Bridge Of Sighs, Cambridge by Yhun Suarez

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Nikon D60, tamron 10-24 mm lens @ 10 mm, handheld, UV filter, f/8, 1/250, ISO 100.
single RAW file tone mapped in Photomatix.
adjustments in PS.

The Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge is a covered bridge belonging to St John’s College of Cambridge University. It was built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college’s Third Court and New Court. The architect was Henry Hutchinson.

It is named after the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, although they have little architecturally in common beyond the fact that they are both covered. The bridge is one of Cambridge’s main tourist attractions and Queen Victoria is said to have loved it more than any other spot in the city.

A common myth states that it was the students who named this bridge “bridge of sighs,” as the context of its existing within the college grounds means that the “sighs” are those of pre-exam students. This belief probably has much to do with the function of the bridge—linking two quadrangles of St John’s College together in a covered path, as opposed to Kitchen Bridge, which is an open-air bridge. Students are rumoured for their sighs on proceeding from their quarters on the Backs to the tutor’s offices in the main college quadrangle.

On two separate occasions, students have pulled the prank of dangling a car under the bridge. In the first incident (in 1963), a 1928 Austin 7 was punted down the river using four punts that had been lashed together – then hoisted up under the bridge using ropes. The second incident (in 1968) a Bond or Reliant Regal three-wheeler car was dangled under the bridge. In neither case was the bridge damaged. (Info Source: Wikipedia).

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  • Martin Muir
    Martin Muiralmost 4 years ago

    Great image and work !

  • Thanks mate!

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Lenka
    Lenkaalmost 4 years ago

    Linear distortion makes for quite dramatic look, combines well with HDR :)

  • thanks very much!

    – Yhun Suarez

  • marcopuch
    marcopuchalmost 4 years ago

    Great image, I like this ! Bravo

  • Thanks Marco!

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Chrissie Taylor
    Chrissie Tayloralmost 4 years ago

    Stunning YHun!!

  • Thanks Chrissie!

    – Yhun Suarez

  • basicallyjen
    basicallyjenalmost 4 years ago

    Just gorgeous you do these so wonderful

  • Thanks Jen!

    – Yhun Suarez

  • SimplyScene
    SimplyScenealmost 4 years ago

    Superb image.

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and I am fascinated witty your info it is so interesting. Specially the last paragraph ……………….LOL students !!!!

  • Jigsawman
    Jigsawmanalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent perspective and comp buddy!

  • Roz Rayner-Rix
    Roz Rayner-Rixalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful Photograph.

  • bushpoet
    bushpoetalmost 4 years ago

    Nice work Yhun!

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