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Challenge: Bridges (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Near Hickory, North Carolina
Date: Mar 8, 2003
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2003

This is the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge... This is the only covered bridge in my area and it was originally built over 100 years ago... This website: //www.catawbahistory.org/bridge.htm contains the history and information about this particular bridge.

My objective with this photo was to overexpose the opening in the far end of the bridge while I silhouetted myself in that light. The length of exposure that it took to accomplish that also allowed me to keep the inside detail of the covered bridge visible.

The theme of this photo is 'bridging' from our daily comforts into an unknown world of change... a new place... somewhere we have never been before... things we have never experienced... I hope that some are able to see this message in the photo :)

Place: 60 out of 229
Avg (all users): 5.9522
Avg (commenters): 6.3846
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Views since voting: 1698
Votes: 209
Comments: 15
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03/19/2003 09:56:44 AM
Hello Mr Setzler.
Critique by Silver Fox.

Certainly meets the Bridges Challenge

Your photography shows great depth and detail. What I particularly like is your decision to move slightly to the left of center to take the shot. The right hand wall of the bridge as a result, serves as an excellent component on which to hang the whole composition; so many people would have taken their shot from the "centre".
This also serves as your purpose in using the rule of 3rds to control your photograph.

Now that's also what i call a long Depth Of Field, showing good details a nice prespective, and excellent lighting.
Great idea for the exposure to accomplish the silhouetting of yourself and as you stated, to still leave the details visible for us to see. Excellent idea!

I'm a lover of wooden and covered bridges (don't get to seem them that often) and I love to look at photo's showing the detail in the wooden planks on the floors, walls, and ceilings, and your photograph does just that to a large degree. It shows the strength of this bridge and the wonder of the time and detail that went into building such a structure that still stands to this day.

Colours are excellent, most of them are quite neutral and are coming from the wood, almost like a sepia toning of old. The wood is weathered and old and the colours are natural, what more could you ask for.

Focus is great, from front to rear. Couldn't be any sharper, I believe.
Visual impact is pleasant to the viewers eyes.

My only problem: It looks like they repaired the bridge with a piece of plywood at the bottom left of the bridge and the lighting at that end really catches it and lights it up. Could you have cropped it out, or moved your camera forward a foot or so to cut it out without spoiling your mood?

Excellent photography!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2003 11:59:55 PM
One of my favorite shots. Very emotionally grabbing.
03/14/2003 08:17:27 PM
good job. nice photo.
03/12/2003 12:15:47 AM
I really like the idea of having someone stand at the end of the bridge like this, gaining the silhouette effect! Great use of leading lines. I like the detail you have in the internal structure of the bridge. It feels just a little off balance being that close to the left hand side of the bridge. But overall, I think you've executed this one really well.
03/11/2003 11:39:32 PM
This would have worked well in the leading lines challenge with all the lines of the bridge leading to the person at the end of the tunnel. One of my favorites. 10.
03/11/2003 02:12:22 PM
like the lidea that you used i think that by using either color or black and white would have created some more intrest but nice job.
03/11/2003 01:15:07 PM
Great! A bit eery, but I lik that.
03/11/2003 11:07:13 AM
Creative use of the covered bridge as a 'frame within the frame' and strong leading lines to the subject, placed on the vanishing beams that lead into the scene. The overexposed light at the end of the tunnel and the slightly skeletal figure, due to the light flare give an other-worldly feel to this, in turn making me think of death, (heading into the light) or alien abduction fantasies (reminds me of some scenes from close encounters) .

While the leading lines keep dragging me back to the figure, I also like the rotational movement around the top of the beams in the bridge, I start at the top left, follow the beams around, down and to the floor - then my eye is dragged to the figure at the end.

The only discordant note is the hot/ whiter piece of wood on the left - it and the white tunnel exit form a line of similar tones that my eye jumps back and forth between - although this movement also restarts my journey around the beams - further creating movement but detracting from what feels like the final subject. It may be worth editing that area to darken it up to be less of a focal piece, with the result that the eye might come to rest on the figure
03/11/2003 10:03:03 AM
good job
03/11/2003 07:19:30 AM
I feel it needs more interest in the top right, but an excellent shot all the same.
03/10/2003 09:47:46 PM
Nice shot. That woody grain sure looks great doesn't it? Nice shot, is there some way you could have toned down the bright white at the other end?
03/10/2003 05:47:52 PM
Great tones-- they really accentuate the feeling of your shot.
03/10/2003 04:01:16 PM
Lovely shot. I love the sillouette
03/10/2003 03:51:05 PM
Love the tonal finish and the leading lines. I like your angle too, but the cropping seems off - I think a tripod would have helped this shot.
03/10/2003 10:24:49 AM
good job 8

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