The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, Up Close and Personal

Illuminated Drawbridge Grid, 2011. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Illuminated Drawbridge Grid, 2011. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

My photographic study of Lake Pontchartrain has entered a new phase. A year into my project, thanks to the enthusiastic support of Carlton Defrechou, General Manager of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Commission, I’m getting to spend some time shooting out on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge itself.

For residents of this area, and particularly commuters who use the 24-mile structure every day, the Causeway bridge has special significance. It’s one of the only ways into and out of New Orleans, thus forming one of the important evacuation routes in the case of an incoming hurricane.  It also makes it possible for me to live in a beautiful, semi-rural area on a couple of acres of land on the northern side of the lake, and still work in the middle of downtown New Orleans. (I know, I know: this is not the most environmentally friendly posture to assume, from an energy perspective.)  But more than anything, it’s the iconic bridge for Lake Pontchartrain, and I knew I wanted to include it in this work.

Here are a couple of fresh images that I like thus far.

Causeway Bridge pilings, 8 miles from land, at dawn. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Causeway Bridge pilings, 8 miles from land, at dawn. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

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4 Comments on "The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, Up Close and Personal"

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  1. Elin says:

    Stunning, as always, Andrew. I’m guessing you used a very small aperture(F16 or 22?) to get that star effect from the lights, and a ND filter – 3.0, perhaps? I love the way the sky and the water have that smooth, creamy effect, yet you maintain sharp crispness of all the immobile objects in the image – you’ve inspired me to dig that ND filter out of my bag and start shooting!

  2. I had to go back and look to make sure, Elin. This image was ISO 100, 60 seconds @f20 with a 14mm lens. The star effect wasn’t really planned, but there it is. And yes, a ND filter was needed. I have an ND fader variable filter that was on the lens for this one.

  3. Noemi Thelen says:

    Great exposure of bridge angles….I don’t understand photography, but I do enjoying photos…the first picture looks better than the second one.

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