Every Fall I have the goal of making at least one photo that REALLY makes me happy. I had crossed over this bridge often and knew there was a nice view looking up river.
I recently learned that there was a road that ran along the river and so I set out today to see what views that would provide. There is a lovely little camp/cabin that is open to the public, deserted when I was there today that provides some lovely views. I took 20-30 photos and wasn’t happy with the light, or the angle. So I stopped, made two videos for the blog(coming soon) and then took a few more photos before packing up and heading back to the car. That is when I noticed that the light had become much more even – earlier attempts saw the right side blown out (bright) and the left side very dark. I set the camera on the railing, put the polarizing filter back on, exposed for the sky and set a longer shutter speed that I hoped would soften the water(by motion blur). I took several shots but the framing of this one I liked best, it was getting dark and to be honest I wasn’t completely watching my exposure and ended up a good bit underexposed.
Roll your mouse over the image to see the before. I made changes in Lightroom (exposure, clarity, shadows, whites, contrast etc) and Photoshop (removed the power-line, the lights on the bridge, and blurred the water just a bit more)
And this is why I shoot RAW!
Leave a comment, I’d love to know if you consider this “cheating”? If you do – where do you draw the line?
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