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Rama VIII Bridge, Bangkok

By AlanBW
This is a very long way out of my comfort zone, but I thought that it was time for a short break from the usual fare of images of people, (but probably not for long).

One evening during the latter stage of our most recent stay in Bangkok, Tricia and I decided to call in on some friends who work in a small bar / restaurant in the back-packer haven of Khao San Road and elected to go by the Chao Praya express boat from Sathorn pier. Having just alighted from the boat that you can see heading away on the right, I captured the above image of the highly impressive Rama VIII Bridge. The image was taken handheld and without flash. It was quite atmospheric seeing this imposing sight lit up as dusk fell and witnessing boat activity still going on even though the sun had gone down.

Officially opened in September 2002 the Rama VIII Bridge is a cable-stayed construction and has a single pylon approximately one third of the distance from the northwest end of the structure. From this pylon there are suspension cables extending to the road surface. Around 2.45 km in length, not surprisingly this eye-catching bridge has become a tourist attraction and one of the modern structural icons of Bangkok.

Tags: River Bridge Transport Bangkok Architecture Thailand Illuminated Landscape and travel

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Sezz 16 619 15 England
17 Nov 2008 3:27PM
An impressive sight, looks great lit up!

Sarah *
Dotrob 15 Wales
17 Nov 2008 3:27PM
Great capture, love the way the lights are reflected in the water.
dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
17 Nov 2008 3:36PM
Magnificent shot. love the lights and the reflection on the water.Even the cables of the bridge are lite up in reflection. The sky helps see up the image so well..
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
17 Nov 2008 3:56PM
Lovely shot of the bridge the light reflecting of the cables is most impressive and there is enough light left in the sky to show the cloud detail nicely. - gary
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 4:41PM
You've done a great job! Fab looking structure and captured so well.
Marilyn x
Ray42 13 3 England
17 Nov 2008 4:44PM
A real WOW shot - caught the light on the cables and one of the best night shots I have seen for a long time
Rock 18 10 2 England
17 Nov 2008 4:52PM
Great lighting and very well captured.

microchip 13 1 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 4:53PM
What a superb capture of a very impressive structure an amazing feat of engineering,
bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 4:54PM
What a lovely capture this is.

17 Nov 2008 4:59PM
Hi Alan, you are great photographer...that is really good..
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 5:05PM
Blimey, not a face in sight...! You should venture out of comfort zone more often, this is superb. Particularly the light catching the cables.
pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
17 Nov 2008 5:06PM
excellent low light photo ;
love the gold tones on the bridge's cables..;
17 Nov 2008 5:11PM
Lovely capture great info. Will
videotec 12 8 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 5:30PM
Superb Capture--Very interesting Write-up, can see why it's a tourist attraction
danbrann 16 640 17
17 Nov 2008 5:37PM
Looks good. Super capture.
FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
17 Nov 2008 5:44PM
Beautiful color and detail here Alan.
MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 6:02PM
Super capture and how interesting to have friends there.
daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 6:30PM
I know what you mean about being out of your comfort zone Alan!! You have done well here, and it does one good to experiment once in a while. Well done.

17 Nov 2008 6:32PM
beautiful shot with the sky and the lights reflections.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
17 Nov 2008 6:59PM
Impressive sight this bridge

Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
17 Nov 2008 7:10PM
Amazing structure and beautifully taken Alan. No reason not to expand your comfort zone Wink
Caledonia 14 2 Scotland
17 Nov 2008 7:25PM
As you said... a highly impressive structure; architecturally very beautiful to look at and in such a wonderful location. The lighting is also excellent and really shows off the bridge.
lostintime Plus
13 13 6 Germany
17 Nov 2008 7:37PM
Magnificent light and tones Alan, love the composition.
foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
17 Nov 2008 7:37PM
A great capture with superb lighting Alan, very nice .
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
17 Nov 2008 8:23PM
Great light in this Alan - interesting write up as usual.
17 Nov 2008 8:24PM
nice shot
17 Nov 2008 8:26PM
Very impressive image, well taken!
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:40PM
Alan, if I didn't know what you normally post, I would not guess this was outside your comfort zone. It certainly shows no signs of being outside it. I like the composition, lines and the lighting.

oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 9:05PM
Well i for one think you ought to try this some more Alan,what a amazing bridge ,and like nigel said comp ,light and lines are good
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
17 Nov 2008 9:05PM
Wow, from the faces of people to the face of the city gate!!
Great show of photographic skills Alan.
EamonnM 12 1 1 Ireland
17 Nov 2008 9:38PM
Stunning image Alan, I hope to travel to Thailand someday the photographic potential is endless Smile
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
17 Nov 2008 10:35PM
Wonderful capture, lovely detail

whiteswan01 13 13 England
17 Nov 2008 11:35PM
excellent shot nice tones
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
18 Nov 2008 12:30AM
Superb exposure.
OMG 12 51 2 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 1:15AM
You may be out of your comfort zone Alan but you should be uncomfortable more often Smile
This is a cracking shot with wonderful colour and great composition.
Rgds Derek
GlenD 14 United States
18 Nov 2008 1:46AM
Thought you were sailing out of Boston Massachusetts for a minute Alan and didn't stop by the office to say hello lol there a bridge much like this there, can't remember what it's called? Great capture, love your people but there's no reason you shouldn't turn around and do some more of this!!!
Jaye 15 3
18 Nov 2008 2:46AM
Good photography Alan bought back memories..

DebbieBMP 12 33 1 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 6:56AM
A fantastic shot of a magnificent and beautiful bridge I like your landscape as much as your people - brilliant shot
RTDS 12 Cyprus
18 Nov 2008 6:59AM
Wow..excellent capture.
Awsome details and colours,the lighting i love!
Excellent exposure.
imagio 14 12 1 England
18 Nov 2008 7:46AM
Fabulous capture full of atmosphere Alan

fentiger 19 920 24 England
18 Nov 2008 8:00AM
You should step of your comfort zone more often Alan. A great iamge.

18 Nov 2008 9:19AM
what a stunning shot, well captured
trissie 14 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 9:36AM
A beautiful composition Alan, lovely tones and light.

Trish x
steve_r 13 England
18 Nov 2008 9:51AM
GREAT SHOT. Great Image. WOW. Well captured Alan, like this very much.
Regards Steve.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
18 Nov 2008 10:25AM
very the luminescence of the steel rods on the LH side

Richsr 14 91 223 England
18 Nov 2008 10:58AM
Like the light and details in this Alan - well captured.
Regards Richard.
Stace Plus
13 2 2 England
18 Nov 2008 11:01AM
Great night capture

Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
18 Nov 2008 11:59AM
This may be out of your comfort zone, but it is a wonderful, magical shot.
18 Nov 2008 12:31PM
What a stunning scene, and you've captured it so well, very well exposed, top night shot Alan,
joetcat 14 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 1:11PM
Really excellent work and image
tuhin 14
18 Nov 2008 1:45PM
norton 17 2 6 Jersey
18 Nov 2008 2:26PM

Quote:You've done a great job! Fab looking structure and captured so well.
Marilyn x

I'll second that......Superb image,great capture.............

SPARROWHALL 12 26 England
18 Nov 2008 4:25PM
Fab shot. very well caught you clever thing.

Scott_Scot 16 4 4 Scotland
18 Nov 2008 5:14PM
Nicely done!!!!

piccy 14 8 Wales
18 Nov 2008 5:15PM
Well caught, certainly does look striking.
jamesda 12 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 5:32PM
If this not your comfort zone then you should do it more often. Well caught at the right time of the day. Lovely shot.

colin beeley Plus
18 1.2k 10 England
18 Nov 2008 5:36PM
hi alan how often do you go to thailand ? who do you fly with ? when do you go next ? colin.
franfoto 13 2 32 England
18 Nov 2008 7:17PM
Can't believe that you 'hand held' this low light shot Alan and if this is what you can do with your camera you should think out of the box more often. A very striking shot.
Malc_V 15 England
18 Nov 2008 7:43PM
Stunning capture Alan.

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
18 Nov 2008 8:05PM
An impressive night shot Alan, is there no end to your talents
myrab 14 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 9:47PM

18 Nov 2008 9:52PM
Super shot. Excellent lighting.
MRSbiscuit60 13 224 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 10:06PM
You should do pics like this more often, you have a gift. Trish
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
18 Nov 2008 11:16PM
An absolute beauty. fabulous composition. Love it.
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 8:57AM
absolute cracker
CaroleA 14 5 3 England
19 Nov 2008 9:11AM
Wow!! Hand held without flash! What else can I say? - oh, except, fantastic photo. Wish I'd been there! Wink
BURNSIE 12 25 4 England
19 Nov 2008 9:12AM
Great capture of a great structure, very pleased to click 90
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
19 Nov 2008 9:18AM
WOW...stunning work
BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 9:27AM
Wow what a shot,well captured.
ugly Plus
13 9 57 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 9:54AM
Very nice low light shot..
Great detail...
Great colours....
Well seen..
Well taken...

brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 10:26AM
Beautiful light and shine on the bridge, great composition,
19 Nov 2008 11:18AM
Top marks, brilliant
Pegon 15 78 1 England
19 Nov 2008 1:20PM
An excellent capture. This must be a great sight to see.
fatherpie 12 18 12 England
19 Nov 2008 5:08PM
GrahamBaines 13 39 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 5:11PM
A wonderful sight Alan, great shot.

hellsbells8868 12 151 2 Wales
19 Nov 2008 5:34PM
Fabulous image...
Silverzone 13 2 England
19 Nov 2008 5:36PM
Superb view of the bridge and river ( as long as you don't think about what's floating in it) Sylvia
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
19 Nov 2008 7:51PM
Hi Alan
Excellent shot, clarity and composition are worth-immitating Smile
User_Removed 12 1 8 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 9:51PM
Fantastic capture!

DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
19 Nov 2008 11:10PM
Terrific image - beautiful capture of the light and colour.

MandsH 14 England
19 Nov 2008 11:52PM
Superb shot
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
20 Nov 2008 12:25AM
Most impressive shot of a most impressive structure Alan, the shot moreso for the circumstance it was taken under!
Rgds., Jim
ShedMan 15 3 2 South Africa
20 Nov 2008 5:52AM
Amazing shot, can't have been easy to get such a good exposure.

helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2008 7:50AM
Very striking image
Mavis 19 143 2 England
20 Nov 2008 11:32AM
I love your people Alan but if you can do wonderful handheld landscapes like this at dusk and also good write-ups , carry on please Smile . The light on the cable-stays is very beautiful . Truly a great Tourist attraction and so well captured xx
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
20 Nov 2008 11:33AM
What a fantastic bridge....Great shot Alan..

koka 12 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2008 12:16PM
literally brilliant! Katie
SueTurner 16 81 3 England
20 Nov 2008 1:19PM
looks good to me, out of my comfort zone ,so no expert though
Mikelane 13 1 Wales
20 Nov 2008 5:24PM
Stunning well captured regards
Ayelet_A 12 11 3 Israel
20 Nov 2008 8:10PM
Fantastic capture, good to see you try new things and what a capture it is - the light shining on the bridge cables and the general intimate atmosphere makes it a stunning image. Well done.

JudeC 14 6 3 England
21 Nov 2008 8:15AM
Hi Alan - cracking shot - Jude.
cjl47 13 5 3 England
21 Nov 2008 10:33AM
A stunning shot.
TelStar 16 116 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2008 10:56AM
Very impressive structure, light and pattern. I love the way the lines skim across the sky, like the light in the water.

mickp 15 9 7 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2008 11:43AM
I like the way you have dealt with the difficult lighting especially as it was hand held
susanbarton 13 11 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2008 12:01PM
What an incredble structure and image, brilliant capture of light , step out of your comfort zone any time!!

iancam 12 23 England
21 Nov 2008 8:37PM
Sunning image well taken
hebdens 15 5
22 Nov 2008 10:14AM
fab architecture, very striking.
joko 17 1 Bulgaria
22 Nov 2008 11:51AM
Excellent capture!
Like the way the lights are reflected in the cables of the bridge.
Herge88 Plus
14 40 6 England
22 Nov 2008 11:57AM
A very impressive bridge indeed, superbly captured particularly as it was handheld.

Best Matt
22 Nov 2008 2:34PM
well done our friend
A stunning night shot, and a beautiful looking bridge, a lovely shot.
MickS 16 23 14 England
22 Nov 2008 8:28PM
Watcha Alan,
excellent evening shot.
23 Nov 2008 9:25AM
WOW! amazing shot of an amazing looking place.

John Smile
Grifoto 12 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2008 10:19AM
Cracking image Alan, the rippled reflection on the water leads you into the image and gives it loads of depth. Well captured

Rylands 13 1 2 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2008 9:19PM
A fantastic image Alan - exposure is superb
23 Nov 2008 9:56PM
Like this very much and considering you were out of your comfort zone, you should be pleased with the result.
gerrymac 13 10 1 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2008 10:46PM
Magical ...lovely image
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2008 10:36AM
I would be ecstatic with this..brave to be out of your comfort zone but it is superb all the same Alan. Wonderful colours and light.
24 Nov 2008 1:19PM
This is wonderful, especially more so for being handheld, you must be a virtual tripod Alan !!! Love the fan effect of gold and that deep blue water just sets the whole thing off, very opulent photograph indeed. helen x
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2008 1:43PM
good photo you need to go out of your comfort zone at times to improve what you are doing. well done matey.

marc484ie 14 31 1 Ireland
24 Nov 2008 8:16PM
Great shot really lkike the composition of this shot as you have shown where the pylon is position in relation to the structure.
Carl40 15 18 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2008 6:43PM
great shot Alan
janet 18 27 England
28 Nov 2008 12:29PM
A superb capture! Well worthy of all the votes!!!!

una 17 10 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2008 10:58PM
Superb shot, great write-up
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
29 Nov 2008 5:48PM
It's incredible how you have managed to capture all the detail in the support lines. A real beauty !

ann_g 17 19 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2008 9:30PM
Looks fabulous large
30 Nov 2008 9:23AM
Spectacular shot.
Charity 12 5 United States
30 Nov 2008 9:49AM
It's always good to try something different. Great cityscape!
Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
30 Nov 2008 10:15AM
Quite an impressive structure. I like the way the light illuminates the cables in patches.
3 Dec 2008 6:18PM
Beautiful night shot, colours and sky.
paulvo 14 2 United States
6 Dec 2008 12:21AM
Outstanding photograph.
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
7 Dec 2008 11:40AM
Hi Alan,
fantastic landscape,love the lighting,reflections,the bridge and the way you can see the boat still on the sea.Out of your depth,no your not.This is outstanding.take care,AnnSmile
24 Dec 2008 2:30PM
Alan,this is a great night shot especially having been done hand holding the camera. Great composition and great dof..
Guillaume 14 119 2 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2009 7:07PM
Wow! Excellent.
grockleJB 12 3 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 7:51PM
Amazing shot, av to get saving for my air fare! John.

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