I was fortunate enough to be shooting the bridge on a morning when the wind speed had dropped to 1mph, which helped me get a clear reflection in the water. Despite the fact that the boats beneath the bridge were moored quite loosely and slowly swaying, I also captured a brighter exposure of the boats, and then isolated them in Photoshop with the pen tool so that I could selectively mask in the brighter exposure and add saturation and contrast. I then just spent some time dodging and burning the bridge to recover some of the shadows and to emphasise the glow from the lamplight cast along the bridge’s stonework.
Stari Grad is a town on the northern side of the island of Hvar in Dalmatia, Croatia.
One of the oldest towns in Europe, its position at the end of a long, protected bay and next to prime agricultural land, has long made it attractive for human settlement. Stari Grad is also a municipality within the Split-Dalmatia County.
The occasional early-morning jogger, night-shift worker and fellow photographer made their way along the south bank of the river as the sun came up, with foreboding clouds passing over the cathedral but parting exactly where the sun appeared on the horizon, casting a warm glow across the bridge and bringing out the subtle texture in the sky.
The image was captured early in the morning, shortly before the city’s busy morning commute began, and edited by blending multiple exposures using luminosity masks.