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It is always difficult to photograph iconic landmarks like the Sky Tower or Auckland Harbour Bridge when they have already been photographed so many times before. I never want to knowingly repeat what others have done. In this image I went to the very end of the Auckland Harbour bridge where it just starts its journey over the water. Most photographers would probably choose not to go so close to the bridge as you don't get an overall impression of the bridge itself, but I thought that this would give a unique perspective of Auckland city and the Sky Tower.
It was the middle of the day when I took the image. I usually prefer to shoot at dawn or dusk but on this occasion I did not have a choice. Strong harsh shadows are not usually a photographers friend, but I used them to highlight the rigid structure of the bridge and contrasted it by using a "big stopper" filter to stop almost all the light reaching the cameras sensor. This ensured that the exposure took 20 seconds and gave the ocean a soft velvet appearance. I framed the tower between the arches of the bridge.
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