Here’s a tale of despair, flushed with the success of my night shot of the Harbour Bridge I thought I’d have a go at another of Sydney’s iconic bridges, the ANZAC Bridge, at night. I had a plan, I’d get there early, look for a water level vantage point so I could get a low angle across the water to get the night time reflections and this time I’d look East and get the blue hour sky, done deal. Three things happened, first, when the sun went down, to my surprise the bridge hasn’t any lighting, second, the wind didn’t stop blowing from the south and the water was all messed up. Third, the storm clouds you can see ended up filling the sky, no blue hour. What a disaster. No joy this time. I can hear the Melbourne boys laughing from here.
Not wanting to waste the three hours I spent down on the waters edge I thought you might like to see this capture taken about fifteen minutes before the sun dipped below the horizon. All was not lost though, while I was waiting for the sun to set three young guys came and sat next to me, they had a cooler full of cold beers, which they very generously kept offering to yours truly. Well it wouldn’t have been neighbourly to refuse so I accepted each time they offered. Next time I better take my own supply of beers.
A bit of information on the ANZAC Bridge, compliments of Wikipedia.
The ANZAC Bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Australia, and amongst the longest in the world. The bridge is 32.2 metres (105.6 ft) wide and the main span is 345 metres (1131.9 ft) long. The reinforced concrete pylons are 120 metres (393.7 ft) high and support the deck by two planes of stay cables. Initially the stay cables were plagued by vibrations which have since been resolved by the addition of thin stabilising cables between the stay cables.
The bridge was completed in 1995 to replace the former Glebe Island Bridge, a electrically operated swing bridge in operation since 1901. This former bridge was designed by New South Wales Government Architect Percy Allan, who also designed the larger Pyrmont Bridge over Sydney's Darling Harbour. Increasing traffic and the problem of closing a major arterial road to allow the movement of shipping into Blackwattle Bay were the principal reasons for the construction of the new bridge.
The new bridge was opened on December 3, 1995, and was criticised by some as "overengineered" because of its size with seven lanes for traffic. The criticism proved unfounded as the bridge was reconfigured for eight traffic lanes in 2005. There is a pedestrian path / bikeway that runs along the northern side of the bridge, making possible a leisurely 30-40 minute walk from Glebe Point Road, down Bridge Road, over the Bridge and round Blackwattle Bay back to Glebe Point Road.
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Nicou (146688) 2009-05-11 1:03
Quel pont, il est merveilleux,m le reflets sur l'eau, les nuage juste au travers des cordage en métal, quel beau graphsime, de couleurs douces, une merveille.
bravo et amitié
robertosalguero (288) 2009-05-11 1:04
Nice image of this structure. The bridge is long and does seem to give this city a strong focal point. The image could be a bit sharper but is still good. I like the colours and the way you included so much water on the foreground. Nice work Peter :-)
Budapestman (82620) 2009-05-11 1:44
Splendid photo of this imposing bridge with spectacular composition. The lights are bautiful, the clouds adds a lot to the mood. Tfs! Have a nice week!
delpeoples (59184) 2009-05-11 2:22
Hi Pete, I feel dumped! You were on the Dark Side and didn't give me a yell? Disgraceful. Anyway, despite the Fates giving you a hard time photographically speaking, I reckon you did a pretty darn good job. I like the clouds and the image is nice and clear despite the large aperture. And you even managed a few free beers from the locals whilst you were at it. Life is good for Mr Wall. Have a great week, Lisa.
npecanhuk (75660) 2009-05-11 2:28
Very good to know that Sidney has another beautiful bridge - I love such man-made structures! The photo is excellent and truly attractive! Sharpness, exposure and colors were ably managed by you in this one and they're all truly suitable to the image! Besides the beauty of the bridge, I'd like to point out those clouds behind it, the texture of the water surface and the way - with great dof - we can see the arch of the other world famous bridge of Sidney in the very background!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards,
alftrek (3270) 2009-05-11 2:37
Hahaha! Just to make sure you hear the laughter from a half-Melbourne boy. But on a second look, this is the sort of photo that makes us jealous, that golden late evening lighting and the storm cloud which adds interest to an otherwise typically featureless Sydney sky. The Centre Point Tower, the "Coat Hanger" and MLC Building give away the clue that this is Sydney, the City that Melbourneans love to hate. To be real honest, this is simply great, great composition and photo quality.
We will have cold beer awaiting you when you come to Melbourne next time.
aadilj (18102) 2009-05-11 3:52
I like the way this one has been compsoed. Its beautiful and some amazing scenes along with the hues and elements such as the clouds. I like the eprspective you got of the bridge Peter.
hay_kes (31437) 2009-05-11 7:43
Very beautiful postcard indeed vith excellent POV, colours and reflection.TFS.
vmf-214 (1648) 2009-05-11 7:46
This shot too turned out great, Excellent POV looking out over the harbor. Lovely reflection on the water and lighting is wonderful rally brings out the details in this shot. Wonderful colors and great note Peter.
trekks (14348) 2009-05-11 8:47
I have nothing to do with those 'gangs' from Melbourne, but I am laughing here in Borneo with a licensed permit to do so from Mr Rudd [he spoke in Mandarin and said 'Go ahead, make my day'].
Despite the beer and bad weather condition, I think it is good to brave the new challenges and give up the comfort of that friend's apartment and strive for new POV. Although I like your earlier version with that Tokina SWA, this one is a good variant of the scenery. You should have applied some witchcraft the night before to pray for good weather and blue hour, it might have worked, all with a broomstick and what not.
Seriously. The river did not give you any reflection here. And the clouds are too low for you to boast of. But all is not lost. Because I quite like the pillar and pylons of that main pier rising up to the sky above the clouds.
I know skippy007 would probably want to shoot this scene next time he visited the city, but I doubt if he would wish to post such a shot?
More cold beers, for a good shot done.
p/s May I make a suggestion? Next time bring a tripod and a zoom lens, do multiple shots for a stitch job and see how it turns out [no CPL]. If it works, more cold beers.
pp/s Take it easy, let the Melbourne boys keep laughing :)
rodgerg (55767) 2009-05-11 10:55
This is an excellent shot of this dubble bridge. An incerdible depht of field. Good managment of light give beautiful colors and contrast and great reflections. I like too the sky and the superb clouds in the BG. Good, interesting and very nice photowork.
Kielia (24077) 2009-05-11 12:02
there is no reason for laughing at you, you managed to capture a fantastic atmosphere of the harbor and the bridge. The rippling water adds a nice touch of dynamic which matches excellently the structures of this modern bridge. A great perspective that is even emphasized by the clouds. The low sun illuminates nicely the small boats. The colors are also fantastic. A wonderful shot!
PaulVDV (30659) 2009-05-11 12:07
OK, no blue hour picture here. But I find the colours and the light very beautiful and also the big white clouds behind the bridge and the city and the many small waves on the water.
Best regards, Paul
Clementi (52514) 2009-05-11 14:58
the bridge seems to hold back the clouds, a beautiful panorama indeed.
gunbud (34066) 2009-05-11 19:25
Well I'm sure you did not plan on those magnificent clouds to line up perfectly with the lovely lines of this modern span.
Love the varying shades of blue to sea and sky of course the sparkling modern architecture that lines this lovely harbor.
hispic (9652) 2009-05-11 20:59
Sydney's iconic bridge has been expertly rendered with a little bold line despite difficult to render diagonal lines. Puffy clouds shining in the late afternoon bring nice luminous impression.
Best wishes, Hisashi
foozi (7101) 2009-05-12 0:04
such an exciting story you narrate. The bridge is very very far for me. I only hear and could see from photos like what you have been sending.
Very sharp and very well taken with point of view so lovely.
The blue sky and the ble water, the riplles and city skyline is well presented in capyivating landscape.
ktanska (28365) 2009-05-12 3:08
Good viewpoint for showing this bridge on evening light. Strange that those clouds came on so fast ruining the blue hour. It's fun to spot Sydney Tower and Harbour Bridge in the distance.
argycon (2769) 2009-05-12 4:26
Very nice view to the bridge and the city in the far end!
Fine lighting, beautiful reflections!
Gerrit (52099) 2009-05-12 14:16
beautiful wide harbourscene in excellent colors and light.
Fine bridge that reminds me of the Erasmus in Rotterdam.
diomed (13926) 2009-05-12 14:23
amazing effect: the marvelous sky looks as is crossing the bridge.
Great deepness and sharp. Well done!
MLINES (12516) 2009-05-12 15:46
Hi Peter, This is a special bridge and your POV shows it better than most. It was so long in construction we deserved a fine result. Good story adding a human element to it. As a Kiwi in Aussie since 1980, this has many fine thoughts. TFS. Murray.
cfreire (11741) 2009-05-12 16:45
Splendid capture. When we look at for the photo we have the impression that the bridge is loading all clouds on it. Good pov and framing. Well done. Regards, Consuelo
dvlazar (6662) 2009-05-13 20:23
Peter this shot works well I think because of the orange light, but also those low clouds in line with the bridge are quite amazing - a bit dreamscape like!
Waylim (25502) 2009-05-14 13:24
Oh my, I nearly forgot we have a battle going on. I better get them bridge image out here, or I should just get my money out and get some ticket, perhaps I should, it could be our lucky battle. Nah! not yet, I can't give up without fighting. This is wonderful light, love the clouds that illuminated by the warm light, the sharpness is a little bit soft, and there seem to be a touch of shadow behind the cloud, could just be my vision. Great composition and colors though. I like it.
bracasha75 (24589) 2009-05-14 13:24
The wonderful city of Sydney and his wondeful architecture .You are realy lucky to live there because in your country anybody his job and rules are respected.My country is eautiful but people are not the honastlys here and dont like that.However i love to visit Sydney for any prise
Thanks for sharing
rlrad (1845) 2009-05-15 18:06
Hi Pete -
Beer saves the day again! Amazing, isn't it - and you were able to get this nice shot in the mean time. Great job!
Have a great weekend!
skippy007 (12510) 2009-05-19 15:58
Hello Pete, HeHeHe, my heart bleeds for you. In Melbourne we can afford lights on our bridges, you will always see them lit at night, the weather, all we hear is how bad it is in Melbourne, the one good thing is that if you don't like don't worry give it several minutes & lit will change. Those guys that offered you their bear must have been from Sydney, not sure you would receive that kind of hospitality here. I like all the water in FG, colour,light & those stormy clouds add to the atmosphere. Despite not getting what you were hoping you still produced a good image, in content & quality.
Just before I signed off I read Alfred's comments, you even have a half Melbourne boy laughing all the way from Malaysia HaHa, we will organise some coldies for you, just to show you that we are as good as you lot. What's your favorite?
SridharRao75 (280) 2009-05-21 22:49
Perfecto Signor Wall! I love the composition... Sridhar
francio64 (39888) 2009-08-19 3:37
Ciao Peter, my dear friend.
Vedo con piacere che ci proponi sempre delle belle immagini della tua fantastica Sydney.
Bella vista di questo ponte sull'Oceano. Grande DOF ed eccellente "management of lights".
Le nuvole danno un piacevole senso compositivo!
Have a nice evening!
- Copyright: Peter Wall (phwall) (6785)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-05-09
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85 f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Anzac Bridge Sydney [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-05-11 1:01