Humpback Bridge in Covington, VA is the oldest of Virginia's remaining covered bridges. Erected in 1857, this 100-foot-long single-span structure is four feet higher at its center than it is at either end, thus the name, "Humpback". It is made of hand-hewn oak held together with locustwood pins. In use until 1929, it is now the only surviving curved-span covered bridge in the USA.
So much for the history lesson... :-)
straighten horizon (no easy task here - NOTHING is straight to go by!)
selective layers of color sat, change hue, lighting/exposure, sepia filter, B/W, tint brush, dodge/burn, neat image
clone brush to clean up a couple of spots
save for web
I'll probably get nailed for the "centered" composition, but I think it works okay here - given the leading lines and the rule of thirds in play. I wanted to get rid of the utility lines on the right, but just couldn't get the trees to look right without them - grrr!
I wanted to give the photo an "old" feel, yet still emphasize the bridge and stones, so that's why I edited them seperately and gave them a little more color.
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The sense of an earlier time is evident here. The worn bridge, the bare trees evoke a lonely sense. I like the mixture of textures with the stone, the wood, the natural, the manmade. The leading line of the railing all the way to the end of the bridge sends your eye through the shot perfectly. Good job!!