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Torquay Harbour Bridge

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Not quite as impressive as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but I think still worthy of a photograph or two nonetheless ;)

The bands on the bridge towers are made up from strips of bright blue LED's. Although you can't see it here the clever stuff actually happens beneath the bridge - it conceals a cill designed to maintain a uniform depth of water within the harbour regardless of the level of the tide outside. The main reason for this is to make the harbour more picturesque - of course picturesque doesn't come cheap, the complete harbour redevelopement cost 21 million GBP...

Torquay itself has a long history, the first settlers in the area arriving in prehistoric times - a nearby cave suggests perhaps up to 700,000 years ago. Modern human occupation probably dates back to the 1196 when a group of monks founded Torre Abbey. In the past few hundred years it's become popular with holidaymakers, initially as a health resort, but subsequently with everyone due to its mild climate and beaches.

Three exposures taken immediately after sunset, bracketed at -1.5EV 0EV +1.5EV and then merged together using Photomatix to maintain shadow and highlight detail. Tone Mapping applied in Photomatix.

Loaded into PS for USM and resize.

Then loaded into NeatImage for noise reduction on the sky.

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Additional Photos by Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274)
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