Revealing The Covered Bridge: Pulling out the details of light and shadow

© Paul Mozell 2009

Why do we love covered bridges? Perhaps for the same reasons we love watching the ocean or a crackling fireplace. I’ve been over the Albany Covered Bridge which crosses the Swift River, slicing through the White Mountain National Forest, a hundred times. On this day, accompanied by my 7 year old assistant Molly Mozell, I took a few moments to plant my tripod on the ancient wooden timbers of this landmark, and took about 5 bracketed exposures of the interior of the span.

The Albany Covered Bridge over the Swift River

The Albany Covered Bridge over the Swift River

This shot utilizes High Dynamic Range (HDR), or the blending of multiple images to create a final shot. The result is an image with a range of dark to light values that is much closer to what is seen by the human eye, than what we see in the usual one-shot digital photograph. More on this at a later time, same time, same station.

Exterior of the Albany Covered Bridge

Exterior of the Albany Covered Bridge

The bridge was originally built in 1857 by a team of skilled craftsmen. I plan to pair the first photo with one of the hull of a wooden boat – yet to be taken.

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