West Montrose Covered Bridge

A friend recently asked me if I had ever visited the West Montrose Covered Bridge. After learning that I had never seen the structure, plans were made to correct that situation.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 15mm, efov 41mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-320
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 15mm, efov 41mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-320

There is a plaque on-site that explains a bit about the history of the bridge.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-280
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-280

The bridge crosses the Grand River. There is some park land adjacent to the bridge, making the area a great spot for family picnics.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 18mm, efov 48mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-640
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 18mm, efov 48mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-640

There aren’t that many covered bridges left in the province of Ontario and traversing the Grand River on the West Montrose bridge brings back thoughts of days gone by.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 19mm, efov 51mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-360
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 19mm, efov 51mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-360

The internal trusses and structure of the bridge caught my eye as I loved the repeating patterns and workmanship.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 100mm, efov 270mm, f/7.1, 1/50, ISO-800
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 100mm, efov 270mm, f/7.1, 1/50, ISO-800

I captured all of the images in this article with a Nikon 1 J5 and the 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4.-5.6 zoom lens. I found the combination worked very well and was easy to handle.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 22mm, efov 58mm, f/6.3, 1/25, ISO-800
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 22mm, efov 58mm, f/6.3, 1/25, ISO-800

To capture the above image I tilted the flip screen on my J5 into the ‘selfie’ position and pointed the camera straight up at the inside roof structure of the bridge. I then carefully adjusted the composition of the image to centre the main truss beams to create this herringbone effect. This image was not cropped at all which helps to demonstrate the composure control that can be attained with the J5 when shooting in appropriate light, i.e. shade.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 12mm, efov 32mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 12mm, efov 32mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-160

As cars and other vehicles approach you can hear an echo coming from the tube-like structure of the bridge.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 69mm, efov 186mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-640
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 69mm, efov 186mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-640

One needs to be careful when walking across the bridge as sometimes rather large ‘presents’ are left by horse-drawn carriages.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 20mm, efov 54mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-180
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 20mm, efov 54mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-180

This area of the province has Mennonite folks who practice a more simple lifestyle, including the use of horse-drawn carriages.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 12mm, efov 32mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-720
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 12mm, efov 32mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-720

If you are lucky you may be able to capture a horse-drawn carriage making the trek across the bridge.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 11mm, efov 29mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 11mm, efov 29mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-160

This portion of the Grand River is fairly shallow and there is a good assortment of various wild flowers and other foliage.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 41mm, efov 109mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-360
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 41mm, efov 109mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-360

As well as photographing the West Montrose Covered Bridge there are some landscape image opportunities adjacent to the structure.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 11mm, efov 29mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 11mm, efov 29mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-400

Technical Note:
All photographs in this article were captured hand-held using a Nikon 1 J5 with a 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens. The images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of OpticsPro 10 Elite, CS6 and Nik Suite.

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