Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- George P. Coleman Bridge


Blogger micki said...


Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 0.7 seconds -.5EV
Aperture Setting - f-22 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 24mm
Polarizer Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer
Cropped heavily at the top and some at the bottom.

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Late post today. I kept getting distracted from my work to play Dance Dance Revolution with the girls. I’m not going to get anything accomplished with that game in the house. It is too much fun, although I keep improvising and getting out of control. What can I say, I love to dance.

I have tried every which way to get a complete shot of theGeorge P. Coleman Bridge. At 3,750 feet, it is the longest swing bridge in the US, connecting the middle peninsula of Virginia to the lower peninsula. Although the toll was promised to be lifted years ago, it continues to be a toll bridge, with tolls on the rise. It is the only way off of the peninsula for most residents who don’t live in the upper region where we meet the mainland. As infrequently as I cross the bridge, I have been stopped numerous times for openings and even been stuck on the bridge when it broke down/”got stuck” a couple of times. Once time I was about seven months pregnant with my son and it was a blazin’ hot summer’s day. It is a sight to see when it opens, and even though it’s prohibited, many will leave their vehicles during the opening to watch. I’ve seen it open for Navy ships used in the War on Terror, tug boats, and even a submarine once. Immediately after 911, announced openings were banned. That ban has been lifted and we are now given advance notice, but I never think to listen for one before taking off…and I’m always late in leaving for appointments anyway.

So, a few Saturdays ago I was out shooting in Yorktown and the sunrise reflected off of the sky west of the bridge so nicely, and I was far enough away to get the whole bridge in the frame, I took a couple of pics. To the left of the bridge is Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown and to the right in the corner is the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point. I cropped it to a pano because I thought it looked better that way.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A very interesting subject. I enjoyed reading the link too. I like the whole bridge shot and the panorama was matural fit. Nice one.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Beautiful warm colors. I love reading about the places where people live. The crop works well in this shot.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Great image of an interesting bridge. I think you're right that the panoramic format is ideal for this.

11:28 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Lovely shot Micki...what a great light you captured here. Great to read the history and how it has effected your life. Phil

12:20 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice landscape shot...lovely warm sunlight and blue water:-) must be a nice view from this long bridge.

1:56 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

one of the best tuesdays till now methinks...excellent landscape...

2:29 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Great how the light is playing on that bridge structure like it is spot lit. Reading about it, I start to think there are many photo opportunities on, under and around that bridge – especially if they publish the opening times . .

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

This bridge is very harmonious in the landscape.
Nice photography!

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Cool subject and a cool story Micki.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Very nice, Micki. Really like the lighting around the bridge and the overall colors.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Ron said...

Try a Holga Panorama :)

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

DDR was very popular in our house a couple of years ago...Both pads are broken at this point and the boys haven't bothered to get new ones. It was a lot of fun and it really could shake up the house, especially when they would have their friends over to play it!

I really like this shot a lot. It's beautifully lit and a very pretty scene.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous tuan said...

oh my! I LOOOOVE Dance Dance Revolution!! I could play all day long if it weren't for my dodgy knees. Great way to exercise.

Looks perfect cropped given the length of the bridge.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

WOW! What a view! Nice job.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

What a gorgeous view, Micki! Great shot. That sunlight is perfect. I like the little bit of 'land' in the foreground, as well.

I'd love to see a shot of it with a ship passing through, or even a submarine! :-)

8:14 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Great shot and I too love hearing about the everyday things in peoples lives. Micki, you have such a way with words. its fun and informative.
Keep dancin'

9:25 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Thank you for sharing the info and WOW to the photo!

10:42 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Lovely shot Micki!

11:03 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Great shot Micki. I too would like to see images of the bridge open to shipping. I love the colours and the pano is great.

12:54 AM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

I really like the Tuesday glimpses. Your town looks like a place that would be fun to visit and see all of this stuff in real time. :)

3:20 AM  
Anonymous david said...

i've always enjoyed my visits to your home town - this bridge is great to see; an impressive looking structure.

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Love the warm colors, superb capture!

10:27 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

The crop is quite effective in enhancing this composition - what a view!

8:38 AM  

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