Brooklyn Bridge Wires and the Flag (New York)

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The Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic element of the New York landscape. It is easily recognizable with its historical roots and you cannot go wrong by including it in your composition.  I have plenty of photos of the New York skyline with the presence of the famous arch. Every time I visit NY, I make sure to take at least a few shots of the bridge. On my last trip, I found the new bridge perspective for myself by shooting it from the Staten Island Ferry.

But what I realized years back was that it is not easy to come up with a meaningful composition while actually walking across the bridge. The first obstacle is the bridge wires. They are everywhere and when you want to compose the shot with part of the bridge as the foreground element and Manhattan as the backdrop, it is not easy to avoid them (wires). The second challenge is obviously people. They are everywhere and it can be ridiculous if you try to walk across the bridge in the middle of the summer during the high tourist season.

When composing this shot, I tried to deal with both of these problems differently. I managed to avoid tourists by shooting upwards. The second issue was solved by making the steel cables the main element of the shot. This formed the abstract symmetry of the composition.

And of course, without the flag this photo would look too monochromatic and symmetrically boring

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Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: Original RAW Photo

Camera: Canon 60
Lens:  Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 70mm 
ISO: 100
Aperture: F5.6
Exposure Time: 1/500 sec
Bracketing: single frame
Tripod: hand-held

Processing: Photoshop and Lightroom

Lightroom: import, tagging, straightening, perspective correction, color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop:  cleaning, basic color correction, cross processing effect using Curves Adjustment Layer .  (check my tutorial Before & After: 14 Editing Steps of my Typical Post Processing Workflow )
Photoshop Plugins:
 – Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise (sky)