Sunset Bridge Kiss

I had a great Thanksgiving weekend. In addition to wonderful time with my family, I made about 1,200shutter actuations. Some were in bursts, and a good deal more were in brackets, so I do not have that same number os unique images to review and process, but there are a lot.

A good number of them came during the drives to and from my wife’s parents’ home in upstate central New York. I was able to do even more than expected because on the way home, my awesome wife offered to drive the entire trip so I could shoot both halves. Which led directly to this shot.

It always disappoints and still surprises me when I manage to mees up a perfectly simple static shot. I can stand in front of, say, a building, have all the time in the world, and screw up the focus, or take a bad angle, be as careful as I want to be, and for some reason I fail to notice my error until I look at the image on the computer.

But I can also do this. Doing about 30 mph, on a bridge, in traffic, from my car. Through sheer luck we perfectly timed our transit over the George Washington Bridge. It was a gorgeous day yesterday, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s (that’s Fahrenheit for you non-Americans) and there were a fair number of people walking, jogging, and riding their bikes across the bridge. And then there was this couple.

I managed to catch them, in a kiss, camera looking west towards the sunset, and with no cars in the right lane blocking the view. What a perfect way to end a great Thanksgiving Weekend.

Meanwhile, over at Rob Hanson’s blog, he is hosting the latest round of the HDR Collaboration Group with a fun set of brackets we all teased him about. Please head over to the link to see the results and get the story behind our teasing.

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  1. I look at the image on the computer. my awesome wife offered to drive the entire trip so I could shoot both halves.

  2. Glad you enjoyed the holiday break, man. This is a great capture, Mark. Awesome sky and composition.

  3. Sounds ou had a great weekend. This is really beautifully captured. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of your shots.

  4. I don’t know if I could even pull off a shot like this standing still, let alone taken from a MOVING CAR!! Good Lord, sir, that’s some mad skill you’re using here!! What a great, great photo, Mark. Truly.
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  5. Amazing shot here man, I love the glow of the image and what an amazing moment
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  7. Wow, don’t know waht happened there…. haha. Anyways, the jist was blah blah blah awesome shot! Loved the writeup, the same stuff happens to me!

    1. Hey Adam, thanks for the comments. I was about to delete the crazy one, but then realized it is readable with some effort so I just left it. One of those weird web formatting hiccups, I guess.

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