Photography: Crescent Bridge at Rock Island

I’ve passed this bridge many times on walks and runs with our dog and by bicycle. It is located about two mile from our house in Rock Island. I took this shot on a cloudy day at about noon in mid-December. The day was so gloomy that the color image may have just as well been a black and white, which is what I present for the first image.

You will see that I did some post-shooting processing to create the subsequent images. I’m using rudimentary editing tools. My primary program is Windows Live Photo Gallery, which I use to organize, display, and resize my photos. I also use Canon Utilities Zoom Browser EX, which was free with the purchase of my point-and-shoot camera four years ago. It offers the ability to perform tone curve adjustments, which allow me to do the bizarre color shifting seen on the last image.

As for the subject matter, the Crescent Bridge spans the Mississippi River connecting Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa. It is one of the oldest and most historic bridges remaining in the area, having been built in 1896 through 1899 and opening in 1900. The bridge was originally operated by the Davenport, Rock Island & Northwestern Railroad, a local switching line that ran from Clinton, Iowa, through Davenport, Rock Island, and Moline to a terminus in Silvis, Illinois.

Crescent Bridge Black and white

Crescent Bridge
Black and white

Crescent Bridge Etching

Crescent Bridge
Etching

Crescent Bridge Blues

Crescent Bridge
Blues

Crescent Bridge Lime and fuchsia

Crescent Bridge
Lime and fuchsia

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One thought on “Photography: Crescent Bridge at Rock Island

  1. I like the historical nature of this post in addition to the cool variations on the photograph. My favorite is the color as it reminds me of the gelatin prints grain and transparency.

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