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Holzbrucke Headlights



Headlights across the Holz Brücke in Frankenmuth, Michigan at night.

Headlights across the Holz Brücke in Frankenmuth, Michigan at night.
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paulatchinson PRO+
 
paulatchinson November 12, 2019
Hi - this image would be a great entry for a challenge I have just created. Could you be persuaded to give it a go. Its ‘TRAVELLING AT NIGHT’.
The URL is viewbug.com/challenge/travelling-at-night-photo-challenge-by-paulatchinson.
To enter Go to my Viewbug Page - click on my avatar image - click on the link to CHALLENGES, then CREATED and choose 'TRAVELLING AT NIGHT'.
I hope you enter and best of luck.
Paul
donbenderphotography Platinum
donbenderphotography November 12, 2019
I'd love to, Paul! Thanks for the invitation!
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photograph in Frankenmuth, Michigan at the wooden bridge (Holz-Brücke) that crosses the Cass River in the middle of town. It was built by German bridge builders and opened in 1979, and is one of the iconic places in Frankenmuth, "Michigan's Little Bavaria."
Time
I'd taken a few day-time images of this bridge in the past, and I'd promised myself to return at night to capture some long exposure shots to emphasize the bridge's lights, and maybe capture some head/tail lights in the process. I set up for a few different perspectives/compositions, and liked this one the best. The hrad/tail lights are actually from one of the courtesy buses from the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge.
Lighting
I wanted to capture the lights on the bridge so they had a nice starburst effect, and then have the head/tail light trails set against those star-like lights in the background. To get that effect, I shot at a high f-stop (f/29) and a long exposure (30s) to catch the vehicle's lights.
Equipment
This was taken with my Canon 80D with my 18-55mm lens. The camera was set up on a tripod, and I used a remote shutter release to eliminate any shake.
Inspiration
As I mentioned, I'd previously taken some great shots here during the day. I'd seen the bridge at night before, and was working on developing my night-time, city photography and it just was screaming to me to take the pictures! It was taken on a warm, late summer night, and the air was full of sounds of German polka music from some of the local establishments. There were a few people walking across the bridge, and the occasional vehicles crossed as well. It was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had as a photographer.
Editing
I used Luminar 3 to post-process the image. I adjusted the image for lens distortion, and only adjusted the white balance to get the headlights closer to white/blue, but still maintaining the yellow/orange character of the bridge lights.
In my camera bag
Aside from the usual 'accessories' (e.g. remote shutter release, batteries, etc.), I always have my Canon 80D, and my four lenses (50mm f/1.8, 10-18mm wide angle zoom, 18-55mm zoom, and 55-250mm zoom). I also have my Haida M10 Pro filter system, with a 10-stop ND and a 3-stop graduated ND filter.
Feedback
The biggest thing I'd recommend is first to be patient and wait for the right shot. I was at the site for almost 2 hours scouting compositions and the activity level before I got this 'right' shot. Second, don't forget to soak up the situation and 'feel' the shot. Photographing something is as much (or more) about capturing a feeling as it is about capturing the light, and your success at capturing the 'feeling' is directly proportional to how well you really feel it first.

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