Art, Photography


Back to the other end of the city today and the Webb Bridge.  I wasn’t totally happy with the image I processed the other day.  I thought the first photo, which is, let’s face it, just a documentary shot of the bridge was much better.  I had thought I wouldn’t do any more “art” photos of it, but when I was looking at them, I had an idea that I wanted to try.

I had this idea that I could make the mouth of the bridge shine and invite you into it.  I wanted to make it warmer than the rest of the image, but I also wanted to be careful because I know I can overdo the warm bit.  I hope this is okay.  I also blurred the sky, and then blurred the background so the sky has been blurred twice.

If it is alright for me to say this, but I am rather happy with this image.  I like the tones and the lighting, though it is hard to believe it was taken at about 2 in the afternoon.  I should just show you the original, well the original HDR image.  Oh, it has also been cropped a little as well.

This image turned out so strange, even in the original HDR the lighting is quite surreal.  I think it suits what I had in mind so much.


  • Photomatix Pro – 4 image HDR
  • Layers on layers
  • Normal layer layered on top of warmed layer and blended
  • Mask added and only certain parts were masked so the warming layer could come through
  • new layer added, then blur added, masked so only sky was blurred
  • another new layer, then more blur, masked so only highlights were not blurred
  • Image darkened with curves, then a certain section lightened
  • finally a vignetting was applied

I didn’t really do a lot, not compared to some, and I think that is probably why this one worked and the other didn’t.  I just wanted the entrance of the bridge to be more.  I think I knew what I wanted before I actually started on this one, and somehow, I knew what I needed to do.  I love that the image also looks like it was taken at night more.


I hope you have been enjoying the tutorials I’ve been doing.  I don’t know if they are helpful, but many of you do seem to enjoy them.

I just wanted to say that I have added a new page at the top called Tutorials and there you will find a list of ones that I have done.  Hopefully that will make it easier for people to find them.

I am behind in everything again, hopefully can catch up tomorrow.  I spent a lot of time today getting some handouts ready for my first real class this Saturday in Eltham at Living Learning Nillumbik.  Still some places if anyone is interested.


  1. Helen says

    It is an interesting photo, both the original and ‘art’ one. I was intrigued when in Melbourne how all the bridges could look so different. :)

    • I would have thought that was normal, but that could just be me. Most of the walk bridges are a fairly new additions, so that would account for it Thanks Helen.

  2. I like this edit. From my perspective, though, I feel the lighting effects actual infuse the picture with a sense of foreboding. The entrance looks inviting, yet I can’t shake the same feeling I sometimes get looking at the well-lit entrance of an underpass late at night. It ‘looks’ safe, but is it really? Quite a feat considering the bridge itself is so open and easy to see through.

    • I love your comment, that is what I always try and get in my images, thank you so much, I try for that sense of foreboding. Thank you.

  3. Another stunning photo, I agree with you, I love what you’ve done to this photo too :)

    • Thanks, the bridge is in Melbourne and crosses the Yarra River down just past the Exhibition Centre.

  4. I appreciate your tutorials and I really like when you say what you like about them and what maybe didn’t work the way you wanted. The photos are great to look at and I’m amazed at what you have done with them. Very inspiring!

    • Thank you Donna, It is great and reassuring to know that people like what I am doing. I do a lot of what you say so I have record for myself as well. Handy to know in the future what I was thinking when I did the image.

  5. Very unusual bridge! I like the image – it’s a bit after the apocalypse! :) But, I have to be honest, I really do like the original shot too.

    • Thanks Zelmare, I find the original a little to grey, though if the sky was blue and the sun was out, I think it would have been perfect. :)

  6. Inspiring! It’s nice to know what can be done to an otherwise “ordinary” photo. I’d love to experiment more in Photoshop.

  7. I love this bridge and must say am impressed with the “take” you have presented with this image. So love Melbourne and have enjoyed glimpsing it through your eyes! :-)

    • It is a great bridge and I am so glad to hear you like what I did to it. Melbourne is a great city, apparently very livable, I am glad you like what I am showing you. Thanks Barry. :)

  8. Stunning image Leanne, Has a very strong atmosphere for some reason, keep up with the tutorials there fantastic. Scott kelby had better watch out, lol :-)

    • I don’t think Scott has anything to worry about just yet, but maybe one day. :) Thanks for you lovely words, I am so glad you like what I am doing.

  9. hutchphotography2020 says

    You took the photograph into a different world. The light is very nice in the entrance as it feels warmer. The background light is cooler and gives a nice depth to the shot as well as a mysterious feeling. Thanks for your tutorial.

    • Thank you Hutch, I like how you describe the work. I always enjoy hearing how other people interpret the images. Thanks again.

  10. This is a brilliant photo and thanks for explaining the method to get it where it’s. Love that little touch of color at the first pole. Excellent job – this must have made up for the other nights hard work.

  11. Excellent, Leanne! Although I like them both, I think I am still leaning towards the processed one, the lighting you have introduced at the opening of the bridge is incredible.

    • That is good to hear Gracie, it was having a vision of what I was aiming for and having it turn out. Thanks

    • What a lovely thing to say, thank you so much. I enjoy sharing it, the rewards are so high. Thank you.

  12. rommel says

    I prefer the top one much much better. The second looks er? overdone.

    • I’m a bit confused, the top one is the processed one and the second one has really had nothing done to it besides being done as a HDR image.

      • That’s OK, I was just not sure, not that I would have minded if you thought the first one was overdone, that happens. The second one has quite surreal light to it, it is very strange. Perhaps too grey or something.

    • That is great to hear, glad you found it helpful. It was a pleasure visiting your blog, and thanks for checking out mine.

  13. I love what you are doing with these photos. They are very dark and moody, almost post-apocalyptic.

    • Thank you Leanne, that is great to know. I love what is happening as well. The post-apocalyptic theme is kinda the theme I am going for.

  14. Little Brown Tomato (LBT) says

    This photo is spectacular! I’m completely drawn. Lighting is highlighting all the right places. Very stirring image.

    • Thank you LBT, I was really happy with it as well. It was great to have vision of what I wanted and then to see it happen.

    • Thank you so much for those lovely words and for nominating me for this award, I have left you a comment on your blog.

  15. I haven’t noticed this bridge before – willhave to seek it out. I enjoyed both the images .

    • Thanks Liz, it is pretty amazing, it is up past the exhibition building and the DFO that is up there.

  16. It’s like the light at the end of the tunnel curiosity haha! I love it! I think don’t that with the light in the middle of it did make it more interesting :)

      • It’s great! My hubby and I are finally together again!!! I couldn’t be happier :D We are going to be down here in California for a few weeks, so it will be nice to spend so much time with family before we head up north and start life again together :) How are you doing?

      • That is so good to hear, must be so wonderful to have him back, miss your blog. :) I am doing good, not much internet at the moment, so have to find other things to do. Thanks for asking Amanda.

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