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.

An Assortment of Photos from the Ohio River Bridges Project

View looking south from Tower 5 with Tower 4 in scene.

View looking south from Tower 5 with Tower 4 in scene.

These photos from the Ohio River Bridges Project were made last week. Some are from high in the scaffolds on Tower 5 others are from around the Kentucky approach to the downtown span.

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Max Shaughnessy , Carpenter

Max Shaughnessy , Carpenter

Jack and Andy B&W Version

Jack and Andy B&W Version

Atop Tower 5 West looking east toward Big Four Bridge.

Atop Tower 5 West looking east toward Big Four Bridge.

Jack and Andy

Jack and Andy

Looking north from Tower 5 West with Kennedy Bridge and I-65 approach to downtown span.

Looking north from Tower 5 West with Kennedy Bridge and I-65 approach to downtown span.

Indiana Approach to the Downtown Crossing of Ohio River Bridges Project for the downtown span.

Indiana Approach to the Downtown Crossing of Ohio River Bridges Project for the downtown span.

View of Indiana from atop Tower 5

View of Indiana from atop Tower 5

Jim, Ironworker on scaffolding machine.

Jim, Ironworker on scaffolding machine.

Jack Klonze in man basket.

Jack Klonztz in man basket.

Concrete finisher at work on surface of bridge anchor. #1

Concrete finisher at work on surface of bridge anchor. #1

Concrete finisher at work on surface of bridge anchor. #1 B&W Version

Concrete finisher at work on surface of bridge anchor. #1 B&W Version

Concrete finisher at work on surface of bridge anchor. #2

Concrete finisher at work on surface of bridge anchor. #2

Monique Jones, Operating Engineer

Monique Jones, Operating Engineer

Concrete finisher at work on surface of bridge anchor. #3 B&W Version

Concrete finisher at work on surface of bridge anchor. #3 B&W Version

Concrete finisher at work on surface of bridge anchor. #2 B&W Version

Concrete finisher at work on surface of bridge anchor. #2 B&W Version

Creating Composit Abstract Images Using a Single Source Image With Photoshop CS5

I have been experimenting with creating composit abstract images using a single source image with Photoshop. Using a single frame as my source image I then built these abstract  images of a few rusted nuts and threaded rods. I think they have a kinship with many African tribal textile patterns that I have seen. The image below is the source image for all the rusty versions in this post.

Rusty Nuts

Rusty Nuts (Source Image)

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For the second set of abstract images I used the single frame image below from a shoot I did on Tower 5.  I was fortunate that the sky was crystal clear and gave me the strong blue negative space around the tower crane and the concrete tower. The more I played with this image the more ways I saw to create composit abstracts that were filled with details and rich colors. The only downside to this method is the massive file sizes that result when combining multiple copies of the source image. In both instances I first processed the source image in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS5 before creating the composit abstract images. Doing so allowed me to simply merge the files together without having to go through the full post processing on each version.

Tower Crane and Tower 5

Tower Crane and Tower 5 (Source Image)

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Thunder Over Louisville Air Show and Fireworks Display, April 18, 2015

Four propeller driven airplanes flying in tight formation trailing smoke during the Thunder Over Louisville air show April 18, 2015.

Four propeller driven airplanes flying in tight formation trailing smoke during the Thunder Over Louisville air show April 18, 2015. #1

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Last Saturday, April 18, 2015 was the annual fireworks display and air show, Thunder Over Louisville, in Louisville Kentucky. Thunder Over Louisville is the kick off event for the Kentucky Derby Festival and the largest fireworks show in North America. Thunder Over Louisville starts around 3:00 in the afternoon with a large air show and continues until almost 10:00 pm when the last burst of fireworks explodes in the Grand Finale.

I was invited by a good friend of mine, Ted Heitzman, to join him this year on the Belle of Louisville as his guest. Ted has been on the Belle of Louisville every year since Thunder Over Louisville began. He is an avid photographer and chooses the Belle as the premier spot to witness the fireworks every year. Usually one of the two barges used to launch the fireworks in stationed directly in front of the Third Street Wharf where the Belle of Louisville is anchored but due to very high water in the Ohio River the barges were moved about 1/4 of a mile upstream this year.

The day of Thunder Over Louisville was almost perfect; the sky was filled with a wonderful cloud pattern and the air was clear. I don’t usually come to Thunder Over Louisville to see the air show but this year I joined Ted early in the day and caught most of the air show.

At sunset the main event began when two biplanes towing American flags flew in from the east. The flags were illuminated by searchlights as the National Anthem was played over the PA system. After several loud booms the fireworks show began and as usual it was spectacular. Rockets streaking into the air, from the Clark Memorial Bridge and the two fireworks barges, lit the sky.Thunder over Louisville is overwhelming in it’s scope and always wows the crowd. This year was a little different due to the placement of the barges but it was still amazing to see and hear.

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