Ravenel Bridge

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge between Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Taken after the sun had set on a very over cast day....
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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge between Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Taken after the sun had set on a very over cast day.
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JDLifeshots January 05, 2017
Beautiful shot. Congrats!
bonnie_gresham_davidson_3479 January 05, 2017
Thank you.
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Behind The Lens

This image of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, over the Cooper River, was shot from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Charleston is across the river.
This was taken while on a workshop. The group parked in the lot of a hotel and hiked (stumbled) across rough, rocky terrain to near the edge of the river. We got there about 5:30 and everyone had time to set up the cameras and tripods. Then we waited. I took this image at 6:56 PM (EST).
The day had been really dreary, with overcast skies. We weren't sure what we might get in the way of a sunset. However, the clouds lifted just slightly over the horizon, which I believe added drama with the orange glow.
Canon EOS 6D; Canon EF24-105mm f/4 IS USM; Manfrotto 294 Triipod; and had my trusty loupe to help get the focus sharp.
Before the workshop, another photographer and I had been out exploring. However, we went to another side to try to get a photo of this beautiful bridge. When our workshop leader told us we would be shooting the bridge, I was more than a little excited. The way the lights lit up the cables and arch make it a stunning bridge, and, yes, a stunning photo.
Actually, for this image, there were only minor exposure, clarity and color adjustments.
In my camera bag
All of the above, plus: Canon 17-40 f/4L USM; Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III; Canon Macro EF 100mm f/2.8L USM; digital flash; 2X extender; remote; reflector; loupe; lens hoods; polarizer; multi-colored flash light; extra batteries; extra memory cards; clothes and blowers to keep lenses clean; and Off Bug Wipes!
If you see something you would like to shoot, try going out during the daylight hours to check the path and various angles. Trying to get to a sight at night can be treacherous. Make sure your batteries are fully charged and your lenses are clean. Nothing worse than pulling out 1, 2 or 3 batteries and find they haven't been charged and are low on power. You must muster up your patience. Waiting for that perfect moment to press the shutter, knowing that the perfect moment may be elusive. You will not always come away with the image you have in your head. But don't give up. Just keep checking the weather and if the conditions look right, go back again and again.

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