Evolution of the Seafarers Bridge


When I did one of these a while back many of you seemed to like it, so I thought I might do another evolution of an image, this time looking at an image I did of the Seafarers Bridge here in Melbourne. I have photographed this bridge so many times over the last year or two, so it was good to try it again to see if I could get something different.

The image was taken last summer, and I wanted to see what my Nikon 14-24mm lens could do with the bridge. The very wide angle means you can fit so much into it. I love the lens, but wish I had ND Filters for it, I think I would be able to get some amazing shots with it.


Only a little processing has been done to it here,  using Adobe Camera Raw.

One of the things that I really didn’t like was the blue sky. I’m not a fan of all blue in the sky. I prefer clouds, not necessarily all clouds, but I like how they give the image drama and mood.  The first thing I wanted to do was replace it. I went to my sky folder and found one I thought would work. The latest version of Photoshop has a great application for masking the sky so you can replace it. It made it so much easier.

The new sky was darker, well once I was finished with it, so had to change some other things. I cropped the image as well. I wanted more focus on the bridge, though it wasn’t cropped much. I changed the colouring some too.


I think the worked image shows off the bridge more and it stands out. Though I did it a week or so back and wasn’t quite sure I wanted to show it at all. I put it up on Instagram today and it’s done okay.

So really, it was all about the sky in the end.

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  1. It almost looks like a carnival ride. I do like that final version best. The bridge is all about those lines and whirls and I think that version shows them best. Beautiful work, as always.

    1. Oh yes, I can see how you could think that, it is definitely all about those lines, I think they are meant to be like sails. Thank you Marilyn.

  2. I really love what you did here. I’m thinking of getting those actions you talked about. I need to take a look at the sky masking in Photoshop first though. I’ve been using Lightroom exclusively.

    1. Thank you Nicci, the actions are fun, and a good way to see what’s possible. I think if you haven’t been using photoshop you might need to work up to it Nicci. We will get you there.

    2. I bought them! I just spent two days holed up working with them. LOL I’m going to post a couple that worked. There’s one image I can’t make really work. I think it might just be not that great an image.

    3. Haha, sounds like you have been having fun Nicci. I will look for them, have you posted them already. They don’t work for everything, you just have to see what does and what doesn’t.

    4. Hi Leanne, I did do a post. Most of them are over saturated. They simply look different on different displays. However I was really happy with the Golden Gate Bridge one.

    5. Thank you, Leanne. I have a lot to learn about working with this lens. I’m totally excited though, in case you couldn’t tell.

    6. You will get there, the super wide angle is a bit learning curve. I find I don’t use mine a lot, but it is fantastic for some things. I can tell, it is great to see it.

    7. I think it will be best for buildings like the Flatiron. I’m going to try the Transamerica in San Francisco. I’m going to go back to Capitola in the winter at sunset and get those house without people in front.

    8. It is great for buildings like that, it is good for things up close, and things that are big, if that makes sense. Capitola, I’m jealous, that was such a lovely place. I look forward to that shot. Remember to look through the lens and go as close as possible, just make sure you now where you are walking lol. Don’t trip.

  3. I actually like both of them, but the new version is great. Might be interesting to do a post on replacing the sky. Would love to learn the trick 🙂

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