Photographers visiting Fayetteville, WV may experience an irresistible attraction to the New River Gorge Bridge. Every photographer knows it’s been done before, still we can’t help ourselves. This is one of the highest vehicular bridges in the world made of a humbling 88 million pounds of steel and cement.
On a recent climbing trip I took advantage of a rest day to find the ideal shot, which led me to Fayette Station Bridge (a nearby, smaller bridge with this unobstructed view). The next morning I woke and forced myself out of the tent before dawn. We made it to the location just as the fog was beginning to clear and the sun was rising. Luckily, the early morning effort was matched by nature’s good graces and an image was captured. After all, it’s a long drive from Miami and we lugged the camera gear all the way.
Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami available for assignments in South FL and throughout the U.S.
Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering professional services in portrait, product, interior, and architectural photography.
Welcome to Miami… now pay me.
If you have traveled to Miami via the international airport, then chances are you have driven under this automated toll collector. Not only does it make our lives easier by eliminating the exchange of cash on the highway, but it also has pretty neon lights suitable for an introduction to the magic city.
Maybe you’ve seen the highway scene from Bowfinger, if not check it out for a sense of what it’s like to shoot from the shoulder of a highway. Wanting to make each shot your last is your natural defense system’s way of keeping you alive. But any photographer knows a few takes is better than one.
We did plan ahead for the sake of our own safety. This gem of a shot was captured at dawn with minimal traffic (only the hospital workers en route for the start of the day shift) making our awkward presence slightly more acceptable than if we extended our stay into morning rush hour.
Shot in the morning at Yosemite NP by Miami photographer Tom Clark
While looking through my archive of raw files I came across this image of Yosemite National Park’s tunnel view. This vantage point reveals El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridevail Falls.
I am aware that this view is one of the most photographed scenes in nature and has already been mastered by Ansel Adams. In face, there were many photographers standing by my side while taking this image. This is probably why it was sitting in my archive as a raw file for so long.
My current project on photo composition provided the perfect excuse for me to put this image to good use and I took advantage.