Erasmus Bridge by Brendan Schoon

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Camera Details:
Nikon D70s
Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC
Manfrotto 055XProB Tripod with 804RC2 head

Location:
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands

Map:
Road Map , Terrain , Satellite

Copyright:
© Brendan Schoon, All rights reserved!

Background Information:
The Erasmusbrug (“Erasmus Bridge”) is a cable stayed bridge across the Nieuwe Maas river, linking the northern and southern halves of the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The Erasmusbrug was designed by Ben van Berkel and completed in 1996. The 808 metre long bridge has a 139 metre-high asymmetrical pylon, earning the bridge its nickname of “The Swan”.

The southern span of the bridge has a 89 metre long bascule bridge for ships that cannot pass under the bridge. The bascule bridge is the largest and heaviest in West Europe and has the largest panel of its type in the world.

The bridge was officially opened by Queen Beatrix on September 6, 1996, having cost 165 million Dutch guilders (about 75 million euros) to construct. Shortly after the bridge opened to traffic in October 1996, it was discovered the bridge would swing under particularly strong wind conditions. To reduce the trembling, stronger shock dampers were installed.

The bridge was featured in the 1998 Jackie Chan film Who Am I? In 2005 several planes flew underneath the bridge as part of the “Red Bull Air Race”.

In 2005, the bridge served as the backdrop for a performance by Dj Tiësto titled “Tiësto @ The Bridge, Rotterdam”. The performance featured fire fighting ships spraying jets of water into the air in front of the bridge, a fireworks barge launching fireworks beside the bridge, and multi colored spot/search lights attached to the bridge itself.



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I’m mainly a landscape photographer and take my camera with me on every trip. Though I’m still a learner/amateur-photographer I won several challenges and sold many works at several sites to different people all over the world.

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Comments

  • blondiegirl
    blondiegirlabout 6 years ago

    This is particularly stunning!! i love this a definate favorite!!

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonabout 6 years ago

    amazing structure and great info about it, beautifully captured

  • Claire  Farley
    Claire Farleyabout 6 years ago

    Stunning architectural structure captured beautifully!

  • champion
    championabout 6 years ago

    Well done, great work

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 6 years ago

    Fabulous work my friend!

  • Sheri Scherbarth
    Sheri Scherbarthabout 6 years ago

    Now that is cool, I love it.

  • gdanen
    gdanenalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot, Brendan! :)

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsalmost 6 years ago

    Awesome work!

  • wandalechene
    wandalechenealmost 6 years ago

    great composition and very beautiful site. i love it ..

  • Clark Thompson
    Clark Thompsonalmost 6 years ago

    This is a pretty incredible photograph of an pretty incredible man-made structure. I suppose I’ll have to watch “Who am I?” again because I don’t remember seeing this bridge. How could I have missed it? Great photograph!

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