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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Moonlight Bridge by HodgePodge
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Moonlight Bridge

May 15th, 2012

Here's a shot of the Pennybacker Bridge in Austin, Texas. I took this after midnight under a full moon on a warm Friday night late last summer. I had to wait a while to claim a good spot amongst all the young couples having a late-night "picnic." I shot this at f/8, ISO 200 for 30 seconds on a sturdy Manfrotto tripod. The wind was blowing harder than the photo suggests, so I had to hold down the tripod for the duration of the exposure to keep it steady, and it's a fairly heavy tripod. I wasn't planning on working out the old guns that night! I think by the time I took this particular shot my arms were shaking from all the work, so I do notice a bit more softness than I'd like in the image. Hopefully someone out there enjoys it...

Nikon D90, Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8 shot at 16mm, f/8, ISO 200 for 30 seconds. DXO Optics Pro 6, Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: evangelion
about 2 years, 2 months ago
Thats my kinda photo.Lovely capture of the lights against the very crisp arches of the bridge. Great colours too - now my wallpaper.
Posted By: GAIAImages
about 2 years, 2 months ago
My new wallpaper as well !

I love the juxtaposition of the slow flow of the water and the frenzied "flow" of the traffic.

Well done Sir !
Posted By: medigerati
about 2 years, 2 months ago
I love the colors, especially the boat ramp. I used to work about 200 feet from this bridge, to the right of the photo. Most scenic view in all of Austin.
Posted By: HodgePodge
about 2 years, 2 months ago
Thanks for looking, guys. I appreciate all the kind words.

@medigerati, I agree about the view, which is why this thing is photographed to death! Hard to get a unique point of view, but I haven't seen too many night images of the bridge.
Posted By: Shubes
about 2 years, 2 months ago
Fantastic shot! Looks like one my bro-in-law might have taken... Say, he lives in Austin, too; maybe you guys know each other? :-D
Posted By: Yaven
about 2 years, 2 months ago
I don't often comment on interfacelift... But when I do, it's because I REALLY REALLY like a particular photo.
Posted By: Deathspawner
about 2 years, 2 months ago
I've downloaded at least 100 different wallpapers from this site over the years, and this has just become my favorite and the first I've ever commented on. Gorgeous location, great colors... I love it.
Posted By: b1sh0p
about 2 years, 1 month ago
I've lived in Austin my entire life. I was born here and grew up in the North-West side of town. I still work right by this bridge on 360. You're photo really feels like home for me. I love that you fit in the 360 towers, the golf course, the lake, the boat ramp, the bridge, and a touch of the cliffs all in one shot. Amazing!
Posted By: davidintel
about 2 years, 1 month ago
Incredible colors, this was perfectly captured. For some reason I just feel better looking at this photo. My new wallpaper, thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Leslley Scotte
about 2 years, 1 month ago
I like that I drove across that dang bridge for years. I miss that drive on 360... Its an iconic photo of that bridge.
Posted By: markeymark69
about 1 year, 11 months ago
Living in Austin, TX since 1999, your picture captures a truly monumental stretch of road and with your unique perspective and creative eye, you have given me a new appreciation for this bridge. Thank you for sharing. I do love your photography!

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