge stands out in this picture. Good job.

  8. Like what you said about the ‘past-scape’ of buildings with the patina of age.
    I’ve often photographed stuff I’ve known, but don’t think to post it in its own right.
    Thought provoking post.

  9. Strikingly beautiful. What program do you use to create HDR?

    • Thanks Ari! I use Photomatix pro now days. I used to use Nik Softwares HDR Effex pro, but my thoughts on processing has changed so I recently made the switch back to Photomatix and have loved it.

  10. Love the colors in that shot!

    By the way, I chose your blog as one of my five winners of the Liebster Blog Award, check it out: http://notmanhattan.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/very-timely-valentines-day-liebster-blog-award/

  11. Man, I am certain we could be friends πŸ™‚ Did you get your FB page up and running?

  12. I really love this! And may I say it’s one of the better HDRs I’ve seen? Really beautiful….you’ve done this old bridge justice.

  13. Martin Lack on said:

    I must admit I was expecting Brooklyn in B&W; but am pleased to have been proven wrong and had my horizons enlarged… Is the steelwork really that turquoise? How have you achieved that vitality of colour?

    • Hey Martin! It has been painted that color for as long as I can remember. Most people call it the blue bridge of Grand Rapids haha. The best part is the color really comes alive on overcast days, otherwise the sun typically washes it out. I worked my Adobe Lightroom skills in to bring the colors to how I remembered them in order to share its beauty with you πŸ™‚

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