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Bridge in the Mist

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 28 August 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Taking shelter from a rainstorm at night under the toll bridge from La Rochelle to the Île de Ré on the French atlantic coast.

I've got a lot of photos of this bridge which I want to show you eventually - the others were all planned shots but this one happened almost by accident as I had to abandon a long 1/2 hour exposure tripod mounted photo that I was taking down by the waters edge and run for cover from this sudden rainstorm.

Ironically, although it wasn't planned, it's probably the best shot of the lot compositionally and I even like the graininess from the high 1600iso as I feel it suits the mood.

NIKON D40 1/4 second F/5.6 ISO 1600 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

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dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

massive structure -- wonderful pov and composition!!

28 Aug 2008 6:09am

@dj.tigersprout: was the curve which I liked the most.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I like the angle that you chose. Somewhat mysterious as well.

28 Aug 2008 6:28am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks....the angle was accidental as I ran to this point which is next to one of the big support pillars to take shelter from the rainstorm. (Sometimes I am just lucky :-)

manolo from toulouse, France

muy interesante

28 Aug 2008 7:45am

@manolo: Thanks Manolo!

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Stunning compostition! It almost looks like a peace of art. The grain fits perfectly.

28 Aug 2008 7:51am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko!....I loved the curve of the bridge at night once the lights came on which is what made me want to photograph it nearly every night that we were there.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Wow! Great shapes and angles

28 Aug 2008 7:54am

@yz: Thanks yz...the curve of the bridge is lovely isn't it!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

I totally agree with everything you've said here. It's an amazing composition, the grain is right and the mood is stormy/somber. Your shots are amazing.

28 Aug 2008 11:15am

@Viewfinder: Thanks Glenn..that's very kind of you!

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Ian... I really like this image a lot. The atmosphere, framing, composition and the fact that its in B&W all work so well together. You'll often find that when the weather is c**p it can be ideal for photography - allowing you to capture things that might otherwise seem mundane (not that this bridge is anyway mundane). The lighting too seems to bounce off the wet air to give a unique 'misty' experience. Its a great thing about shooting digital - you can take as many shots as your memory card(s) allow, of things that 'might work' and you'll often be surprised at what you have at the end of the day (its the fun factor of photography IMO - if you get too serious you'll end up shooting less and less...).

28 Aug 2008 12:41pm

@IanSmith: Thanks Ian!....I'm really pleased you like it as I think it's one of my better photos, although I realise it won't be to everyone's taste. I completely agree about the value (and fun) of photography in bad weather and it's something that often inspires to get out with the camera despite the's that feeling that I never quite now what I am going to get out of the camera. Often it can be complete rubbish but sometimes like on this photo I get a lovely surprise.

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

IanSmith said it all, but it's possibly better than that. best...jerry

28 Aug 2008 1:51pm

@ordinaryimages: Thanks very much Jerry....I'm really pleased that you like it!

Paolo from Udine, Italy

Mystic mist

28 Aug 2008 2:58pm

@Paolo: Hi Paolo....misty conditions like here can be very photogenic can't they!

Lorraine from Canada

The Curve into Heaven, oh man this is stunning! I love it so much...Like a divine light at the end of the tunnel or the beginning of the bridge lol sorry I haven't been around, I've been through this horrible thing called 'cleaning'

28 Aug 2008 4:01pm

@Lorraine: Hi have you been keeping?...well I hope!

I loved the curves of this bridge, especially at night when it was accentuated by the lights on the roadway.

By cleaning I assume you mean the hard drive of your PC?

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Nice angle. This seems a curve for infinite. Mist really adds a special atmosphere. Great shot

28 Aug 2008 6:33pm

@Rui: Thanks Rui!...I was very lucky to be able to take this photo given how hard it was raining.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Impressive shot! I like the massiveness of that bridge and the mysterious atmosphere you created here.

28 Aug 2008 10:59pm

Josh from Vancouver, Canada

You've got really interesting b&w pictures. Really liking them. Keep posting!

29 Aug 2008 1:46am

Disoriented from Grinnell, IA, United States

Beautiful b&w!

29 Aug 2008 3:54am

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

Yes a strong composition, solid tones working very well...

29 Aug 2008 5:29am

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

I agree that the graininess only adds to the photo's power. The composition is also really fine, with that lovely arcing line. Nice work.

29 Aug 2008 7:33pm

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Nono the mood is fantastique

2 Sep 2008 12:19pm

1/4 second
ISO 1600
30 mm (35mm equiv.)