Photography

ReWorked DisUsed Bridge

Reworks are usually done on Fridays, but tomorrow, I am hoping to get up very early and head back down to Point Lonsdale to take some more photos.  I have to be in Geelong by 10 to photograph a cycling event, so if you don’t mind I thought I might do the rework today and hopefully show you some new photos tomorrow.

This was part of a series of images that I did back in June.  I took this image on a day out with my daughter.  I have looked at all these images, and I find them dark and they aren’t fantastic.  I wondered if I redid one, would it be better.

Is this any better?  In some ways I like it more.  I think the bridge stands out more from the trees around it.  I applied some blur to the image except for the bridge, to help make the bridge stand out.  It has a very surreal look about it, what do you think?

I will be going close to this again soon, I might see what it is like now, the trees should have their leaves, I wonder if it will look so desolate.

Virtual Photography Field Trips

I thought I might give you an idea of one of the trips a friend was sent on.

 I have been doing a lot of searching around on your part of Phillip Island, Cape Woolamai, and it is all residential, a lot of houses, and not a lot of buildings to photograph.

I am going to set you a challenge for your field trip, I want you to go along to the Woolamai Beach Road and go the surf clubhouse. Along the way, I want you to pick out things that have been added to the landscape by man.  I want you to photograph them in detail, up close, but I also want to see them in their landscape and how they do and don’t fit into what is around them.  So pick out signs, rubbish, or anything like that.

Look out for the sun, and make use of the shadows. See if you can include the shadows of those items.  Make some of the work about the shadows.  If it is overcast when you go, then give the sky more prominence, and make the most of the grey sky.  Make the sky big, the power of nature over our effort to make our mark on the landscape.

Once you get to the surf clubhouse, I want you to take photos of the building from a distance.  Try taking photos from your height, then half way down, and then put the camera almost down on the ground and take a photo from there.

When you get closer, start photographing one side of the building. Take photos from different angles.  Don’t forget the camera can change position, move it up, put it on the ground or close to the ground and photograph upwards.

Move around to the front and take some images of the front of the building.  Your challenge here is going to be to get an image of the surf clubhouse as though you were lying on the beach and looking up at it.  The building has some interesting angles, and you should see what you can do with them.

Once you have done that, move down to the wooden walkway that leads to the beach.  These walkways are solid structures and you should find some ways of photographing them that also incorporate what is around you.  Photograph the structure of the walkway, the wood, and what holds it together.  Zoom in on the nuts of bolts of it.  Look for rust and signs of early decay.

All your images from the walkway should all include the walkway. The walkway is your subject, not the scene around you.  See if you can get some images of the walkway and the surf clubhouse as well.

This should be enough.

She was asked how she wanted to get around, and she said walking.  She was thought it was great.

Super Sweet Blogging Award

I have been nominated for the above award, you can find out about the award here

http://patriciaddrury.com/2012/10/17/super-sweet-blogging-award-thanks-marion-quitasol/

Thank you Patricia for the nomination.

49 Comments

  1. Yes there is more tonal separation in the reworked bridge, but the sepia toned darkness of the primary image is more evocative to me.

    • I almost added some sepia, but I didn’t like the way it lost some of the detail. Sepia is always very popular, thanks orbphotog

  2. For me I like the sepia toned photograph … I feel as tho’ I am hunkered down low this side waiting ..watching.. for something to come silently by..

  3. I do like the processing in the rework to make the bridge stand out more but I like the color tone of the original. Looking forward to more images from Point Lonsdale. :)

    • I did consider it, and perhaps I will go back and do that, but just a slight colouring. Thanks. I hope you enjoy the images I got.

  4. I would have to go with the second photo, it shows more detail, is crisper and has a vanishing point more clearly defined. :-)

    • Thank you Rick, I really like the bridge more in the second one. I did try the sepia thing, but it just seemed to make it dirty or something.

  5. Although you totally accomplished the focus on the bridge, the dark and clear branches and color of the first are still stronger imo. Maybe clighten up a little of the dark vanishing point there? Well, have a great day out!

    • Your opinion is fine, and I don’t mind at all. I just found the first one and those done at the same time too heavy or something. I wanted to try and make it cleaner. That probably doesn’t make any sense, but I wanted you to know I did have a goal, but I think I achieved it. Thanks rondje.

  6. That’s a very tough call. I believe I like the second one – its crispness appeals to me. First one is way too dark for my liking. Having said that – if dark and foreboding is the message you were trying to send or create – then the first one is better and you did a fantastic job. Also (just my opinion, really) regarding the assignment your friend was given (was this your assignment to the friend – or that of another instructor?) the assignment seems way too prescriptive. Where is the challenge if the student has had everything set out for them – like a laundry list? Perhaps it would have been more of a challenge to have sent the student to Phillip Island and to have told them to make of it what they will – and then sat back to see what would happen – to see what they could come up with on their own. If the instructor was trying to develop the photographic ‘eye’ within his or her student perhaps a sit-down critique session after-the-fact would have been more instructive? What do I know? Again – simply an opinion of someone who knows no better … I’m simply playing the game of an ‘arm chair’ photographer. D

    • I can understand what you are saying, but I don’t think anyone would pay me for that. I would feel ripped off if I paid for field trip and they said, go and find your own stuff to photograph. I did ask a series of questions before hand and I knew she wanted guidance on what to photograph and how to photograph it. She liked all the ideas of how I was telling her how to approach the shoot, which if she was doing a field trip I would do, I would pick where we were going and offer suggestions on what to photograph. The idea is to get people on their way with what to photograph and help them to try different things. She was really happy with that.
      I am glad you like the second image, I found the first too heavy, I like that but there was something about it that I was never happy with.
      Thank you Dave.

      • OK … yes, fully understand that beginning students do indeed need direction. That’s for taking my comments in the way they were intended. You know … give and take and all that! I’ve got the D600 – but am afraid to take it out of the house! I’m afraid I’ll get it dirty! Any suggestions! D

  7. These are both great and well done, but I tend to gravitate more toward the sepia colored one. I think it appeals to my dark side, which is usually my more creative side… LOL Thanks for all you do! :D

    • I think the sepia one seems to be more attractive, I’m okay with that. You don’t need to thank me, or maybe I should thank you for all your support. Thank you. :)

  8. I do like them both, but I am still more drawn towards the first image, I like the tone better, plus it provokes a feeling of foreboding, like something is lurking just beyond that bend, waiting…

    • I think it is way more popular, most seem to prefer that one as well. You are probably right, thank you Gracie.

  9. I agree about the sepia tone. It would be a great cover for a scary book. That being said, I wonder what it would look like with the focus and clarity on the bridge with the colors of the first picture. I’m thinking whatever happened, happened right there on the bridge 80 years ago, and it was so awful that no one dares cross it anymore. Even the animals won’t venture near it.

    • Adding the sepia tone to the second image is no big deal and I almost added it, but decided against. I like your interpretation of the image, got me thinking. Thanks Marsha.

      • We could collaborate!!! What evil lurks at the end of that scary bridge? Real or fictious characters? Love lost, trolls, legendary creatures? It’s more than just evil, there’s a bit of romance in that picture as well.

  10. I actually like both of these – the first for the drama, and the second for the creepiness, the oddness and the bleakness. Both great.

  11. arnoldthearmadillo says

    Hmm, I think I prefer the sepia, but its a close thing

    • Haha, I know what you mean, I think it would have been more popular if I had made the second sepia as well. Thanks.

      • arnoldthearmadillo says

        You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”. :D

  12. I like the emotional feel of the first one – it has this mysterious brooding quality to it. :) Have a great day.

  13. hutchphotography2020 says

    I like the second one. It communicates faster.

  14. I have to say I like them both, Leanne! First off, the bridge is quite marvelous…really love its textures, which are maximally emphasized in both images.

    The sepia tone is creepier, kind of has a “No Trespassing or you’ll surely die!” feel to it, which is really great.

    The B/W has a more hopeful feeling, as in “Walk farther, and you just may find what you seek!”

    • I love the way you describe images 1000, you have a wonderful way of seeing things in them. I really do love reading what you have to say, and always love to see what you say about my posts. If I did awards you would get them. Thank you so much, I just wanted to let you know that you are always appreciated.

  15. I love the structures and lines in the photo, and in the sec. version the bridge and the straight lines lead straight out to the fine light creating a perfect image :-)

    • Thank you Truels, it is nice to see some like the second image, it makes me feel better. I like how you describe it. :)

  16. phrenzel says

    well done, really brought out some great detail with the rework.

  17. I liked the first one better, but it is hard to point to any one factor. It seems to have more intensity (most likely contrast) even if you can see more texture in the second (most likely fine tuned exposure, or recovery and black point adjustment?).

    Just curious about the vignette — was it due to the lens and aperture choice, or added post-processing?

    Congrats on the award!


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    • It is funny, I am so used to everyone liking what I do, that to do a rework and find that most like the original more, has been interesting, it is good, but interesting. The vignetting, was done, in the first probably in Topaz Adjust, the second one with the gradient tool and the opaqueness turned right down. So yes, added post processing. Thank you.

  18. Rosie says

    Hi, i’m wondering if I can get the location off you? I am looking for an old bridge for a photography assignment at uni and this looks lovely. :)

    • It is out of Kyneton, on the Kyneton Metcalfe road, I don’t know how far out it is, but if you google it and look for the Campaspe river crossing the road you will find it. The bridge, if you are coming from Kyneton will be on your right.

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