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Tarrant County Courthouse

This has been a year in the making. I have always wanted to get a photo of the courthouse from this angle. So what took so long? Well, Main St. runs from the courthouse to the Fort Worth Stockyards. The bridge you see (view looking south) crosses the west fork of the Trinity River. There is really no place to set up, I am not in an elevated position. At north end of the bridge, I found a place to park. I then walked across the street to survey the scene. In the past, there was so much traffic that this would have been possible.

Being is Sunday afternoon, and since we just had a major storm come through the area, traffic was lighter than usual.

I sized up the scene, set my aperture, speed and ISO to what I figured would be ideal. Then, when traffic lightened enough, and there were no cars coming from the north, I stepped out into the center left turn of the northbound traffic, and snapped this photo, the bailed out before traffic picked up.

I used my Nikon 200-500mm at 200mm, which made this look like I am in an elevated position. Oh, by the way, that little black speck on the wire just right of the courthouse is a bird. I thought it was a speck of dirt on my lens, but when I enlarged it I could see the bird.

I forgot, the bridge is actually going uphill at perhaps a 2 percent incline. The reason this looks level is the optical illusion with the telephoto lens.

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Taken on April 2, 2017