Photographer's Note

Some history:
The Koskara bridge build on 1934 replacing the old stone bridge located below.

According to the older locals, the bridges name has a story long way back during the war with Turkey, when a Othoman leader named Koskar Ayas with his team, followed the river backwards on their boats from the Santova bay where the river ends, in order to strike in Mani area.

The area where the bridge is build, is the point he got with his force.

The Greek night guards saw the landing. A short engagement took place.

According to locals, Koskar Ayas and his team were all killed in that engagement.

About the area:
Koskaraka bridge connects Kalamata with Mani.
The bridge turned out to be dangerous for trucks weight more than 19 tones.

A new bridge in the area has build at the age of late 90s.

The photo contains a part of the small stone bridge in the river, and the old big bridge above.

There is a passage walking through next to old bridge, which leads all the way down to the dry river, where you can find the small stone bridge.

In next post you will see both bridges from a different perspective.

About the shot:
One of the shots, you wish your camera could recognize the details on such a contrast.
As you see my purpose was not to burn the sky and the sun (well at least not all of it), and not to underexpose much the brides, but to find a middle situation for this scene.
Unfortunately this couldn't be done, so I made the shot EV/0, Average metering.

I should use AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) +2, 0, -2, in order to take 3 pictures and try an HDR method in PS. I didn't! :)

RAW Post Processing notes:
One of the best things in digital cameras is RAW mode.
RAW format stores the information of the light for each pixel from the sensor along with the colour value using a different array of high palette colours (12 or 14bit, depending on camera).

The condemned JPEG format includes only the final result of each pixel, 8bit colour, compressed, dropping the quality of the image.

- So why is RAW so different and better than JPEG?
- Because RAW stores more information than JPEG.

RAW contains useful image information where you can correct the exposure and colour, by recalculating the scene looking brighter or darker, (exposure values +/-2 by 0.5 step), while JPEG exposure levels are compared and calculated to gray scale.

Eg. An overexposed sky containing some details, clouds perhaps, might be recovered and still look bright and normal to the eye, while on JPEG a similar exposure conversion will look gray, the clouds also gray and not detailed.

Although that doesn't mean that we have to shot everything careless and correcting them after using RAW mode.
Eg. If you overexpose a sky with a cloud completely, the RAW image will store zero values as the settings were used on purpose by us. In that case your result would be destroyed and RAW information won't recover the missing detail.
Avoid underexposing images as well, because of the digital noise which occur in such cases.

This scene was taken taken at EV 0, it might sound weired, but I'm against HDR methods because of their fake result, and because I am a contrast fan :)

In conclusion, I exported two scenes from my RAW software, one underexposed scene, and one overexposed.

My half picture with the clouds were taken from the underexposed scene, while the rest of the bridge was taken from the overexposed one.
I've balanced a contrast and a saturation level up to the way my eye smiled, some clarification, and a noise filter to remove the colour noise of the underexposed area.
then a frame added, and a title of the bridge also added.

Thats all

Workshop = The JPEG Original Version:
In my workshop you can check the original JPEG version of the shot.

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