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A recent assignment of mine involved a trip to the Brooklyn Bridge. At first I was a little upset that the visibility was shitty, but after I snapped the first shot I decided that I actually came at the right time. The thick cloud in the background shuts out all distractions and adds a nice texture instead of a stark white sky, allowing the viewer to concentrate on the structure. Shot on the Canon 7D with an 18-55mm lens I knew that I wanted an extremely wide, inviting shot of this massive structure. Symmetry is one my most harbored techniques and a recurring theme throughout a good portion of my portfolio. I knew that I wanted this shot to be practically perfectly symmetrical, but I had to be very careful of how I handled the ropes of the bridge. Lines in a photograph can either make or break your shot. Just like highlights our eyes easily find and travel along stark lines in a photograph, so you have to be aware of your framing and surroundings; especially when taking a portrait of someone (steer clear of telephone lines & poles, lamp posts, fences, etc). There was obviously no way to avoid the harsh grid lines of the bridge, I had to use them to my advantage. I had to the let the lines lead the viewer into the photograph. I did this by being mindful of my corners and letting the lines lead to and from them. Now, when looking at any line in the photograph your eyes will travel along it and to the center where we are introduced to the foundation of the bridge. When looking at the center foundation we feel surrounded by the lines that seem to continue past the frame and make us feel as if we are there at that moment standing on New York's most iconic bridge.

The Brooklyn Bridge

  • May 4th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 18mm / f/7.1 / 1/80 sec

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Sushila C.  over 4 years ago
fantastic shot!