2013 Year in Review : How Many Ways Can You Photograph a Bridge?

 Before the new year starts, I thought it would be fun to look back on the most viewed and most “liked” posts on this blog.

For some of these Year in Review stories, I may add other photos or additional notes that have similar subject matter but did not run in the particular post the first time out.

I will also provide a link to the original version.

For those of you who missed these posts the first time out, I hope you will enjoy them. For those long timers I hope you will enjoy taking a second look. (please see more photos and text below)

I will also be running new posts as warranted so please keep an eye on the ISBAA dailies.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made this blog a success and wish everyone a happy new year!

This post originally ran Sept. 6, 2013 Please click Casselman Bridge to see the post in its original form. Rob Paine Photo

Rob Paine Grantsville Bridge
Casselman River Bridge in Grantsville, Md., by Rob Paine

Have you ever started on a project or a blog post on a busy day and said to yourself, I just want to put something together that is short and sweet, I am sure this topic will fit the bill. Then you find out it will be a little more involved than you think it will be. (Sort of like setting up your first art festival booth LOL). (please see more text and more photos)

That is how I started out on this piece. I felt I had shot a couple of nice images of the Casselman River Bridge in Western Maryland and it would make a nice little post that would include some photos taken from an unusual point of view. Then I realized how many times I had photographed this historic bridge in practically every season or type of weather except for during a snowfall, ( I am working on that).

The Casselman bridge is one of those iconic landmarks that has appeared in photos so many times it almost demands you try something different. The photos on this page were taken over the last few years. My favorite is the second from top  image as I really like the nice warm glow the photo takes on.

A 200th birthday party is being held for the bridge in Granstville, Md., on the weekend of Sept. 20-22, 2013.

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Photo 14

The photo of course with the most unusual point of view is the photo taken through the dandelions. For that angle I placed my camera on the ground set on a very deep depth of field so I could get the dandelions in the foreground .

Sometimes to get to an unusual angle you have to try all the regular angles first.

The State of Maryland’s park Web site says the following about this state park : Casselman River Bridge State Park is a 4-acre parcel located east of Grantsville in Garrett County on U.S. Route 40. It is a popular area for fly fishermen, photographers, and history enthusiasts. When the 80-foot span was erected in 1813, it was the longest single span stone arch bridge in the United States.”

So over the years I have strives to always get different looks of the bridge. Earlier this summer I even applied my panorama addiction to the cause. (click on photo below to get full panorama effect)

Casselman River Bridge  Rob Paine Panorama
Please click on image to get full panorama effect

A photo tip I have written about before applies here too. When photographing a building or structure if possible do a 360. Walk completely around the subject you are photographing to see if from every angle. In the case of this bridge it is equally important to get the bridge from different levels, shooting up, across, etc.

Rob Paine Casselman River Bridge

web  bridge date stone

angle of bridge web

web fishing bride new

web big view bridge

Each vantage point provides a different impression of this bridge. Which version do you like?

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

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