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Zeeland Bridge at Night



The Zeeland Bridge at an amazing blue hour.

The Zeeland Bridge at an amazing blue hour.
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henriettevangolde
 
henriettevangolde May 15, 2018
Leuk om hem nog eens voorbij te zien komen. :) Prachtige foto maar dat had elders ik al geschreven.
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt May 15, 2018
Haha, wat grappig dat jij hier ook zit! Nogmaals bedankt!
designpictures
 
designpictures October 24, 2018
starkes Bild. Sehr gelungen
RickL PRO+
 
RickL May 26, 2020
Exceptional study in perspective,very sharp
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt May 27, 2020
Thanks a lot for your kind words😊

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken at the Zeelandbrug (Zeeland is a Dutch province and is translated called 'Sealand'). It connects the two main islands trough a 5022m long bridge. It has 54 pillars with 95m between them. It is the longest bridge in The Netherlands. The water is actually a sort of inland sea with tides and everything. It is connected to the Northsea, but after the 1953 flooding disaster The Netherlands build a system of storm surge barriers that can be closed during a storm when the sea level rises +3m above the normal levels. The bridge itself was completed in 1965 and was the longest bridge in Europe until 1972. It's straight line and always moving water makes it an amazing place for photography.
Time
It was well after sunset, but still during the blue hour. It was dark enough to get long exposures to get smooth water without using any ND filters.
Lighting
Unlike pretty much any other location in The Netherlands there is not much light pollution here. The only light pollution here is the city "Zierikzee" which is located on the other side of the bridge. It's a little bit unromantic, but it's not the colors of the sunset you see, but the lights from Zierikzee.
Equipment
I used my Sony A77II camera, Sigma 18-35 F1.8 lens and my Velbon Sherpa tripod. I also used a wired remote trigger to not disturb the camera during the long exposure.
Inspiration
One of my biggest, and expensive, hobby's next to photography is diving. Zeeland is the prime spot for diving in The Netherlands, so I go here around 5 times a year with a group of friends for a long weekend of diving, eating, drinking, making campfire and have fun. The most popular diving spot is on the north side of the Zeelandbrug (the photo is from the south side), so every time I got there for diving I wanted to make photo's of the bridge. So one evening I decided to go to the south side, where it's a lot quieter, with a buddy of mine to make photo's and it was amazing!
Editing
Obviously I did some post-processing. I used Adobe Lightroom for color balancing, sharpening, highlight and shadow correcting and removed dirt spots on the smooth surfaces.
In my camera bag
Normally my bag contains this: Camera: Sony A77II Lens1: Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 SSM Lens2: Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART Lens3: Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 ART Lens4: Minolta 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 Remote: Simple wired shutter release Tripod: Velbon Sherpa 5370D Filters: Genustech 77mm Eclipse ND Fader + various size adapters to fit it to every lens I have.
Feedback
Preparation is key. Know when en where the sun is going down, use apps like TPE. Also prepare using google earth, not only for the location, but also for how to get at the location. Know you equipment so you can easily find the correct settings. Get yourself a cheap wired remote and most important, turn of any image stabilization when using a tripod!!!

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