Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Bridge Tender's vantage point

It was already still and quiet as night as the sun set this evening over the Hillsborough River. This is the view facing north from the bridge tender's house on the Kennedy Street Bridge. This particular bridge was built in 1913, and is the third to cross the river at this spot. When it was built it was named the Lafayette Street Bridge but was renamed in 1964 in memory of President John F. Kennedy following his death the year before. (The President's motorcade crossed this bridge when he visited Tampa on November 18, 1963, just four days before his assassination in Dallas.)

In the distance on the right is the new Tampa Museum of Art, which is still under construction, and the open Cass Street Bridge is straight ahead. After heavy rains throughout the day the clouds disappeared just before the sun began to set. But, the air is still thick with humidity. Looking down at the boat passing under the bridge it occurred to me that the place to be tonight would be out enjoying the much cooler air on the open water
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16 comments:

James said...

Very cool picture Frank! I like the way the water looks in b&w.

Jacob said...

The lighting, the way the boat slices through that calm water, the sharpness throughout...all the elements of a great photo, Frank!

slim said...

Beautiful shot and great history!

Aileni said...

I love the pattern in the still water.

Don and Krise said...

Very nice Frank. The water is like glass except for the one boat. I remember your previous post and photos of the new museum. I'm sure you'll do another post on it when it's completed. (At least I hope.)

B SQUARED said...

Very peaceful and serene. A lovely monochrome image.

Regina said...

Nice place and shot.

Tanja said...

Beautiful

Lois said...

Another gorgeous water shot Frank! Love the black and white.

Blognote said...

Lighting and persepctive are very nice indeed!!

Daryl said...

nicely captured and I learned something new .. thanks!

MaCoBra said...

That's a peaceful and quiet scenery too! We have been on the same line the past two days..

Mo said...

Very surreal

Steffe said...

I like how calm it is, and it sure looks good in black and white.

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

very nice.. great mono shot!

Frank said...

@Don and Krise - I have shot the exterior of the new art museum several times but it's a hard building to make look good. It's a strange, boxy shape without much interruption in it's slab sides. I'll keep working on it.