Washington Street bridge – someone is coming

To me, I didn’t expose this properly, so you’re getting a warts-and-all type image from my perspective with moments of good and grandeur and moments of imperfection. I can freely admit that (here’s your opportunity to tell me, “no, stop it, it’s perfect” and console me), but that wouldn’t be true. With one photo promised per day there are going to be a few images with flaws in them. Voila! (Yes I do think it is ironic to shout “voila!” when you’re revealing anything less than a masterpiece). No, that might be more tragic, not ironic… my mind is cluttered. Anyway, this marks my first new photo taken in quite some time, so that’s the good thing about posting this. Yes.

Last time I stood close to here taking photos a security guard came out and told me I was on private property and forced me to leave! That was on the next bridge down. I thought I was on a sidewalk, but I was apparently on a company’s terrace instead that was right next to the river. Well, whatever. While he was telling me to leave my camera was taking photos. I’ve had to pull that trick off a few times. At this location I was wary of anyone walking my way due to the previous interaction – but I was definitely on public ground this time. The guy coming across the bridge was benign and in a hurry to make a train.
Washington Street bridge - someone is coming
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12 Comments to “Washington Street bridge – someone is coming”

  1. I’ve had security try to run me away from a public bridge before, and one who told me I wasn’t allowed to photograph his building (you know, the one which was very much right next to me and not in my line of view). Don’t ever try to get photos of any industrial areas either, security parked in pack around our car and wanted to see ID at one place.
    Aside from that-
    I like the shot. No, it isn’t perfect, but perfection is boring. I love the claustrophobic feeling of the bridge alleviated by the openness of the river and building front. It is a big photo, and you’re going to need a tilt-shift lens to make it perfect. I say good job, and thank you for sharing.

  2. Could you say it is a violet tone the image has. Anyway I like the coloring and it is something that I am liking a lot with black and white images now this subtle coloring that gives depth to the image. I also like the flaring caused by the street lights. My only negative and it really is because of my OCD when it comes to images is the lens distortion in the buildings.

    I also like your earlier comment “I was worried you were merely a β€œlike” spammer” I never really thought about people like that then again I am sure they are out there and I am sure I may have some.

    • Hey, Ben. I definitely have 2. I’m not sure their motive, because I think leaving comments is much more valuable than dropping a “like” here or there. Investing something in another’s efforts – especially if you appreciate their work and legitimately respect what they’ve done – means so much more. It’s also of value to other bloggers and lends some personality and depth to your appreciation. It’s important, I feel. I regret that I don’t always have the time to comb through WordPress and explain myself. If I did, I certainly would.

      As for the colored black & whites – yes, you’ve nailed it. This is slightly purple, or perhaps midnight blue. I rarely leave any of my black and whites purely black and white – because I don’t believe that’s how we see it. There’s color all around us and emotions are attached to color. When I was standing there that night the night felt dark and as if it were getting deeper. It wasn’t a sinister feeling, though. I wanted to share that it was late and even later felt to be coming soon.

      With regard to composition, I do wish I had defined those streetlight bursts more. I overexposed them a bit. Also, the grain isn’t always controlled in places. This has to be magnified to understand that, I guess. It’s just obsession, really, as you also seem to know. I liked warped buildings. I think it is a truer representation of what they stand for. πŸ™‚

      • It always makes me smile when two photographers have similar feelings but express them so differently. I am obsessed with having as much as I can my buildings at the correct perspective. I think it goes back to when I shot 5×4 on a tilt shift large format camera and I would always try and align everything perfectly, because that’s how I see reality. For you on the other hand it is different. As they say different folks for different strokes.

        i have never noticed “Like Spammers” but will probably notice them more now. I agree that it adds more by saying something but then again if we did we would be chained to our computers not out making images.

      • Like Spammers – I’ll take credit for coining the phrase, but you get more if you can work it into the blogging lexicon. I think we have something there.

        Would you consider your meticulous approach scientific? I don’t mean to categorize you, but is there a degree of science with which you approach photography? I think there’s a touch of it in what I do, but I’m not obsessive about certain photo rules. Perspective is a consideration, not a need for me. I am mostly self-taught, although that doesn’t cover my photo knowledge. I studied video and film, so I start from a wider gaze that narrows to details and choices for moving a story forward. Because of that I’m often looking for where the eye is likely to go in a photo and how that can be manipulated to convey emotion or simply create narrative. How can I deliver a message about this, and how do I truly feel about it. Do my emotions further manipulate what I see, and if so in what way? I think that approach is in 80-90 percent of my photos.

    • Thanks, Raed. I’m glad I posted it, because I want people that follow me to know that I don’t always love my own photography. Sometimes I barely like it – but that happens less these days. I’m fairly happy with the composition on this one, though, so I’m glad you see something to draw from there.

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