Friday, February 27, 2009

Under the Bridge

Last Sunday, I drove down to Alexandria, VA in order to attend a few days of meetings earlier this week. Arriving in town a few hours before I was to meet up with some co-workers for dinner, I decided to have a photo walk in some places I had not been to in a while. I started at St. Mary's Cemetery located along I-95 and then decided to wander around/under the Interstate and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. I had not been down to the bridge since they had opened it all after years of construction.

This image is from under the footpath leading to Jones Point Park. It takes you right beneath the start of the bridge has it heads out over the Potomac River to Maryland. I had my wide angle lens and was playing around with some different perspectives. I really like to expansive feel of this image and the dramatic V shape that was formed. This view is much wider than I could see with my own eyes. The top of the image was actually behind my head.

I ran my typical high dynamic range processing on this image but then decided to play around with it some more. I did not apply any presets to it but did spend time cropping to try to make sure things lined up like I wanted them, such as balancing the V shape in the frame. I also had to clean up a dust bunny on my sensor. I hate it when that happens. I was sure I had cleaned it up ahead of time. Ah well. I then played around with the contrast levels, tones, etc. I was really surprised in looking at the history how much I ended up tweaking to get what I wanted.

My only regret on this is that there was a 7 foot high chain link fence in front of me and so I could not get the whole space from ground to sky. But I guess you just have to work with what you are given and make the best of it.

Thanks for stopping by.


365photosin2009 said...

Wow! I love the way the photo leads the eye in such a long sweep upwards to take in all of the amazing perspective. Your processing has brought out such wonderful detail too...

Beau A.C. Harbin said...

Thank you so very much. I was really pleased with how this came out. Wide angle can be so very cool.