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Melbourne's Bolte Bridge | by Victor Marz
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Melbourne's Bolte Bridge

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Bolte Bridge, a Cantilever Bridge, spans the Yarra River and Victoria Harbour. It connects Tullarmarine Freeway in the Northern Suburbs and the West Gate Freeway. Its construction took 3 years and was finished in 1999 at a cost of AUD 75million. The bridge is around 490m long has six lanes and is one of the biggest of its kind in Australia. The two tall white towers (90m in height) at the midpoint of the bridge serve no other function than to please the viewer's eye and are actually not connected to the bridge construction at all.

 

It was good fun to shoot this photo in the middle of the old dock's wasteland. Reading about other peoples' experiences with "funny looking guys" approaching them while shooting I arranged for a friend to come out with me that night, instead of going out alone. And guess what: just in the end we had !four! extremely funny guys approaching, who arrived in the shabbiest car ever - You got to image that this is in the middle of nowhere. We quietly evacuated the shooting spot without getting into any trouble. Puh! :) Very dodgy guys, I can tell ya! And what could the possible be doing there in the middle of nowhere in the dark? Good that we haven't found out...

 

Technique:

7-Shot Panorama, minimal post-editing (getting rid of lens flares really) in Adobe Photoshop 7, stitched with Arcsoft Panorama Maker. Each of the shots was a 32s exposure at 17mm with an aperture of 18.2 at ISO100. Overall a 84 Megapixels Panorama.

 

Gear:

Canon 17-40mm f/4L USM, Canon EOS 7D, Manfrotto tripod, no filters

 

Feel free to contact me direclty if you are interested in this photograph: +61 402 254 235.

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Taken on May 16, 2010