2008, Stone Bridge
There are a couple different “easy” photo subjects in this image. Stone structures, particularly those from the Civilian Conservation Corps, often provide wonderful photographic opportunities. Most have become as much nature as structure and the interplay of the stone’s permanence with the life growing around it can be eye-catching. Secondly, water is always a great starting point for an image. Light, motion and form, water has it all.
In this particular shot, I used a tripod and a long shutter speed for the ever-popular “blurry water” look. While some find it to be an artistic affectation or an overused technique, I happen to think it does a better job in an image like this of representing what moving water actually looks like. There’s a balance you have to hit with just how blurry you want to get, you can overdo it. I might have been brushing up on that here. I think it works, but if I had it to do again, I might try shortening the shutter speed by at least a full or half stop. I also used a polarizing filter to cut down the glare one the water. Polarizing filters are a quick way to improve a lot of “water” images. If you haven’t tried one, I would encourage it.
The bridge being offset works for me. The weight of the arch on the left side is balanced by the waterfall on the right. There is an argument to be made for centering the bridge, but I like this composition better. The tree branches….sigh. If I’d had some loppers and were a more inconsiderate person, I would have loved to chop down some of the branches that are on the left side. But that’s the way photography goes. Some things we have control over, some things we do not.
Overall, not a bad photo considering that it is a genre (landscape) that I don’t feel is my strongest. Not award winning perhaps, but not something that you’d mind hanging on your wall.
Canon EOS 5D, 24-70/2.8 with polarizing filter, Unknown Exposure