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The bridge modelling for BMW's worldwide press release...
This is one of the photos BMW has used to launch their new BMW 6 series concept coupe in their worldwide press release in September 2010. Click here for the BMW press release and the photos by BMW.

Also part of a series that earned me 2nd place in 2010 International Photography Awards (IPA 2010) in the category bridges.

I've recently found out that there were some discussions on Internet forums about photographing architecture. They basically claim that photographing architecture like bridges is simply plagiarism and absolutely no art since it disregards the 'real' artist, being the architect. I guess these guys really don't know what art and photography is all about. Does it really matter what your subject is in photographic art? What matters is HOW you capture and how you personally visualize it that defines if it is art or not...

I went back to the bridge. There was a thick fog. Although I calculated an exposure time of 256 seconds, I decided during the shot to double the exposure time since it was getting darker relatively fast. It turned out well.

I saw a Michael Kenna video very recently in which you could see the master at work in Japan, shooting his famous trees in the snow. And Michael Kenna hugged the tree just to get connected with the tree. So I've decided to give this bridge a big hug. I don't know if he likes me now, but I love this bridge anyway...

Technical info:
ND110 - 10 stops.
18 mm
512s (8min32s) exposure

Lightroom 2.0
PS CS4 - Silver Efex Pro

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  1. Susie Potter 37 months ago | reply

    Simply stunning :)

  2. Thomas Beckmann 37 months ago | reply

    One piece of ART.

    Do never forget why you are using your CAMERA !

  3. vytko1.618 [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    very cool photo, great job!

  4. Tonx- 37 months ago | reply

    Speechless complements!

  5. Carol How Photography 35 months ago | reply

    So ethereal! Thanks Joel for the technical details here. I've watched that video of Michael Kenna's many times.... so zen as are your images. Regards, Carol

  6. souchaks 35 months ago | reply

    Wow wow wow wow.....to infinity

  7. image freak 35 months ago | reply

    I love your work, Joel and think it compliments Michael Kenna's work admirably. If there are two modern photographers I admire most, it is you and Michael Kenna without a doubt.

  8. vrmusini 31 months ago | reply

    lovely tones here.

  9. jbnuthatch 28 months ago | reply

    seen a lot of these by you, and like this one best - so far, there's more mystery not seeing the far shore!

  10. Arni J.M. 28 months ago | reply

    Wonderful picture!

    award oracles500c

  11. la_cla25 26 months ago | reply

    without words.....WONDERFUL!

  12. Gate Gustafson 19 months ago | reply

    Your photo was viewed in Vision Quality 10 000 ...!!!
    Thank you for sharing your vision...!!!

  13. JLCármenes 19 months ago | reply

    Muy buen trabajo. Es un placer pasear por tu galería y poder disfrutar de tus fotos. Gracias por compartir.

    Fotografiando una manga.

  14. Gemma~A Passionate Photographer 15 months ago | reply

    Stunning image! My compliments to you.

  15. Nick Twyford 14 months ago | reply

    Splendid job!
    From Fine Art Photography
    A fabulous Image!!!
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    Thank you

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