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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Charleston, SC, USA 2/2

Posted by
Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 1 July 2016 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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Charleston, South Carolina
March 30, 2016

This image was made two nights later under a much different sky. Not as spectacular, but the clouds added some interest to the scene. Ironically, as our workshop group was returning to the hotel the night before from another location, we saw a sky on fire as we drove past the bridge. For this shot, I positioned myself at a lower perspective to have more of the river bank grasses in the foreground. I find it interesting how the mood of the image can change depending on camera settings, the quality of the light, and how the photographer's interpretation of the scene evolves during post-processing.

Thanks to all of you who viewed and commented on my previous post which received color spotlight recognition on the aminus3 community page.

Camera notes: The 42.4 MP Sony a7rII has a full frame sensor that is enabling photographers to capture images with an expanded dynamic range in one shot. For many scenes, there is no need to shoot multiple frames at different exposures for HDR or create compositie images later in post-processing. The lens used was a Canon 70-200 f4L mounted on a Metabones T-Smart IV lens adaptor for Sony FE.

One of the most important aspects of the Sony mirrorless bodies , in my opinion, is a feature called Focus Peaking . In manual focus, the edge areas in the scene are illuminated by red or yellow, so that you can clearly see what is in focus. This is extremely helpful in getting sharp images, especially in low light or at night.

Since I am now about two years behind in processing and posting images from my photobirding and landscape image-making trips, I have decided that in 2016 I was going to take a different approach. Many photographers periodically reflect on their work and at the end of 2015 I started to realize that it was time to get out of my rut. Instead of trying to post every image from an outing or trip, I am going to select images that I find most compelling, and talk about where, why, and how in my narratives. What I enjoy most about my immersion in photography is that every image represents a unique place in time for me, and there is a story to tell within and behind each subject and composition. Along with the motivation to take my craft up another level in the field, I have also spent some time trying to become faster and more proficient in my processing workflow, both in the programs that I use everyday (Lightroom and Photoshop), and in learning to use new ones (ON1 Photo 10 and Capture One Pro). Why do we make images? Is it a fascination with the gear-the technology, the process, or is it both a purposeful and serendipitous way of seeing and sharing our personal experiences? For me, it is all of that, and more. What is it for you?

SONY ILCE-7RM2 8 seconds F/16.0 ISO 200 70 mm (35mm equiv.)

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This photoblog is my nature journal and travelogue. Many of my wildlife images were made in environments impacted by humans. My goal is to feature each animal in a way that allows the viewer to sense the essence of its life in the wild. The purpose of the accompanying narratives is to enhance awareness and appreciation of our natural world, as well as to inspire everyone to protect and care for it.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Makes a fascinating comparison to your previous . . the character changes with the light.

1 Jul 2016 8:17am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, Ronnie. Exactly what I intended.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice night shot!
such beautiful composition, perspective, clouds, colors, lights & reflections!
A M A Z I N G !!!!

1 Jul 2016 10:20am

Devi from Chennai, India

looks more fabulous !!! Brilliant capture :)))))))

1 Jul 2016 3:13pm

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran

Nice photo,Thank you for sharing.

1 Jul 2016 5:22pm

Roland-T from Loverval, Belgium

Perfect photo! bravo!

1 Jul 2016 6:32pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Wonderful sharpness, great exposure and fine composition.

2 Jul 2016 1:07am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


2 Jul 2016 7:51am

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Absolutely splendid Julie. Perfect framing and beautiful colors. Have a good w-e

2 Jul 2016 12:13pm

Frankiess from Český Těšín, Czech Republic

beautiful captured !!

3 Jul 2016 1:46pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


10 Jul 2016 11:59am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is phenomenal, Julie...I love it.

18 Jul 2016 8:29pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Sorry I got interrupted, Julie... This truly IS a marvelous image and the tones and light are just wonderful.What a beautiful bridge and use the right time. When I consider perfection (something that I will be chasing for the rest of my life, I am certain) Your name hits into the top 3 or 4 that I think of....not kisso=ing up here - I sincerely mean that...This is but one example!...PS ae you still teaching ? Cheers- dj

18 Jul 2016 9:16pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Just as stunning. I like how the supports stand out against the dark.

9 Aug 2016 2:47pm

8 seconds
ISO 200
70 mm (35mm equiv.)