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An Alternative View

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Canon EOS Rebel XSi, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, f/14, ISO100, 18mm, HDR, 5 Exposures


When driving to Minneapolis to photo at St. Anthony Main, there were two subjects I wanted to make sure to bracket, the Stone Arch Bridge and the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. From the east bank of the river, there was not a good vantage point to capture the Stone Arch Bridge without heavy tree blockage. Had the lower trails been open, the view would have been better, but they were not.


The view of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge was better, but no angle was available that did not have a street light or parking lot between the bridge and the camera, except for the view underneath the bridge, which I found very interesting.


First, the bridge was in two sections instead of one solid road. This made for interesting break in the frame and leading lines. The repeated geometric shapes of the bridge framework accented the leading lines and created some great interest for the eye to follow from one end of the bridge the other.


What might be surprising was the actual flowing water under the bridge - the bitter Minnesota cold typically will freeze at least the surface of the running rivers. The St. Anthony Falls, part of the hydro power station, is just downriver to camera left, thus giving added temperature and current to this part of the river, keeping it from sitting still enough to freeze over. More added interest to the frame!


This bridge is considered to have been the first permanent span across the Mississippi River at any point and is quite the beautiful structure. It's a shame that the east side of the river did not produce a good enough angle to show off the span, at least not one I felt good about shooting. Even if it had, it would not likely have resulted in an image that I liked better than this one. Very tickled with the results!


The couple of hours I spent taking pics at St. Anthony Main was quite enjoyable and I'm pretty pleased with the results, even with the disappointments of the Stone Arch and Hennepin Avenue bridges. There will be a return visit, this time to the west bank, to grab these shots and others such as the falls, the flour mill ruins, and the 3rd Avenue Bridge, but this return trip will likely wait until warmer weather and longer daylight hours come back around.


Where will the next Twin Cities series take us? Stay tuned!

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Taken on January 23, 2011