Saturday, August 4, 2007

Up and over

I have this fascination with bridges. They are not just engineering projects, but also works of art.

But stop. We have some unfinished businesses. I couldn't get the gif thing to work yesterday.
You really need to see it. But beware, the picture is about 800k. Could take a while if you have a slow connection. Anyway, I was just playing around to see what it might look like. Give it time to load, a picture will appear, but the other frames take a little while longer. Tell me what you think. Click here.

Back to the bridge above. This is the Crescent City Connection connecting the East Bank and West Bank of New Orleans. I showed you the top view a few weeks ago. This is the underneath view from the Port of New Orleans office.

--steve buser

14 comments:

Wendy said...

Hi Steve, I came back to look at the animated gif, and am not sure I clicked on the right thing. I clicked on the "here" link and it showed me the cruise ship and city pic, changing back and forth between a couple of very similar shots (2, or maybe 3 shots). Is that how it's supposed to work? If so, it's working.

Kate said...

Steve, Mine just showed a little back and forth movement on the same photo?? Perhaps I didn't wait long enough? Yes, I agree that many bridges are a work of art. I grew up in a small town that was divided by a river, and am also fascinated by rivers and bridges that span them. I hate to rain on your parade, but after the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in Msp, I don't have the same feelings, esp. after the reports of the huge numbers of bridges in the US that have some form of structural weakening. The only reason that there have not been large numbers of fatalities is because of the emergency prepardness and work of the first responders. So far: 8 missing, 5 confirmed dead, but 98 treated in hospitals for various degrees of injuries. Imagine 98!! They all got out of cars and the water, but if the bridge had fallen in a slightly different way, the fatalities would have been enormous. Judging from the length of this comment, can you appreciate the profound impact it has had on the Twin Cities?! Pray that it doesn't happen again!

Rambling Round said...

Bridges are a work of art and engineering. Good photos. I tried the animation...and it kind of resembles and earthquake?

Chuckeroon said...

Steve...this gif thingy has something to do with jazz rythms? You have a special camera that can replicate rythms? Amazing what you waste time on when you're having fun!!! ;-)

Greetings, and looking forward to more bizarre "gifs". Good chuckle!

isabella said...

Cool gif!
As for the bridge...a sore subject right now :-(

dr. filomena said...

Nice bridge and lovely photo. I like the way the POV with the suspended structures and the cloudly skies creates diagonals, almost inviting the observer to go 'on the road again'.

Anu said...

Nice bridge. They are indeed work of art. They mesan everything to the architect and engineer who were in the project.
My dad manufactures cooling towers and he is so keen on photographing every stage of the project.

GMG said...

Tried the gif; got some kind of earthquake images... fortunately, nnothing went down!
The pictures are brilliant and the bridges are actually works of art - that's how they are described for example in the plans for any highway...
Thanks for your visits and comments to Blogtrotter.

Jules said...

Wow - how clever. I was worried I wouldn't be able to download it but it is Sunday morning here so phonelines aren't too clogged.

The funny thing is the effect that you have given this photo is what we get over here quite often - we call it "guria" (earthquake!!!!!)

Loved how it gave a 3D effect. Must try it sometime.

Sunkyoung said...

It takes really short to load the photos. I like the angle you shot. Like the dark colours too.

Chuckeroon said...

Coming back to this...after that shaking gif, I now pay attention to these bridges.....I feel queezy ;-) Te he he.

Chuckeroon said...

Steve....suddenly realise that my comment on bridges might not have been appropriate....no harm meant, pse forgive.

Abraham Lincoln said...

The problem in Minneapolis has made everyone aware of their bridges. Even Ohio is checking old bridges now and they make the news.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Chuckeroon said...

Follow up on Abe's comment....we are even checking these designs where they occur in Britain. Did you know that suspension bridges all over the world are also being checked because the ropes are quietly snapping, strand by strand?