This past weekend was spent attending the Rehoboth Jazz Festival in Rehoboth Beach Delaware, a beautiful seaside community. I also visited nearby Bethany Beach and Ocean City. The weather was outstanding and made for a weekend to remember. Hanging out with 30 or 40 friends for this annual event is always a grand time.
Although this was not a photography trip, I still managed to collect some images, which I will be sharing here in the near future.
One such image is that of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, which has replaced the old structure (removed this summer). The new bridge, officially known as the Charles W. Cullen Bridge, opened in January 2012. It’s a cable-stayed structure, a design that has been around for many years and can be seen all over the world. But what makes this one unique is the fact that it is the first to use LED lighting. I managed to get a few night shots but have yet to process them, so for now we will have a look at this sunrise image below.
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As the sun cleared the horizon, I positioned myself to bend the sunlight around one of the main bridge piers. Since I was shooting into the sun, this had a nice controlling effect on the light. I also set the aperture to f/22, which often squeezes out a flare or in this case, a sunburst. This also assisted with a longer exposure to smooth out the very rough water on this windy and chilly morning. To add additional stability and avoid camera shake, my weighty camera backpack was placed onto the tripod hook.
Additional adjustments to the white and black balance were set in Lightroom 4. The image was then exported to Photoshop CS6 where the “French Countryside” filter in Topaz Adjust 4 was utilized. To complete the tasks a small amount of vibrance was applied.
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