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Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge



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PCarver
 
PCarver April 18, 2016
Beautiful capture
mjhousto
mjhousto April 18, 2016
Thank you!
RichardAlford
 
RichardAlford April 18, 2016
Really like your composition and colors here!
mjhousto
mjhousto April 18, 2016
Thank you for the compliment.
kelliwidger
 
kelliwidger April 19, 2016
I love all the colors! Nicely done!
mjhousto
mjhousto April 19, 2016
Thanks!
Dottyjojo
 
Dottyjojo April 21, 2016
The colour fusion is stunning
mjhousto
mjhousto April 21, 2016
Thank you!
ellenellen PRO+
 
ellenellen April 21, 2016
beautiful shot.great colors.
mjhousto
mjhousto April 21, 2016
Thank you for the compliment.
tttony
 
tttony April 23, 2016
The use of contrasting colours within the composition makes this image sing. I would have loved to find out whether the entire sign at the upper left read "I Want It All". You should get it all for this image.
mjhousto
mjhousto April 23, 2016
Thank you for commenting! I would love to have got all of the sign text into the image. Unfortunately, I am limited by the focal length of the lenses that I own. I did not want to compromise on the angle or portion of the bridge shown, so the left edge of the frame (including the sign text had to get cut).
ceciliarod
 
ceciliarod April 24, 2016
vibrant colors ....GREAT capture !!
mjhousto
mjhousto April 24, 2016
Thanks!
andrewsmith_1367
 
andrewsmith_1367 April 24, 2016
Fantastic colours, great image of the bridge. Wonderful shot, well done.
mjhousto
mjhousto April 24, 2016
Thank you!
JordanSuter
 
JordanSuter April 26, 2016
I really like this one. Well Done
mjhousto
mjhousto April 26, 2016
Thanks!
chrisccrowley
 
chrisccrowley April 27, 2016
Gorgeous night shot! Beautifully done!
mjhousto
mjhousto April 27, 2016
Thank you!
vbFMILLINES229181 PRO+
 
vbFMILLINES229181 April 29, 2016
Thank you mjhousto, very nice image.
mjhousto
mjhousto April 30, 2016
Thanks!
ricardo1
 
ricardo1 April 30, 2016
Complements...... To you and in the colours.
mjhousto
mjhousto April 30, 2016
Thank you!
MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic May 01, 2016
Beautiful shot! Voted in Bokeh.
mjhousto
mjhousto May 02, 2016
Thank you very much! I appreciate your vote.
praxedesricablancacarruthers
 
Stunning!
kromeo419
 
kromeo419 May 04, 2016
I know exactly whersvb this is! I work down the stret from there . Are you from Mass?
tonischindler
 
tonischindler May 05, 2016
Love the colours!!
mjhousto
mjhousto May 05, 2016
Thank you!
chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman May 06, 2016
Stunning.
mjhousto
mjhousto May 06, 2016
Thanks!
Daisy00 Premium
 
Daisy00 May 20, 2016
Voted Dominant Pair Of Colors!
mjhousto
mjhousto May 20, 2016
Thanks! I appreciate your vote!
kirkwillymanmeyer
 
kirkwillymanmeyer May 20, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
nicolasmorris
 
nicolasmorris May 22, 2016
Mind blowing!
mjhousto
mjhousto May 22, 2016
Thank you!
EricKoth PRO
 
EricKoth May 24, 2016
This is awesome....did they change that blue and green out during Superbowl XLIX to red white and blue? :)
mjhousto
mjhousto May 24, 2016
I'm not sure, but that would be pretty cool. The colors of the lights are actually constantly changing. I just happened to catch them at these colors in the photo. I believe that when Prince died they had changed the color to purple, so maybe the Superbowl thing could be real...
Oleg-Loshkov-Tolstihin
 
Oleg-Loshkov-Tolstihin May 26, 2016
!!!!!!!!
mjhousto
mjhousto May 26, 2016
Thank you for commenting!
Daisy00 Premium
 
Daisy00 May 27, 2016
Voted The Battle Of Amateurs!
mjhousto
mjhousto May 27, 2016
Thank you, Daisy!
davidsloan
 
davidsloan May 28, 2016
Dynamic architecture and colours, an awesome capture.
mjhousto
mjhousto May 28, 2016
Thank you very much!
Frank1390 PRO+
 
Frank1390 May 31, 2016
Nice angle lighting, etc. Thanks for sharing.
mjhousto
mjhousto May 31, 2016
Thank you!
PhotosbyCris PRO+
 
PhotosbyCris June 02, 2016
Voted!
Daisy00 Premium
 
Daisy00 June 04, 2016
This is masterpiece....breathtaking!! Voted Bright And Colorful, good luck Matt!!
mjhousto
mjhousto June 04, 2016
Thank you so much, Daisy!! You're supports means a lot to me. Thank you for voting!
Daisy00 Premium
 
Daisy00 June 04, 2016
Voted Monthly Pro Vol 22
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita June 10, 2016
yay....congrats on your Contest Finalist Award!
mjhousto
mjhousto June 10, 2016
Thank you so much, Sonja! I am very happy that my photo was selected a finalist. :)
Daisy00 Premium
 
Daisy00 June 11, 2016
Congrats on your well deserved award, Matt!!!!!!!!!!!!
mjhousto
mjhousto June 11, 2016
Thank you so much, Daisy! It is always so exciting to receive recognition for your work.
orlandosadie PRO+
 
orlandosadie June 11, 2016
My first impression was that this image look like a scene from a futuristic Bruce Willis movie. Good luck with image of the month contest
mjhousto
mjhousto June 11, 2016
Thank you very much for your support! It is quite a sight to behold. The colors are constantly shifting.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 12, 2016
Beautiful shot! Congrats. Where is this?
mjhousto
mjhousto June 12, 2016
Thank you for the kind words! This bridge spans Lake Quinsigamond between Worcester and Shrewsbury in Massachusetts.
SuzMDixon PRO
 
SuzMDixon June 12, 2016
Congratulations on your finalist award - fantastic shot!
mjhousto
mjhousto June 12, 2016
Thank you very much!
chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman June 12, 2016
Congratulations on Wining Finalist award! Well deserved Matt.
mjhousto
mjhousto June 12, 2016
Thank you very much, Chuck! I appreciate your support.
KMallus PRO
 
KMallus June 16, 2016
Wow love the colors and reflection. I will definitely vote for this photo!
mjhousto
mjhousto June 17, 2016
Thank you so much, Tina! That means a lot to me.
chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman June 21, 2016
Voted Covers. Good Luck Matt.
mjhousto
mjhousto June 21, 2016
Thank you so much, Chuck! I appreciate that.
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life June 23, 2016
This is truly WOW, Matt...!! My two favorite colors, and gosh how peaceful !!! :):) Nailed this one ...!!
mjhousto
mjhousto June 23, 2016
Thank you, Steph! That means a lot to me. This photo was my first real attempt at night photography. I really should get out and try some more!
Daisy00 Premium
 
Daisy00 June 27, 2016
Gorgeous!!! Voted Bold and Beautiful!!
mjhousto
mjhousto June 28, 2016
Thanks again, Daisy!
blueleopard
 
blueleopard June 29, 2016
Pretty
mjhousto
mjhousto July 01, 2016
Thanks!
gypsysoulphotography
 
gypsysoulphotography July 06, 2016
Beautiful picture!
mjhousto
mjhousto July 06, 2016
Thank you so much!
mcampi PRO
 
mcampi July 14, 2016
Very impressive shot.love the colors
mjhousto
mjhousto July 18, 2016
Thank you, Mark! I appreciate that.
Pauldc1 PRO+
 
Pauldc1 July 15, 2016
Very well done. Amazing composition and capture. Just stunning.
mjhousto
mjhousto July 18, 2016
Thank you very much!
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick July 15, 2016
Beautiful image.
mjhousto
mjhousto July 18, 2016
Thank you!
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life July 21, 2016
WHOOOT!!! Congrats on your finalist award, MJ !!! You soooo deserve it !!! :):):)
mjhousto
mjhousto July 22, 2016
Thank you so much, Steph! That really means a lot to me.
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana August 07, 2016
A great shot! Congratulations!
mjhousto
mjhousto August 08, 2016
Thank you!
Daisy00 Premium
 
Daisy00 August 13, 2016
Voted Leading Bridges
mjhousto
mjhousto August 17, 2016
Thank you so much, Daisy!
chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman August 26, 2016
Voted. Good Luck
BrianBasson
 
BrianBasson September 13, 2016
Matthew, a wonderful capture of light and texture.
mjhousto
mjhousto October 17, 2016
Thank you very much!
Mister_Zee
 
Mister_Zee October 28, 2016
Very nice. Great capture
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita October 30, 2016
yay...congrats once again!!!
reneesimages
 
reneesimages December 12, 2016
Gorgeous photo!
cyndimccoun PRO
 
cyndimccoun January 01, 2017
Voted in Image of the year
httppluto
 
httppluto April 03, 2017
Very cool composition and colors! Great job
Ghost7
 
Ghost7 July 01, 2017
Beautiful, Miami
IvanGumenyuk PRO+
 
IvanGumenyuk September 16, 2017
Excellent! is it route 9 or some other road?
marcbanzuela
 
marcbanzuela December 18, 2017
Nice to see someone from bear Worcester other than me represent the city!
kevinmchapin
 
kevinmchapin January 03, 2018
AWESOME great place to shoot
dunyayigezerken
 
dunyayigezerken September 14, 2018
Woowww!
judykarendal PRO
 
judykarendal October 29, 2018
Congratulations! Absolutely amazing!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge that carries Route 9 over Lake Quinsigamaond in Worcester, MA and Shrewsbury, MA.
Time
This photo was taken just after sundown in order to minimize the contrast between the bright street lights and the dark sky.
Lighting
The multi-colored artificial lighting below the bridge is one of the primary points of focus in this image. It creates a sense of drama by casting many shadows across the steel arches.
Equipment
This photo was taken with a Nikon D7200 paired with a Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens. I used a tripod and shutter remote.
Inspiration
My day job revolves around bridges, so I often find myself drawn to interesting bridges. Construction of this bridge ended in 2015, a year after I moved away from the area. I was eager to get back and take a shot of the bridge at night after seeing the lighted 'sails' above when passing over one day. I was surprised to find the underside lit by the multi-colored lights that constantly change colors and serve to make this photo really stand out.
Editing
This photo was processed using the basic controls in Adobe Lightroom.
In my camera bag
I rarely carry a camera bag with me since most of my shooting is spontaneous. When I do, I usually bring a tripod, lens filters and two lenses (my 24-70mm lens and my 105mm macro).
Feedback
When shooting at night use of a tripod is key. I find the best time for night photography is just after the sun has finished setting (when the sky is still a little bright) because the contrast between the sky and any lights is at a minimum, so your photos will require less processing. Since you will be using a tripod, shoot with ISO 100 and increase shutter time to set your exposure for a desired aperture. This is to minimize noise in the image. Also be sure to use the long exposure noise reduction setting on your camera if it has one.

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