Our bridge-themed August photo contest received many truly amazing photos. Picking a winner was no easy task for the judges, but all eventually decided upon Jay Howard’s vibrant image of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Read on to learn how he made this image!

Please tell us a little about yourself. What kind of photographer do you consider yourself?

I was born and raised in the northwest and have always loved photography. I would consider myself an enthusiast with an aspiration to become a Professional. I shoot as much as I can – and shoot a wide variety of subjects.  While I started photography to shoot wildlife and birds, landscapes and stars now seem to dominate my time. Although I’m learning, and enjoy, portrait photography too. I like the challenge of expanding my skills each time out.

From concept to pressing the shutter button, how did you create this image?

By coincidence, I ended up in Astoria on this particular evening. With the sky looking more and more interesting, I decided to set up near the pier. This was shot with my Canon 7D, 10-22mm lens along with 2 hand held 4×6 filters. My settings were 12mm at f/16 for 13 seconds at ISO 100. I tried to stretch out my shutter speed to get more out of the clouds.

What was the post-production process for this image? What software did you use or what adjustments did you make (if any)?

Almost all my post-production is done in Lightroom. Adjustments were made to white balance, clarity, vibrance, along with a slight crop, to bring about this final image.

Where can people go to see more of your work?

My work can be seen at www.jayhowardphotography.com and http://500px.com/JayHoward.

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