Weekly #780 - Bridges Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 21/08/2022
Judge: retsoor

Anything that includes a bridge. It can be any kind of bridge and it doesn't have to be the main feature.
Good luck
Competition Entries
Link Posted 22/08/2022 - 09:53
Comments to follow


Link Posted 22/08/2022 - 11:29
Congratulations to HazyJ for that stunning winner!!
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"


Link Posted 22/08/2022 - 12:15
What a cracking set of images!
Link Posted 22/08/2022 - 17:56
Hello everybody,
A good amount and selection of lovely photos to make this week’s judging almost impossible.

Ball St Bridge by garethjmorgan - A lovely example of our heritage well captured in this photo. I like the bridge leading the eye from the old buildings on the left to the woodland area on the right with good reflections of the bright colours in the water making the bridge stand out

Middlesborough transporter bridge by HazyJ – A well composed and exposed shot balancing what is left of the natural light in the sky, with the bright white lights picking out the bridge, and the orange glow of the background with some excellent starburst effects.

Under the bridge by Nigelk – Nice to see a different aspect or point of view, not the easiest of techniques I’ve found, but well executed here and well exposed showing plenty of detail in the construction.

Night on the Tyne by davidtrout – Another fine example of how much more dynamic this is taken at night all lit up and quite atmospheric, I like the crop showing a section of the bridge as opposed to the whole thing and with no distracting background the bridge really stands out with those colours. A different take on a much photographed bridge.

Perch by Perspicador – A different interpretation of a bridge but that’s fine. Members of the parrot family are always photogenic with their bright colours and always seem willing to take part. A cheerful entry.

I wonder where that leads to by takuman – The title sums this up well. This is the very type of bridge and setting I like to come across whilst out walking. The picture really entices you to want to cross it, stopping to look over both sides and to see where it leads to. It is what you can’t see as much as what you can that makes this a good photo.

Bridge on the river made me cry by vic cross – The title deserves a prize on its own. I don’t know how long the bridge is but I’m not sure I would want to be on it for too long. The angle of the photo has captured how precarious it looks with very little gap to the edge and no barrier. Definitely the most dangerous looking bridge I’ve seen. Well captured.

Somewhere in rural Warwickshire by davidwozhere – Another well composed and executed shot with more to see the longer you look at it. Lots of detail with a great depth of field and a nicely balanced exposure between the highlights and shadows. The perfect reflections really make the photo and draw the eye under the bridge and beyond. The viewpoint from the left bank shows part of the underside of the bridge giving it an extra dimension.

Waiting for the road by RayW – Quite a gritty and nostalgic feel to this photo which could have been a scene from times gone by. Railways go hand in hand with bridges, either going under them or over them. This shot shows how sturdy some of these are with the emphasis on strength and practicality. It looks like a Pullman car at the back which is always nice to see.

It will rise with the Moon by Flan – Scenes and bridges can look so different depending on whether the tide is in or out. There is often more going on when it is out as all sorts can be exposed in the mud and the banks such as the waders here and what I assume are rocks and boulders which are quite unusual. The bridge itself looks quite grand and old and is a good focal point in the picture.

Millau Viaduct by mr mellow – This is a truly spectacular construction, so different from the archetypal French bridge. I knew nothing about it so looked it up, the stats are amazing. It has been described as one of the greatest engineering constructions. It is almost “space-age” in its appearance and this has been well captured in this photo showing its sheer size. Good exposure and detail.

Bridge in the mist by drofmit – There are very few things better than going for an early morning walk and coming across a scene like this before the sun has burned off the mist This photo has caught it all almost Constable or Turner like. The composition and exposure are excellent and the reflection under the bridge superb.

Cyclist on the bridge at dusk by Noelcmn – Great shapes and lines in this photo, I like the light reflected on the main structure which then draws the eye up as it curves away to the left. The support cables then draw the eye back down to the bridge and onto the cyclist.

Bridge on the Oregon coast buy bronkobilly – Another great feat of engineering with this beast of a bridge which is almost dwarfed by nature and the forest surrounding it framing it nicely. Unfortunately as the camera is a Canon it is ineligible. Sorry bronkobilly. Get a Pentax and join in.

After a great deal of consideration:-
1st place Middlesborough transporter bridge by HazyJ
2nd = Bridge in the mist by drofmit
2nd = Somewhere in rural Warwickshire by davidwozhere
3rd Bridge on the river made me cry by vic cross
Hc’s to all the others as it was so close

Thank you for all your entries and over to HazyJ


Link Posted 22/08/2022 - 19:04
Well done Hazyj , for a towering photograph and runners up Dromfit plus Davidwozhere.
Thanks also to the judge Retsoor for critique and comments on all entries, yes it was a difficult task to separate the first three


Link Posted 22/08/2022 - 23:46
Well earned win by Hazyj - congratulations, and to Tim and Vic on not having to judge next week's collection (!) And thank you from me for the same reason. We also have to thank our judge for dealing with an excellent set of entries.
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Link Posted 23/08/2022 - 00:10
Congrats to Hazyl and to Drofmit and David. Thanks for the 3rd. place.
I've just put up another photo in the gallery of that train journey. It was the old sugar train from the days of the sugar plantations converted to a double decker tourist train. It was my75th. birthday and the train had free rum on board. w
We ran out so they brought more from another carriage and the on board band came and sang happy birthday to me. Sheila is the one in the air. We were all a little tiddly by the time the trip finished.
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Link Posted 23/08/2022 - 07:46
Thanks for a great competition… and the speedy results despite the standard …. Thanks also for the podium position and congratulations to the others
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"


Link Posted 23/08/2022 - 08:35
Well done to the podium winners and many thanks to Retsoor for a subject which resulted in some great entries. Looking forward to HazyJ's new topic.
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Last Edited by davidtrout on 23/08/2022 - 08:36


Link Posted 24/08/2022 - 13:16
Hazyl are we getti ng another competition soon?


Link Posted 24/08/2022 - 15:09
Perspicador wrote:
Hazyl are we getti ng another competition soon?

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Link Posted 24/08/2022 - 15:11
Perspicador wrote:
Hazyl are we getti ng another competition soon?

I was about to ask the same question.
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Link Posted 26/08/2022 - 07:56
Congrats Hazyl, concur with the sentiments already expressed here-creacking winning shot! Worthy winner. Congrats extended to drofmit, davidwozhere and vic cross for their respective podium places. Thanks Retsoor, for the challenge, the judging exercise and the C&C's. That could not have been an easy one to judge! Fantastic submissions.
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