Closed Bridge in Winter
Already for several days it's freezing pretty hard in Belgium. Last Friday all the trees and plants were covered with a small layer of snow and/or ice. I decided to take my camera during my ride to work. It was still foggy but I was too excited to shoot some images early in the morning. Above you see one of the more hidden places of Zeebrugge. Of course I shot many more images which I post the next coming days.
TECH-INFO: I shot one RAW file, hand held, sitting on my knees, with my ultra wide angle. Because of the low light and an aperture of f/7.1 I focused a bit before the middle of the bridge. This turned out to be a very good compromise to have most important parts in focus.
The white balance was set to cloudy but it was still a bit too blue which I corrected while converting to a TIFF file. The color temperature became around 8500K.
In Photoshop I first cloned away a few little disturbing branches. With the color selection tool I added more black to the blacks (this may sound silly until you actually open this tool).
To add some kind of sepia feeling, I used the color balance tool. I increased the red and yellow of the shadows only, so the fog and snow stay unaltered.
The blue label on the pole in the middle is also enhanced a bit.
I found a neat way to boost the contrast: add a (curves) adjustment layer but change the normal mode to overlay. Then lower the opacity to make it less strong. Finally I added a small rectangular vignette to create a more intimate mood.
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