Always Look on the Bright Side

© Dennis Gay

Always Look on the Bright Side

Uploaded: November 16, 2007


Here is another photograph in my ever growing series of Urban Landscapes.
This one was shot in B&W and given an 'Ansel Adams-like treatment' in Photoshop CS.
The photograph was made from the bridge over the Canals in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia, taking full advantage of the low winter's afternoon sunlight.
The shot was hand held using the bridge railing as a prop.
Aperture: f/4; Shutter Speed: 1/850sec; Date/Time: 16-07-06/3:11pm

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: -1, Exposure Time: 10/8500, Flash: flash did not fire, ISO: 100, White Balance: manual white balance, Focal Length: 14mm, Camera Model: FinePix S5500


Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict November 16, 2007

Great repetitive image here, Dennis and the B&W really works here.

Dominick #788013

Dennis Gay November 16, 2007

G'day Dominick,

This was inspired by a photograph by Ansel Adams I saw on a web site. It was the one with tombstones in a graveyard with lighting very similar to this. As soon as I spotted just what the sunlight was doing to this scene I knew I had to give it the "treatment".

So glad it caught your discerning eye and imagination. Many thanks for your very supportive and encouraging comment mate.

Dennis #5081868

Tammy Espino November 16, 2007

Wow, love the lighting and the B&W makes this quite dramatic. Now I am going to have to go and google Ansel Adams :) Have a wonderful Day~ #5082747

Tammy Espino November 16, 2007

Oh I am not totally blonde, lol I do like Thomas Kinkaid and Peter Lik :) Also love Waylon and Larson. Googled Adams, very great work also! #5082756

Erika Haight November 16, 2007

This is an amazing B&W Dennis! Not to mention a great title! Great work! erika #5084022

Dennis Gay November 16, 2007

G'day Tammy,

Thank you for the "double entry", for your very encouraging "Wow,..." and for some more names for me to look up.

When I first saw this scene with that photograph of Ansel's in mind, it was the contrast that atracted me. I then set about photographing and processing for the contrast. There were a few dud versions until I settled on this. I also like the "grain" in the image, making it look more like an authentic film B&W.
It did very well in an annual regional camera club competition which made me very happy.

Dennis #5084071

Dennis Gay November 16, 2007

G'day Erika,

You must have slipped this in while I was replying to Tammy.

A BIG THANK YOU for your extremely encouraging and supportive "...amazing..." comment and an extra thank you for the title comment too. Greatly appreciated kiddo.

Dennis #5084116

Dennis Gay November 17, 2007

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to the Editor for awarding this work his Pick.

Dennis #5088860

Donna La Mattino Pagakis December 02, 2007

Excellent lighting, design, textures and contrast!! Beautiful work Dennis!! #5159587

Dennis Gay December 03, 2007

G'day Donna,

Surprisingly these buildings are not very popular with most of the fine folk of Port Macquarie but when I saw them in that afternoon light with clouds as a backdrop they looked wonderful to me.

Your very encouraging "...Beautiful work..." comment for this urban landscape is greatly appreciated.

Dennis #5162468

Jennifer L. Alder December 19, 2007

Congrats on this EXCELLENT WINNER, Dennis! :) #5231482

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic December 19, 2007

Congratulations on your second place winner, Dennis. #5232007

Melissa G. Meiselman December 20, 2007

Congratulations, Dennis on this striking second place winner!! #5234295

Dennis Gay December 20, 2007


Thank you all so much for your well wishes on my placing and for your encouragement and support. It is greatly appreciated girls.

Dennis #5236045

Dennis Gay December 20, 2007


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Chris Budny level-deluxe December 21, 2007

Congratulations, Dennis! Love the repetition element in this. #5240456

Dennis Gay December 21, 2007

G'day Christopher,

Not only a good repetition but a good ODD numbered repetition as well! ;-)
Thank you most kindly for your interest and great wrap for this urban scene. so glad you like it.

Dennis #5241675

Nancy L. Barrett March 12, 2008

Hi Dennis!
I can certainly see why this image is a winner! I "get" the Ansel Adams treatment. I've enjoyed browsing through your gallery! #5632646

Dennis Gay March 12, 2008

G'day Nancy,

Thank you very much for taking the time to stroll through my gallery. I am so glad you have enjoyed the experience.
Thank you too for your most generous and encouraging comment for this award winning B&W. It is certainly one of my favourites.

Dennis #5632795

Marisol Pastor May 28, 2009

Excellent image Dennis.The light, contrast, composition and repetition are all fantastic. It's easy to see why this is a winner! #7572037

Chris N. Sweet May 28, 2009

Great image Dennis, congrats on the well deserved win. #7573117

Annette Carr June 02, 2009

Very intriguing photograph! I love the clouds and the shadows. I'm forever bringing the pop of a cloud out in PS. You have mastered it :) #7588000

Annette Carr June 02, 2009

Very intriguing photograph! I love the clouds and the shadows. I'm forever bringing the pop of a cloud out in PS. You have mastered it :) #7588003

Dennis Gay June 12, 2009


So nice to have you all with me on the bridge watching the sunlight paint this scene.
Thank you heaps (x3) for your uplifting and encouraging "Excellent...", "Great..." and "Very intriguing..." wraps for my contrasty achitectural effort.

Dennis #7622139

M.Christine Duncan June 24, 2009

A belated congrats on the win Dennis... love the deep deep contrast provided by the hard sidelight, and even the clouds are in rows to enhance the pattern in your composition! #7674467

Dennis Gay June 25, 2009


Welcome to Port and happy to have you with me on the bridge taking in this arty architectural scene.
Many thanks indeedy for your belated congratz and your generous and encouraging comment on this high contrast effort.

Dennis #7678444

Beth OMeara level-addict January 23, 2013

Delightful image, Dennis. Well done! #10530167

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