Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge, Kottappuram Foot Bridge

Let me take this week’s theme literally πŸ™‚

The subject here is a long foot bridge over a beautiful back water in north Kerala…

Please have a look πŸ™‚

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46 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge, Kottappuram Foot Bridge

  1. Sreejith I love these photos and how you have shown the bridge from various angles and people using it.
    Can i ask a newbie photography question? On the first photo have you purposefully angled it a bit so one side of the railing is a bit different than the other. Is it just a matter of artistic taste?

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  2. I skipped this challenge as I was too exhausted from photo 101. Sreejith, this may very well be the best convergence post yet. I like your literal interpretation, your perspectives and even your edited colours πŸ™‚ What is your gear?

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    • Feels so nice to see your kind words, Paula πŸ™‚

      Yea, you are right, you really gets confused and exhausted with so many challenges around.

      I am actually keeping away from challenges where I don’t have an apt image to share.

      Yea, the gear part, I have to get a few good lenses and some essential stuff to get going πŸ™‚ Currently I use Canon 450D and the 55-250 mm lens in addition to the 18-55 … Rarely I get the image quality I really wish for …

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      • 55-250 mm is a nice range, is it Canon too? You probably miss a wider angle one. I mostly use Sigma lenses and one Tamron. I have one Canon 28-135 mm and it is heavy!!!

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        • Yes Paula, this one is also a Canon make, and as you rightly pointed out, I really miss a wider angle lens.

          The quality of images with the kit lens is poor. For travel photography, a wider angle lens is a must and I am planning to buy one πŸ™‚

          I think, 28-135 does a very good job, quite a handy range…

          Also, I need to learn some quality image processing applications, currently I am using Picasa, where our options are pretty limited.

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        • Let me check it out πŸ™‚

          I haven’t heard about it, thank you so much, Paula πŸ™‚

          Yea, Sigma 10-20 is a great option for ultra wide angles right, that’s there in my wish list πŸ™‚

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  3. What an artsy structure you give us with this bridge – the hand made feel and wood is so natural and just unique (to me at least – where most bridges around my town are steel and most patios are now the plastic fake wood that is nice and will last forever – but it is not the same as real wood.

    and so as the post progressed, the bridge came to life fro me – and the unevenness of it and then even the nonlinear rails and soft feel. Like the shot of the older gentleman (3rd photo down) highlighted the texture in the wood planks (which are also uneven – esp. on the right – and beautiful with the organic railings) and you give us just enough rippled water to the right and upper right – so we feel the natural setting –
    and then the pink on his bike – with the bit of red near the handles – well the centering of soft color works so well with the overall tone in this photo – where I found that for me – that soft warm hue there seemed to make the composition warmer and anchored it in a way where I soaked up the photo even more – and then noticed the bit of light on the man’s face – his face was illuminated on the right like in a Renaissance portrait…
    but before you think that was favorite shot – pictures 4 and 5 added to the series but also offered each their own feel. The bits of color int he 4th photo – giving us the street portraiture again – with a triad of placement – we have folks to the upper left – folks smack in the middle and then hints of people to the far right – all showing the usefulness of this artsy bridge.

    and then – the last one might be my fav – we exit the post by being allowed to peek through the trees – the soft focus on the trees – which frame the shot and the plasm to the outer dream – adds habitat tastiness – and the clear focus of the man with his bike – where the two circles from his tires seem to offer a nice contras with all the lines from the rails of the bridge and trees and palms – in his stately white and calm stance.

    the good news is that we do not have to pick a favorite – and I love the feel of each photo together in the series –
    have a nice day Sreejith πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • A few months back, I just happened to see this bridge but didn’t have time to explore the place or take photos, but I was sure that I’ll go back there one day πŸ™‚

      Within a month I got a chance to go back and spend some quality time there, and it was a real treat for someone loves photography.

      This long wooden bridge is the only connection between the mainland and a small island in backwaters. So you can see all kind of people using it and it’s a kind of meeting place too. Most of them knows each other and they chit chats or share a smile while crossing.

      I really enjoyed being there and watching all these action and even talking to the locals.

      Once I got used to the place and people, I started shooting, trying all interesting angles. The lush green coconut trees all around and the calm waters of the backwater provided a great ambiance.

      The only concern is, there is a normal concrete bridge under construction next to it and I am afraid, once it’s completed, they will get rid of this old bridge. I really wish, they keep this one as such.

      I am not taking chance, I am planning to take my family there and experience it.

      I have really nothing much to comment on your observations, as it’s your expert area, and beneficial for all those read my post πŸ™‚
      So I just given here the story behind…

      Thanks a ton for your invaluable time and I really really mean it, Yvette πŸ™‚

      Have a beautiful day ahead πŸ™‚

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