For more than sixty years now, the Howrah Bridge (now rechristened Rabindra Setu) has come to be recognised as the living symbol of the city of Kolkata, sharing an intrinsic relationship with its growth and evolution. It has become the Gateway of Kolkata, the veritable 'City of Joy'. The end of the 17th Century India witnessed the gradual emergence of the city of Kolkata brought about by the merger of three villages - Kolkata, Sutanati & Gobindapur, on the eastern bank of the river Hooghly, a distributary of River Ganga. On the western bank, Howrah came up as a bustling site of commerce. The twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah separated by the River Hooghly shared a common historical linkage towards the eventual construction of the Howrah Bridge. While Kolkata, from a small sleeping hamlet of artisans and mercantile community eventually developed, as a commercial hub of a modern metropolitan city , Howrah, virtually the store house of raw material resources, became its industrial satellite. Kolkata was declared the capital of India by the British and remained so till 1911. The railway station at Howrah was set up in 1906 and a bridge was much needed to serve as the logistic link. Based on designs of Rendel, Palmer and Tritton the consruction of the bridge was awarded to British firm Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Company Ltd. The Howrah Bridge, the fourth cantilever bridge in the world, was commissioned in February 1943 during the height of the Second World War. It consumed 26,500 tons of steel and was constructed at an approximate cost of Rs. 25 million. It replaced an old pontoon bridge which existed from 1874.
This is a suspension type balanced cantilever bridge with central span1500 ft. between centers of main towers. The bridge was constructed entirely by riveting, without nuts or bolts. It is currently used as a road bridge, but previously had a tram route as well. It has been binding different generations of people crossing the bridge and stoically bornes the weight of nearly seventy thousand vehicles and 2 million commuters crossing it daily, thus registering itself as one of the busiest bridges in the world.
This was captured from a floating jetty on the Kolkata side. On a Sunday morning since ferries are closed, it wore a deserted look. I timed my capture with the first rays of the Sun hitting the water as thunder clouds gathered overhead.
The image has been colour and contrast adjusted.
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tcht (7565) 2006-07-25 1:49
Hi again Sabyasachi,
The atmsophere of the pic is impressive! The colours are perfect here and generates such great moody yet majestic feelings of the bridge. I dunno how u managed those colours..they're excellent. Of course the PoV is nice and I like the close up of those rusty chains. An usual way to phootgraph a bridge that is most effective.
gelor (3229) 2006-07-25 1:50
Voici une vue très originale de ce pont. L'utilisation du grand angle avec ce premier plan donne beaucoup de profondeur à l'image. Les couleurs sont surprenantes mais donnent un ensemble très agréable. Le commentaire, très détaillé, est intéressant. Merci.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-07-25 2:05
Very beautifull composition with this bridge in beautifull light and colors. You describe here a nice atmosphere.
Good work one more time
Deepforest (9260) 2006-07-25 2:11
nice composition with the bridge, amazing colours and interesting note. Great shot.
lucasdasilva (557) 2006-07-25 2:23
I am liking your photos more and more every day, they are so veri good. Not only the colors but the POV with the jetty and chains is best.
anjan (1086) 2006-07-25 2:30
Hey Saby, U show me my city in new light with lots of unknown info. Top job this, apart from ur portraits this must b one of ur best!
delkoo (68) 2006-07-25 2:47
another great shot with an interesting note.
very nice foreground with 2 diagonals formed by chains, excellent grain and colours.
berek (50504) 2006-07-25 3:07
its beautiful colours . your point of view is great. I just say congratulations. have a nice day.
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greg64g (11193) 2006-07-25 3:13
what a superb mood and colored view looks very unsusual to my eyes, all is perfect and i found the noise is give more poweer here
siantarman (497) 2006-07-25 3:26
You picture is interesting, i really like the tone and the colors , this is sepia or the others ?.
beatak (578) 2006-07-25 3:48
I like very much your colour composition. And your comment of this picture is very well done. Regards, Beatrice
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2006-07-25 4:18
Very nice shot. I like the colours and the POV with an interesting foreground.
partha (14023) 2006-07-25 4:49
Excellent composition. I like the strong colour tone and off-bit composition.
Your photographs are really nice and reach to a different hight.
imrek (4) 2006-07-25 5:14
what a great POV...dock with chain in teh foreground and beautyful old bridge in the backgroud and sky in pink tones...well done!!!
Graal (103034) 2006-07-25 5:51
interesting view but clouds are unusual, pink. Good note and composition. Well done.
ben4321 (9875) 2006-07-25 6:23
This is a really stunning shot. The colours are amazing (if a little unnatural looking) and your composition is very effective. The chains in the foreground have the effect of drawing the eye into the scene.
All in all, a very striking image. I'd like to see how this shot looks with natural colours before you adjusted it. Maybe you could post it as a workshop?
cunejo200 (7281) 2006-07-25 6:44
Superb composition highlighted by the bridge. Beautifull light, contrast, and saturated colors. Great note and congratulations.
sayan (2617) 2006-07-25 7:16
Seeing this I thought of a bengali song "Shono bondhu shono, praan heen ek sauhorer itikautha"..(for my TE friends the translation is something like-"Listen O dear friend, the the history of a lifeless city.."). Though my city Kolkata is not in anysense a lifeless city, but the absence of human element on the jetty, the presence of huge iron and steel structures remind me of that song.
Well framed shot Sabyasachi and nice colours. But seeing this I thought that the colour is a bit much adjusted to my likings. But that is completely my opinion.
arindam_thokder (3987) 2006-07-25 11:36
Good one, I love the processing of colors. The sky looks Dramatic. Really nice.
sunilshukla (844) 2006-07-25 12:11
Hey Sabs the wonderman! Amazing colours u create such magnificent moods. Ur pictures bear a signature mark which is so difficult 2 attain. But here more than the colors, I like the artistic composotion with the low POV to include the rusty chains alongwith the majestic bridge.
jhm (155264) 2006-07-25 12:38
The chains in forgeround care for very beautifull composition, also this bridge in beautifull light in background, I see a lot noise in the sky! Maybe through the morning sun?
Thanks a lot,
jverkamman (2291) 2006-07-25 14:11
Wow i like your style Sabyasachi, i like the warm colors, it’s a perfect combination in this photo.
Also a very good capture.
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2006-07-25 15:10
Your adjustment of colors have made it an outstanding photo of famous landmark of Kolkatta.Inclusion of chains in foregrond is excellent idea.TFS
thor68 (5586) 2006-07-25 15:32
what a beautiful shot, Sabyasachi! :-)
terrific composition showing us this interesting bridge
in these awesome sunrise colors - how much did you have to adjust color and contrast?
wonderful job & take care, thorsten.
Mingfang (1415) 2006-07-25 22:00
i am browsing your page. you seem like the landscapes. and your landscape shots are very special. I like this one more, empty view, the colors and the ironware would make me think about something...
avigur_11 (22107) 2006-07-25 23:04
Wow, this is amazing, Sabyasachi.
Composition,colors, and exposure ar great. I enjoy very moch the chains and the chain holders at the FG, this picture couldn't be so great without them. Good job.
riclopes (35577) 2006-07-26 3:41
You have a wonderful galery, with strong appealing images. Superb capture at the first rays of a sunday, with a good interplay bettween this foreground and the graphism of the bridge in the background. Great atmosphere provided by the special lighting and strong contrasts. Your informative note is excellent and I loved the extra old bridge to complement the post. Congratulations for the good work!
jinju (14265) 2006-07-26 3:42
its like a postapocalyptic vision. No humanity, just the dominatioon of metal and concrete. Even your color treatment seems to evoke feleings of a ruined natural environment. This is really good stuff.
snunney (101634) 2006-07-26 5:47
Very atmospheric shot of this interesting bridge. I like the composition with the foreground, which is interesting in its owrn right, providing a lead-in to the bridge. Colours are superb. I was interested to learn that the bridge was constructed by Cleveland Bridge & Engineering as I worked for the holding company (Trafalgar House) that owned them at one time and visited their works in Darlington on several occasions.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2006-07-26 5:54
Everytime I look at your photos I'm always spellbound. The portraits you took seems to have presence and the landscapes has some moods. What intrigues me is how you master the use of light ... it has a soft effect yet very dramatic. I look at your photos and try to analyse what makes it look good and try to learn from it. You're #1 !!!
izler (8) 2006-07-26 7:52
beautiful architecture photo. suberp perspective. composition, POV, colours, frame and note are great. thanks for sharing
feather (51130) 2006-07-26 10:50
The company Cleveland Bridge and Engineering also built the Sydney Harbour Bridge and one of their local bridges the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough You will see a big similarity in the design of the Transporter Bridge and this one here, although not a transporter.
I love your photo. The composition is excellent using the floating jetty in your foreground. The colours are also stunning, capturing the sunrise as well as the storm clouds.
You have a wonderful style, both with your excellent portraits and also the vibrancy and use of light in your other work, that stands out even from the thumbnails in your gallery.
plimrn (21344) 2006-07-26 11:19
Stunning shot!! Wonderful color and sharp detail, especially in the bridge silhouette. The framingf is excellent, I like the details of the boat in the foreground and the bridge poised between the land against the clouds. Just lovely!! I read your note with great intereset as well
MIG13 (0) 2006-07-26 11:37
What a nice capture, Sabyasachi! The bridge is impressive, so as the Ganga! Great colours and composition, too! Very good informative note! TFS! Regards! Miguel.
elmec (12210) 2006-07-26 12:43
I like this composition in hot colours and with dramatic sky!
Very good framed!
P-S-I-G (25536) 2006-07-26 12:56
Great composition with chains. I like it very much.
Good colors. Good harbour atmosphere.
Very well done.
Budapestman (82620) 2006-07-26 14:29
What a mood! Colours are beautiful, beautiful photo! Great composition and POV! Excellent impression!
startacked (1355) 2006-07-26 16:28
Strange moody colors and threatning sky. Good compo. You were mentioning this bridge just minutes ago but I don't see resemblence with the bridge I just posted. This is a totaly different type of bridge for transport of different traffic. TFS, Gilbert
Fis2 (100668) 2006-07-26 16:37
Your photo is wonderful. I like the composition and frame. Super colors. Very impressive picture! Good work.
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HaBeMa (1326) 2006-07-26 16:39
Hi Sabyasachi:very good scene and color and sharpen...
sarju (5324) 2006-07-26 17:08
definitely one of the best photos that i have seen of this majestic bridge
tfs .. regards ...s arju
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-07-26 17:33
You have one of the most colourful gallery on the TE. I haven't seen any thing like this on TE yet. You play excellent with colours, I really like all your shots, very attractive and colourful. This one has lovely fantastic colours, the POV is perfect, good composition.
cam (9043) 2006-07-26 20:27
Interresting foreground,we know where we stand,and an introduction to the bridge surrounded by a colorful explosion.
Sadly,a presence of noisy clouds,probably from the postprocessing,but otherwise a very good image
Angshu (56760) 2006-07-26 23:52
Quite an amazing portrayal in colour of our favourite landmark. The overall colours brings out a feel of decay, rust! I like your POV with the chains in the barge in the FG. But I must admit that your PP work is quite stupendous..you're able to convert photograohs totally! Well done
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-07-27 3:38
Hi Sabya, strong again picture, heavily warmed, the POV is great and i recognize your style in PP, if i hadn't seen your name, i would have found that it was taken by you ;)
Excellent, as usual
john_c (24666) 2006-07-27 10:44
Superb ambience radiates from this shot, which has your trademark subdued lighting but fascinating tones and hues. I like the POV, with the sharp detail of the huge chains and dock area in the foreground and the view of the interesting bridge beyond. You have really set a romantic stage here for the viewer. Well done...Later.
emjleclercq (15780) 2006-07-27 17:05
Beautifull colors, orange and purple. The point of view on the bridge is excellent and the small details of the metal jetty in the foreground are in harmony with this old steel bridge. Perhaps just a littlenoise in the sky.
All the best,
marietom (34609) 2006-07-28 3:47
encore de belles couleurs... bonne ambiance dans cette photo.
carper (96) 2006-07-28 14:20
fantastic photo Sabyasachi,
the point of view is very nice the perspective you made is good and the composition is great, very good photographers job.
Gregtom (7169) 2006-07-28 15:58
I like these extraordinary colors very much! Very interesting steel structure and nice, detailed foreground composed of a dock installations. Well chosen low point of view and perfectly selected framing. Very fine work!
Stepan (27210) 2006-07-28 16:07
There is a kind of symmetry here, a abstract one, a suggested one, a beautiful one... This is very well composed, in an impressive light too. Well seen.
rhizomes (15343) 2006-07-29 14:23
Very nice composition with these colors and point of view.
I like this bridge and the chains on the foreground.
evanrizo (456) 2006-07-29 17:30
Just simple to say, thanks you for share such wonderful images.
isabela_sor (47748) 2006-07-30 7:54
Excellent shot,perfect composition,colors and lights,Sabyasachi
josepmarin (58359) 2006-07-30 15:40
This one is a magnificent composition that shows this elegant metallic bridge to us in background, the water and the moorings of the wharf with the enormous chains in foreground.
The light of the moment and the red tones of the colors give a dramatic and very beautiful aspect to the photo.
The sky has a little noise, I will try to reduce it in a WS.
singuanti (15250) 2006-07-30 22:24
Hi Sabyasachi. I'd say you handled the PP to perfection. The light must have been amazing to yield such a great result. The foreground has been included seamlessly. Fantastic shot Sabyasachi!
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-08-05 5:35
Great capture of the chains against the bridge. Lovely composition and sweet colours.
sreeharig (211) 2007-07-25 10:23
Fabulous shot of the Howrah. And as usual very generous notes, very interesting to learn details about the famous Bridge. The PoV is an inch off balance, I think the idea of symmetry is very nicely done, colors are excellent, but the only missing part is the symmetry in the foreground, but I guess it the grand scheme of things, it can be ignored. Great job.
- Copyright: Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) (19779)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-25 1:43
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