I was out one cold winter Sunday exploring some overloading routes in western Oklahoma in our Jeep Wrangler and came across this abandoned railroad bridge over the North Canadian River just north of Hinton, Oklahoma. It was a bit of a chore to get my Jeep near the bridge, and I was glad a had a Warn winch on my Jeep since there was a possibility I would get suck in the deep sand and I was solo. Luckily the Jeep did just fine and I never needed the winch. I did however have to hike a couple of hundred yards to get this shot of the abandoned bridge with my Toyo View VX-125 camera. I set my camera up with a 210mm lens but figured out pretty quickly I would need to use my 150mm lens to get the view I wanted. I did a little bit of rise on the front standard so that I could get the top of the bridge into the image frame without keystoning the structure.
I was really happy with this image once I processed it. I can just imaging an old railroad engine powering across this bridge with steam pouring out of the smokestack. Alas, this bridge has been abandoned for a while now so I think the only thing that goes over it is the occasional hiker.
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