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The Old Kopu Bridge

The Old Kopu Bridge
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Copyright: Peter Parata (eosnut) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-27
Categories: Transportation, Architecture
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-03-27 20:19
Viewed: 1965
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not particularly artistic, just a part of our young country's history.
This was the most direct route into the Thames/Coromandel area from Auckland and points North.
In the summer months, it wasn't uncommon for traffic to queue for up to two hours to cross.

This was shot yesterday from the new two way bridge that opened last December.
Because the sunlight was so strong, the shadows lost detail in the Jpeg copy, I made an HDR from the Raw file.
In the workshop, a shot of both bridges.

A little history from Wikipedia;
The (old) Kopu Bridge (originally Hauraki Bridge and sometimes Waihou River Bridge) is a single-lane swing bridge that spans the Waihou River, near its emergence into the Firth of Thames in the Thames-Coromandel District of New Zealand's North Island. The bridge was completed in 1928 and was part of State Highway 25. The swinging span in the middle of the bridge is 43 metres long and with an overall length of 463 metres, the bridge was the longest and oldest single lane bridge within the state highway network.

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Hi Pete,
a nice colourful shot of the old bridge but thank goodness its no longer used, we never went near the place at holiday weekends - not sure why they don't open it cyclists

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