Shine a Light

…Has the sunshine or any other light source caused you to stop because it’s highlighting something you didn’t notice before? —WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Sometimes you have to create your own reality. It’s not so much about thinking outside the box as it is about thinking outside the Box Factory.

I was working a Swing Shift 3 years ago, 3 PM—11 PM. It was a quiet night and there were very few pedestrians on the sidewalk of the span. I was in the process of making the monthly light check at the South Tower and headlights of the passing cars caught my attention as they swept illumination across the rivet heads on the lower side of the tower.

Looking at the effects of the light moving across the rivets gave me the bright idea [pun intended] to see what it would look like if I illuminated the rivet heads from below. I had a new pocket flashlight that had an LED chip and an adjustable lens, so I played with focusing the lens and positioning the flashlight in various spots before I came up with this image.

It reminds me a bit of Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained glass panels with his chevron patterns.



  12 comments for “Shine a Light

  1. November 10, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    That is so cool. At first glance from my little phone screen it looked liked chocolate covered marshmallow cookies. Industrial art. Exceptional use of creative thinking?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. October 22, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Very clever and perfect for the challenge!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. October 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Good one, Allan. Looks a bit like some sort of white growth on the rivets or white paint.



  4. October 22, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Not what I was expecting from you on this one. Nice surprise

    Liked by 1 person

  5. alstacer
    October 22, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    At first glance I thought the rivets were chipped. It took awhile, but now I see the light. Great pic!


    • October 22, 2016 at 5:13 PM

      Thanks, Al. There is quite a bit of texture on the paint and steel of the tower and the rivets, but due to the constraints of low light and a cell phone camera it doesn’t show up as much as I would like.


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