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    The Dalles Bridge

    I've been wanting to photograph this local bridge for several years, and last Saturday afternoon the
    opportunity presented itself. I had determined weeks back that this would be shot in B&W, and have
    had that in mind ech time I cross the bridge on my way to town. On this cool afternoon the skies
    were perfectly cloudy and gray.

    Although only a 500' span, the Dalles Bridge is critical to accessing civilization for any of us living on
    the south side of it, as the only other access to our area is a single-lane bridge about 13 miles to
    the east along a rural country road (frequently closed from avalanches and landslides).

    These are the results:

    This photo was also my first effort at thinking of an image in a 1:1 ratio, and I cropped out
    my envisioned 1:1 image during processing. Also made every effort in this image with respect
    to the rule-of-thirds.

    The Dalles Bridge

    The Dalles Bridge

    The Dalles Bridge

    The steel girder connections made for an excellent subject, although I wonder if they could have
    been captured better at different settings.

    The Dalles Bridge

    The last image is also a 1:1, and was shot from the south bank of the river, just east of the
    bridge location. Shot in color to show off the beauty of the bridge's setting.

    Hope you enjoy them. As always, your thoughts, concerns, criticism's and especially suggestions
    for improvement are most welcome.

    Mike
    Last edited by Dizzy; 21st September 2011 at 06:06 AM.

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    Very nice pics there Mike. 1 is exceptional.

    Tell me, why a few years since you live thereabouts?

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    Good series Mike. I like #1 but I am drawn to #2 and am unsure as yet to exactly why. #3 I think I might like better if the first section of cloud area {top right} was missing and the top most heavy beam leveled and serve as a border. I played with it a little just to see. As for the last.....This is why we live here .

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post
    Very nice pics there Mike. 1 is exceptional.
    Tell me, why a few years since you live thereabouts?
    Thank you Bobo! Not sure I understand your question, as I do live about 2 miles east of the
    bridge, and cross it almost daily I've been wanting to photograph it for some time, but never
    could quite figure out how to best present it, and up until a few weeks ago all I had was
    the little Fuji P&S.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperman View Post
    Good series Mike. I like #1 but I am drawn to #2 and am unsure as yet to exactly why. #3 I think I might like better if the first section of cloud area {top right} was missing and the top most heavy beam leveled and serve as a border. I played with it a little just to see. As for the last.....This is why we live here .
    Thanks Paul..and I agree, the image does look better with that beam adjusted, so I went
    ahead and made the change. And yes indeed, that is why we tolerate the 9 months of clouds
    and rain a year...it's worth it! The Dalles Bridge

    This bridge has got some very interesting history associated with it, as it is the only
    "three-hinged steel-through-arch" in the entire state of Washington. There's quite a bit
    more info on the history and significance of the design at : http://www.stumpranchonline.com/skag...esBridge1.html

    Mike

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    Not to speak for Bobo, but Mike I think I have the same question. You have been there years and cross it daily and......you are just now getting to photgraphing it? Why so long?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperman View Post
    Not to speak for Bobo, but Mike I think I have the same question.
    You have been there years and cross it daily and......you are just now getting to photographing
    it? Why so long?
    I can see there is no way to escape this.......The Dalles Bridge

    Truth is, until I got the D90 and started looking at bridges (and just about everything else) from
    a more photographic/artistic perspective, it was just a cool looking bridge that I thought would
    make a nice picture. After joining CiC and seeing so many photo's taken by others I began to
    look at it as a "subject", and not just as an interesting bridge.

    Couldn't see the forest for the trees, so to speak.

    Also, being a "local", I got quite few odd looks, plus a couple: "Mike, what in the hell are you
    doing in the road?" comments from my neighbors when they crossed the bridge heading
    into (or back from) town that afternoon. Apparently I picked the exact time of day when
    all 850 Concretians were out-and-about....

    We're all used to seeing tourists walking around there taking pictures of the river from
    the bridge, but when one of us locals is standing there..right in the middle of the road,
    it's usually a safe bet that they spent a little too much time down at the Birdsview
    Brewery and got lost on the way home..The Dalles Bridge

    Now you know "the rest of the story". Welcome to Concrete..The Dalles Bridge
    Last edited by Dizzy; 21st September 2011 at 06:50 AM.

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    It is funny how.....when the bug bites you....everything becomes a study. Concrete has that many? Where do ya put everyone... there is only 10 houses!

    Ok ok, maybe there is a few more. Only ten you can see from the road though.

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperman View Post
    It is funny how.....when the bug bites you....everything becomes a study. Concrete has that many? Where do ya put everyone... there is only 10 houses!
    So? We've also got 3 bars (aka: Pubs), 2 chapters of AA, 2 winery's and a brewery.

    Just for clarification, health issues limit me, so I rarely drink alcohol, and then maybe just a
    beer or two...anything harder and I'll be spinning out, for sure. Also, there are more than
    10 houses..we've got a whole bunch of them in town!

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    Now we have the story. Good one btw.

    Wonder how the pics would look after you have one too many? Wait - you cannot get drunk! Grrrrr.

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    Well Mike, 10 or 100....I would love to live out there in your neck of the woods. I am envious really. Had to pull yer chain a bit. lol

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperman View Post
    Well Mike, 10 or 100....I would love to live out there in your neck of the woods.
    I am envious really. Had to pull yer chain a bit. lol
    Not a problem at all Paul, and when you're here on the 8th we'll take a few minutes (very few)
    and you can see the whole town. Honestly, there are a couple of the towns old buildings and
    churches I've been looking at as subject matter, but just not quite sure how to frame them
    properly; it would be interesting to get your perspective on them.

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    Sounds good Mike! Off to bed...have a good night!

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    Great set of shots Mike.

    The compostion in #1 is, I think, spot on. You have the alignment and symmetry perfect (so do the road line markers !) and this is important to the shot.

    The connections in #2 look like they would have required precision design and fabrication and are very interesting.

    #3 doesn't do so much for me but #4 is very nice. I can see why you would like living in an area as beautiful as that. You could say that you are "set in Concrete" (oh dear )

    Cheers Dave

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    Those of us who live in the pacific northwest are so fortunate. We have a beautiful place for photography. Nice job on the photos. I am too inexperienced to make any comments about technique, and I think they are wonderful.

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    Hi,

    as Dave already mentioned it ist the perfect alignment and the symmetry that make picture #1 a very good shot. Exposure looks also very well. Did you try also different format tha 1:1 ?

    bye
    Robert

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    Re: The Dalles Bridge

    Hi Robert,

    Having a crop frame camera, I can only crop to a 1:1 in processing , so yes, there were images
    at greater width. Here is one of them with very good symmetry:

    The Dalles Bridge
    Last edited by Dizzy; 22nd September 2011 at 04:03 PM. Reason: accuracy

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