There are three parts to this image and it was an interesting challenge to try and compose this photograph to incorporate all three. The white sculpture on the right is the Albatross sculpture or fountain. I wanted to include footbridge behind and in the far distance Saint Gerard’s Church and Monastery on the Mount Victoria hillside.
The fountain in the foreground is one of many works of art on the Wellington waterfront. This was another long exposure photograph of 20 seconds at early evening. The bridge doesn’t always have these bright strip lights but this was captured during the annual two week LUX festival. You can see the blur of a couple of people walking across the bridge. The bridge and sculpture are only a few metres apart but the Monastery in the background is much further away.
Lagoon Bridge is lit up here with lights as part of the LUX festival. Captured at night it was taken in front of the albatross sculpture. It’s a 6 second exposure with a wide angle lens as I wanted to include the full length of the bridge and it’s reflection. If you look closely you can see a thin line in the middle above the clouds which is from a plane flying out of the airport from behind Mount Victoria off to the right.
On the far right is the boat shed a popular venue for weddings and parties. There were a lot of people around when this was taken but because of the long exposure time the movement of them makes them disappear as if by magic. On a bright sunny day the water in this lagoon is clear enough to almost see to the bottom. It’s a popular sheltered area of the harbour for people learning to kayak and dragon boat race.
This striking, modern bridge is in New Plymouth on the west of New Zealand’s north island. It’s only 5 years old, opened in June 2010. It’s a pedestrian and cycleway only and was designed to invoke a sense of wind as a metaphor for the enduring spirit of the dead buried around this area. It was designed by Peter Mulqueen. So the bridge crossed Waiwhakaiho River and is a steel arch bridge. To give you an idea of scale, this low down image was taken on the banks of the river to get some reflection of the bright white of the bridge on the water. Between the top of the water and bottom of the bridge is about 4.5 metres and the bridge is about 70 metres long.
Looking down the length of bridges not only gives a new perspective but also a better idea of the size and scale. An example of this is that it’s difficult to imagine 227 metre high towers but most of us are more familiar with the size of cars. The Golden Gate Bridge is six lanes wide and carries an average of 110,000 vehicles per day. I came across this view while exploring the western end of the Presidio towards Fort Point Rock. From here we look north along the length of the bridge to Lime Point in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The East River is a tidal straight in New York City that separates Brooklyn from the island of Manhattan. A friend suggested visiting the Skipper’s Pierside Cafe down by Pier 15 on the north (Manhattan) side of the river. Unfortunately not only was the cafe closed for referbishment but the security guard on duty wouldn’t let me shoot from the deck in front of the cafe. Fortunately just a bit further back from the Brooklyn Bridge is the Pier 15. The above photograph was taken from the end of Pier 15 looking east. Behind the Brooklyn Bridge is the Manhattan Bridge and in the far distance is the Williamsburg Bridge