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Once the people started using the bridge on opening day it went from a static thing to a living structure. I was surprised how much difference I saw once people were walking on the ramp and bridge. Having that many people up there really helped add some scale reference to things. Before that moment I knew how big it was but without people on there it was hard to get a feel for what a massive structure the ramp and bridge really is.
This image is another bracket set of three frames shot at -2, 0, and +2 EV and merged in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 then finished in Aperture 3. I first tried the merger at 20% anti-ghosting and nearly all the figures were distorted so I returned it to the merge setting and boosted the anti ghosting to 60% which solved the problem and gave me the results I was looking for.
13 thoughts on “The Day the Bridge Came to Life”
Great image. I really can’t describe what I like about it…I just keep looking at it and seeing more and more.
Thanks JA I’m glad you find it interesting enough to keep looking at it.
Stunning image! The bridge comes to life through your photography: that’s MARVELOUS!!
It’s quite something to see all those people on the bridges.
I find this image sort of interesting, in that, it seems like the cars, and the people have traded places. It feels like an ‘event’ even if you didn’t know the details of the day.
I like that you can see the image as an “event” even without my narration. The juxtaposition of pedestrians and cars is a nice observation too.
Again, stunning image. Nice to have the first visitors and attendees included on the ramp up to the bridge. Outstanding work Nick!
Thanks for the kind words.
Wonderful work. Like the depth- both foreground & background interest. Nice composition, textural element, light and shadows. Love it!!!
Thanks Sherrie for commenting in such a constructive way. I strive to make images that possess those elements, in particular creating depth within the frame, through use of foreground and background interest. For me the basic tenets of composition are what I most care about; if those things are well crafted then the subject/story will come through.
I must also compliment you for your wonderful images on your site. You truly have a wonderful eye and sense of composition, light and color.
Another reason for me to purchase Efex, when I can afford it! Great capture!
You can download a 30 day trial of any NIK product if you want to experiment with them.
I look at this and feel as if I’m looking at a picture out of time. Very good!
Thank you Phyllis that is an interesting observation.