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Bridges (September, 2004)

Allan Jost

A. Murray MacKay Bridge, Halifax

Jacques Joffre

The highest bridge in the world - Le Viaduc de Millau

Near Millau, Aveyron, France

10h15, 19 September 2004

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Caption

The Millau Viaduc reaches a height of 343 meters over the river Tarn, which makes it even higher than the Eiffel Tower.

The viaduct is currently under construction. It will be the highest bridge in the world once it is opened in January 2005. The search for an aesthetic construction led the design architect to adopt the principle of a multi-stayed viaduct, consisting of slender soaring pillars and a very light deck, just touching the valley at only seven points.

Near my home in Montpellier there are two famous bridges: The Pont du Gard and the Viaduc de Millau. I finally chose to shoot the new viaduct as I had already made a 360° panorama of the Roman Pont du Gard available on my website.


There are more panoramas on my website.

Equipment

Canon  1D MarkII, 12-24 Sigma Lens @ 12mm f/11, Manfrotto panohead
Stitched with PanoTools/PTgui, 3 bracketed panoramas (-1.5, 0, 1.5 EV), HDRI + tone mapping with Photomatix

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