Behind the Photo
Dad only had one shot on his Bryce Canyon National Park must-photograph list–The Tower Bridge. If you use your imagination, the rock formation really does look a lot like London’s Tower Bridge. Getting down to Bryce’s bridge required a three-mile hike on a trail that descended 802 feet into the canyon and then another quarter of a mile spur trail that took him to the formation.
Eventually Dad had the main prize in sight. But getting to the Tower Bridge was just part of the problem.
“The sun didn’t really shine on it like you wanted it to,” Dad said. “There were a lot of trees in the way too. So I had to do some reconstructive surgery on it to make it feel good.”
Since neither a sunrise nor sunset shot was going to work, Dad went to Plan B. He envisioned the formation illuminated by a giant moon. He took a shot of the bridge and then back at his studio he used Photoshop to cut out the unwanted trees. He also added the moon, another image from Bryce.
“I made sure I shot all of the parts I needed,” Dad said. “Then I created the full image in Photoshop. I wasn’t going to come out of the trip without a good photo of the bridge.”