As you may know from many of my previous posts, I have a thing for bridges. I just like them, plus by definition they are usually over water, which is one of my other favorite subjects. This is from downtown Austin, underneath the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, and that is the Lamar Street Bridge in the distance. I like them both a lot. The Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin gets all the press, probably due to the colony of a million bats living underneath it, but for pure photographic reasons these two bridges are tops for me downtown. The other bridge in Austin that is probably the most famous of all, the Loop 360 Bridge, isn't downtown but is pretty sweet too! Ah, so much to shoot!
This shot was somewhat of an accident, but I decided to keep it. I was playing around with DOF and bokeh, trying to see what kind of stuff I could get. So basically, I was practicing my camera skills. I enjoy that quite a bit. It’s great fun (to me at least) to mess around with settings and try and select shots that just a few short months ago I don’t think I would have even come up with. I had been shooting some HDR’s (which I normally shoot with an aperture of f/11 to f/22, assuming there is enough light), and then moved on to single frame shots with an aperture around the f/4 setting. Then, while up on this bridge, I got the idea to combine an aperture of f/4 with an HDR just to see what it looked like. I knew that if I shot the scene with an aperture of f/22, with everything in focus, I wouldn’t get the result that I was going for.
This is a 6 exposure HDR at f/4 with exposures from -4 to +1. I was rather interested in the rusted railing, and thought it could look cool in HDR (HDR + rust is always a winner!), especially if I could get the background right. I think I did. I liked the tall building back there, as it seemed to add some balance to the composition, and the lines of the sidewalk and street I thought were complimentary. Plus, I was digging all the clouds. So, what do you think? Does it work?
I frequently find myself at this bridge when I am downtown in Austin with camera in hand. In this case, I had it to myself. It was my bridge, at least for some quiet moments. There is a silence that exists in busy towns, but you can only find it when you are up and moving about early on a weekend. I never seem to experience it at other times - it's elusive like that. I was happy to find it the morning I took this shot. Usually Lady Bird Lake is full of folks in boats of one sort or another, but not on this morning. It was weird, but I liked it.