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Trees in Bridges

Trees Growing to a Bridge

Trying different things, or having the time to try some new stuff is always great.  After posting that image of the tree on Friday, Bonnie suggested doing a negative effect.  I will admit I didn’t really know what she was talking about, but it did get me thinking.  So I started playing with inverting layers, and merging them together.  I put layers on layers and kept mucking around until I got something that I liked.

This one has been done in B&W, well first as a HDR and then I did lots of other things. I think one of the biggest mistakes I made was not writing down and recording everything I did.  I should start doing that a lot more. I will have to keep trying things.

This is the bridge I found a couple of weeks ago.  We went straight to it on Friday during our road trip.  I had hoped to get the sun rising behind it, but we woke up too late and missed it by half an hour.  I don’t know about getting up so early, I might have to start practising.  I might see if I can wake up early tomorrow morning to go to the beach for photos.

This was the top of the bridge.  I did walk on the bridge this time.  With my daughter there I figured if I fell through, then I would have my daughter there who could call for help.  Though she wouldn’t come on it, and she was very nervous about me walking on it.  She probably had cause, the bridge wasn’t really safe and you could see parts where the wood had worn right through.

One of the things I like about this sort of thing is the textures in it.  The colours have become very desaturated, I wanted it to look barren and isolated.  I think many images of the bridge are going to be like that, but I have pushed these a little more.

My new gumboots have been living in the boot of my car, and they were very handy here.  I wore them so I could get down close to the edge of the water and under the bridge.  The barb wire fence was a little disappointing, but not much I can do about it.

I think I would like to keep experimenting with these, or images like these.  The scraggy tree from Friday has really inspired me.  I find myself needing to start experimenting more, and I hope you are looking forward to seeing what else I can come up.  Please remind to write down my experiments.


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  1. I really love that 2nd picture. Wow! :) I feel like experimenting too, if only I can find the time!

    June 10, 2012
    • Thanks Zelmare, that is the problem with experimenting, you need to have time. It is fun, so I hope you get a chance to. :)

      June 11, 2012
  2. Love the texture of the bridge timbers in the 3rd shot.

    June 10, 2012
    • It was interesting bringing out those textures. I like the wood on the bridge.

      June 11, 2012
  3. All really amazing shots, but be careful.

    June 10, 2012
    • Thanks, I think sometimes you probably need to go to far to learn when is enough.

      June 11, 2012
      • Someone else said those words about being careful, and I have to ask, did you mean with the processing which is what I thought at first, or be careful on the bridge, which is what I realised later? Sorry

        June 12, 2012
  4. Tricia's Blogs #

    At first glance, I thought the middle photo was a road with fencing on either side. Then I read your content and saw it was the top of the bridge. I don’t blame your daughter for not wanting to walk on it! You are brave! I like that 2nd/middle image the best because it looks like a forgotten roadway to who knows where.

    June 11, 2012
    • Thanks Tricia, I can understand why you thought it was a road, it has the same surface. It is such a lovely bridge. :)

      June 11, 2012
  5. Love the way you’ve brought out the sinister otherness of the tree in the first shot. The textures in all of them are tremendous. Go careful there, though :)

    June 11, 2012
    • Thanks Richard, go careful, never, do you mean on the bridge or in the processing? The bridge is scary to walk on and you really have to watch where you walk, and do it carefully. I do like the processing. :)

      June 11, 2012
      • Yes, I love the processing – I meant on the bridge :)

        June 11, 2012
  6. Liz #

    I do like bridges – theres something really romantic about them I think – perhaps because Paris has so many…

    June 11, 2012
    • I’ve never been to Paris, so I don’t know, but I like them too, something about the idea of travelling, a bridge means going some where.

      June 11, 2012
  7. Wow! Yeah these effects are pretty awesome! You did an amazing job and I love the area!

    June 12, 2012
    • I think winter really suits this type of image, there is something very ominous about bare trees. Thanks Amanda, always great to hear that people like it.:)

      June 12, 2012

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