If only I had a fisheye lens this shot would be incredible.
I wiped most of the color from this shot as I felt the overly green foliage in the background really took away from the bridge detail. The sky was also really, really blue on the left, and quite gray on the right. I felt this was an issue which took away from the symmetrical feeling I was trying to achieve in this shot. The horizon is central because I didn't want to cut the tops of those light posts, once again because my emphasis on this was depth in the lengths on both these bridges.
In terms of contrast, the option was either wipe the color so as to emphasize contrast on the bridge pillars or increase contrast for the sake of the entire shot. I went with the former because the focus is really on the bridges.
As for unusual stuff, I tried saturating color in CS3, going absolutely nuts with light smoothing and microcontrast in Photomatix, and ultimately, this was the end result.
You need to understand that my focus here is are the bridges, their lengths and the detail in the concrete pillars. Every other way I tried in this shot (especially involving color), overemphasized things that weren't focal points (trees, sky).
therefore you could have used the marquee-tool (hope its its name) ore layermasks (PS).
the angle etc is good(except the horizon but i should shut up and watch my own stuff) but something's just missing...
Marquee tool? Not really. Something is off in the shot I admit. It's the absolute center of the shot. Notice the small gap between the second and third pillars on the right. THAT GAP SHOULDN'T BE THERE!! lol (My bi-polar is acting up as a result of this shot)...I've gotta re-try this shot which means driving all the way out there again. The other thing is an optical illusion created by the spans themselves; they curve differently, so no matter how much one shoots them, they look off-center.