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A Bridge Too Far

By conrad  
This is one of the bridges across the Waal River at Nijmegen. Major parts of the film 'A Bridge Too Far' were shot here because this bridge resembles the former bridge at Arnhem closely, and the one at Arnhem is no longer there, but was replaced with a more modern one years ago after the war.

I don't have a lot of experience with this kind of shot, so any suggestions for improvement are welcome!

Thanks for looking,


Tags: Nijmegen The netherlands Holland Bridge Too Far Arnhem Landscape and travel

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gordon.m 15 31 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2005 10:13AM
crackin shot

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Wooly 14 112 4 England
28 Dec 2005 10:14AM
Looks great to me.

kinfatric 15 550 9 Scotland
28 Dec 2005 10:18AM
i think its great Conrad also the description
Blenkinsopp 13 320 4 England
28 Dec 2005 11:11AM
like the composition, exposure and colours
28 Dec 2005 11:54AM
Rally beautifull

dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
28 Dec 2005 12:47PM
Well, not knowing the location, it's hard to say 'you should move there', etc.
The foreground is confusing with the branches and road sign, though I can appreciate you wanting to get them in. Actually, I 'd say it's the two lamps that are the real offenders, as I do think some foreground is good.
I like the way you have the reflection, and the exposure is spot on.
You did ask for comments, so no doubt others will disagree!

pcjackso Junior Member 14 7
28 Dec 2005 12:57PM
Beautiful night shot
MarkT 14 119 2 England
28 Dec 2005 1:28PM
Great shot.

GillyB Plus
14 317 8 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2005 2:32PM
Superb night shot, colour and reflections are perfect.
If I had to change anything then I would lose the footpath, which I find distracting. But that is only a small niggle in a superb image!
BenF 14 14 United States
28 Dec 2005 3:25PM
Nice shot.
User_Removed 14 279
28 Dec 2005 8:36PM
Drove over this bridge about ten years ago - also visited the cemetary at Arnhem.
Haven't been to the Netherlands for a while now but must drive over again in 2006.
Fancy a beer?
Best wishes, Simon.
mellyleth 15 212 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2005 1:44AM
I think this is a superb shot Conrad and (in my opinion) thought it benefitted from a slight crop. I think I can see what you were trying to do by adding some foreground, but I don't think the shot needs it as you already have those wonderful reflections to look at. You took this at just the right time of day too.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
29 Dec 2005 4:26AM
Ah, thanks, everyone - I knew I could rely on you guys to put me on the right track!

There were some considerations I didn't mention in my description because I wanted you all to come up with them yourselves. Here they are:

Yes, I knew it wasn't the best location. I stayed close to my car - this is not the "best" area of Nijmegen, and I had the dog in the car and didn't want to go too far away. It wouldn't be the first time a good-looking dog had been dognapped. So I made do with what I had within about 50 yards of the car.

The crop was something I considered but didn't do. I do like the view without the footpath, but think the lower street light looks a bit strange, cut off like that.

On the other hand, I do like Mel's cropped version. Hmmmm...

Simon, I don't drink beer (teetotaller), but if you don't mind me having a glass of squash or juice instead, do come and see me - I'll show you the most photogenic places in my part of the world...

Thanks for the mod, Mel, it's something to think about. Maybe I should crop the footpath out and clone out that street light.

User_Removed 14 279
30 Dec 2005 3:34AM
Squash or juice or a cup of Earl Grey would be terrific Conrad. Smile
Gavin 14 17
30 Dec 2005 7:21AM
Nice low light image

AngelaR 14 155 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2005 7:27AM
Lovely shot Conrad - instantly recognisable too as the film is a regular on our TV (husband's choice, but one I tend to watch with him!).
conrad 15 10.9k 116
30 Dec 2005 9:34AM
Thanks, guys!

And this makes 30.

I think I prefer this to the close-cropped version. Just why I prefer it is not so easy to say. This feels like a complete picture - the image as you saw it. The cropped version lacks context for me and isn't sufficiently abstract to zing as a photo of bridge.

What looks like a light dusting of snow, adds some time and place for me - I can feel the cold.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
3 Jan 2006 4:46AM
Ah, someone who sees the big picture! Wink
Thanks, Laing, yours is a viewpoint I can understand - thanks for your comment, and for contributing to the RC!

jan 1 15 12 Netherlands
5 Jan 2006 12:24AM
Lovely warm evening colours, Conrad.
I think still prefer the last upload
ps. The mod. is cropped better.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
5 Jan 2006 1:50AM
Thanks for your comment, Jan!

11 Jan 2006 12:25PM
A superb image ... I love the colour and the light .... the reflection is great ...a very well composed picture .... I love the angle that you have taken this at. I have to say ... I like BOTH this AND the cropped version! Excellently taken! Click*
conrad 15 10.9k 116
11 Jan 2006 11:24PM
Funny, I also feel that both have merit in its own way. Thanks!

vaughar 15 242 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2006 3:31PM
Like it, just not sure about the foreground lamp..
conrad 15 10.9k 116
15 Jan 2006 2:27AM
Neither did some of the others - which is why there's a cropped and cleaned version in my folio as well, Rob. Thanks for your comment!


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