Photographer's Note

Not an original photo idea, but if you happen to be walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and are photographically inclined, this image is difficult to miss. The geometry on the suspension cables from this angle is really striking. This was taken just after sunset. The original was rotated a couple of degrees, cropped and contrast and sharpness were adjusted slightly.

A bit about the Brookyn Bridge (thanks to Wikipedia):

Completed over fourteen years and opened in 1883, the bridge became the longest suspension bridge of the time, with the main span over the East River measuring 486m. Twenty seven people died during construction and a week after opening, a rumor that the bridge was going to collapse caused a stampede which crushed twelve people. The architecture style is Gothic, characterised by the pointed arches above the passageways through the stone towers.

At the time of construction, the aerodynamics of bridge building had not been worked out. Bridges were not tested in wind tunnels until the 1950s - well after the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the 1940s. It is therefore fortunate that the open truss structure supporting the deck is by its nature less subject to aerodynamic problems. The bridge is actually six times as strong as the architect thought it needed to be. Because of this, it is still standing when many of the bridges built around the same time have vanished into history. This is also in spite of substitution of inferior quality wire in the cabling supplied by a contractor - by the time it was discovered it was too late to replace the cabling that had already been constructed.

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