Monday, December 13, 2010

(Day 347) Connections

Have I told you before that bridges are another favourite subject of mine to photograph ? They have so many interesting angles that the photo opportunities are seemingly endless. I've just finished reading a fascinating book about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge (The Great Bridge, by David McCullough, ISBN 0-671-45711-X), but no, unfortunately, I didn't make any photos of it today.

Instead, Sasha and I drove down to the Cape Coral Bridge, in its own right fascinating. A single span, 1030m/3400' long, was built in 1964 over the Caloosahatchee River to connect Fort Myers and Cape Coral, reducing a 32km/20mi drive to the length of the bridge. A second parallel span was added in 1989. I haven't been able to find out why drivers pay $2 to come to Cape Coral, but it's free to cross over to Fort Myers.

(70-200mm  f14  /80 sec  ISO400)

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(18-55mm  f14  /50 sec  ISO400)

22 comments:

Scott said...

Fascinating and I loved the B&W negative treatment. I really like both of these.

Farmchick said...

I like the processing on these images. Creative

Dawn said...

These are great Rick! They look like they are from quite another world- never thought I would call a bridge beautiful:)

marty said...

je n'ai jamais vu un pont pareil ! tu sais que
j'aime les ponts moi aussi, surtout la nuit lol!
la deuxième image est étonnante et très belle !
je t'envoie des bisous par dessus le pont !!

Photog Ave said...

The first one looks like an ice sculpture!
Very cool Rick!

darlin said...

Fantastic Rick, utterly amazing photos! The first one looks like it belongs in an art gallery, mind you now that I've taken a second look so does the second one.

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

very interesting processing! well done! best regards

Leovi said...

These compositions in forms and perspectives are very interesting. I love them.

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Rick you've outdone yourself! You have a talented eye for composition - LOVE that second shot!

joey said...

I can see why you enjoy photographing bridges, Rick. Not easy, you do it so well! I especially am drawn to the B/W.

CarreraCaballo said...

THe negative B&W is stunning :-)
I also like the bubbly flow of the bridge in the 2nd photo!

Greetz,

Joseph

julia said...

Una perspectiva muy interesante, y un procesado que la vuelve más atractivo.
Un saludo.

Soraia said...

Great!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Wow very different. I have that same lens.

Rick said...

Thank you very much Scott !

Thanks for the positive comment on my negative, Farmchick ;-)

Thanks Dawn - there's just something about them - the lines and shapes they create, I think - that makes them photogenic. to me.

Marty - merci for your nice comments and the bisous - much appreciated ! Bisous sur le pont d'Avignon ;-)

Rick said...

Thank you Avery !

Thanks Darlene - maybe I'll put one up in my own gallery ;-)

Costea Andrea Mihai - thanks for dropping by and your nice comment.

I appreciate your comments Leovi!

Rick said...

Thank you very much Cat - that bridge is very photogenic !

Thank you Joey - there are so many perspectives one can see bridges from.

Bubbly flow - nice description. Thanks Joseph !

Gracias tanto Julia !

Rick said...

Obrigado Soraia !

Thank you Lisa ! And isn't that a great lens !!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Uhhh funny what you did to these. Yea I hear you love bridges tooo....
Hugs D.

CarreraCaballo said...

:-)

Rick said...

Glad you liked it Dag ! Fijn weekeind !

Katherine said...

Bridges are amazing structures and I love them too! They're all unique in appearance which is what makes them so interesting. I think I also like bridges because of what they symbolize. The crossing from one place to another.
I like what you did to these photos Rick...interesting!