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Humpback Bridge
Humpback Bridge

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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Gateway DC-T50
Location: Covington, VA
Date: Nov 27, 2005
Aperture: 1:2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40 sec
Galleries: Vintage, Rural
Date Uploaded: Nov 11, 2005

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... :-)

PP included:
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.

Place: 215 out of 519
Avg (all users): 5.6571
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 5.5728
Avg (non-participants): 5.8919
Views since voting: 709
Views during voting: 384
Votes: 280
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/06/2006 10:36:50 PM
Great shot Jimmy! I really like the tone. Very underrated!!
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12/08/2005 09:12:26 PM
That a photo this nice placed where it did really is a testament to, overall, how strong the entries in this challenge were.

I think this shot is postcard-perfect. Fantastic detail in the trees! Great work, Jimmy!
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12/08/2005 10:39:28 AM
(7) Great shot Jimmy! Something to be really proud about :)
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12/08/2005 07:46:17 AM
<6?!? Amazingly underrated.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2005 11:07:52 PM
Interesting bridge. Nice color treatment.
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12/06/2005 09:08:34 AM
Lovely rural. The monotone works well. Composition defines humpback well. This looks to be a weathered covered bridge under some disrepair. Good luck on this. -9-
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12/02/2005 09:20:52 AM
not many of these left
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12/02/2005 09:11:26 AM
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!!
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12/01/2005 12:34:08 PM
Composition: 6, Technical: 4, Appeal: 7, Challenge: 9, Overall Calculated Average Score: 7
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