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Panorama St. Servaasbrug | 2.52 | by Patrick Ahles
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Panorama St. Servaasbrug | 2.52

The second shot in my Project 52.


In the left part you see the St. Servaasbridge. It is the oldest bridge of the Netherlands, it was built in the 13th century. Before 1932 the bridge didn't have a name, since there was only one bridge in Maastricht. In 1932, after a second bridge was build, it got the name of the patron saint of Maastricht. Today many people still call it the "old bridge".


The right part is the part of town we call "Wijck". In the old days it was used as a refuge when the city was under fire. The part of the bridge on the side of Wijck was made of wood, so that part could be destroyed very quickly if the enemy were to come.


The picture is a panorama consisting of 10 3-exposure handheld HDR shots. I'm not truly satisfied with it: the leftmost part is not as sharp as I would like it to be. I'm not quite sure why though, I haven't had the time to look in to it yet. BTW: although it looks like a halo effect, the sky was really darker on the top side and lighter near the roofs of the buildings. I used the original exposures to blend in part of the real sky. Above the bridge the sky was really dirty (smog).


See where this picture was taken. [?] This is actually the place where the roman bridge was located which served for more then 1200 years until it collapsed in 1275.

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Taken on January 14, 2010