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. = )
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.
Camera: Nikon D90,
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED
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: