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"Bank Street Bridge"


Built in 1912 and restored in 1993, the Bank Street Bridge is the most attractive piece of civil engineering in Ottawa, Ontario. Beautiful lighting makes it especially eye-catching at night.


Odd-looking color casts are always an issue when shooting in artificial light. Your camera's white-balance settings may help but probably won't solve all the color problems in situations like this so corrections with image-editing software are necessary. To get rid of the yellowish-bluish cast in the BEFORE image I desaturated and darkened the yellows,  reds, blues, cyans and magentas.

But while I wanted to reduce these colors in some parts of the image, I was careful to retain them in other areas. I didn't want to lose the yellow lines on the road, the red streak of tail-light, the yellow sign above the arch on the right, the yellows/reds in the foliage and the subtle color variations in the cobblestones. A photoshop layer mask allowed me to precisely target the areas where color would be altered.

The BEFORE image is well exposed but the light looks flat. I used fine-contrast and tone-curve adjustments to add sharpness and detail. I especially wanted to bring out the detail of the cobblestones.

An ultra-wide angle lens (14mm) created perspective distortion - notice in the BEFORE image how the edges of the bridge seem to be twisting away from the center. I corrected this.

I cropped the image to make the bridge more prominent and remove dead space in the upper right. I used the clone tool in photoshop to eliminate the distracting orange and black pylons in the upper right.

And oh yes, I could find no way to set up the shot without including my tripod's shadow. I got rid of it with the clone tool.


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