E.J.Wilkins

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Crossing the Tagus

Travelling north across the wonderful Vasco da Gama Bridge into Lisbon, moving directly into the afternoon sun.

The bridge is over ten miles long and takes about fifteen minutes to cross, depending on the traffic. Much of it is arched construction but this section, close to the Expo area of the city, is built like a suspension bridge ... although I suspect Ray is right, and it's a "cable-stayed section". I haven't a clue what it means though.



Crossing the Tagus

Travelling north across the wonderful Vasco da Gama Bridge into Lisbon, moving directly into the afternoon sun.

The bridge is over ten miles long and takes about fifteen minutes to cross, depending on the traffic. Much of it is arched construction but this section, close to the Expo area of the city, is built like a suspension bridge ... although I suspect Ray is right, and it's a "cable-stayed section". I haven't a clue what it means though.



comments (25)

the sillouette works well against the sun, nice image Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Les, glad you think so smile
Great shot, Ellie. Angle & light gives this a big impact.
EJWilkins: Good, I'm delighted you like it. Seems as if I achieved what I was aiming for.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Nov 2007, 01:19
Lovely, dramatic aspect here, Ellie.
Actually it looks more like a cable-stayed section than a suspended section.
EJWilkins: I'll take your word for it Ray, and have added the info to my little bit of narrative. I haven't a clue about engineering and bridge construction!
Glad you like the picture smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 17 Nov 2007, 02:36
Bridges are so fascinating, Ellie, and I can see what cable-stayed must mean, since there doesn't seem to be any other way the bridge is held up! Is the hue of the photo part of the window tint? I really like the effect.
EJWilkins: I think I can see what it means too, and I know that beneath this section are no arches ... The colour was the sky, it was fascinating to see the way the picture came out, with the sun bleaching just about everything. It was really too bright to look forwards comfortably.
I just love structures and the shooting angle is great. Mind you I guess you had little choice(smiles). richard.
EJWilkins: Absolutely right, very little choice and very little time too. Delighted you like it.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Nov 2007, 08:12
Love thelighting in this shot Ellie, it really compliments the bridge well.smile
EJWilkins: I'm glad you like it, this is what I'd been trying to achieve.
Lovely capture, Ellie. It really shows the beauty of this bridge. (:o)
EJWilkins: There aren't many times that I'm amazed by bridges, but this one is 'quite something'. smile
Stunning image, Ellie. I like the way the sun is behind a tower.
EJWilkins: ... and I very nearly missed it too, as we were getting closer the lorry in front of us seemed to slow down, so I had to do a bit of persuading, so we dropped back a bit to get a reasonable view.
A letter H with embellishments...
PEI was connected to the mainland by "the longest bridge in the world over ice-covered waters". The 12.9 km Confederation Bridge has it's own website but I'm pointing you to the Wikipedia article because I like the photo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederation_Bridge.
EJWilkins: It's amazing how they build these things isn't it? Thanks for the link, interesting reading.
This bridge was (might still be) the longest bridge in Europe at 17.2 km, and is built to withstand an earthquake, as is everything in Portugal, because in 1755 Lisbon was devastated by one, followed by a tsunami and fire.
Good shot Ellie, especially as you managed to shield the sun behind the pillar despite being in (I presume) a moving car.
EJWilkins: Yes, I was the passenger. I'd been determined to get a picture of this part of the bridge against the sun and very nearly missed it. Glad you like it, because I do too. smile
  • Urv
  • California
  • 17 Nov 2007, 10:51
I was very close to being on that bridge recently- though we ended up taking the other bridge to see the statue of Jesus. How long are you in Portugal for?
EJWilkins: I'm not there as often as I'd like, due to children and school exams, but hubby works there. It's a lovely area. How long were you there for?
Well, this image is one of the many reasons I 'm glad you're back on shutterchance!!
Lovely, beautifull and well done!!!
EJWilkins: What a kind thing to say Frank, thank you smile
It's an amazing bridge isn't it. Good photo - very dramativ.
EJWilkins: Glad you think so, on both counts smile
  • Chris
  • Lost in space!
  • 17 Nov 2007, 13:48
Impressive structure and picture Ellie smile
EJWilkins: Ta Chris, pleased you think so
Very nice and impressive picture Ellie. Excellent composition
EJWilkins: Thanks Richard, kind of you to say so ... it is an impressive bridge
I'm allways impressed by this kind of bridge !
EJWilkins: It's quite something isn't it Zeb smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 17 Nov 2007, 17:23
Super, Ellie. Love the angle, lighting and lines.
EJWilkins: Thanks Kathryn
I assume you took this from a moving car? If so it is very well done indeed
EJWilkins: I was determined to get a picture of this part of the bridge against the sun, and very nearly missed it because the bridge doesn't cross the river in a straight line.
Yes, it was from a moving car, as you can tell by the grimy marks you can see, they were on the windscreen.
Thanks for the compliment. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Nov 2007, 18:51
This is so well taken, Ellie, you feel the grotesk of this bridge, love it
EJWilkins: Thanks Astrid. smile
  • Paul
  • 17 Nov 2007, 19:36
stunning picture Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks Paul, you'd enjoy this bridge.
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 19 Nov 2007, 07:35
amazing shot! love the soft glow.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 19 Nov 2007, 21:33
Humm... I do like those lines and the light Ellie ! Well done !
Nice silohuette from the bridge, Ellie!
Nice shot!!Architecture Concept.
  • attah
  • london
  • 12 Dec 2007, 22:37
wonderful capture

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