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A Bridge Of Progress

The West Gate Bridge, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The looming structure of the West Gate Bridge overshadows a tranquil, polluted spot of the natural world underneath it.

Is this what we call 'progress'?

Shot under the West Gate Bridge, from Stony Creek Backwash park, in the western suburbs of Melbourne at midday.
Polariser used.

Tools

Nikon D70 | Tamron 70-300mm | ISO 200 | f/11 | 24mm | 1/250 sec
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:iconphotostosendhome:
Photostosendhome Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love this, very strong imagery.
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kYrAh-NeLL Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
Beautiful :D
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:iconbaseckas:
bAseckas Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
amazing.... very good shot.
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:iconr-eign:
R-eign Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007   Photographer
all i can say is your amazing
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DarknessStar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005   Traditional Artist
Wonderful! Simply wonderful! the shot is amazing. With the angle and how the sky fits in with the picture! Lovely job! ^.~
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:iconchris-wrecker:
chris-wrecker Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005
i was wondering if i could maybe use this as a graphic for my band?
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:iconelementality:
elementality Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005  Professional Photographer
Go for your life :)
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:iconchris-wrecker:
chris-wrecker Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005
awesome i will make sure to credit you and link you deviantart page
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:iconelementality:
elementality Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2005  Professional Photographer
Awesome :)
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:iconweeja:
weeja Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2005
simply amazing! Excellent in every aspect :D
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DarkApple Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
Holy mother of mary, god and jesus.

Ah Wawawewa!

That contrast is out of it, damn that looks tight!

love the contrast, love the colors, love the clouds... what can I say - fav -
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:iconbule:
bule Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2005   Photographer
Definitely love the tones in the shot.
The sky also seems menacing.

Great work, mate.
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scottdoom Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I see this shot has already recieved enough attention, but I'd just like to add once again: Excellent capture.
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:iconelementality:
elementality Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2005  Professional Photographer
Thanks alot :)
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Kimmuriel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
Great phtograph...almost surreal/psychedelic. I like it.
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indorock Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
what an eerie sky...as if god/mother nature is angry! and justly so :(

the photo is nice, the description adds to it...good job
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:iconkcline:
kcline Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2005
Good god... everytime I see your work I WEEP. You are just too good, I try to hate you but i can't, I just love ya too damn much.

Geez... unbelievable and beautiful and gloomy and colorful.
How the hell do you fit so many contridictions into one image. Fantastic.
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Snapshooter Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2005
Magnificent colours of the sky! Your editing is perfect!
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:iconaislyn26:
aislyn26 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2005  Hobbyist
great shot. interesting piece and message to go along with it.
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almostlighthearted Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2005
i saw this featured in StareDecisis' journal..love the intense colors and the reflection on the water. well done.
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thaimonkey Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2005
they may ruin nature, but i love pictures of 'em. great photo.
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:iconpm-grafix:
pm-grafix Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2005   Photographer
Fittive title and a picture full of emotions!
You really captured it in a lovely way.. I especially like the huge, dangerous-looking clouds and that awesome reflection :clap:
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jotamyg Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Great composition and the angle is sooooooooooooo amazing!!!

GREAT WORK!! ;)
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sidetracked Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, but I missed the part about the pollution, and the irony of the "progress"... In this case the image is even better than I first thought, as the overall darkness affects the mood of the image (making it sad, bleak, harsh, industrial, eetc...) as well as allude to the "dark" murky water, the "dark side" etc... though ideally some obvious sign of pollution would be nice, but would that be too much? maybe too obvious? also, not possible clearly...
but the description is a valid part of the piece... I wish they had more of them at art museums and stuf... not just the history of the piece, but what it means from the artist... though some pieces its nice to come up with your own meanings... lol i really use "..." a lot... see! there i go again!!!
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sidetracked Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect weather! You're able to get the exposure dark enough to both capture the amazing cloud texture, as well as the foreground... which isn't TOO dark (though perhaps in a real darkroom i'd try dodging it a big, but i suck at dodging in photoshop :lol:) anyways, the reflections are what really make this image special... the lines of the bridge coming together from the bottom and the top, and then the bridge itself fading and zigzagging off to the side. This also nicely ties the image with the title (and concept) of moving forward, presumably towards "progress"...

Nice work :clap:
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scy00013 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
The colours and light generate an impressive atmosphere in this picture!
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dlusion Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005   Photographer
The dodging/darkening you did to the sky isn't very even, the brushtrokes are easily visible because the edges near the bridge are still light.

I'm sorry if I'm blunt, I'm just trying to be helpful. The photo itself is great, just needs a more detailed darkening, that's all ;)

I'm a sucker for dark tones :D
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sammy-lee Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005
Absolutely wonderful :D
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:iconelementality:
elementality Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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cribbo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005   Photographer
Lots of stuff going on in this picture. The clouds and the windy bridge look amazing. WELL DONE!!!!!!!!! :clap:
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:iconrevxus:
revxus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005
So crisp and clear. I love it.
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:iconelementality:
elementality Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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StareDecisis Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005
first thing it reminds me of is "bridge over troubled water"
Excellent shot. I love the colors and the dark sky tones. Such a great perspective.
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:iconbada:
bada Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005
Wonderful shot. So expressive, the colors are so powerful!

Excellent photo! :clap:
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:iconelementality:
elementality Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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Lilithx13 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005   Photographer
The clouds are awesome! The colours are nice and crisp too. Nice work!
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:iconelementality:
elementality Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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Lilithx13 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005   Photographer
your welcome. :)
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etherealcob Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005   Photographer
wow nice shot. looks really good :thumbsup: keep up the good work :)
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pluffypluffy Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005
Another eye candy photo! Mm I like the polarizer--whatever it does, it works nicely. :thumbsup: :)
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Overconfused Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005
I the love the colors, there so rich. Its very beautiful!
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alexwise Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
That's Beautiful! How the hell did you do that !! :)
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:iconsmuggler-of-mos-espa:
Fantastic shot. So epic.
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:iconelementality:
elementality Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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:iconsmuggler-of-mos-espa:
Don't mention it, amigo.
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caro77 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2005
Great coloured picture:wow::clap::hug::sun:
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katkitty84 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2005   Photographer
:) Great shot.
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:iconkrush:
krush Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2005
love the sky and tones here, gives it a great atmosphere !
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:iconelementality:
elementality Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005  Professional Photographer
Thanks heaps mate :)
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cdaile Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
i have to say, this is a FANTASTIC shot! it's colour is just amazing (i love polarisers), and the angle of the bridge and the reflections over the water have been captured so well. you've really brought out your thoughts here about progress, it's such a shame that we do this to our wonderful country.. great photo though, just amazing! instant :+fav: (and if it were a print, i'd buy it!).
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Camera Data

Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D70
Shutter Speed
10/2500 second
Aperture
F/11.0
Focal Length
24 mm
Date Taken
Sep 13, 2005, 12:18:01 PM
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