Tower Bridge in the Evening, London

The bridge you see before you was quite the project! It took eight years, 5 contractors and 432 construction workers to complete the Tower Bridge of London.

Famous Tower Bridge at Sunset, London, United Kingdom
October 2014, single image, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 35mm, aperture f/11, shutter speed 2.5 seconds, ISO 100, tripod.




Two massive piers, weighing in at 70,000 ton each, were sunk into the riverbed to support the bridge. For just the walkways and the framework two towers, 11,000 tons of steel. To make the bridge appear less unsightly and protect the steal, they clad the steel with granite and stones.

Although this is an iconic view of Tower Bridge I tried to take my photo in a unique way! The low water of the Thames helped me do that. As you can see the banks and the bridge show where the water usually should be! I took this photo from an area that would normally be under water.

I allotted myself a lot of time to take this short, arriving long before sunset to capture as many versions as I could with all the different light phases between sunrise and twilight and to the dead of the night. This particular shot of Tower Bridge is my favorite from this shoot due to the best balance of natural and artificial light. The sky put on an excellent performance matching the blues of the bridge. Although not perfect, I am pleased with this distinct photo.

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