Friday, July 20, 2012


Hammond Trail Bridge on the Mad River, July, 1012

This  former railroad trestle is serving as a vital link for hikers and bicyclists wishing to avoid highway 101. I rode over this bridge dozens of time back when I commuted from home to work at the airport.

I doubt that this image would win in any juried shows, but I do think it gives a good idea of the structure. I combined nine images to create this one. All were taken with the Canon 17mm Tilt-Shift lens. I kept the camera in one spot, and moved the lens in its holder to get the different parts of the image. I took three exposures of each of the three "shifted" parts of the image. What that means is that I took -2, 0, and +2 exposures of the three  different parts. At home, I took each group of three, and processed them as "HDR" images.  I later combined or stitched the three HDR processed images into a vertical panorama in Photoshop. I took that output and processed it in Lightroom.

I hope that makes some sense. It sounds like a lot of steps, but I think it pays off. I did something similar several months ago with the image of the Eureka Inn April 17, 2012.