Ironworkers At Work On The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span

Ironworkers Steve Trujillo, Zach Williams and Charlie Draper at work on the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville, KY. HDR Version

Ironworkers Steve Trujillo, Zach Williams and Charlie Draper at work on the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville, KY. HDR Version

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The images of these Ironworkers at work on the Ohio River Bridges Project in this post were all made about two weeks ago during the raising of another section of the Downtown Span. The captions should pretty much tell the story behind the photos.

The gallery below shows the HDR images processed using NIK HDR Efex Pro 2, Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS5.

I initially processed each color image as a HDR image based on a three frame bracket set of +2, 0 and -2 EV exposures. After merging them into HDR images I then took them into Adobe Camera Raw for final finishing.

 

After that I took each HDR image into Photoshop CS5 and applied a layer with Topaz B&W 2 as the filter. I used a preset of my own creation that is based on an antique plate style of processing. In doing so I found that my preset was responding to the subject matter and emphasizing the subjects without any further input from me. I don’t know how it does this but I am very pleased with the way it affected the HDR images.

Duck’s Nest on Tower Five

Duck's nest on Tower Five.

Duck’s nest on Tower Five.

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Tuesday while climbing the stairs I saw this mother duck sitting in her nest. She built her nest with scrap pieces of tie wire on the platform at the base of the scaffolding on Tower Five. When I first saw the nest last week it was empty and the inside was lined with duck feathers. She had obviously gathered pieces of tie wire from around the tower and woven them into her nest. Yesterday and today she was sitting in her nest when I arrived and when I left the tower. I expect it won’t be long before we see her baby ducklings; hopefully I’ll be able to get a few shots of them before she takes them out for a swim.

Beatersville 2015

Beautiful Ford 2 Door Sedan (HDR Version)

Beautiful Ford 2 Door Sedan (HDR Version)

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Beatersville is an annual car and bike show in Louisville, KY. This Ford two door sedan was impeccably crafted with many details such as the filled quarter windows with small quarter windows installed. Everywhere I looked the car showed amazing attention to detail. It is powered by a 1949 Mercury flathead engine with Evans finned aluminum heads.

 

High Above the Ohio River

 

Progress being made on the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project as seen from the eastern tower of Tower Three.

Progress being made on the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project as seen from the eastern tower of Tower Three.

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Two weeks ago I was shooting from high above the Ohio River from the top of the western tower on Tower Five and the eastern tower of Tower Three. High above the Ohio River you can see the scope of the work on the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville, KY.

Climbing these towers placed me 300 feet above the Ohio River and allowed me capture some interesting views of the progress being made on the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Three of the six towers have been completed and it won’t be long before the other three will be completed.

Most of the images in this post are three frame HDR Images from a bracket set of +2, 0 and -2 EV exposures. They were merged in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 and finished in Adobe Camera Raw.

Pile Drivers Working at Preston and Jefferson Streets

Pile driving crew placing a piling section for welding before driving further into the earth. #4

Pile driving crew placing a piling section for welding before driving further into the earth. #4

Most of  these images are of the pile drivers working at Preston and Jefferson Streets as they rebuild Spaghetti Junction in Louisville, KY. These guys drive seventy feet long H-beams into the earth to support the foundation for the retaining walls and bridge abutments of the roadway for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Most of these images of pile drivers working are HDR images created using a three frame bracket set of +2, 0 and -2 EV exposures. They were merged in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 and then finished using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS5. The light was pretty flat the day I was shooting these photos. Using HDR techniques allowed me to capture the scenes and reveal the details and textures that might have otherwise escaped capture in a single exposure.