Bruce Lee’s majestic image of the Hawthorne bridge on its 100th anniversary caught our attention in last month’s photo contest. We received many really great images, but the unique perspective and lighting of this photograph made it stand out among the rest. Read on for information from the photographer on how he made the image. And thank you to everyone who entered the contest!
I have been interested in photography my entire life. I started out shooting film and happily moved into digital in 2004. I have worked with several professional photographers and eventually started my own business, ALTER IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY in 2007. I exhibit my work in local art shows and also do Wedding, Portrait, Pet, Event, and H.S. Seniors.
I shot the image of the Hawthorne Bridge during the 100 year celebration of its construction. I had heard that an artist was going to do a display on the bridge with lights and fabric so I planned a late night trip to see what kind of shots I could get. This image was taken on July 31, 2010 just before midnight. I used a Nikon D300s with a 10.5mm fisheye lens. The camera was attached to a “POD” bean bag seated on the grating of the bridge. I experimented with different angles and used a remote shutter release to take the shots. The bridge was closed for the celebration, but there was a maintenance vehicle driving slowly toward me in the right lane providing the light rays in the image. It was a 25 second exposure shot at f/ll, ISO 100, and manual exposure mode. Adjustments to saturation and contrast were made with Aperture 3 software.