The picture shows one of the most recognizable and photographed bridges in the world — the Erasmusbrug in Rotterdam. It was shot at high noon, in bright sunlight and clear blue sky, creating an intense, flat light. That would have been a problem for the unprocessed picture as such, but it created perfect conditions for further image processing. I shot this photo using the Canon EOS 600D camera combined with a Tokina 12–24mm lens, selected exposure was 1/80 second and aperture of f/14 — all providing a good depth of field and sharpness and, at the same time, preventing diffraction blur.
"It was obvious that in post-processing I needed to focus on creating a visual anchor in the image."
Once you see the original picture, problems are easily identified. The pillars tend to gain too much attention in the frame. The viewer’s eye cannot lock onto on anything specific, so the image appears narrowed and not in harmony. It was obvious that in post-processing I needed to focus on creating a visual anchor in the image.