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Bridge repairs at Bangor

By dgould
Spontaneous shot at Bangor on Dee. I was impressed by the dark sky and bright sunshine, with this almost surreal, even sinister, contrasting figure in the fluorescent jacket. There's also a contrast between the age of the bridge and the modern and functional garb and equipment: a time-warp? So I was aiming for a street photography style of image: what is this chap up to and where is he going? Does this pic work for you in this way?

I had actually had a brief chat with this fellow who'd asked if I'd been rained on whilst riding my bike. Hand held with OIS, no filter.

Tags: Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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Jocelia Plus
6 2 1 Australia
28 May 2013 2:29AM
Interesting in everyway….GrinGrinGrin

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28 May 2013 8:01AM
An interesting image. I like the composition with the bridge dividing the frame in two parts. Also the red colors of the worker are contrasting with the blue and green tones of the surroundings. The POV is very good, with the lines of the parapets, leading to the horizon.
On the other hand the image is underexpposed. I don't have the feeling of the bright sunsine you describe. It definetely needs 1-1,5 stop and since your apperture is pretty good, I would suggest a shutter speed of 1/125. Also some more contrast and sharpening will help!
I have uploaded a modification with some minor changes - levels & sharpening.
All the best,
paulbroad Plus
10 123 1217 United Kingdom
28 May 2013 8:35AM
Interesting. Like the OK coral. Heading for a shootout with his chain saw. Difficult to see why he needs a chainsaw on a stone bridge bu obviously wood somewhere.

So, does make you think. Even with the strong backlight, I think you are a touch under exposed which flattens the highlights. You should be able to brighten things up a touch without loosing highlight detail.

28 May 2013 9:45AM
Many thanks for these constructive and helpful comments. I'd felt the contrasting brightness at the time, and everything that George and Paul have spotted and suggested have significantly improved the shot to capture that moment. I've tried your suggestions in Aperture which worked well. Much appreciated!
iancrowson Plus
7 211 146 United Kingdom
28 May 2013 1:01PM
I like the composition, works well for me.
Second the points about exposure.
I think it's one of those leaf blowing devices but a chain saw makes it a better story.
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3809 Canada
28 May 2013 5:12PM
Everything literally fell into place for a good composition here.

The -1 is the exposure issue, and when I add one stop in post processing, and tone down the red saturation in the jacket, add a little sharpening it looks good, - see mod.

The exposure compensation can trip you up, - remember that the camera has decided an exposure based on the brightness coming right at the sensor, so its already made a decision to reduce exposure, and you then add more, ending up where you did. So in this case, leaving the exposure alone would have worked perfectly I think.

Mod id slightly warmer also. View large.


28 May 2013 6:21PM
Many thanks Ian and Willie. This further mod is another significant improvement, thanks. This is a very good lesson for me, even in this backlit scene, to not overdo the exposure compensation; I guess the sky is overcast in the frame, and much of the brightness is outside the image on the sensor. Thanks again for all these very constructive comments on this post.

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