Wade's Bridge at Aberfeldy by Tom Gomez

Wade's Bridge at Aberfeldy by 

Lt. General Wade’s Bridge at Aberfeldy in the Breadalbane region of Highland Perthshire (Breadalbane means “Highland Scotland” in Gaelic). Shot taken on Saturday 20th December 08 in the middle of our winter.

Designed by William Adam, Scotland’s best architect. The total cost was £3,596 or, in today’s terms, over £1m.

“… a freestone bridge over the Tay, of five arches, nearly 400ft. in length, the middle arch 60 feet wide, the starlings of oak and the piers and landbreasts founded on piles shod with iron….” (House of Commons Journal, 7th February 1734).

The bridge was first opened to traffic at the end of October 1733. Wade regarded it the greatest of his considerable achievements in road-making. In 9 years he had personally supervised the construction of over 250 miles of military roads in the Highlands – the first engineered roads in Britain since Roman times.

lt is now the only one of Wade’s 35 major bridges to remain in use as a public highway. Built for 18th century wheeled carriages, it survives to the 21st century as a great memorial to a great roadbuilding engineer.

Wade’s Bridge is a Category A listed structure of historic importance (HB Number 20861) under the care of Historic Scotland.

The River Tay, Scotland longest river, meanders across Scotland from Loch Tay before flowing out to sea at the Firth of Tay.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix Pro 3.1.

Exposure Bias: ± 2
Minor adjustments in Adobe CS4

Related shots can be found at: Highland Scotland.

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  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 6 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful, Tom!

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 6 years ago

    Beautiful light and colour Tom, well done..

  • Mayina
    Mayinaover 6 years ago

    Stunning work Tom, love the colours. The blues are different than those in the Greek Islan images!!

  • Braedene
    Braedeneover 6 years ago

    Yes indeed it is , stunningly beautiful. This is a particularly good Wade’s bridge but you have made it so wonderful with the light from behind. A fav.

  • Dave Law
    Dave Lawover 6 years ago

    This is so beautiful Tom the lighting is excellent.

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 6 years ago

    Wow Tom this is an outstanding shot , i love it , a definite fav.

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalover 6 years ago

    Excellent light effect underneath those arches. Well done, Tom!

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    Fabulous sene lighting and colors!! love the bridge!

  • kia3
    kia3over 6 years ago

    wow fantastic

  • Nick Hunt
    Nick Huntover 6 years ago

    Lovely treatment, warmth and cold merging well.

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