I want to start blogging about my travel images. I was revisiting the images that I had taken last year and even though I have shown them before, this travel image series will weekly post an image or images that I had an artistic or photographic significance to me. They were usually very purposefully taken and with an intent. It is an attempt to analyze and evolve my artistic style. So I will be hopefully post weekly one or two images and explaining why and what I wanted to achieve by them.
Redding CA - Sundial Bridge
The first two images I wanted to show are the two images from Redding, CA Sundial Bridge. This first image is taken from the ground near the base of the dial. I love the angle of the dial and really wanted to use the leading lines of the cables and the walkway grates. I chose to change it into black and white to allow the focus be drawn to the dial and not the people. And I did wait until the runners and walkers came into mid-view of the image rather than waiting for them to completely pass. This was a great tip from a landscape photographer to bring scale and life to an architectural image. Since this bridge is used by locals every day, this conveys how people use the bridge from day to day.
The second images of the bridge was more traditional architectural image. I remember having to find a spot far away enough to get the bridge fully in the frame. This required me to stand in the shrubs on a mound of mulch with my tripod. What is also challenging for me as a shorter photographer, that an image like this the camera view finder may be higher than my eye level to gauge the level. As you can see the ground slightly not horizontal, but this is not as noticeable because the Sundial's stronger triangular lines.