Focus On Image by Terry Pytlarz (Volume 1)

20140101-193311_MG_8847-EditPHOTOGRAPHER: Terry Pytlarz

WHEN: New Year’s Day, 2014

WHERE: East Avenue Viaduct Erie, PA

.3 sec at f/4, ISO 1000
75mm (EF24-105 f/4L IS USM)
Canon 7D

WHY: About three years ago I saw this shot from the other side of the bridge during the day. I couldn’t take a picture at the time and it took a while for me to get back to the right conditions…including shooting this image at night. As it happened, the conditions were excellent on New Year’s Day 2014.

HOW: I had to boost ISO to get a fast enough shutter speed, of course, but I still dragged the shutter to get a bit of motion blur on the person. It was a fun shot and really glad I returned to the location. I was fortunate that I didn’t have to wait long. This gentleman was the second of two to walk over this now abandoned inner city bridge. I wanted an image of this bridge before it’s torn down (the debate is on). The fading number of street lights is a testament to its probable demise.


One response

  1. What a great capture! It shows multiple aspects and is very striking 🙂
    For those who live in NW PA it serves as a reminder of the brutal conditions this winter, but it also shows a moment of solace, possibly even loneliness of one walker. The “attitude” of the missing street lights enhances this feeling nicely. I love when an image draws me in and makes me wonder “the rest of the story” why is this person walking? Where were they headed? Why are they alone? Good job! 🙂

    March 18, 2014 at 6:06 AM

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