The Patriotic Bridge


In March of 2010, I took Sloane and Hunter to visit my parents in Rome, Georgia. We were in St. Louis at the time, and the twins had just been born a couple of weeks before. My sister and her three kids were in Rome visiting, as well, so it was the perfect time to take the kids on a little trip. While there, my nephew, Andrews, really showed an interest in my photography and wanted to go out with me one night when I was taking pictures. My father gave him a digital camera that he was no longer using, and Andrews was ecstatic. We headed out to downtown Rome and walked around a bit.

We didn't have much time, so we walked around town for a bit and then headed back to a bridge that we'd crossed as we were driving into town. There were actually two bridges -- one on North 2nd Avenue (that we drove across) and a pedestrian bridge due west of the 2nd Avenue bridge. The pedestrian bridge had an incredibly neat flag on the side of it made out of red, white and blue lights. I thought it would a pretty cool shot to get, so we pulled into a parking lot as we crossed the 2nd Avenue bridge, parked and walked down to the water between the two bridges. I set-up my tripod and snapped away. Here's the final product.

When I was post-processing this one, I had a hard time deciding whether or not I should crop it. Whereas I do think it could benefit from being cropped a bit, I didn't want to lose the reflection of the flag on the water. So, I decided to leave it as-is. I'm always open to suggestions, so if you think it would look better after being cropped in some capacity, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Regardless, I had a great time walking around downtown Rome with Andrews. He's a great kid, and I thoroughly enjoyed answering his questions and giving him some pointers with his new camera. I got my first camera when I was his age (12), so I thought it was pretty ironic that we had a chance to bum around and bond a bit taking pictures.