I drive the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge twice each day, commuting across what’s still the ‘longest [real] bridge in the world.’ As such, this becomes a consciousness-changing activity, when you get past the incidental practicalities of high speed bridge traffic for 24 miles. I’m referring to the experience of the sky that only such a drive can give a south Louisiana resident.
Most of our vista is up close, personal, and usually very green: green trees, green swamp, frequently even green water. We live in a green world here in the subtropics. But on the Causeway, I feel like I’m taking a drive in Kansas! The vistas can be breathtaking at times, and this was one of those days as a big cold front made its way south, just happening to split the lake as I drove in the early evening.
These photos were nice in color, but somehow I’m finding these black and white versions even more interesting. This was done from RAW files, taken after initial toning in Photoshop Adjustment Layers for the black and white work. I worked mostly with the blue and cyan sliders to bring out the clouds.
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