Photographer: Scott Rodenburg of Bettendorf, Iowa
Getting the Shot: This photo was taken from the Davenport, Iowa, Skybridge overlooking
2008 flood waters of the Mississippi River. In an effort to save the
natural view of the Mississippi River, Davenport has yet to build a
flood wall to protect the city. Each time the river floods, it cost the
city hundreds of thousands of dollars. This flood will be in the forefront
of future city council meetings. The perspective of this shot
truly shows both beauty and devastation. The stillness of the water has
a surreal feel to it.
The Details: This shot was taken on a tripod with the camera set at 200 ISO. I took five individual shots adjusting the shutter speed after each shot, starting from 1/2 a second all the way to 15 seconds for the last exposure. Then the images were layered in the Photomatix HDR program.
Born and bred in Davenport, I know all too well the complex issue the area grapples with each time the Big Muddy rises. Flooding causes millions of dollars of damage, yes, but can you monetize the beauty of an unobstructed view of the Mighty Mississippi? Sound off in the comments below, or add your photos to our Flickr pool.