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03-06-2015, 04:09 AM   #1
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Suggestions for composition and POV
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I grabbed this sunset last night downtown after a snow storm. I'm just having a hard time deciding if the bridge in the foreground works well or takes away from the city. It's not an attractive bridge by any means, which is why I'm not extremely happy. In my mind, the bridge I was shooting from was higher, so I wouldn't be so much looking "up" at the city as I am here. By the time I got set up and realized my POV was off, I didn't have enough time to switch locations.

I would appreciate any suggestions.

2 minute exposure, fyi



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I'm not a big fan of the bridge. I would Google Image Pittsburgh skyline and you should be able to find a better spot to shoot from.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TimPGH Quote
I grabbed this sunset last night downtown after a snow storm. I'm just having a hard time deciding if the bridge in the foreground works well or takes away from the city. It's not an attractive bridge by any means, which is why I'm not extremely happy. In my mind, the bridge I was shooting from was higher, so I wouldn't be so much looking "up" at the city as I am here. By the time I got set up and realized my POV was off, I didn't have enough time to switch locations.

I would appreciate any suggestions.

2 minute exposure, fyi
For me, the bridge is more than a distraction--it's covering the city/skyline almost totally at one point. Your thought was good in that if you had been higher, the bridge's location would have been ok. At least you went out for pics! I only took a few from my yard. Maybe today....
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Bridges like that are funny - had you waited 30 minutes it would have been a much more powerful shot, as the bridge would have been illuminated with traffic and deck lighting and would have worked well as the subject. You definitely would have benefited from a higher vantage point.

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I'm not a big fan of the bridge. I would Google Image Pittsburgh skyline and you should be able to find a better spot to shoot from.

Tim
I know of a few places that might be better, so hopefully we can get a few more nice skies before my work picks back up again.

QuoteOriginally posted by Kriss Quote
For me, the bridge is more than a distraction--it's covering the city/skyline almost totally at one point. Your thought was good in that if you had been higher, the bridge's location would have been ok. At least you went out for pics! I only took a few from my yard. Maybe today....
I wish I would have been able to climb up the arch of the bridge I was shooting from...it would have been more than high enough!

QuoteOriginally posted by Sagitta Quote
Bridges like that are funny - had you waited 30 minutes it would have been a much more powerful shot, as the bridge would have been illuminated with traffic and deck lighting and would have worked well as the subject. You definitely would have benefited from a higher vantage point.
Hmm...I hadn't though of that...maybe some evening after dark I'll return and see what it looks like. Good idea!
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