Photographer's Note

Here’s a tale of despair, flushed with the success of my night shot of the Harbour Bridge I thought I’d have a go at another of Sydney’s iconic bridges, the ANZAC Bridge, at night. I had a plan, I’d get there early, look for a water level vantage point so I could get a low angle across the water to get the night time reflections and this time I’d look East and get the blue hour sky, done deal. Three things happened, first, when the sun went down, to my surprise the bridge hasn’t any lighting, second, the wind didn’t stop blowing from the south and the water was all messed up. Third, the storm clouds you can see ended up filling the sky, no blue hour. What a disaster. No joy this time. I can hear the Melbourne boys laughing from here.
Not wanting to waste the three hours I spent down on the waters edge I thought you might like to see this capture taken about fifteen minutes before the sun dipped below the horizon. All was not lost though, while I was waiting for the sun to set three young guys came and sat next to me, they had a cooler full of cold beers, which they very generously kept offering to yours truly. Well it wouldn’t have been neighbourly to refuse so I accepted each time they offered. Next time I better take my own supply of beers.
A bit of information on the ANZAC Bridge, compliments of Wikipedia.

The ANZAC Bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Australia, and amongst the longest in the world. The bridge is 32.2 metres (105.6 ft) wide and the main span is 345 metres (1131.9 ft) long. The reinforced concrete pylons are 120 metres (393.7 ft) high and support the deck by two planes of stay cables. Initially the stay cables were plagued by vibrations which have since been resolved by the addition of thin stabilising cables between the stay cables.
The bridge was completed in 1995 to replace the former Glebe Island Bridge, a electrically operated swing bridge in operation since 1901. This former bridge was designed by New South Wales Government Architect Percy Allan, who also designed the larger Pyrmont Bridge over Sydney's Darling Harbour. Increasing traffic and the problem of closing a major arterial road to allow the movement of shipping into Blackwattle Bay were the principal reasons for the construction of the new bridge.
The new bridge was opened on December 3, 1995, and was criticised by some as "overengineered" because of its size with seven lanes for traffic. The criticism proved unfounded as the bridge was reconfigured for eight traffic lanes in 2005. There is a pedestrian path / bikeway that runs along the northern side of the bridge, making possible a leisurely 30-40 minute walk from Glebe Point Road, down Bridge Road, over the Bridge and round Blackwattle Bay back to Glebe Point Road.

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