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Sachs Covered Bridge built in 1852 spans Marsh Creek is found near Gettysburg Pennsylvania. Both Union and Confederate troups used the bridge in 1863 during the American Civil War. The bridge was damaged by floods in 1996 but was restored by Adams County.

Dan Myers, a fellow RedBubbler, mentioned this covered bridge a few weeks before at a Welcome Pennsylvania RedBubble outing. I got a beautiful shot then, but decided to head back and give it another try. Although it isn’t that different than the last. I do think I had a little better lighting. Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to get a perfect reflection. There are bubbles coming up from the bottom…maybe from some bottom feeding fish disturbing the plants on the bottom. Even though, it’s hard to argue with the beauty of this setting. I am a creature of habit, once I find a spot, I often return trying to find the perfect shot. Or at least an improvement over my prior efforts.

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Canon 5D
Zeiss 21mm Distagon ZE
1/40 @ f/11 (ISO 100)
Single RAW capture converted through DxO

Photo taken 8/27/10 at Sachs Covered Bridge in Gettysburg Pennsylvania

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Tim Devine is a landscape and nature photographer from Central Pennsylvania.

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  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture.
    I’m the same way, Tim (return visits).

  • Thanks Aaron, was thinking about hitting some different covered bridges….but I couldn’t resist giving this one another shot.

    – Tim Devine

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsover 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t have believed that it would be possible to get an even more compelling shot of this gorgeous bridge than the first one you posted …but you actually did!!! The sun is a bit higher, brightening the entire bridge and both abutments beautifully. That wisp of clouds adds a really nice touch to this shot. It is so easy to see why you uploaded both versions. This one just blows me away, Tim! Both images represent superior work on every level, but this one has become my favorite!

  • Thanks Gene! Glad you noticed the abutment on the right….was hoping for a little more clouds, but just got a little. I usually improve the second time I shoot something. (Unless conditions just aren’t good.) I had left to meet everyone for breakfast on the last attempt and I thought after looking at my shots that it might have paid to stick around a little longer. Still couldn’t believe how many bubbles were coming up from the bottom, it was really causing an amazing amount of ripples. In this shot things were pretty calm. Thanks for the positive feedback Gene, really appreciate it!

    – Tim Devine

  • Mark Van Scyoc
    Mark Van Scyocover 4 years ago

    Tim I like the way you were able to get a reflection of the full bridge. Well done.

  • Thanks Mark, really tried to find the best spot. It still seemed harder than I’d think it should be. Thanks again!

    – Tim Devine

  • mikrin
    mikrinover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Tim! I love the reflections! well done

  • Thanks for the compliments Mike, much appreciated!

    – Tim Devine

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 4 years ago

    Great shot, super reflection, good job

  • Thanks Tim, really love this scenic covered bridge…hoping to do it justice in my captures.

    – Tim Devine

  • ericseyes
    ericseyesover 4 years ago

    This is fantastic, the reflection is perfect.

  • Thanks Eric, definitely think it’s the time of day. There’s a short period of time where the sun is high enough to clear the trees, but not so high as to diminish the reflection. Thanks again!

    – Tim Devine

  • farmwoman
    farmwomanover 4 years ago
    This is what I call “picture perfect” -perfect color, perfect balance of the subject, perfect reflection. What more could one say? I envy your living in a state that is loaded with gorgeous covered bridges-every one different and each a perfect photo subject. You do some very nice work. Keep shooting.
  • Thank you so much for you kind words and encouragement! I did buy a book of Pennsylvania covered bridges, not sure when I’ll get to visit other ones but hopefully chances will present themselves. I’m looking forward to fall to take more waterfall pictures. It’s so dry though, I hope we get rain. Thank you again for the compliments, they are much appreciated!

    – Tim Devine

  • Ann  Van Breemen
    Ann Van Breemenover 4 years ago

    Wow, the reflection looks pretty perfect to me, Tim. If you want to make it more still try an ND8 filter as well.:)

  • Thanks Ann, I have a Vari-ND but I didn’t pull it out. There were bubbles coming up from the bottom quite often. It was sending ripples all over the place. Out of quite a few shots, this was the most still. Next time I may give it a shot, especially if there aren’t those weird bubbles. It was really bizarre. Thanks again!

    – Tim Devine

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 4 years ago

  • Thank you for the honor Ruth!

    – Tim Devine

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