Monday, January 23, 2006

Conversation on a drawbridge

I took this shot of a railway drawbridge in India last summer. The bridge runs from Soutern India to the isalnd where Rameshwaram is. This island is the closest part of India to Sri Lanka.
The history of the railway bridge is somewhat interesting. It was made in order to replace a similar bridge that was wiped out along with a train full of passengers by a typhoon about 40 years ago. Normally the water looks relatively calm but it's a fragile balance building on water.
What I like about this photo is the fresh and vibrant color of the water contrasting with the worn and aged drawbridge. Also the presence of the two men on the tracks gives the image a sense of scale and mystery as to how they got there. I like the downward angle of the shot which I was able to do shooting from the newer and taller automobile bridge. This angle allowed me to include the concrete pilings which lined the shipping lane.

Canon 20D, 50mm 1.4, AV f 3.2
[click photo to enlarge]


Blogger Sidney said...

A very impressive structure. Indeed it must be a huge bridge, especially if you compare it with the two tiny humans...

4:36 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comment sidney,

It is a very impressive structure given where they had to build.

10:47 PM  

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