Mechanical Anatomy

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Looking out the seventh floor window of a hospital while waiting for an elevator, I had time to study the machinations of the buildings.  Perhaps it can be considered mechanical anatomy.

Pt. 5, Parting shot

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Nice clean lines, an almost cathedral like effect.  Lines drawing the eye up and over.  I came, I saw, I crossed.  I am satisfied with the journey.

Pt. 4, Breaking Rules

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When I started working with this image, I almost passed it by.  But, something about it kept calling me back.  I realized that it breaks some of the traditional rules I’ve learned in photography.  It’s heavily weighted to one side, making it awkward and out of balance.  It sort of follows the rules of thirds, maybe.  But the texture of the concrete is intriguing and adds its own value to the composition.  Compared to the metal support moving to the right, the concrete actually appears soft.  The metal erupting out of the concrete is well defined and rigid, and giving a sense of launching into space.  But, that’s just my interpretation, you may see it very differently.

More of my images can be seen at Northern Visions Media.

Pt. 3, Swerves and Curves

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Line, shape, texture, leading lines, geometry, it’s all here!  Hard for me to say which version I like best, they both work.  Perhaps there’s a bit more drama in the black and white image, and the lines seem a bit more pronounced.  If I were to frame one, it would be the B&W version.

More of my images can be seen at Northern Visions Media.

Pt. 2, Suspension

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This perspective reminds of some roller coasters I’ve ridden.  I’m fascinated by the artistry of the graceful flowing arches and the criss-crossing lines forming a pattern against the bright blue sky.  The black and white version, for me, brings out the details of the geometry and highlights some of the other subject matter in the image, such as the jet contrail, power lines and shadows.

The Lowry Ave Bridge, Part 1

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Walking from the east river side overlook, this was  the first impression of the bridge.  From this perspective the viewer is presented with the geometry of the construction, shadows from the morning sun and the white on blue of bridge and sky.  The arch gives the sense of leaping into the sky as one crosses from one side to the other.

The monochrome version strips away the color which emphasizes the lines, shapes and shadows.  Multiple leading lines take the eye from one side of the bridge to the other.  Unlike the cars and pedestrians, the eye can fly up and over the arch, perhaps taking the opportunity to imagine the view up river, all the way to the headwaters, or downriver toward the skyline of the city and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.

Canon 5D Mark ll, ISO 100, 62mm, f/7.1, 3 image bracket, HDR Efex Pro 2, Silver Efex Pro 2

The Lowry Ave Bridge, Introduction

 

I don’t typically do my posts as a series, but I will break with tradition in this instance.  I’ve had my eye on this bridge for a couple of years and finally made time to pay it a visit.
The Lowry Ave Bridge crosses the Mississippi River north of downtown Minneapolis, and with it’s more contemporary style, is a departure from many of the older stone and metal bridges that span the river in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  For more history on this bridge:

The Lowry Avenue Bridge is history

Former Lowry Avenue Mississippi River Crossing

I feel that each perspective deserves separate attention and comments.  I will be presenting both color and b/w versions of most of the images, you can decide which you prefer.