Louis Trocciola :: Phototrope Studio :: Leaving The Station Photo Blog

October 1, 2009

2 Beaded Bridges With A Boat Painting Light


There’s just something special about night imaging. Then you add HDR into the mix. Good stuff.

2 Beaded Bridges has been added to “35 Fantastic HDR Pictures” on Smashing Magazine web site. Thanks to the Editors, Vitaly Friedman and Sven Lennartz.

3 Exposure HDR. Click image for full size.



Brooklyn & Manhattan Beaded Bridges



  1. The blue lights dotting the cables is the perfect touch to this awesome photo.

    Comment by Clint — November 20, 2008 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

  2. I agree – night imaging is something special. The fact that the two bridges aren’t parallell brings discreet life and motion to the image.


    Comment by Staffan H — November 21, 2008 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

  3. I really like the night-HDR combination. Really nice! Looks beautiful.

    Comment by m a r t a — November 22, 2008 @ 6:43 am | Reply

  4. Wow, what an beautiful image! I love the strong harmonic colors.

    Comment by Frans — November 24, 2008 @ 4:57 am | Reply

  5. spectactular! congratulations on being included in the magazine website

    Comment by ankush — November 26, 2008 @ 12:58 am | Reply

  6. Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas to you and your family 🙂

    Comment by dinesh1201 — December 24, 2008 @ 2:29 am | Reply

  7. nice and beautiful picture. by the way i’ve just bumped you from alphainventions.


    Comment by daishz — December 29, 2008 @ 10:47 am | Reply


    My wishes for you, Great start for Jan, Love for Feb, Peace for March, No worries for April, Fun for May, Joy for June to Nov, Happiness for Dec, Have a lucky and wonderful 2009 FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

    Comment by dinesh1201 — December 31, 2008 @ 2:58 am | Reply

  9. wow, truly beautiful

    Comment by mikewalzman — January 6, 2009 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

  10. Yep Jealous!!!! You got some good stuff here. Thanks for passing by my blog with some advice.

    Comment by When Giants Meet — January 7, 2009 @ 10:09 am | Reply

  11. Beautiful and tranquil. Great job!

    Comment by Framed and Shot — May 11, 2009 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

  12. Truly gorgeous shot and post. Well done!

    Comment by Bob Towery — August 11, 2009 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  13. Great idea to put two bridges horizontally and create a perspective picture like that. Nice work!
    The front bridge is a bit dark for HDR, is it intentionally?

    Comment by Rod | BouncedPhoton — November 2, 2009 @ 1:57 am | Reply

  14. Rod,
    Yea, the front bridge is dark in certain areas…mostly because from the perspective the shot was taken from there was zero light on the top of the pillar and the underside of the road. To get those sections exposed would have caused dramatic ghosting due to the required shutter speed/reciprocity, cause/effect and other parts of the image would have blown out highlights. This image was taken close to midnight. To actually get the front/underside part of the bridge exposed would have required a 5, 7 or 9 bracketed set, creating a different set of problems with really long exposure times, movement on the river, etc.
    Here’s a second image from a different angle with much more manageable dynamic range and exposure time…
    Thanks for the great comments. Stop by again.

    Comment by studiophototrope — November 2, 2009 @ 11:16 am | Reply

  15. Louis,

    Thanks for explanations! Yes, it would indeed be a bit tricky to have a good exposure on all subjects.
    However, there is a little technique I learned useful for complex-lit subjects as this one. It requires basically to take one more exposure to get the dark object correctly exposed. After that one would need to tonemap that single RAW file with same settings as the main HDR so they look alike. Then, by using layers in photo editor it will be possible to mask the dark section in main picture and replace it with a properly lit one from single tonemapped file.

    It is more work, but useful in some cases.


    Comment by Rod | BouncedPhoton — November 8, 2009 @ 8:28 am | Reply

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