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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Cooperation

What an easy and enjoyable thing photography can be when the subject cooperates. I have been planning to do a posting on the Verrazano Bridge for sometime but this requires a special trip and is quite some distance from my home in Manhattan. And one must find a good vantage point, negotiating around the Belt Parkway (a major highway with some limited parking) and the many other thoroughfares - 4th Avenue, Shore Road, Route 278 to the bridge and a cloverleaf of highway ramps.
However, I could not have picked a better day. A heavy fog had settled in just occluding the more distant tower. See here for a series of photos.
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a relatively modern bridge, only completed in 1964. I have always found its lines rather clean and elegant. The bridge is omnipresent in the NYC skyline and is visible from every borough of the city. It connects Brooklyn and Staten Island. Although controversial during its construction, it is a lifeline - providing a roadway not only to Staten Island, but a connection between New Jersey, Brooklyn and Long Island.
At the time if its construction it was the longest suspension bridge in the world (4,260 feet (1,298 m) and held that position until 1981. It still remains the longest suspension bridge in the United States. You can read more about it here.
Every opportunity and subject element presented itself - a cargo ship, sailboats, fishermen, jellyfish in tidal pools, rocky outcroppings, a cruise ship and of course fog. Everything just working together in a paradigm of cooperation ...

16 comments:

Terry B said...

Absolutely stunning, Brian. Nice job.

Hilda said...

Oh my goodness, that fog looks scary to me. But this is a beautiful photo!

Brian said...

terry, hilda - thanks.

hope u got to see the other photos also.

Marie-Noyale said...

You are absolutely right . This is perfect cooperation.
I love Verrazano4 too.

Blognote said...

Very very nice indeed!!

Mab said...

I like all the photos of this bridge. They look especially good with the fog, did you spend long in trying to take these pics Brian?
Mab :)

MmeBenaut said...

The fog certainly adds to the mystery of the environment and the mastery of the photogaph. Nice job Brian.

airborneintell said...

Nice pictures!

Brian said...

thanks all.
Mab - the only really tricky thing is getting a good vantage point. but the conditions were spectacular. i think it would have been difficult to get a bad photo.

Hendra said...

nice photo.. but, the weather when you took the photo was not coope.. It was cool at that time?

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Michael said...

One time a year pedestrians get to cross the Verrazano. When I run the NYC Marathon I always pause for a moment in the middle of the bridge to feel it "wiggle"

Just Roaming The Cities said...

What a fabulous shot! Good work. Love the eerieness to it.

babooshka said...

Fabulously dramatic image. t is so nice when the elements and structures work in tandem. People though, don't get me started.

• Eliane • said...

Very dramatic and atmospheric. Beautiful!