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OverPass – ReWorked

Bridge - Reworked

This image was taken back in April when I was photographing the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.  I went out during the dinner break and took some photos of this walk bridge.  It goes over the train lines and links the MCG and the Tennis Centre, as well as Hisense Arena, where the Worlds was.  It was originally shown in a post called Walking into the Cycling.

I do remember I liked this image, and I still do.  It was a HDR image that I did with Photomatix Pro, but it was also when I didn’t really know what I was doing.  I thought today I would have another go at doing it.  I didn’t necessarily think I would get a better image, actually I wasn’t really sure what would happen.

There is the rework, much darker, naturally.  Is it better than the first?  I don’t know.

I did a lot more processing to this.  I really wanted to give that side of the bridge, the one further away, more curve, I hope I achieved that.  I brought out the detail more and I added some blur to the periphery of the image.

As I said before, I don’t really know if this is better.  Perhaps I should open up the decision to you.  Please discuss, which one you like and why?

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  1. Cher #

    I like the first image better. It held my attention longer because there is so much to look at.

    September 28, 2012
    • The first one is a lot lighter, so I can understand. I am still undecided. Thanks Cher.

      September 30, 2012
  2. Debbie de Juan nee Keating #

    Love the openness, lighting, and colors of the first image. Lovely, exciting rendition.

    September 28, 2012
    • Thank you Debbie, I did get some other photos of the bridge the next day, but the lights weren’t turned on, so it didn’t look anywhere near as good.

      September 30, 2012
  3. I too prefer the first -the colours are brighter and I love the purples and blues in it

    September 28, 2012
    • The purple lights really make it pop. Thanks teamharman.

      September 30, 2012
  4. Def the second version for me – being a little darker it draws me in for a better look and holds my attention.

    September 28, 2012
    • You, I think, are in the minority with your choice, but I am still very happy to read that. It is nice that my rework wasn’t totally wasted. I like it as well. Thanks you so much.

      September 30, 2012
  5. They are both fabulous, but I like the first version better because of the play of light and the graduation of light blue, through electric blue and then purple. The colour contrast is not so pronounced in the second version.

    September 28, 2012
    • I think with the second attempt I was trying to show something else, but it didn’t quite work. I think I should try going back another time and doing that image with the lights off. Thanks bluebee.

      September 30, 2012
  6. I too have to go with the first image, it shows clearer vanishing points on the top/side and bottom, a better blend I guess :-)

    September 28, 2012
    • I hadn’t really thought of that, thanks richardjlee, I think the first is certainly the most favoured.

      September 30, 2012
  7. edithlevyphotography #

    Great job. I love the composition. And leading lines.

    September 28, 2012
  8. jadabrookins #

    Not to confuse you, but I’m drawn to the second photograph, seems to look a little more professional

    September 28, 2012
    • Not confusing me at all, it is a relief to hear when someone likes the second one as well, haha, I think it has more drama, perhaps more artistic. thank you.

      September 30, 2012
  9. This was one of my favorite shots from the last year, and I still love it.
    Both versions.
    (I know. I’m no help… ;) )

    September 28, 2012
    • I think they call it sitting on the fence Marie, :)
      Thanks, it was one of my favourites from back then too.

      September 30, 2012
  10. Liz #

    I too prefer the first image, for the lines, for the clarity of the image and for the colours. I also really like that in the first image you can get the barest glimpse of the buildings outside. Great shot and I really like the perspective.

    September 28, 2012
    • I was really happy with the perspective as well, that happened because I didn’t have my tripod with me, so I used the rail to rest my camera on. Thanks LIz.

      September 30, 2012
  11. I prefer the first: not as dark and I can see more detail.

    September 28, 2012
    • Thanks Colline, I think you are with the majority. Sometimes you can’t fix what ain’t broke.

      September 30, 2012
  12. my personal choice? No 1 – top picture – the colours and clarity made my choice easy.

    September 28, 2012
    • Thanks anyone4curryandotherthings, I think it is a popular choice.

      September 30, 2012
  13. Hi, I prefer the second picture, looks more real, more 3-D, vanishing point is much more accentuated. The first looks overexposed by comparison, bland, less sinister, more cartoonish.

    September 28, 2012
    • I am laughing at what you said about the first image, great description. I love what you said about the second, thank you amandzing.

      September 30, 2012
  14. For me, the first. I like the basic image a lot, either way. I like the ochres and blues in the first better–the rust on the panels, for example. I do like the vignetting you added at the bottom of the second. They have very different feels to them. The second is more mysterious, the first more open. You can feel the photog standing there more in the first–you disappear in the second. Huh, now I’ve talked myself into liking the second better. :)

    September 28, 2012
    • :), I think for me the first is a record shot, it shows off the bridge, nothing more, there is no mood in it, which is fine, and there is nothing wrong with images like that, but with the second I tried to put some mood into the image. I hope I achieved that, though it might have worked better if the lights weren’t on and they didn’t look so colourful. Thanks Paul.

      September 30, 2012
  15. Don #

    Wonderful image Leanne. I love the colours, the lines and depth of field. I have this feeling of being drawn in, but also of just wanting to stand still and look in to the distance. Great!

    September 28, 2012
    • Thank you Don, like the way you haven’t been drawn into the debate over which image is better.

      September 30, 2012
  16. Actually, I like both versions. Interesting bridge, the curvature.

    September 28, 2012
    • We seem to have quite a few of those here in Melbourne, interesting bridges that is. Thanks John.

      September 30, 2012
  17. Pat #

    I like both. I get a different feeling from each one.

    September 28, 2012
    • Thank Pat, that is great response and really the one I was after.

      September 30, 2012
  18. stunning as always

    September 28, 2012
  19. They convey very different moods. I prefer the first but perhaps a brightness level in between would work. The second frame looks smoother but the first offers better detail.

    September 28, 2012
    • I suppose it comes down to what you are looking for in an image, I think the first is a great record shot and shows off the bridge well, where as the second one is more about conveying a mood and the detail isn’t as important. Thanks Andrew.

      September 30, 2012
  20. Your re-work draws the viewer into crossing the bridge…so I prefer it over the first, which merely shows everything there. They are, however, both excellent images, Leanne…and remember: Variety is the Spice of Life!

    September 28, 2012
    • Thank you 1000, that is what I think as well. I think they are good images, but maybe for different reasons. Oh yes, variety most definitely is the spice of life.

      September 30, 2012
  21. I think the number 1 wins! It really pops all of the colors and architectural details on the wall, etc. But, as with the bridge picture, if I were trying to lead one’s eye off unto the unknown the second picture does that.

    September 29, 2012
    • Thanks Curls, I like both for probably both the reasons you gave, they both convey something different.

      September 30, 2012
  22. I would like to go for first image due to it’s clarity . Excellent work.

    September 29, 2012
  23. Both are beautiful! :)

    September 29, 2012
  24. Like some other commenters, I like the colors better in the first one, but you really did make the curve stand out better in the second one.

    September 29, 2012
    • Thank you Heather, I liked the curve in the second one as well.

      September 30, 2012
  25. Oh I love this… the colors are so crisp and eye catching… great job!

    September 29, 2012
    • That is great to hear kelihasablog, thank you.

      September 30, 2012
  26. Tricia's Blogs #

    I kind of like the vibrancy of the first image better, but both are cool!

    September 29, 2012
    • That’s okay Tricia, you aren’t alone in your preference. Thank you.

      How is it going with no camera?

      September 30, 2012
  27. I am a huge fan of HDR for select subject matter, but the perspective and composition on this image is so strong, that I would love to see you post the best single exposure of it, since I suspect that at least one of them could stand alone on its own merits without any further processing. As long as you’re inviting comparisons I think this would be worthwhile….

    September 29, 2012
    • Perhaps I don’t know. I usually find that the originally correct exposed image lacks something or another. I do try to do the images so that you wouldn’t necessarily know they were HDR’s. I can’t see the original image right now, it is on another computer. Perhaps I will do it and put it on my facebook page for you later. If I forget, remind me.

      September 30, 2012
  28. mcwfit #

    I like the first one better, feels like a straight endless tunnel where the second one feels like an oval track

    September 29, 2012
    • The bridge definitely isn’t straight, I don’t think there are any real straight lines in it at all, but I know what you are talking about. Thanks mcwfit

      September 30, 2012
  29. I like both versions.

    September 29, 2012
  30. Amazing, Leanne! I really do love it! Great perspective. I especially like the second one. It looks more natural than the first one. :)

    September 29, 2012
    • I prefer the mood of the 2nd. It feels like I’m there, alone, on a dark night.

      September 29, 2012
      • What a great description opreach, I was going for that, so glad you found that.

        September 30, 2012
      • :-)

        September 30, 2012
    • Thank you Inge, I think the same, I think. I really appreciate your comment. :)

      September 30, 2012
  31. I prefer the first image, Leanne. While I appreciate the drama and deep shadows of the second image I find the lightness and colour balance of the first more pleasing and also I feel it gives a greater depth to the image.

    September 29, 2012
    • I appreciate your thoughts on this, everyone is going to like something different, thanks for letting me know.

      September 30, 2012
  32. Nice combination of the abstract and the physical. Like the processing of the colour a lot.

    September 29, 2012
    • Thank you Richard, I hadn’t thought of that.

      September 30, 2012
  33. Great job! You do this kind of thing so well … great colors, angles, perspective, everything.

    September 29, 2012
  34. the consensus seems to be the first. I preferred the first also – then I looked on another display. The second looks better on that one. Ok, your good. I like ‘em both Leanne.

    September 29, 2012
    • Haha, I so know what you mean, I can’t really decide either. I think they both convey different meanings. How amazing the difference a display can make. Thank you.

      September 30, 2012
  35. My preference is for the first image. I like the crisp lines and colours.

    September 29, 2012
    • I think if I did a count, the first image would win overwhelmingly. Thanks Carol.

      September 30, 2012
  36. I love the way you’ve positioned the watermark on this one. I nearly missed it at first glance!

    September 29, 2012
    • Haha, I learned some new things and realised I could do this, I thought it was a more creative way to do it as well. That is so good that you almost missed it. Thank you.

      September 30, 2012
  37. I remember this! I like the first one better, to me the second one looks like a dimmed image of the first one. :)

    September 29, 2012
    • I think they convey different things, with the first, to me it is just a record of what I saw and an image of the bridge, with the second I was trying to convey more a mood in it. But I accept what people think and feel and appreciate your thoughts, as always Zelmare, thanks. :)

      September 30, 2012
  38. I prefer the brighter version, but you definitely achieved the goal of making the curve more pronounced in the 2nd. They’re both pretty awesome though!

    September 29, 2012
    • Thank you Barbara, I think you are only the second person who has commented on that. I think they both work, for different reasons.

      September 30, 2012
  39. First? Second? I dunno’. Depends on what day you ask! :-)
    Both are equally good. Equally professional. Equally appealing to me. I’d hang the second on a wall. The first is too urban, advertising sign style (as i call it…not despairingly). It’s bright and I love the location of your signature! How clever!

    September 30, 2012
    • Love the way you have started this George, brilliant. :)
      I think I have to agree with what you said about the two images, to me the first is record, the second more arty. I was so pleased with myself about the watermark, thanks.

      September 30, 2012
  40. I had to go back and forth between them several times because they are both appealing, but in different ways. I agree with the folks who liked the lightness and brightness of the first picture. But the second one does exactly what you wanted it to do – draw attention to the curve. Final vote is #2.

    September 30, 2012
  41. The rework changed the message of the image. It reminds me of the dark walkways/tunnels that scare me when walking thru it at night, alone. Maybe that is why the first image is more pleasant to look at.

    September 30, 2012
    • I like to make my images have that dark look, the idea of a place without us. It is a strange idea I have had for sometime. Though, I completely understand why you and many others prefer the first. Thank you.

      September 30, 2012
  42. I’m gonna have to vote for the original Leanne. The rewored image feels, to my sense, a bit too closed claustrophobic. If the bottom had been reworked that particular way to convey that particular feeling – then it’s terrific. Having said that, the inclusion of the curved rail on the left in the reworked photo really gives the whole thing a dynamic feel that the first doesn’t have. Anyway … you asked … I like the first. D

    September 30, 2012
    • I did ask, and it has been so interesting reading what everyone thought, I think the responses have been mixed, down the middle a little, I still don’t know which I prefer. Thanks for telling though.

      October 9, 2012
  43. I think I prefer the second version, mostly because it strikes me as capturing the mood of the dark tunnel better. It seems a little more natural, and it lets the lights “shine” a little more effectively. That being said, I wouldn’t mind seeing the purplish light in the middle of the photo come out a little more.

    You’re definitely improving. I echo what I read one other person wrote that I think you could achieve a great image with two exposures, or even a single photo, with just basic corrections. You have a good eye for line and composition, and I think your final images could be very successful even without significant post-processing.

    October 2, 2012
    • Thank you SilverStarling, it is all a process and I am loving what I do, different images different processes. Who knows where I will end up.

      October 9, 2012
  44. Both images are great and very different. Which is better? it would be down to the mood you want to portray for a particular market/exhibition/project/set. If I was putting it on my wall I’d go for the first one as it is lighter and brighter but in an exhibition the darker, more foreboding one might work best.

    October 3, 2012
    • Thanks Paul for your thoughts on this, it is a tough one, I think they are both good, but for different reasons.

      October 9, 2012
  45. I think I do like the second one better, I like how dark it is :)

    October 11, 2012
    • That is good to hear Amanda, it hasn’t been that popular, oh well, that happens, Thanks :)

      October 12, 2012

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