Photo taken by James McCray in March 2014
BH Photo #278640
Very nice bridge and photography
James, while I was not the one who first commented on the pictures, I can assure you I am _not_ offended by the repetitions. Since you specifically asked for suggestions, here are mine. Remember, though, these are _suggestions_ and are my opinions. Your opinion will differ!
When on site, shoot lots of pictures. Get close-ups of anything that is interesting or unusual. Take multiples to be sure you get one that works. If there is lots of sky, or lots of shadows, try adjusting the exposure to maybe get a better image.
When you get back home, sort the photos. You don't have to _throw_away_ the second rate ones (says the person with tens of thousands of photos...) Pick the best one of the multiple shots. Leave out the ones that only show stuff covered well by other photos. Don't be too aggressive in the thinning. I would rather deal with duplicates than wish there were more views.
At this point of the process, I choose to tag my photos. Using EXIF, IPTC, and XMP tags I document the bridge, location, crossing, type, license, etc. and put this information _into_ the same file as the photos so the data will stick to the picture. I see this as the electronic equivalent of writing on the back of the print. This is only for myself, as this website discards _all_ tags upon upload.
This is also when I edit some of the photos. A bit of cropping and adjustments to white, black, and gamma can sometimes help a lot!
Then upload the photos, leaving out the culls.
Finally, please title and caption the photos. This to me is more important than removing duplicates. Help out the visitors by including information like what direction are you facing, what were you wanting to capture with this photo, what details stand out for you, and so on. Even just a few words can be very helpful!
Consider choosing a license. By default, any picture you take is "all rights reserved" which means I can't lawfully save it to use for my computer desktop images. A license like "CC BY-SA-NC" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/ allows others to copy, share, adapt, reuse your work but only if you are indicated and the creator, the new work has a similar license, and it's not commercial.
So - shoot away. Let's get lots of pictures of these bridges before they are gone forever!
For what its worth, I could care less if there are near-duplicates. I can still click through the photos just fine. I do the same thing on my website. Sometimes someone who visits the website might be looking for a photo and they want it from EXACTLY a particular angle. So what seem like minor differences to casual viewers might be important to someone who might want to purchase your photos for reuse for example.
I truly hope that I do not offend anyone by putting what seems like identical photos up. It is my habit when I take pictures of bridges that I take several pics from the same angle just to cover my insecurity with picture taking. I do not use the "multi shot" feature, so what seems like the same photos are my own doing. Once, again, I am always open to suggestions to make myself better at taking pictures, or to go even further, make myself a better person. Anyway, I am truly sorry if I offend anyone with my lack of skills at taking pics, and am totally willing to be schooled in the art of posting ideal bridge shots.
Bob, is this really a problem? Is this due to slow data speeds where you are? It look me less than a minute to go through all of them here and as a result, there being several similar shots didn't seem bothersome.
Nice bridge Mr. McCray,
However, you need to turn the multi-shot mode off on your camera as you have posted many pictures here that are essentially identical. This is something I have seen in most of the bridges you have posted pics to. Please take a few minutes to go through your photos to weed out the duplicates instead of just dumping the whole lot onto the site.
Found this awesome bridge today. On Google Maps it has it lined as an actual road although it is really a private driveway. The mystery though, is the bridge in its original location? Looking at historical Google Earth imagery it looks like the road goes on past the house it ends at today. However, it is not listed on the NBI, not even the 1992 version. I could not get any info from the owners, so anyone have any idea?