Apr 10, 2017

Sunrise Photography at the Claiborne Pell Bridge in Newport, Rhode Island

 Newport Bridge

After photographing Hazard Rock in Narragansett last week I returned back for some more sunrise photography. I envisioned a picture of the Claiborne Pell Bridge aka as the Newport Bridge. The suspension bridge spans Narragansett Bay connecting the city of Newport on Aquidneck Island and the town of Jamestown on Conanicut Island. It turned out to be a stunning sunrise that made for pristine photography condition. On my way there I got a bit lost and did not find the location I had my eyes on at first. Since sunrise was quickly approaching I decided to pull over on Bay View Drive and enjoy the magic. There were basically no other cars around which it was ok to park that way on the sidewalk. 

I quickly set up tripod and camera. Equipped with a Canon Mark IV and a Canon 28-70mm I went to work. In this image composition I opted to incorporate a bolder in the foreground which serves as an anchor for the viewer. The strong contrast between the dark rock and the bright morning sky also added more interest to the photograph. I used a spit ND filter to balance the light in the front of my camera and the magical sky.

During post processing I brought back shadows and adjusted highlights. I then dialed up contrast, lighting and color saturation before removing dust spots and imperfections before sharpening the final image of The Claiborne Pell Bridge.

Good light and happy photo making!


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