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.
New Yosemite at the New River Gorge Junk Yard Wall
Photographers are faced with certain challenges when shooting at night. It may be difficult to achieve focus on your subject, exposure settings are critical, and the dynamic range of a particular scene may be extremely dramatic. Often times various exposures are required for one scene, which will be layered together in post. This is a technique I’ve come to embrace, and perhaps the challenge is what I enjoy most about nighttime landscape photography.
Adding a person in action to a nighttime shot brings on a whole new set of challenges. Cooperation/communication is added to the mix while patience and discipline become even more important than usual. Brian Tannler, a trained and disciplined climber understands the necessity of good communication making him an ideal person to work with on creating this type of shot.
After a day of climbing at the New River Gorge Junk Yard Wall we decided New Yosemite, a beautiful splitter (rare for the East Coast) with an amazing view of the New River Gorge Bridge would be the ideal route to set up the camera on. Brian’s headlamp helped to highlight the route really making it stand out in the shot.