I recall as a kid driving through the Baytown tunnel and being told by a family friend driving the car that if you blew the cars horn while inside the tunnel the sound vibrations would cause the tunnel to collapse and kill all those inside. Just as the driver finished telling this horrific story she blew the horn scaring the hell out of us kids. Of course the tunnel didn't collapse.
Well the old Baytown tunnel is no more and was replaced by the very modern Fred Hartman suspension bridge in 1995. Here the bridge can be seen at sunset with the lights of the many refineries that line the Houston ship channel. What you can't see are the sunken sail boats (camera right) that still remain after hurricane Ike devastated this region in 2008. You also can't see the millions of mosquitoes that where eating me alive as I waited for the sun to set in order to capture this image.
This image is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image composed of three exposures (0, -2 and +2 stops) using a Canon EOS 7D and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens and a very sturdy tripod. The properly exposed image was shot in Av mode using ISO 100, F/22 at 2 seconds. The three RAW images where combined and tone mapped using Photomatix 3.0 and further cleaned up using Lightroom 3.0.
Fred Hartman Bridge over the Houston ship channel between La Porte and Baytown, Texas
All images copyright Daniel Ray Photography.