You may remember my niece, Rebekah, from some of our earlier bridge photography in Portland, Oregon - and our twilight adventures at Oaks Amusement Park. Rebekah may well have saved my life here and more than once. There is a huge amount of bicycle traffic over this bridge. As you can see from the markings on the sidewalk - the lanes on the sidewalk are prescribed - bicycles to the inside - pedestrians along the rail.
I would set the tripod and then would start fussing over the camera settings - while Rebekah would yank hard on my collar - pulling my head back in as one bicycler after another whizzed by. I was not used to this arrangement - and the experience was unnerving. Thank heavens the niece was along.
[Photoshop Trick]: The bicycler in this shot was as bright and sharp as my niece. His jacket is electric green and - next to her face - was most distracting. I used the 'quick selection tool' to isolate both he and his bike. After cleaning the selection a little bit with the lasso tool - I then copied him onto a new layer. Next, I applied a motion blur. I experimented with the amount and angle until it looked natural to the incline of the bridge. Finally - I used the hue/saturation tool to remove a good deal of color from his bright jacket and to tone down the lightness. Mission accomplished. And the effect on this element adds now to the image - instead of standing as an annoying intrusion.
I only took 3 photographs during my week here. You will see all three of them - taken right here at the Hawthorne Bridge (this is the first). It rained and then it rained some more. As we walked along this bridge - I was looking at the sky and becoming nervous - as all of my weather bags were in the car - blocks away...
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