Saturday, April 10, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadowy Sagamore

Shadow Shot Sunday, hosted by Brisbane's own Tracy, allows us to identify and chase shadows from any or all environs. Often there are man-made shadows that enhance the surrounding natural scenery.

Here we were driving on U.S. Route 6 along the 1935 steel-arch Sagamore Bridge across the man-made Cape Cod Canal. Of course I was driving and asked passenger Cameron to take the shot (so I could continue to safely survey the traffic, no doubt :>). The sky is full of soft oceanic clouds and the water reflects the blue heavens. The payoff here for Sunday are the shadows of the bridge structure.

The clouds and ground below offer natural shapes, which contrast with the angular steel shadows falling across the road and vertical fence along the sides. Vacations usually accent the destination, yet the trek there can offer many diversions, shadowy or not!

31 comments:

sarayutouched said...

what a lovely back ground for the steel-arch bridge. i'm glad you had a designated shooter!! safety first!!

have a great weekend!!!

Catherine said...

great composition - like all the intersecting lines in this shot..

bobbie said...

Just love it! Bridges are the best, aren't they!

frayedattheedge said...

I like the angles of the shadows, with the soft shapes of the clouds behind

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Adventure awaits.
Come, let us cross the wide bridge
into lands unknown.

Stony Shadows

Sarah said...

I love what you say at the end about the journey to your destination. I get really excited about a long journey-well-one where I am driving anyway.
I like your shot and the contrasts you point out. What I like best though, is the top of the fence which makes me think of eyelashes!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love bridges, too! And what a great shot! Perfect against the clouds and sky! Your designated shooter did good, Ralph!! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Patti said...

Nice choice, Ralphie! I'll bet Cam doesn't remember taking this.
Or maybe he does..

Sweet Repose said...

Now if I could just teach Scratchy how to stear, I'd have it made!!! I always enjoy your traveling shots, love the one of Grandma and the Manhatten skylight...wonderful old shots!

Have a sunny weekend!

Carletta said...

Love all those lines Ralph and the sky on the right is fluffy beautiful!
I really like that I don't see the arches of the bridge. Without the shadow we wouldn't know they were there.

MyMaracas said...

I love all the contrasts and the sense of motion in this one. It's wonderful how you always see so much in ordinary things. Thanks so much for stopping by at mine, and for your thoughtful comment!

EG Wow said...

I know I'm supposed to be looking at the shadow, Ralph...but those clouds are lovely too. I'm glad you allowed Cameron to take the shot, by the way. Good thinking on your part. :)

EG Wow said...

OOPS! Forgot to leave this:

Over Front Door

BLOGitse said...

That bridge is quite high from the ground...but great shadows! :)

Happy SSS!

BLOGitsePHOTOS

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

I'm not keen on vertical shadows when travelling - the flickering makes me light-headed.

Rosebud Collection said...

Great shadows and very interesting with the clouds peeking through.
Glad you didn't take the picture and let Cameron do it for you.
Happy SSS.

Laura Hegfield said...

:)

Beverley Baird said...

Such a mixture of manmade and natural features! Great shadows!

Greyscale Territory said...

Long bold shadows in great contrast with the fine lines of the bridge barrier! Interesting perspective!

Cassie said...

Cool steel Shadow Shot. Those ocean clouds all fluffy and white are beautiful too!!

Sam said...

Great vertical bars - I love that op art effect! I clicked on the link about the bridge - I guess you might know that it is a dead ringer for our Sydney Harbour bridge! Maybe ours is on a bigger scale? They were built at the same time too - ours was finished in 1932. So cool!

Have a lovely weekend Ralph!

Paula Scott said...

OK-that shot looks like it is rather high up in the air! I got a bit of vertigo just looking at the drop n the background! Breath taking shot, for sure!

Hey Harriet said...

Some nice shadows captured there and I love the soft pretty clouds! Enjoy the rest of your weekend Ralph :)

Hot Fudge said...

I was relieved when I read that you had not taken the photo Ralph! I love the part of the world you were driving through. By the way, the bridge is remarkably like the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

Lovely repeating lines and colouring.
I'm glad to hear you were not snapping and driving!

Dianne said...

the criss cross is so strong and the rest of the scene is so soft - it's lovely
you always travel with a great photographer as your co-pilot

Manang Kim said...

Like the criss-cross shadow. Happy Sunday.

SSS-Curved shadow

maryt/theteach said...

Great shot, Ralph. Tell Cameron he did a good job, okay! :)

Really Rainey said...

I love bridges... this photo really looks fantastic enlarged...

JunieRose2005 said...

Interesting lines in your shadow shot, Ralph!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Being a Massachusetts denizen, I know this bridge. Love the clouds through the slits.