Some of the Men and Women of The Ohio River Bridges Project

Today’s post is a gallery of photos of some of the men and women of the Ohio River Bridges Project. As I go around the Ohio River Bridges Project I meet and talk with so many fine men and women who perform the arduous work of Heavy Highway and Bridge Construction.

Watching them work is a real eyeopener to the skills and strength they must bring to their work. One thing that really strikes home with me is how little complaining I hear. Everyone of them seems genuinely happy to be a part of such a historic project; many of them comment about the pride they feel to be involved. The work they are doing will change the face of Louisville and forever be a testament to their labors. I’m very fortunate to be able to share this historic project with them and thank each and every one of them for the kindness they show me as I go about my work too.

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Dramatic Clouds in HDR

Last Saturday morning I went down to Waterfront Park for an event on the river. The sky was full of dramatic clouds that really captured my imagination. The weather was rather raw and the turnout was low so I decided to take advantage of the ominous looking clouds instead. I thought the clouds would be good candidates for HDR images so I shot three frame bracket sets of each scene.

I decided to process the bracket sets in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 first and then returned them to Aperture 3 for some contrast, straightening and color channel adjustments. I then took them into NIK Viveza and played around with some very minor tweaks to them. I liked the results and the way even minor adjustments in Viveza had great impact on the resulting images. I even took one version into Topaz B&W Effects where I applied an antique style effect that I created a few weeks ago for another series of images.

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Carpenters Working On Concrete Forms (Gallery)

The images in this gallery are of the Carpenters working on concrete forms on the Indiana Approach for the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The carpenters are installing cooling lines that will carry water from the river through the concrete after it sets in order to keep it from overheating as it cures. Concrete cures due to a catalytic reaction between the cement and other chemicals in the mixture. If the concrete overheats during the curing process it may not be strong enough to do it’s job which is why it is crucial that some way to transfer the heat from curing out of the mass of material.

I processed the full color versions of these images using Adobe Camera Raw using a series of steps that i learned from reading Scot Kelby’s book on using Photoshop CS5. Rather than use my usual method of creating HDR images from three frame bracket sets I instead decided to work with the “normal” exposure alone and see what I could accomplish using ACR.

After creating the color images I decided to use Topaz B&W Effects to produce versions that have an antique feel to them. I used various adjustments to create my own preset that desaturated the colors and added a vignette of faded edges. I then applied a border from Topaz that I thought fit the idea I had for the final images. I saved this preset to use later on other images that may benefit from similar treatment.

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Lisa Lauderdale Ironworker Local 70

These images of Lisa Lauderdale were taken a couple of weeks ago while she was  working on a caisson for Pier Six of the Downtown Span on the Ohio River Bridges Project. Lisa has been an Ironworker for several years and I often see her up on the rebar working.

I shot these as three frame bracket sets of +2, 0 and -2 EV exposures which I merged using NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 and then finished using Aperture 3. I like being able to shoot into the sun sometimes and using HDR makes it possible to create images such as the first one in this post.

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Lisa Lauderdale, Ironworker, Local 70, working on a caisson for the Ohio River Bridges Project

Lisa Lauderdale, Ironworker, Local 70, working on a caisson for the Ohio River Bridges Project

Lisa Lauderdale, Ironworker, Local 70, working on a caisson for the Ohio River Bridges Project

Lisa Lauderdale, Ironworker, Local 70, working on a caisson for the Ohio River Bridges Project #2

Lisa Lauderdale working on a caisson for the Ohio River Bridges Project

Ironworker Lisa Lauderdale working on a caisson for the Ohio River Bridges Project #3

Gallery of Images from the Tower Crane Erection on Pier Five

This Gallery of Images from the Tower Crane Erection on Pier Five was taken over a one week period. Though I have a fear of heights I was eager to join the crew as they erected the crane; it was worth every minute I was up there. I followed the process from the day the components started arriving , were loaded onto barges and ultimately assembled on Pier Five.

Thanks go to David Graff, Jack Klongz, Joe Combs and Jesse Jones, members of Ironworkers Local 70, for giving me this first hand view of their actions while erecting the crane. I also want to thank Joe Rodriguez and Mark Francis, Operating Engineers Local 150, for including me and explaining the process to me. The entire crew really made me feel welcome and I will never forget the experience.

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