You certainly can’t force the creative process.
Over the past month, I’ve been in dance-music-WMC-mode and my creative output has been a reflection of that. While shooting nightlife has it’s moments and helps put gas in the tank of my W210, I have been on a quest to expand my subject matter a bit.
So, I went on one of my long nighttime drives this past Friday.
(Yes, that’s an LCARS Star Trek theme on the iPad…geekery…)
Really in a sense of wanting to do something outside of nightlife, and also hoping for that flash of inspiration. So, with that, I grabbed my gear, jumped into the 210 and headed north on the Turnpike.
Florida’s Turnpike happens to be the smoothest driving around in the area, especially at night. I settled into a comfortable cruise speed, and before I realized it, I was already north of West Palm Beach and crossing into Martin County.
After a quick bearing check, I ended up crossing over the Jensen Beach Causeway towards Hutchinson Island.
The causeway itself from above is an undistinguished piece of civil engineering. But I did notice there were parking areas leading to points directly under the bridge. On a whim, I pulled over and into one.
And as they say, jackpot.
Underneath the plain concrete-and-steel of the bridge becomes an amazing piece of civil architecture. The beams and supports form a range of interesting shapes and forms. However, the one spoiler was that the whole structure is lit in sodium-vapor lighting. The yellow isn’t flattering, and is difficult to color balance and photograph property. So, with that, I thought of the bridge more in the nature of form rather than color. I’m usually not in the business of shooting monochrome images, but that is the way I began to look at it.
In the end, this was the successful route, in my opinion. Since I captured in RAW, obviously I had the original color information at my disposal, and it was a trivial matter to “do monochrome properly” via Lightroom and Photoshop. The end result, I’m actually quite proud of. It has definitely set my mind into a different mode, with regards to the structures, forms, and objects that make up the “infrastructure” of South Florida.
And yes, this print is available for purchase from my print website. Use code EBCESF and you can save 20 percent off the final cost of your order…
More to come soon!