When Your Vision Becomes Reality
As photographers, we are constantly scanning around us for photo opportunities. I drove under this pedestrian bridge many times. A quick stop to get the shot is not an option as it crosses over the highway and the light rail. I knew I had to make a special trip to find the best access to position myself below it and away from oncoming traffic. It was a stormy evening last week and I had the urge to finally get the shot, or at least make a first attempt at it. I had also just received the new Fuji XT-1 and wanted to take it out for a spin…
A heavy downpour was threatening and bicyclists on the bridge were scarce. At least I had found the best way to access it for the next time, but I was determined to get at least one decent shot that night.
I was envisioning a very minimalist image. The bridge taking center stage and the human element as a silhouette very small in the frame. I also envisioned some motion blur for added effect. I was ready!
This first shot is exactly the image I had envisioned each time I drove by that bridge. The bridge is the main subject, but the image is only complete with the human figure which draws your eye immediately. I was satisfied but not thrilled. It was okay for a first attempt, I guess.
I almost left after this shot because I wanted to stay dry and the sky was more and threatening. Then I decided to get a bit closer and try another frame if, by chance, another bicyclist would enter my stage…
AND there he was! The guy with the unusual bowler hat. Forget the previous shot, I knew I had a much stronger subject in this second one and a better composition as well.