"The Bats and the Bridge" USA, 2010
My friend +Michael Connell
took me to Congress Av. Bridge in Austin, around dusk to show me a massive bunch of bats fly out from under the bridge, which they do every evening. After waiting a couple of hours for the bats to occur, we gave up waiting – Mike later told me that the non occurring had something to do with their cubs – turned around and started shooting up the street instead which turned into some pretty awesome photos.
Here’s what Mike got from that same spot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdconnell/4774384866/in/set-72157623040027438
To get this shoot I was standing so close to the street that I almost got My head ripped off by the rearview mirror on a bus driving by, so don’t you tell me that I’m not living on the edge…..
HDR, 5 RAW exposures, Photomatrix, all 6 photos added as layers in Photoshop, masked back the car trail lights, cleaned up a little ghosting, finalizing with Color Efex Pro and Lightroom for contrast and “last-minute” tweaks.
Camera: NIKON D3S
Shutter speed: 10s
Focal length: 24mm
Taken: 6 July, 2010www.justwalkedby.com