Witt’s End

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Several years ago, pre-pandemic, I started photographing the iconic State Route 82 bridge spanning the Cuyahoga River. Images of the bridge appear on virtually all of the literature and T-shirts promoting the Cuyahoga Valley National Park–my backyard. Technically known as the Brecksville-Northfield High-Level Bridge, it’s 1,132 feet long and 145 feet high. It’s a five-span open spandrel style structure that begs to be photographed. It was opened in 1931 and has seen minor repairs and renovation over the years. Back in 2012, five-whackos plotted to do some real renovation by blowing up the bridge. Fortunately they were caught and sent to prison.

Here’s my latest image, made a couple nights ago. This was done with a Nikon 10mm ultra wide angle lens on a Nikon D7500. It’s a composite image of 185 separate shots registered and combined in Deep Sky Stacker and LightRoom Classic software. Of course, I see room for improvement–and the bridge isn’t going anywhere, soon.

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