“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams
While traveling to Florida, I spent the night in Pensacola near the Escambia Bay bridge. I had traveled across this bridge many times and wanted to make a photograph of it. The time was right. I could be on scene near sunset. It was cloudy but the sun was giving the clouds some nice colors. I found a good vantage point to make the exposure and set up my camera and tripod. I wanted to make the water appear smooth so I knew a long exposure would be necessary. Using a neutral density filter I was able to increase the exposure time long enough to get the effect I wanted and still have a good exposure. Next I framed the scene to achieve a nice composition while being careful not to include elements that would be distracting. Several exposures were made while changing the focal length of the lens and adjusting the focus. This is the raw image that I selected from the several exposures:
After post processing, this is the final image as I had visualized.
Thirty minutes later I photographed the bridge during “the blue hour” making the image completely different.