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on Feb 25, 2014 in Landscape Photography

Dewey Bridge

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I’ve been driving past Dewey Bridge for decades always saying, “I should stop.” Well on our K&M Moab Adventure we finally did and I’m really glad we did. This bridge built back in the early 1900′s was once the main artery from UT to CO. Before it was built, there was a ferry taking commerce across the Colorado River. Now we speed across a modern bridge but this once marvel of construction could take a maximum of 6 horses and 3 wagon carrying 9000lbs and promoted as state of the art. Now just a skeleton of what it once was, it was restored to its current condition to preserve a small slice of our history. Simply cool!

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Now the photo of the bridge aren’t any stoppers, at least until you take the gloves off and start telling its story. This was an amazing early example of a suspension bridge and at the time of its construction the second longest of its kind! Well, what is a suspension bridge? Its a series of cables strung to take and transfer the load. So with this, I went to those cables to tell there story.

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Shooting with the Df and ever amazing 24f/1.4G AFS (and Nikon 77mm Circular Polarizer II Filter)I got physically right under the cables to the point where they were basically resting on the lens shade. I then shot them at f/1.4 for the results you see. I wanted much of the cable and bridge structure to be a hint to force the eye to just see the twist in the cable, what gives it the strength to support weight. Now I show it at f/8 just so you can see the difference and power of f/1.4 in telling a story because that’s what I was after. It’s no secret I’m a history buff and I find it very challenging at times to tell its story in a single click. Using the right tools is a big part of that and for me for this subject and story, the 24f1.4 did a great job.