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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Early February in Section One of the Ohio River Bridges Project

Early February in Section One of the Ohio River Bridges Project I captured the images in this post. On this particular morning I was scouting the area around Adams Street into Main Street at Slugger Field looking for photos that would use the early morning light. The slight filter of the high thin clouds softened the light slightly and illuminated the scenes wonderfully. I hope you enjoy them.

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Carpenters Placing Concrete for a Foundation.

Laborers Placing Concrete for a Foundation.

The people in the first two images are of the laborers who place and finish the wet concrete to build anything from a foundation to a roadway. After the Carpenters build the forms the Laborers take over; they place the concrete and finish it. The object hanging in the air is a concrete bucket is carrying a load of wet concrete to the Laborers for placement. Once that is done and the concrete has set the forms are removed and moved to the next place they are needed.

Carpenters Placing Concrete for a Foundation. #2

Carpenters Placing Concrete for a Foundation. #2

In the second image the concrete bucket is nearly in place. Standing on the form is a Laborer with a radio directing the Crane Operator and the load into place. After this bucket is unloaded the Laborers will vibrate the freshly poured concrete to consolidate it and eliminate any air pockets, etc. While they do that the bucket is carried back to the concrete delivery truck to be filled again. Once that is done and the concrete has set the forms are removed and moved to the next place they are needed.

I processed both these images in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS5. After that I opened them in onOne Perfect Enhance and applied the Magic Landscape preset. I also added a subtle vignette while in onOne Perfect Enhance. These are not HDR images but they still have the vibrant edge I like in my work without the attendant headaches of merging, anti-ghosting and tone mapping. I think it will give me a more friendly workflow that simply builds on my experience with Aperture 1,2 &3, PS CS5 and ACR.

Pile Driver and H Beams

Pile Driver and H Beams

I really dug the way these steel H beams led my eye into this scene. As soon as I saw it with that intense hot sun glancing off them; I knew I was going to shoot everything and include the sun. Every time I look at this image my eye races into the frame from the simple linear foreground until it suddenly slams into a barrier of vertical forms. Suddenly the background streams into the sky as if reaching for the sun and the stardust that they, and we, are all made from.

The BIG BANG BABY!…  the beginning and the end all rolled into one… just like us the universe is dying even as it is born… just the natural order of things… the BIG CIRCLE Theory… can’t stop it… wouldn’t want to…

Pile Driver and H Beams. #2

Pile Driver and H Beams. #2

The landscape version of that same scene seems to reverse the effect as if the H beams are hurtling toward the viewer. By simply getting a little lower and cutting off the mast on the pile driver crane I was able to elicit a different sense of movement within the frame. The triangle formed  the highway bridge and the beams on the ground on the right side of the image shoots the eye into the frame where it ricochets off the background and races straight back to the viewer. Once again I find the intense reflection of the sun on the steel charges the scene with energy and references the origin of life on our planet.

I also processed the two images above from single exposures using Adobe Camera Raw, PS CS5 and onOne Perfect Enhance

Brian Kirker operating a bucket

Brian Kirker operating a bucket while laborers tramp down fill around a drain line they are installing.

Alog Adams Street

 

Road Deck in Place. HDR Version

Road Deck in Place. HDR Version

 

Road Deck in Place. B&W Version

Road Deck in Place. B&W Version

 

 

Adobe Camera Raw Color Versions of Yesterday’s B&W Images

Today I am sharing the color versions of yesterday’s B&W images. All are from a single frame exposure of the scene that I processed using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS5. In nearly all cases I needed to add fill light and boost the blacks in Adobe Camera Raw. While in Adobe Camera Raw I also made a minor Curves adjustment and then used the HSL adjustments to boost saturation and luminance. I have found that I get good results for the sky by first boosting saturation and then lowering luminance.

After doing most of my work in Adobe Camera Raw I then took the files back into Photoshop CS5 where I used layers to lens correct and sharpen the final image. I am still experimenting with this workflow and may be using it more in the future in lieu of creating HDR versions using the entire three frame bracket sets. I will probably continue shooting for possible HDR though because I like having the option to merge multiple exposures when needed.

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William Moylan at work surveying the towers for the Downtown Span

William Moylan at work surveying the towers for the Downtown Span

Carpenters placing a support beam for the "dance floor" which will support the concrete forms for another bridge support beam.#2

Carpenters placing a support beam for the “dance floor” which will support the concrete forms for another bridge support beam.#2

Carpenters placing a support beam for the "dance floor" which will support the concrete forms for another bridge support beam.

Carpenters placing a support beam for the “dance floor” which will support the concrete forms for another bridge support beam.

Crane on barge

Crane on barge

Carpenters placing a support beam for the "dance floor" which will support the concrete forms for another bridge support beam.#3

Carpenters placing a support beam for the “dance floor” which will support the concrete forms for another bridge support beam.#3