I am always a little hesitant to take and share photos of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. It is just one of those landmarks that has been photographed by many and often over played. But as a Charlestonian you can’t completely ignore it because let’s be honest there is a reason so many have photographed it over the years.
I wanted to do something a little different this time and take it from an angle less photographed as evidenced by a simple “ARJB” google search. But I also wanted a great water reflection and knew it would be more dramatic at dusk as the bridge lights began to shine. I found the perfect spot (undisclosed although should be obvious 🙂 ) For this to happen I needed high-tide to align perfectly with dusk. I planned ahead and knew my spot in advance, so the plan was to arrive about an hour early and get set up. I recently purchased a new Canon 16-35 f4 L ultra-wide lens that I really wanted to use. But from my spot there would be too much marsh which would be fine in the evening but at night would be too much dark space in the image. So I decided to throw on my 24-105 to be able to get closer in. One problem, as I did this my lens fogged up worse that it ever has because it was still cold from sitting inside and the humidity outside. So, here I was. The tide was just right, the clouds were great, and the bridge was beginning to light up, and I could barely see through my foggy lens. I thought it was going to be a mission blown. But lucky for me I waited things out and my lens cleared, and I got the photo below…..
This image is available for purchase at Donnie Whitaker Photography