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Centennial Bridge at Sunset, Quad-Cities

Update 02-04-09: A slightly cropped version of this photo won Kevin's Pick (photo editor's choice) in the Quadsville Weekly Photo Contest of the Quad-City Times on January 30, 2009. The theme was "Open" (anything goes). This is the first photo contest I've placed in. = )


Update: This is my first photo to make it on Explore (peak position of #229 on January 6, 2009). = ) Thank you for all of the comments, favorites, and views!


The (Rock Island) Centennial Bridge is a landmark of the Quad-Cities that connects Davenport, Iowa, to Rock Island, Illinois. The steel arch bridge crosses the Mississippi River and carries four lanes of US-67.


Photographing the Centennial Bridge at sunset is a cliché shot around here, but I wanted to take a picture of the sunset with some other nice objects in the composition.


To be honest, I'm a little disappointed with this shot. The sunset was even more vivid and colorful about 15 min. before I took the shot,** and I think the picture would have better details and sharpness with a longer exposure time and a tripod. Nevertheless, this is probably one of my best recent photos... I didn't want to just shoot the bridge head-on. As I walked farther away from the bridge so it would fit the frame, I noticed the rail and street lights and figured it would be a nice complement to the lines and lighting of the bridge. It wasn't until later that I noticed the way the street lights illuminated the railing. I also noticed that this image seems to break the rule of thirds, but I like it anyway.


Click here for a different perspective of the bridge


Camera: Nikon D90,

Lens: Nikon Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED

F-stop: f/3.5

Exposure time: 1/2 sec.

ISO Speed: ISO-1600

Focal length: 18mm

35mm focal length: 27mm

Photoediting: slight crop to 4x6 only

Other notes: shot handheld (thank goodness for VR)


**jonesiniowa was able to capture these colors beautifully on that day.

See his photos here:


Be in the Fight

This Night's Sky

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Taken on November 18, 2008