Saint Croix Bridge 8/7/17

August 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Most of the time good shots just don't happen- some thought needs to go into planning an approach and deciding which lens and camera settings to use. Even with prior planning things often go wrong. I wanted to take a photo of the Saint Croix bridge once construction was completed in August 2017. I drove to Stillwater, MN multiple times to find a good vantage point. There is a park on a hill overlooking Stillwater and the bridge- the day I went to check the spot there was a race, too many people were in the park and there was no where to park. The first night the bridge opened and the lights were on, I had to work. The next day I saw a photo that someone took of the bridge from the park that I tried to check out. I was extremely disappointed. 

The next day I went to Stillwater early in the morning. I went to a spot next to the water, hoping to get a long exposure shot. I went to the park- in both places my 24-70 mm lens  and my 400mm lens just didn't give me the correct focal length for an attractive photo. Last fall I sold my 100-400 mm lens; what was I thinking? That was just the lens I needed now. I was so discouraged. I went home and looked at photos of bridges. I really liked the black and white photos of bridges in the fog. This morning when I woke and saw the forecast for fog, I knew I had to go back to the bridge. It was so foggy when I arrived the only hope I had of getting a shot was to park my car and walk onto the bridge and try to get a close up shot of the suspension cables. I got a few shots, processed one in black and white, added contrast and a selective blur. Wow! I liked it; I was happy. One good shot so far. I plan to go back in a few days to get more shots from different vantage points. Who knows what will happen- good shots don't happen every day.



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