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Three Bridges

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 30 December 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

There are tons of bridges over the Willamette River in the immediate Portland Area. In the Portland Bridge Pedal each summer, we bicycle over 10 bridges (including one over the Columbia River).

HIGH KEY EDIT - late yesterday, I ran my "High Key" photograph through Viveza 2 and added some "Structure." You might want to check it out.

MORE ON 2010 - In addition to having a place to share my work, I joined Am3 to be affected by outstanding photographs. Now I am whipping through so many photographs so fast that I don't begin to allow myself to be penetrated by outstanding photographs. In 2010, I want to spend much more time with photographs that I believe to be exceptional. Closely related to this, I hope to spend more time on my photography and less time commenting and responding on Am3 (as most of you know, this can take up an inordinate amount of time and emotional energy). When it comes to posts, I want to emphasize quality over quantity. As Dave duChemin so rightly reminds us, the world has way too many mediocre photographs. Expect to see fewer posts from me. If we are all lucky, they will be better posts :)) In a later post, I will say that my primary goal for 2010 is to become a better person. That is true. But I also want to become a better photographer.

NIKON D700 1/320 second F/11.0 ISO 200 85 mm (35mm equiv.)

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Cheers to a better 2010 for you then Jack and thanks for being a friend!

30 Dec 2009 5:08am

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

Finally done with the three episodes! This one is nice. I like the dark blue water and the kayak!

30 Dec 2009 5:29am

PATRICK from miramas, France

very nice compo

30 Dec 2009 5:59am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

This looks like an interesting bridge :) Who lives up there?

30 Dec 2009 7:27am

@Nicholas: They control the whole middle section of the bridge going up and down.

laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Belle composition !

30 Dec 2009 8:57am

Florence from Paris, France

Those bridges seem so huge and what a original place to build a house. Ideal when you don't want to mess with neighbors !
I understand you point of view Jack. It's true that it requires a lot of energy to comment and post. And energy is photographs' best friend. You know what I mean. ;-)

30 Dec 2009 9:06am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A perfect composition that enhances the flatness of the picture! The excellent view! I like! Good morning Jack and many kisses!

30 Dec 2009 9:15am

Mhélène from Paris, France

Beautiful coors and framing for these bridges !

30 Dec 2009 9:28am

kerfendal from Paris, France

very interesting Landscape, probably nice for bicycle, have a happy new year

30 Dec 2009 10:33am

Marie LC from Voiron, France


30 Dec 2009 10:58am

@Marie LC: Oui :))

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Bless you in your ventures in 2010 ... I admire them.

30 Dec 2009 11:59am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I know how you feel Jack, best of luck in 2010....oh I love the blue in this photo!

30 Dec 2009 12:28pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It has to be a beautiful area! Good panoramic view :)

30 Dec 2009 12:46pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I recognized your resolution for 2010. I hope 2010 will be a fruitful year for you. And for me, if possible.

30 Dec 2009 1:11pm

zahra from shiraz, Iran

great,very cool.

30 Dec 2009 1:18pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

wonderfully composed...

30 Dec 2009 1:48pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Very nice compo. I wish you could have a great 2010 my friend!

30 Dec 2009 2:11pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente composición!!

30 Dec 2009 2:47pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Beautiful textures and colors Jack!
I am happy to hear that you are going to take more time to focus on the things you love in the upcoming year! I agree that posting takes a lot of time and energy...I think that the value is in slowing down, and finding what it is we enjoy about another person's work, then taking the time to digest it and think about how we can use that to better our own work.
I think photography is a wonderful way to express ourselves and think about how we fit into this world and what role we'll play in it- I too, plan to spend more time on quality of life, than quantity :)
I wish you and your family the very best for the upcoming year.

30 Dec 2009 3:38pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

SUPER !!! Super POV and perspective; great colors!!!!

30 Dec 2009 3:51pm

Slackwater - don from spokane, United States

I like the rugged look of this bridge shot and the way the bridges seem concentrated. Well done. I like your idea of quality over quantity. Our digital era has made taking too many pictures so easy that it seems less thought is going into what we shoot, and how we shoot, and why is almost forgotten. I 'm talking about myself, by the way. :-)

30 Dec 2009 4:14pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

excellent shot ,with beautiful graphic lines !
friendships ,jack !

30 Dec 2009 4:19pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great image - I like the kayaker in the water and the first bridge and then the red bridge in the background! That sounds like it would be a great ride!!

30 Dec 2009 4:32pm

@Scott F. Schilling: Your wife would love it!!

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

Great framing & details, especially the lone kayaker. I really like the nuance of shading in the water!

30 Dec 2009 4:53pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I love those bridges. That's a project for one of these days. Great shot.

30 Dec 2009 5:13pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Very good shot

30 Dec 2009 5:18pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Great shot - love the low angle you have taken it

30 Dec 2009 5:44pm

@LESLIE: Walking along the Esplanade makes for terrific bridge shots.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great view here and it helps that the bridges are all different colors to be able to discern between all three. I second your sentiments, but I must admit that in 2009, I learned quite a bit from fellow Aminus3 members. Hopefully I'll be able to put that to good use to present better photographs. There are soo many things yet to learn. Happy New Year!

30 Dec 2009 6:10pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Excellent image ... and as for your comments regarding 2010, I concur.

30 Dec 2009 9:38pm

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Lovely lines in this...wishing you all the best for your dreams in 2010!

30 Dec 2009 9:42pm

@MrsAmber: Thanks, Kate.

Krisu from Tampere, Finland

Nice lines, bright colours.

30 Dec 2009 10:35pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful shot here Jack.....great composition...and wonderful light...wish you well with your 2010 venture......I agree, posting every day and commenting on all your friends does take time.......but I can tell ya that I have DEFINITELY become a better photographer in the past year, from learning things, spending lots of time here does have it's pros and cons.....hope you find the right balance for yourself!

30 Dec 2009 11:04pm

@Susan: I can see myself spending much the same amount of time but spending it primarily with photographs that I think are outstanding.

Barbara from Florida, United States

The color and clarity are exceptional. I do like your POV being right there as if in the middle.
That is some bridge in the foreground. Looking closer and referring to your comment to Nicholas, I see that the center section raises up. I don't recall ever seeing a bridge like this.

Sharing your 2010 comments is appreciated. I have found myself caught up in the challenge of comments/reply so much that it has taken me from my original intentions of being here on AM3. That is to learn and advance in my photography. But I have also met great people who possess a creative passion through the lens.
Wishing you well in all of your passions and adventures in 2010. Happy New Year!

31 Dec 2009 1:06am

@Barbara: You have been a real gift for me this year.

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

I hope that you achieve your goals in 2010, Jack and understand exactly what you mean. Many thanks for all of the photographs and thoughts you share with us, I for one am always learning from your words and work.

31 Dec 2009 1:35am

@SOUL AFLAME: Paul, I was so worried when you took your break from Am3; you and I came on in late 2008 at about the same time, and I followed you "religiously." To find you back was like a weight being lifted off of my back.

Ajay from Pune, India

Lighting has really helped a lot, I guess. And I love the colour of the water.

31 Dec 2009 1:49am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

As you know, Jack, I've cut my visits and posts way back. Initially due to my son's wedding preparations and my mom's visit, and then the carpal tunnel, it became obvious to me the break and cut back was needed. The goal now is to find a happy medium.

Great bridge series - you definitely have a lot of shot options in Portland - great city for bridges.

4 Jan 2010 4:58am

@Toni: Thanks, Toni.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

I was going back to this shot - a great documentation about the bridges, but I´m a little irritated by the darker stripe in this pic.
I´ve already cut down my daily time on am3 - as much as I love spending my time here, I want to work more concentrated on older pictures and I´m still struggling with myself which dslr camera I should buy..

5 Jan 2010 8:58am