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Tower Bridge (built 1886-1894), London.

In the second half of the 19th century, increased commercial development in the East End of London led to a requirement for a new river crossing downstream of London Bridge. A traditional fixed bridge could not be built because it would cut off access by tall-masted ships to the port facilities in the Pool of London, between London Bridge and the Tower of London.

A Special Bridge or Subway Committee was formed in 1876, chaired by Sir Albert Joseph Altman, to find a solution to the river crossing problem. It opened the design of the crossing to public competition. Over 50 designs were submitted, including one from civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. The evaluation of the designs was surrounded by controversy, and it was not until 1884 that a design submitted by Sir Horace Jones, the City Architect (who was also one of the judges!), was approved.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'All Mine!'.

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Sep 2009 - 12:02 PM
Focal Length:5.4mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Playing Chicken
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:29 Jan 2013 - 5:48 PM
Tags:Architecture, Bascule bridge, Bridge, London, Sir horace jones, Suspension bridge, Thames, Tower bridge
Votes:34

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41116 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 5:52 PM

I'm impressed you got it with very little traffic, Philip.

Dave

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 5:59 PM

A fine image, Philip, wonderful perspective. Carol

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43672 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 6:08 PM

"Did you pay someone to stop the traffic Phillip, or have you very carefully removed it in PS?"

A very impressive and superbly composed image of this famous London Landmark Phillip.

Regards Nathan

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 - 6:30 PM


Quote: "Did you pay someone to stop the traffic Phillip, or have you very carefully removed it in PS?"

Regards Nathan

Neither, Nathan. The image is as taken. I just struck very lucky with a momentary lull in the traffic. Had to be quick though - both in taking the photo and getting safely across! Smile

And thank you so much for your much appreciated UA GrinGrin

P.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 6:34 PM

Nicely taken fine shot!

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 6:55 PM

Fantastic shot - great bravery too! Super pov on this beautiful bridge (they don't make them like that any more sadly).
Thanks for the info.

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richmowil e2 Member 5279 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 7:01 PM

Nice and different perspective on this landmark!

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 2leontari vcard Greece
29 Jan 2013 - 7:43 PM

Nice image and excellent perspective
Effrossini

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 8:07 PM

Very brave of you, and I am amazed at the symmetry you achieved with so very little time to compose your shot.

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 8:52 PM

The details and pov in this are outstanding. Didn't think anywhere in London was ever quite as quiet as this, though I note it was just one moment in time!! So glad you lived to tell the tale, so to speak! Grin

Ann

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 - 9:40 PM

Very well composed shot Philip,Very rare you see not traffic along there.
Elena.

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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 9:58 AM

Fine shot and good explanation. It makes you wonder what the losing designs were like. It's hard to imagine anything more iconic of London, even if the judge voted for himself!
Alan

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
30 Jan 2013 - 3:43 PM

Excellent shot of a bridge I know very well Philip, well done like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 5:24 PM

Great POV and lovely composition.
Rende

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 9ChristineD vcard England
30 Jan 2013 - 5:33 PM

A very impressive image

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meniko
meniko e2 Member 3meniko vcard Cyprus
30 Jan 2013 - 7:47 PM

I am also fascinated from the empty street Smile
great , unusual POV plus this well placed clouds
good job , PhilipWink
meniko

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