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Baseline Bridge by TallJohn Baseline Bridge by TallJohn
Baseline Bridge crossing the Rideau Canal at the far end and the Rideau River, below.

Merged, balanced, cropped in CS3 and slight tone mapping in in Photomatix. 5 shots in total (1/2-1/80 second exposures at f/5).


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:iconjlz1:
JLz1 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
me likey. very subtle.
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TallJohn Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Awww. Thankies.
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krystallize Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
great composition, it feels really moody with the clouds in the background.
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:icontalljohn:
TallJohn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
Hey thankies!
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natethan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007   General Artist
cool, I know where that is
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:icontalljohn:
TallJohn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
Cool cool. It's definitely better on that side than taking from the canal side.
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bobitchka-west Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Wow the angle the lighting and just the tones in this are absolutely lovely john :heart:
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:icontalljohn:
TallJohn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
Well thank you love! I just wish I had a fisheye lens for it!
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bobitchka-west Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome luv
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Yuk-pac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
Awesome picture.
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kiebitz Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
interesting composition with this angle, would work also very good in b/w ... :-)
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:icontalljohn:
TallJohn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
Hey thanks Kie. I'm not too happy with it being slightly off-center. I did think the almost-no color seemed appropriate.
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gsuk1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats cool exerlant depth and perspective. I like the simple colours too. good work!
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TallJohn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
Many thanks, depth was the reason i wiped the color.
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gsuk1 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah it looks good. nice work!
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:icontalljohn:
TallJohn Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Well thank you!
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gsuk1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
your welcome!
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Th0rNe Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007   Photographer
you could use more contrast. as it is now, it somehow loks so usual and non-special.

there is nothing special at this one. try more contrast and add some colouration. maybe some unusual.

and the horizon is too central.
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TallJohn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
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).
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Th0rNe Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007   Photographer
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...
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:icontalljohn:
TallJohn Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
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.
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Th0rNe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007   Photographer
woozaa. if youre driving there anyway, you could do one from another angle. over the street with those fanzy lights of moving cars.

and that broken piece of the balustrade on the lower right could be nice for a shot.
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TallJohn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
I can't get above the bridge looking in that direction..at least I don't think I can...maybe I should try lol.

Balustrade?
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:iconth0rne:
Th0rNe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007   Photographer
my dictionary says the word i'm searching for is called "balustrade".. now as you say it seems to be something like a guard rail. the thing at the road that crosses the picture from left to right.
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:icontalljohn:
TallJohn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
Yes. Guardrail. Gotcha!
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pshemeknott Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Really nice clean composition:)
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TallJohn Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
Well thank you!
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