River Crossing

One of the many tools I use for scouting out places to shoot is the free and powerful Google Earth. I've been a user since it's release years ago and it has only gotten better and better. Perhaps too much so, I'll explain shortly. But beside the fact that you can explore the world or your neighborhood from your desktop or phone, and it's loaded with features, I still find that many people don't even use it at all.  Are you a GE user? Anyhow, I love it for it's pinpoint-accuracy, landing you exactly where you want to go. The image below is an example of it's usage. I was scouting a very rural area some months ago and saw an interesting bridge. It looked like an awesome river crossing and I wanted to check it out and see what the surrounding area had to offer. Bridges have no addresses but everything has a GPS coordinate (latitude & longitude), so I entered that data into the vehicle and off I went.

Now this is where I made reference to Google Earth being "too" good. When I arrived, the bridge was a far cry from that wonderfully rendered structure I saw on the monitor. Guess I should have known better. :-) However, it was exactly where it was suppose to be. After shooting some brackets and exploring the area I discovered that this was a hidden watershed that fed a downstream reservoir.

River Crossing
River Crossing

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The bridge needed painting and was looking quite weathered so I applied a painterly effect to help this scene become a little easier on the eyes.

Thought I'd try a mono version as well.

River Crossing - B&W
River Crossing - B&W

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