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There are 11 bridges over the Zayandeh River which runs through the centre of Esfahan in Central Iran. Five of the bridges are very old – this one being the Khaju Bridge which was built around 1650 when Esfahan was the capital of Persia and, at the time, one of the largest cities in the world.

The Khaju Bridge is a two level bridge made of stone and brick and is 105 metres long and 14 metres wide. The large chunks of stone used in the base of the bridge are over two metres long, so it must have been quite a challenge carting them to this site when the bridge was built. The top level has a 7.5 metres wide cobbled road which used to be how vehicles crossed the river, but now there are another six modern bridges across the river so vehicles no longer use the old bridges.

Pedestrians can walk across on the road on the top level, but most use the lower level which provides shade from the sun. This bridge may appear to be almost deserted, because you can see only one person walking across on the lower level, but that is because this was the sunny side and all the people are crossing on the other side in the shade (there would have been over 100 people walking across the bridge on the other side when I took this photograph).

This is one of the bridges that regulate the water flow in the river because there are sluice gates under the archways over the river. When the sluice gates are closed, the water level behind the bridge is raised to facilitate the irrigation of the many gardens along the river upstream of this bridge.

This was taken with a wide angle lens (12mm) so I used the transform tool in Photoshop to partly correct the distorted perspective. However, I could not correct the distortion completely otherwise I would have lost the edges of the clouds in the top left and top right of the frame. I didn’t want to do that because I liked the way in which the clouds were positioned, pushing up into the top corners of the frame. In my view this gives the image more impact which would have been lost if the clouds had been cropped. Other than that, the only PP was an adjustment to levels and USM.

PS: I will dedicate this image to Tan Yilmaz (capt haddock) because this type of sky is very much his ‘trademark’.

Tomorrow I will post a photograph taken under the bridge – you might be surprised at what is there.

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 108 N: 2568] (7789)
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