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Bridge Towers

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Challenge: Right Angles (Classic Editing)
Collection: Miscellaneous Entries
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Tacoma, Washington, USA
Date: Aug 1, 2003
Aperture: 8.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Snapshot, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Aug 5, 2003

Returning from a ride on the Mt. Rainier senic (steam) railway we had to cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Its structure is full of right angles. Shot out the front passenger window from the back seat, over my dad's shoulder.

I had a couple of alternate choices, but they would have been a less obvious reference to the challenge, so I went with the "DPC-safe" entry this time, since I had less than 24 hours and four hours sleep to decide ....

Cropped, small color adjustment to get a trace of blue in the dreary sky backlighting the bridge, one pass with USM at 88%/0.6 dia/5 levels.

Place: 235 out of 250
Avg (all users): 3.9420
Avg (commenters): 3.7273
Avg (participants): 3.9576
Avg (non-participants): 3.9245
Views since voting: 1144
Votes: 224
Comments: 12
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08/13/2003 04:43:00 PM
Thanks for all the comments -- their consistency is quite gratifying.

I was riding in the back seat as we were driving at about a 45 degree angle towards the left. I took the shot out the front passenger-side window over my dad's shoulder. The motion blur combined with a bit of haze, road vibration, and the backlit conditions did in any chance for a sharp photo. But it was the "best" right-angle shot in terms of composition I had in the one day I had between returning from my trip and the entry deadline.
One of my outtakes is perhaps a better photo, but I think the "strength" comes from other elements than the right-angles.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/12/2003 08:15:40 PM
focus and haze keeps this from being a neat shot.
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08/12/2003 12:45:04 PM
I like this shot. too bad it's a bit hazy. i dunno if it's the focus or just the air quality.
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08/11/2003 11:49:12 PM
A neat concept and composition. I'm not sure if it's the haze or actual lack of focus, but it doesn't seem like anything is quite in focus, which is a pity. It would be neat if the bridge pieces were in sharp focus, drawing the eye more completely to them and the involved angles.
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08/09/2003 05:43:04 AM
very unsharp. Was this taken from a car? Too bad, this could have been great shot.
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08/08/2003 06:28:57 AM
Washedout overexposed picture. Try lowering exposure setting, it will help on a bright day. Try infinity focus, it will give better focus to the fore and background. If you only want the bridge to be focus try landscape mode.
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08/08/2003 04:53:50 AM
Totally out of focus and washed out - sorry have to give you a [2]
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08/07/2003 06:32:58 PM
Mabe the towers could have been in sharper focus
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08/07/2003 11:55:45 AM
exposure is washed out. could use better focus and contrast. another possibility is to crop out all the landscape and just have the top of the bridge, perhaps stronger.
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08/07/2003 04:07:32 AM
the lower side is overexposed (the sky is too bright!)
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08/06/2003 07:46:23 PM
cool shot. nice idea. a bit out of focus though and a bit washed out 4
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08/06/2003 01:46:30 AM
....and there's never any traffic on that bridge. ;)
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