It sure does look like I had free reign of the Williamsburg Bridge after looking at this shot, right? In actuality, I just caught a very lucky break of empty space in between waves of bicyclists and pedestrians making their way to or from Manhattan. What you also don’t see are two other photographers getting their own style and brand of images to my right.
I had the pleasure of shooting withand along this bridge. The point here is that we were a small community of photographers who fell in line with each other quite nicely. And that is an important point to make.
Engaging in a photowalk with other photographers comes with some etiquette and decorum. We look out for each other – we do what we can to help minimize external distractions in the frame and we keep vigilant eyes open to ensure we are all safe and all the while, we still keep true to our own unique styles and brands – and these are not mutually exclusive events.
So when you’re out and about with fellow photographers, keep this in mind. We are contemporaries, not competitors, of each other. It’s a very big world out there and I’m so happy and lucky to be able to share it with so many other talented artists.
In terms of exposure & processing
I used my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L prime lens to get this image.
This is a nine exposure tone-mapped HDR image. There was simply too much of a tonal variance to capture everything in one exposure. I tone-mapped with Photomatix and stylized inPerfect Effects 3. I went heavier than normal with the punchiness of the color because I felt that it served my agenda of conveying a particular mood – upbeat but tense.