View from Almada to city of Lisbon on the side we have the 25th of April Bridge.
The 25 de Abril Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril "25th of April Bridge", Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpõt(ɨ) ˈvĩt(ɨ) ˈsĩku dɨ ɐˈbɾiɫ]) is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left (south) bank of the Tejo river. It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966 and a train platform was added in 1999. Because of being a cable-stayed bridge and its similar coloring, it is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA. In fact, it was built by the same company (American Bridge Company) that constructed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and not the Golden Gate, also explaining its similarity in design. With a total length of 2,277 m, it is the 21st largest suspension bridge in the world. The upper platform carries six car lanes, and the lower platform carries two train tracks. Until 1974, the bridge was named Salazar Bridge (Ponte Salazar).
From the late 19th century there had been proposals to build a bridge for Lisbon. In 1929 the idea advanced as a Portuguese engineer and entrepreneur, António Bello requested a Government concession for a railway crossing between Lisbon and Montijo (where the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the second bridge serving Lisbon, was later built in 1998). As a result, the Minister of Public Works, Duarte Pacheco, created a commission in 1933 to analyse the request. The commission reported in 1934, and proposed building a road and rail bridge. Bids were obtained. However, this proposal was subsequently put aside in favour of a bridge crossing the river at Vila Franca de Xira, 35 km north of Lisbon.
In 1953 a new Government commission started working and recommended building the bridge in 1958, choosing the southern anchor point adjacent to the recently built monument to Christ the King (Cristo-Rei). In 1959 the international invitation to tender for the project received four bids. In 1960 the winner was announced as a consortium headed by the United States Steel Export Company, which had submitted a bid in 1935.
Construction began on 5 November 1962. Forty-five months later (six months ahead of schedule) the bridge was inaugurated on 6 August 1966. Presiding at the ceremony was the President of Portugal, Admiral Américo Thomaz. Also present were the Prime-Minister, António de Oliveira Salazar, and the Patriarch of Lisbon, Cardinal Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira. The bridge was named Salazar Bridge (Ponte Salazar), in honour of the Prime Minister.
The bridge was built by the American Bridge Company, part of the winning consortium and aided by eleven local companies. The steel was imported from the USA. Four workers lost their lives, out of a total of 3,000 who worked on the site. Construction took a total of 2,185,000 man-hours of work. The total cost of the bridge came to 2,200,000,000 Portuguese escudos, or US$ 32 million (US $225 million in 2011 adjusted for inflation).
The upper platform, running 70 m above water, started carrying 4 car lanes, two in each direction, with a dividing guardrail. On 23 July 1990, this guardrail was removed and a fifth, reversible lane was created. On 6 November 1998 the side walls were extended and reinforced to make space for the present six lanes. Cars crossing the bridge make a peculiar hum - listen (59s) - as two of the lanes are metallic platforms instead of asphalt.Since 30 June 1999, the lower platform carries two railroad tracks. To accommodate this, the bridge underwent extensive structural reinforcements, including a second set of main cables, placed above the original set, and the main towers were increased in height. The rail line had been part of the initial design, but was eliminated for economy, and the initial structure had been lightened. Original builder American Bridge Company was called again for the job, performing the first aerial spinning of additional main cables on a loaded, fully operational suspension bridge.
Traffic soon increased well beyond predictions, and has remained at maximum capacity despite the enlargement from four to six lanes, the addition of the rail line, and the building of a second bridge serving Lisbon, the Vasco da Gama Bridge. A third bridge has been on and off Government plans for some time, presently the plan has been dropped to reduce Portugal's budget deficit.
Several movies have been filmed on the bridge, including some scenes in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service when James Bond is in a car with Marc Ange Draco's henchmen and they drive across a bridge, and the bridge is featured near the end of the movie when Bond marries Tracy and drives with her in Bond's Aston Martin across the bridge again.
Soon after the Carnation Revolution in 1974, the bridge was renamed the 25 de Abril Bridge, the day the revolution had occurred. A symbol of those times was captured on film, with citizens removing the big "Salazar" brass sign from one of the main pillars of the bridge and painting a provisional "25 de Abril" in its place.
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 10mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/320 sec - F/10
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-S
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: More Contrast
Hue Adjustment: +3°
Sharpening: Medium high
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lousat (91950) 2012-07-03 10:50
Hi Goncalo,the pic is very very nice,what a choice of point of view and what a fantastic landscape,very good colors and details but a bit underexposed,need more birghtnee for me.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-07-03 10:53
bela vista esta, e gosto destas tonalidades carregadas embora ache que se tivesse um pouco mais de "punch" não se perdia nada.
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-07-03 11:00
beautiful place with excellent view not only of the impressive bridge,but also on Lisbon and right behind you the Statue of Cristo Rei.Excellently composed picture with superb quality and pleasant,natural colors.
ciakgiak (30431) 2012-07-03 11:10
Premesso che concordo con l'appunto fatto dal caro Luciano, devo altresì dire che si tratta di una panoramica magnifica, dove si vede questo bel ponte che tanto servirebbe a noi siciliani :)) . La foto è ottimamente composta ed hai dei bei colori, complimenti.
Un caro abbraccio
HimalAnda (10669) 2012-07-03 11:37
Congratulations for this nice picture with a classical but great composition.
At first glance, I could have thought it was a picture of San Francisco... but I have seen the country name: Portugal.
mvinagre (853) 2012-07-03 12:20
Bonita esta vista da Ponte 25 de Abril, ceu com nuvens e cores muito boas.
Sonata11 (33863) 2012-07-03 12:38
Wonderful composition and framework as well. This city view impressimg me a lot. The amazing bridge leading us to the city. Great colors, sharpness, clarity, perspective, I like your POV and DOF also. Perfectly well done. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
rbassin (23043) 2012-07-03 12:53
Bonne prise de vue, belle présentation.
L'angle de vue donne un bonne idée de la dimention de ce fameux pont.
PecoBud (3824) 2012-07-03 13:18
Excellent choice of locations to take this photo, which gives us such a wonderful view and showing us a stunning DOF. Outstanding natural colors and very sweet light management and all with superb clarity. Your POV of the bridge and city is masterful, great job Goncalo!!
TFS..........Your Friend from California.........Buddy
siudzi (34141) 2012-07-03 13:26
Amazing view on this well-known bridge. Perfectly seen and composed view with a superb dramatic cloudy sky. Very well done.
carlo62 (49127) 2012-07-03 15:05
una vista magnifica, ben ripresa e ben composta, la diagonale del ponte conduce lo sguardo al centro della foto e la città divide perfettamente il blu del mare dal cielo.
jmdias (64898) 2012-07-03 17:43
mesmo sendo uma vista clássica da ponte aqui as nuvens dão uma sensação de movimento e isso é algo muito bonito de se ver na imagem. a sua nota está muito boa, pena que não menciona que cruzei esta ponte pela primeira vez em 68, haha.
pierrefonds (66841) 2012-07-03 18:11
The length of the bridge is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the bridge, of the river and of an area of the city. The afternoon light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
abmdsudi (54513) 2012-07-03 19:51
This is a picturesque impression of this suspension bridge with spectacular composition. Lovely long perspective, extensive depth and sense of space created with strong diagonal lines taken from attractive shooting angle in adequate clarity, rich colors and contrast. Fine shot, Well done.
coolravi19 (549) 2012-07-03 20:40
An awesome shot ....perfect exposure .The bridge is looking amazing & leading eyes in the image .
I just love the color saturation & exposure of this pic .Great job done.
emka (98664) 2012-07-03 23:37
fantastic panorama of Lisbon behi nd the bridge. Excellent composition, nice colours. have you made this photo from the Christo Rei statue? I was there and have similar photos but it was just raining there (and when i czame down it was a beautiful sun, bad luck!)
bukitgolfb301 (42292) 2012-07-04 1:58
Hi dear Goncalo
Another fantastic fresh panfocus landscape shot!
Marvelous blue color gradation! Sharp and clear image as usual as your trademark.
Thanks for your sharing with good work and have a good day! Best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
dkmurphys (59145) 2012-07-04 2:05
Spectacular catch of Lisbon along the old bridge. Well taken!
jhm (153656) 2012-07-04 2:47
You placed the bridge perfect on the picture.
This gives excellent perspective and depth image.
Also a lovely panoramic view in background.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
alpi1500 (1520) 2012-07-04 5:06
Nice POV and good clouds.Nice natural colors.
Have a nice day.
jaywalker (16101) 2012-07-04 5:31
Hi Goncalo, A lovely view with nice depth create by the bridge, the sky is superb with a wonderful cloud formation, great view point & very well composed, kind regards Wilson.
delpeoples (58276) 2012-07-04 5:37
Ola dear Goncalo
You;ve got a great Point of View here to capture this magnificent bay. The bridge is wonderful too and you have composed the shot perfectly to allow the eye to trace the lines of the bridge and beyond. Wonderful dominating blue colours and sharpness. And of course the way you have used the clouds add another important and very beautiful element to this lovely image. Parabens.
Nicou (143028) 2012-07-04 5:51
quelle immensité et compo sueprbe vue et iamge ce ciel est merveilleux avec ce tracage et quel pont fantastique la longuerue et ca panorama complet jusqu'en fond d'image, splendide.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (98459) 2012-07-04 6:49
Piêkny most, piekna konstrukcja.
Podoba mi siê POV i kompozycja.
npecanhuk (75502) 2012-07-04 7:37
Linda vista clássica!
Quando estive aí, achei-a maravilhosa! Compete com louvor com a versão californiana!
Sua foto está bela e ótima!
Cores, nitidez, exposição, pdv escolhido e composição excelentes!
Parabéns, abração e até mais,
pajaran (61130) 2012-07-04 8:14
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o mostovima Lisabona, sa datim podacima, i istorijom ...
Lep pogled na most i oblake koji setaju nebom.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, moje cestitke.
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.
Kod nas su velike vrucine, sedimo u stanu i pijemo hladno pice.
Artigo muito interessante e bem sobre as pontes de Lisboa, com os dados fornecidos, e história ...
Bela vista da ponte e andar nas nuvens no céu.
Boa imagem de contraste, nitidez e perspectiva, belas cores.
Bom trabalho e composição, os meus parabéns.
Bom texto com os dados fornecidos para a técnica utilizada e os elementos da imagem.
Tenha um bom dia, tudo de melhor.
Aqui estão o calor, sente-se em casa e beber uma bebida fria.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-04 9:12
great view, the composition is very spectacular and I like the imposing architectural details and the attractive lights, the POV is superb. Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
williewhistler (16398) 2012-07-04 12:36
the imposing structure of the bridge leads nicely from the countryside into the city,the sky is most enjoyable.
ruisc_pt (11036) 2012-07-04 14:14
Sempore com uns POVs impressionantes.
Um pouco subexposta.. ou então é essa mesmo a ideia-...
Didi (60588) 2012-07-05 9:50
Nice deep wide view from a good POV
The sky looks windy
Cricri (120119) 2012-07-05 11:14
J'aime les couleurs ici, surtout le ciel, trop clair sur le WS, la perspective du pont et le feuillages en avant plan contraste de l'autre coté du fleuve avec la ville, belle réalisation
aliabazari (16170) 2012-07-05 12:10
Este disco foi muito bem feito. Tem uma boa iluminação e composição excelente. Muito bonito e encantador.
Obrigado e cumprimentos
macjake (68420) 2012-07-05 13:01
now thats a view!!
the lighting may be a little dark, but i love the overall pov, the long elongated bridge deck, the huge clouds soaring above, and the city in the bg.
i would imagine alot of fantastic photo's could be taken from here.
siamesa (28121) 2012-07-06 0:47
Bom dia Gonçalo
Essas fotos que incluem pontes na composição invariavelmente ficam belíssimas e com um artista a fotografar, então...
kato (11630) 2012-07-06 2:18
You're capturing well this scape by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see a long/beautiful bridge connecting to the opposite city and clean lue sea. The whole is harmonized well.
Have a nice day.
Silvio1953 (144230) 2012-07-06 7:50
Ciao Goncalo, great POV on beautiful city, excellent clarity, superb sky, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (72109) 2012-07-06 8:03
Boa tarde Goncalo,
Normally we see the opposite view on the bridge, yet from here we can look over Lisboa on the far side.
Sky above town were marvelous.
jemaflor (97969) 2012-07-06 8:43
Well taken from this pov, good depth effect, nice light and sky, perfect to complete the view of this big bridge.
gunbud (34066) 2012-07-08 20:41
Beautiful sky above this lovely bridge that reflects across the broad bay.
Strong colors and sharp details to sky and bridge.
Kielia (24077) 2012-07-09 5:48
you have chosen an excellently working POV to present this majestic bridge that is already well known here and a wonderful city view. The perspective is excellent. This is exactly what this site is about: learning about Lisbon... My compliments!
sacavem (18620) 2012-07-12 13:46
Bom ponto de vista e grande profundidade.
A nitidez também é muito boa, realmente gosto mais deste versão.
josepmarin (58359) 2012-07-14 5:25
Olá, amigo Gonçalo,
magnífica vista de Lisboa desde la otra orilla del Tajo, con la dinámica perspectiva del puente 25 de Abril.
La luz y los colores están muy bien gestionados, las nubes tienen un alto nivel estético, y la composición tiene una alta calidad de imagen.
PS: me he podido conectar casualmente a Internet, mediante un Wi-Fi temporal.
- Copyright: Goncalo Lopes (Bluejeans) (64251)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-06-05
- Categories: Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40X, Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD, SD 4GB 150x
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-03 10:26