Photo101(7): Landmark to G20.

Story Glow.I have been infatuated with The Story Bridge in Brisbane my whole life. My Mum, Dad, brother and I would drive to Brisbane at Christmas time quite regularly. It is almost 1,000km which took us about 12 hours with stops along the way. I remember asking my parents how long until we saw the bridge. Mum would get Dad’s camera out and take a photo as we went over the bridge and I was always fascinated with the metal intricacies of this lovely bridge.

I have since moved to Brisbane (almost 15 years ago) and I still love the bridge. The city has added lights to the bridge and these are coloured for various health awareness campaigns, most recently pink for breast cancer.

To address the tips in today’s theme, I wanted to get up close to the bridge. I’ve always seen it from a distance on the “riverside” area of the city and sometimes from one of the CityCat taxi boats that go up and down the Brisbane River. So today, for the first time in my life, I explored the streets around the bridge. The areas are built up with hotels, apartments and roads so it was difficult to figure out where to go. I found the base of the bridge on the south side and was able to get some shots from underneath the bridge, which was very cool.

I then drove across the bridge to find the northern base. With the G20 being held in Brisbane this weekend, the city has started to close to vehicles. At every turn, I found a road closure or a group of policemen and women directing people away from the area. I was almost ready to give up and was about to head south over the bridge again, when I decided to try a street off to the left of the bridge. JACKPOT – what a fantastic spot! I didn’t even know this spot existed and I stayed there from daylight to complete darkness and captured my beautiful bridge in all her glory.

Notice the archway in the pink and orange vertical shot? It’s the same arch that I saw at the southern base of the bridge (the photo in colour amongst the black and white shots in the first gallery). Very cool.

This whole photo101 process is SO COOL. Today, I would have been prepared to pull out an image from my files (I was going to use the Brisbane Wheel) but I really wanted to do something new. I am so thankful for this process. I used tonight to experiment with my camera in low light – opening up the aperture, slowing down the shutter speed, increasing the ISO. I’ve learnt a lot tonight. But I’ve also fallen in love with my bridge all over again.

x desleyjane

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. Such an awesome collection of photos! I understand why you have been infatuated by this bridge!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you, I appreciate it!

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  2. jcpramblings says:

    Great collection of images and I really like the colours. A great landmark.

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  3. Nice galleries. I particularly like the second one, but your background is wildly disturbing!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL – the blog background?
      Thank you 🙂

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      1. Yes, the blog background.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Ok good to know. I usually look at it on my iPhone so don’t see it very often. I’ll investigate. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  4. Amy says:

    Great gallery! Love the night shot.

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  5. That’s a bridge to fall for and not just cross over! 🙂

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  6. What lovely colours, they remind me of a fairground!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Yes! The colours are changing constantly. Thank you.

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  7. Well said about experimenting with your camera. Me, too! It’s so fun. Maybe I’ll be able to get out this evening. 🙂

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      1. Thank you! I spent three months in Brisbane staying at a friend’s place. I *loved* the city. It had a fantastic vibe and I hope to take my little family there in the future.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Come back any time!!! 😉

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  8. fadingisight says:

    Great images and great words too. I’m glad you are really enjoying the photo101 process, I think it is a good thing!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Yes it’s fantastic. So many people, viewpoints, locations, ideas. Loving it!

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  9. What a great story! And I just love how you stayed until the evening to capture the night shots. All are wonderful images, and I really enjoyed your shots from under the bridge, especially “Road to…” I understand the feelings you had when shooting your favorite bridge – exactly how I felt with the Golden Gate 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Stacy. Now I want to get on a plane for 14 hours and spend time with your bridge 😉

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      1. Oh, you’d just love it!! 🙂

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  10. You are doing a phenomenal job with these assignments. I’m still very elementary in my efforts.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you @Michelleintel that’s nice of you to say. It’s been an incredible couple of weeks, it’s pushed me to get out and SEE the world around me, I think that’s my favourite part of this. I’m constantly creating a frame around every scene in my head 😀

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  11. Norah says:

    These are beautiful, Desley. Thank you for drawing my attention to them. I know photographers are keen on black and white. When I was a child that was the only choice. I much prefer colour! 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Norah. I do love black and white images. So much. But this beautiful bridge needs to be shown in all her colourful glory 😀

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      1. Norah says:

        Once again, thank you for helping me see it through your eyes and camera lens! 🙂

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  12. Debbie says:

    beautiful shot Desley. I remember seeing the bridge lit up with fireworks raining down from it for its 50th anniversary. I watched from some riverside park i had not known existed till then. I’ve always loved the Storey Bridge and to get from Brissie’s north to south side I always go over Storey Bridge even if it’s out of my way. I don’t much like the functional William Jolley and the Victoria Bridge is just too annoying, so close to the city. It’s best at night, of course, the views from the bridge are beautiful.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much. Yes I try to travel the bridge as often as I can as well. Did you get to go there when they closed it recently for a food festival?

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      1. Debbie says:

        no, because i am only back in sunny qld for hols. though i do remember the bridge being closed for something when i was home in july…. maybe it was that food festival? i thought it was another anniversary. i remember people saying the parking was terrible and they waited for hours and still couldnt even set foot upon the bridge!

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Oh I see! Yes I understand that it was a nightmare. I didn’t go as I was in Sydney that week. It would have been cool though!! If you could get there. You had to buy tickets and there weren’t that many available. And you were allotted certain time of the day to go!! Much better to see the bridge from afar in that case I think!

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