The Backstory of the Bridge

With what was probably a pretty evident “no-blog” Wednesday yesterday, and what appears to be a no-show for the Thursday Thoughts series this week, I decided to promote the Backstory for next week and share that with the reading audience today.  What makes this particular image unique is that this was taken in my pre-SLR era.  Just prior to entering the SLR market, I had a point and shoot Olympus and while it took pictures, the shutter speed wasn’t as responsive as I was looking for.  Nevertheless, it went with me pretty much everywhere.

My nephews were in town for a vacation a while back when we were still in South Carolina, and that visit happened to coincide with the grand opening of the Ravenel Bridge.  This was a HUGE project that took several years to complete, and the new bridge encompasses 10-12 lanes over the 2-lane bridge that previously spanned the Cooper River (coincidentally known as the Cooper River Bridge) that connected downtown Charleston, SC to all points west (Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, and Myrtle Beach).  The economic benefits of increasing the traffic flow over 200% are astronomical.  As a part of the festivities, the weekend before the new bridge was to open – the general public was given an opportunity to walk across the bridge en masse – in the middle of the highway.  We decided the event would be a fun event for the boys, so off we went.  Amidst the increased the width of the new bridge, tens of thousands of people traversed the roadways over the weekend.  Having an opportunity to walk down the middle of that now insanely busy highway lent itself to photo opportunities that are rarely available afterward.  So, we trekked the 3-mile bridge on foot, and I took several pictures with the point-and-shoot camera.

Most were pretty blase as I was clearly very early on in my understanding of photographic composition, but a few did have a fun perspective.  At one point I actually found an opportunity to lie down in the middle of the road, and point the camera upward to the gray sky to capture this one:

The Bridge and the Backstory

I guess, as the old saying goes, even a blind squirrel can find a nut occasionally! 🙂

Happy shooting all, and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!

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3 comments for “The Backstory of the Bridge

  1. January 22, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Nice Shot – My brother lived in Mt Pleasant a couple years ago, I have been over this bridge –

  2. January 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    What a great photo…. and how sad getting that same shot would result in being run over now!

    So, you’re an Olympus to Canon convert? You should have a talk with my Olympus friend, because I’ve been unable to convince her 😉

  3. January 23, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Hey, be careful what you say about Olympus, Tanya. We’re (Olympus users) watchin’ you!


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