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Tower Bridge is a bascule bridge in London, England over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London and is sometimes mistakenly called London Bridge, which is the next bridge upstream. The bridge is owned and maintained by Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the Corporation of London.

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Tower Bridge in London, England - August 2009

Tower Bridge in London, England - August 2009
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Bridge Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name.Name[›] It has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the land-ward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. Its present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour.[1] Tower Bridge is sometimes mistakenly referred to as London Bridge, which is actually the next bridge upstream.[2] A popular urban legend is that in 1968, Robert McCulloch, the purchaser of the old London Bridge that was later shipped to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, believed that he was in fact buying Tower Bridge. This was denied by McCulloch himself and has been debunked by Ivan Luckin, the seller of the bridge.[3] The nearest London Underground station is Tower Hill on the Circle and District Lines. The nearest Docklands Light Railway station is Tower Gateway. In the second half of the 19th century, increased commercial development in the East End of London led to a requirement for a new river crossing downstream of London Bridge. A traditional fixed bridge could not be built because it would cut off access to the port facilities in the Pool of London, between London Bridge and the Tower of London. A Special Bridge or Subway Committee was formed in 1876, chaired by Sir Albert Joseph Altman, to find a solution to the river crossing problem. It opened the design of the crossing to public competition. Over 50 designs were submitted, including one from civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. The evaluation of the designs was surrounded by controversy, and it was not until 1884 that a design submitted by Horace Jones, the City Architect (who was also one of the judges),[4] was approved. Jones' engineer, Sir John Wolfe Barry, devised the idea of a bascule bridge with two towers built on piers. The central span was split into two equal bascules or leaves, which could be raised to allow river traffic to pass. The two side-spans were suspension bridges, with the suspension rods anchored both at the abutments and through rods contained within the bridge's upper walkways. Construction started in 1886 and took eight years with five major contractors – Sir John Jackson (foundations), Baron Armstrong (hydraulics), William Webster, Sir H.H. Bartlett, and Sir William Arrol & Co.[5] – and employed 432 construction workers. E W Crutwell was the resident engineer for the construction.[6] Two massive piers, containing over 70,000 tons of concrete,[4] were sunk into the riverbed to support the construction. Over 11,000 tons of steel provided the framework for the towers and walkways.[4] This was then clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone, both to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the bridge a pleasing appearance. Jones died in 1887 and George D. Stevenson took over the project.[4] Stevenson replaced Jones' original brick facade with the more ornate Victorian Gothic style, which makes the bridge a distinctive landmark, and was intended to harmonise the bridge with the nearby Tower of London.[6] The total cost of construction was £1,184,000.[6] The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), and his wife, The Princess of Wales (Alexandra of Denmark).[7] The bridge connected Iron Gate, on the north bank of the river, with Horsleydown Lane, on the south – now known as Tower Bridge Approach and Tower Bridge Road, respectively.[6] Until the bridge was opened, the Tower Subway – 400 m to the west – was the shortest way to cross the river from Tower Hill to Tooley Street in Southwark. Opened in 1870, Tower Subway was the world's first underground ('tube') railway, but closed after just three months and was re-opened as a pedestrian foot tunnel. Once Tower Bridge was open, the majority of foot traffic transferred to using the bridge, there being no toll to pay to use it. Having lost most of its income, the tunnel was closed in 1898.[8] Tower Bridge is one of five London bridges now owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. It is the only one of the Trust's bridges not to connect the City of London to the Southwark bank, the northern landfall is in Tower Hamlets. The bridge is 800 feet (244 m) in length with two towers each 213 feet (65 m) high, built on piers. The central span of 200 feet (61 m) between the towers is split into two equal bascules or leaves, which can be raised to an angle of 83 degrees to allow river traffic to pass. The bascules, weighing over 1,000 tons each, are counterbalanced to minimize the force required and allow raising in five minutes. The two side-spans are suspension bridges, each 270 feet (82 m) long, with the suspension rods anchored both at the abutments and through rods contained within the bridge's upper walkways. The pedestrian walkways are 143 feet (44 m) above the river at high tide.[6] The original raising mechanism was powered by pressurised water stored in several hydraulic accumulators.Hydraulics[›][clarification needed] The system was designed and installed by Sir W. G. Armstrong Mitchell & Company of Newcastle upon Tyne. Water, at a pressure of 750 psi, was pumped into the accumulators by two 360 hp stationary steam engines, each driving a force pump from its piston tail rod. The accumulators each comprise a 20-inch ram on which sits a very heavy weight to maintain the desired pressure. In 1974, the original operating mechanism was largely replaced by a new electro-hydraulic drive system, designed by BHA Cromwell House. The only components of the original system still in use are the final pinions, which engage with the racks fitted to the bascules. These are driven by modern hydraulic motors and gearing, using oil rather than water as the hydraulic fluid.[9] Some of the original hydraulic machinery has been retained, although it is no longer in use. It is open to the public and forms the basis for the bridge's museum, which resides in the old engine rooms on the south side of the bridge. The museum includes the steam engines, two of the accumulators and one of the hydraulic engines that moved the bascules, along with other related artefacts. During World War II, as a precaution against the existing engines being damaged by enemy action, a third engine was installed in 1942:[10] a 150 hp horizontal cross-compound engine, built by Vickers Armstrong Ltd. at their Elswick works in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was fitted with a flywheel having a 9-foot diameter and weighing 9 tons, and was governed to a speed of 30 rpm. The engine became redundant when the rest of the system was modernised in 1974, and was donated to the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum by the Corporation of the City of London. To control the passage of river traffic through the bridge, a number of different rules and signals were employed. Daytime control was provided by red semaphore signals, mounted on small control cabins on either end of both bridge piers. At night, coloured lights were used, in either direction, on both piers: two red lights to show that the bridge was closed, and two green to show that it was open. In foggy weather, a gong was sounded as well.[6] Vessels passing through the bridge had to display signals too: by day, a black ball at least 2 feet (0.61 m) in diameter was to be mounted high up where it could be seen; by night, two red lights in the same position. Foggy weather required repeated blasts from the ship's steam whistle.[6] If a black ball was suspended from the middle of each walkway (or a red light at night) this indicated that the bridge could not be opened. These signals were repeated about 1,000 yards (910 m) downstream, at Cherry Garden Pier, where boats needing to pass through the bridge had to hoist their signals/lights and sound their horn, as appropriate, to alert the Bridge Master.[6] Some of the control mechanism for the signalling equipment has been preserved and may be seen working in the bridge's museum. Although the bridge is an undoubted landmark, professional commentators in the early 20th century were critical of its aesthetics. It represents the vice of tawdriness and pretentiousness, and of falsification of the actual facts of the structure, wrote H. H. Statham,[11] while Frank Brangwyn stated that A more absurd structure than the Tower Bridge was never thrown across a strategic river.[12] Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank selected the bridge as one of his four choices for the 2002 BBC television documentary series Britain's Best Buildings.[13] Tower Bridge is still a busy and vital crossing of the Thames: it is crossed by over 40,000 people (motorists and pedestrians) every day.[14] The bridge is on the London Inner Ring Road, and is on the eastern boundary of the London congestion charge zone. (Drivers do not incur a charge by crossing the bridge.) In order to maintain the integrity of the historic structure, the City of London Corporation have imposed a 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) speed restriction, and an 18-tonne weight limit on vehicles using the bridge. A sophisticated camera system measures the speed of traffic crossing the bridge, utilising a number plate recognition system to send fixed penalty charges to speeding drivers.[citation needed] A second system monitors other vehicle parameters. Induction loops and piezoelectric detectors are used to measure the weight, the height of the chassis above ground level, and the number of axles for each vehicle.[citation needed] River traffic The bascules are raised around 1000 times a year.[15] River traffic is now much reduced, but it still takes priority over road traffic. Today, 24 hours' notice is required before opening the bridge. In 2008, a local web developer created a Twitter feed to post live updates of the bridge's opening and closing activities.[16] A computer system was installed in 2000 to control the raising and lowering of the bascules remotely. Unfortunately it proved less reliable than desired, resulting in the bridge being stuck in the open or closed positions on several occasions during 2005, until its sensors were replaced.[14] The high-level walkways between the towers gained an unpleasant reputation as a haunt for prostitutes and pickpockets and were closed in 1910. In 1982 they were reopened as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition, an exhibition now housed in the bridge's twin towers, the high-level walkways and the Victorian engine rooms. The walkways boast stunning views of the River Thames and many famous London sites, serving as viewing galleries for over 380,000 tourists[citation needed] who visit each year. The exhibition also uses films, photos and interactives to explain why and how Tower Bridge was built. Visitors can access the original steam engines that once powered the bridge bascules, housed in a building close to the south end of the bridge. In April 2008 it was announced that the bridge will undergo a 'facelift' costing £4m, and taking four years to complete. The work entails stripping off the existing paint and repainting in blue and white. Each section will be enshrouded in scaffolding to prevent the old paint from falling into the Thames and causing pollution. Starting in mid-2008, contractors will work on a quarter of the bridge at a time to minimise disruption, but some road closures are inevitable. The bridge will remain open until the end of 2010, but is then expected to be closed for several months. It is hoped that the completed work will stand for 25 years.[17] The walkway section of the renovation was completed in mid 2009. Within the walkways a versatile new lighting system has been installed, designed by Eleni Shiarlis, for when the walkways are in use for exhibitions or functions. The new system provides for both feature and atmospheric lighting, the latter using bespoke RGB LED luminares, designed to be concealed within the bridge superstructure and fixed without the need for drilling (these requirements as a result of the bridge's Grade I status).[18] In December 1952, the bridge opened while a number 78 double-decker bus (stock number RT 793) was on it. At that time, the gateman would ring a warning bell and close the gates when the bridge was clear before the watchman ordered the lift. The process failed while a relief watchman was on duty. The bus was near the edge of the south bascule when it started to rise; driver Albert Gunter made a split-second decision to accelerate the bus, clearing a three-foot drop on to the north bascule, which had not started to rise. There were no serious injuries.[19] Main article: Hawker Hunter Tower Bridge incident On 5 April 1968 a Hawker Hunter FGA.9 jet fighter from No.1 Squadron RAF, flown by Flt Lt Alan Pollock, flew under Tower Bridge. Unimpressed that senior staff were not going to celebrate the RAF's 50th birthday with a fly-past, Pollock decided to do something himself. Without authorisation, Pollock flew the Hunter at low level down the Thames, past the Houses of Parliament, and continued on to Tower Bridge. He flew the Hunter beneath the bridge's walkway, remarking afterwards it was an afterthought when he saw the bridge looming ahead of him. Pollock was placed under arrest upon landing, and discharged from the RAF on medical grounds without the chance to defend himself at a court martial.[20][21] In May 1997,[22] the motorcade of United States President Bill Clinton was divided by the opening of the bridge. Thames sailing barge Gladys, on her way to a gathering at St Katharine Docks, arrived on schedule and the bridge was duly opened for her. Returning from a Thames-side lunch at Le Pont de la Tour restaurant, with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Clinton was less punctual, and arrived just as the bridge was rising. The bridge opening split the motorcade in two, much to the consternation of security staff. A spokesman for Tower Bridge is quoted as saying, We tried to contact the American Embassy, but they wouldn't answer the 'phone.[23] On 19 August 1999, Jef Smith, a Freeman of the City of London, drove a herd of two sheep across the bridge. He was exercising an ancient permission, granted as a right to Freemen, to make a point about the powers of older citizens and the way in which their rights were being eroded.[24] However, this was a hollow gesture as the so-called right is to drive sheep across London Bridge into the City of London, and Tower Bridge does not have its northern landfall in the City.[citation needed] Before dawn on 31 October 2003, David Crick, a Fathers 4 Justice campaigner, climbed a 120 ft (37 m) tower crane near Tower Bridge at the start of a six-day protest dressed as Spider-Man.[25] Fearing for his safety, and that of motorists should he fall, police cordoned off the area, closing the bridge and surrounding roads and causing widespread traffic congestion across the City and east London. The Metropolitan Police were later criticised for maintaining the closure for five days when this was not strictly necessary in the eyes of some citizens.[26][27] On May 11, 2009, six persons were trapped and injured after a lift fell 10 ft inside the north tower.[28][29]

The Tower Bridge of London

The Tower Bridge of London
Made by Jim Boud
Check out my VIDEO TUTORIALS of the workflows I use to create my HDR images. For limited edition fine-art prints please email me at prints@jimboud.com Your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated! Please do not post large images/banners or invitations to award groups. ****************************************************************** This is a 3 exposure HDR (-1,0.+1) HDR with color curve adjustment done in Photoshop Elements, Noise Reduction applied using Topaz Vivacity and detail enhancement done using Topaz Adjust. I went for a more dramatic look on this one :) From Wikipedia: Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name.Name[›] It has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. Its present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour.[1] Tower Bridge is sometimes mistakenly referred to as London Bridge, which is actually the next bridge upstream.[2] A popular urban legend is that in 1968, Robert McCulloch, the purchaser of the old London Bridge that was later shipped to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, believed that he was in fact buying Tower Bridge. This was denied by McCulloch himself and has been debunked by Ivan Luckin, the seller of the bridge.[3] The nearest London Underground station is Tower Hill on the Circle and District Lines, and the nearest Docklands Light Railway station is Tower Gateway.

Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London
Made by digiguy
A view of the east side of Tower Bridge. A very un-original shot I know, but if you're a photographer living in London, it's got to be done. Tower Bridge is the most westerly bridge across the Thames and is an iconic landmark of London. It is built in the Victorian Gothic style and when built was the largest bascule bridge (draw bridge) ever built. During the 19th Century, a thriving port in London's east end resulted in a large demand for a crossing point across the Thames east of London Bridge. The Corporation of London's response to this was to instigate a public competition to find a design for a new bridge. The winning designs was created by the architect Horace Jones and engineer John Wolfe Barry. After 8 years of construction, Tower Bridge was opened in 1894. The design is a mix of suspension and bascule. The bascules (French for see-saw). are hydraulically operated by machinery contained within the towers and take around 1 minute to open. The high level walkway is 142ft above high water and was built to allow pedestrians to cross this bridge while the bascules were open. The walkway was closed in 1910 as people preferred to stay at ground level to watch the bridge open and close. In 1982 the walkway was glazed and re-opened to the public as an exhibition. The bridge is raised about 1000 times a year - details can be found on the tower bridge website www.towerbridge.org.uk/TowerBridge/English/BridgeLifts/sc... Parts of Tower Bridge were painted red, white and blue in 1977 to celebrate the Queen's silver jubilee, prior to that it was chocolate brown.

Tower Bridge [EXPLORED]

Tower Bridge [EXPLORED]
Made by nabilishes
A shot of Tower of London with some light trails. The Tower Bridge is an iconic symbol for London and some say England. It is a suspension bridge built in the 1880s which still operates till today. The design of the bridge consists of two towers and two levels - the upper level for pedestrian walkway and the lower level for vehicle and pedestrian. The lower level or bascules can be opened or raised to give way to the river traffic. The two upper level walkways are only accessible to the public only when they take part in the Tower Bridge Exhibition. The red skies were not done on purpose. This shot was taken during night time and not during the blue hour. The long exposure +2 EV shot that came out from the camera registered red hues from the skies since the white balance was set to Auto WB. I do have another version with dark skies after meddling with the White Balance on the camera. However after looking it again, the one with the red skies gives a different feeling instead of the usual blue hues. Therefore it was processed and towards the end of the processing, i gave a Global Saturation Adjustment in CS to increase the red hues to make it more eye popping. Press L to view it larger on a darker background UPDATE: This picture got into Explore! - My first flickr . Thanks all for the visits and favs Highest position: #87 on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 . . . Digital Blending \ DRI Manually blended from 3 exposures +/-2 EV Shot @11mm, aperture of f/9 with ISO value of 200 Post processing and Adjustments in Photoshop CS4

Tower Bridge of London

Tower Bridge of London
Made by vgm8383
View On Black Explore: 2/20/2009 - thank you! From Wiki: Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name . It has become an iconic symbol of London. Tower Bridge is one of several London bridges owned and maintained by the City Bridge Trust, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge to the left and the right. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. Its present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Before this, it was painted a chocolate brown colour. Tower Bridge is sometimes mistakenly referred to as London Bridge, which is actually the next bridge upstream. A popular urban legend is that in 1968, Robert McCulloch, the purchaser of the old London Bridge that was later shipped to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, believed mistakenly that he was buying Tower Bridge. This was denied by McCulloch himself and has been debunked by Ivan Luckin, the seller of the bridge.

Tower Bridge light trails

Tower Bridge light trails
Made by Jessica Keating Photography
Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge's present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour. On Friday evening we went for an Indian on Brick Lane and then we came back onto the river for some night shots. On the way back to Tower Gateway (DLR) I wanted to try some light trails along the bridge and was happy with all the ones I took but I chose to use this one because I like the motion if the people too. 25/02/2011

Tower Bridge Light Trails London

Tower Bridge Light Trails London
Made by vulture labs
My more recent photography of A 30 second long exposure Highest Position on explore #2 Many thanks guys!! If you like this photo please fave it, and leave a comment. Thank you :) My photostream www.flickr.com/photos/38181284@N06/ Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge's present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour.

The Tower Bridge of London

The Tower Bridge of London
Made by Noctræon
Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge's present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour. Source -- Wikipedia HDR and Tone Mapping with Photomatix Pro 3.2.5 Larger resolution (1200x797)

tower bridge - londres [ EXPLORED ]

tower bridge - londres [ EXPLORED ]
Made by Paristhiva Photography
Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name.Name It has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge's present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge
Made by Enrico P.
Il Tower Bridge è un ponte di Londra. Terminata nel 1894, quest'opera di ingegneria vittoriana divenne in breve uno dei simboli della capitale britannica. Le sue torri, con le guglie e le passerelle di collegamento, sostengono il meccanismo che solleva il ponte durante il passaggio di grandi navi e in occasioni speciali. Il ponte ospita The Tower Bridge Exhibition, un museo che ne illustra la storia attraverso percorsi interattivi; si può vedere da vicino anche il motore a vapore che costituì la fonte di energia del meccanismo fino al 1976, quando il sistema venne elettrificato. Il passaggio coperto, aperto al pubblico, offre una magnifica vista sul fiume Tamigi (Thames in inglese). Quando fu eretto, il ponte era alto 40 m e largo 60. Nel suo periodo di massimo splendore veniva aperto fino a cinque volte al giorno. Ci sono quasi 300 gradini per raggiungere la cima delle torri anche se vi si può giungere per mezzo di un ascensore.

Tower Bridge Light Trails @ Blue Hour

Tower Bridge Light Trails @ Blue Hour
Made by Ash Lourey
This is my 3rd photo of the Tower Bridge. This shot posed a little more of a challenge than the other two due to the vast amounts of people walking past my tripod. At one stage I even had a couple stand right in front of my camera and looked at me like I was doing something wrong. Oh well, the pains of shooting in very populated areas. View Large! | Photo: Like I mentioned above, this was the most difficult out of the 3 to process. I'm still not happy with the final result, but it will do. This is still a learning process for me. There are some abrasions on the light trails which I could not get rid off without ruining the whole image. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! - Standard -2, 0, +2 exp HDR - Digital blending on bridge structure, and attempted to blend light trails - High pass sharpening - Image crop

4ta. tarde en Londres, Exhibición en el Tower Bridge

4ta. tarde en Londres, Exhibición en el Tower Bridge
Made by anita gt
A very interesting exhibition from the top of the towers and through little tunnels between them. It was quite interesting as you could see the 'London Traffic' back in the days where instead of these bike riders and cars you would see horses and carriages. A little after I took this photo, I kept walking around taking different photos of this bridge from different angles... and I see this guy trying to take a picture of himself with a little camera. I noticed his frustration as he tried over and over again and never seemed to be satisfied with the result. So I asked him if he wanted me to take a picture of him... and he said yes, please! haha... so I did, and he was very happy with the result and thanked me a thousand times! :P His name was Cicero (I hope I spelt that right!). View it large and on black .

Open ahoy!

Open ahoy!
Made by steven_kelly | www.steven-kelly.co.uk
I popped down to Tower Bridge on Sunday night to capture some blue hour city scape shots and to my complete excitement, an alarm went off as we were ushered to the end of the bridge so it could open up to let a tall boat (you can see its lights at the bottom of the shot) pass through. I would have liked to have a shot with more of the boat in but there were loads of people in front of me also trying to get a good shot of it so I had to tilt the camera upwards to cut them out of the frame. I've only seen it open up once before this so it was a rare treat to have been in the right place at the right time this time around. There are a few other shots which in my opinion are compositionally better than this one but I need to do some serious cloning out of people's heads first.

The Shard On A Spring Evening

The Shard On A Spring Evening
Made by pallab seth
The Shard, previously known as London Bridge Tower, and also known as the Shard of Glass, is a skyscraper under construction in Southwark, London. When completed in 2012, it will be the tallest building in the European Union. The building has been designed with an irregular triangular shape from the base to the top. It will be clad entirely in glass. The viewing gallery and open-air observation deck will be on the top (72nd) floor. More, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shard_London_Bridge Exif data Camera Nikon D3100 Lens18-55VR Kit Lens Focal Length 18 mm Handheld Aperture f/3.5 Exposure 0.067 sec (1/15) ISO Speed 2200 Exposure Bias 0 EV No Tripod, No Photoshop No HDR

London

London
Made by m'sieur rico
A reflected view of the Tower Bridge in London. I hope you'll find this view as original as I do. This was also during that short walk to the financial district of London (after seeing my family I only had a few hours to play with my camera). I still have a few photos of London underground to come, but that will be within 2 weeks at least, as I am flying this weekend to Wien, and then Prague end of next week for my job (if you feel the curiosity to know what I do : my trip is for knowledge transfert on SAP PP in a subsidiary of my French company). Of course this also means.. nice places to discover and to shoot very soon :-)

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge
Made by simon.anderson
Here's one from the London trip of Tower Bridge at night. I waited for a bus to come along for the extra trails and as a bonus I caught some green which I think was from the buses number display. Tower Bridge was really hard to get as it was covered with these super powerful spotlights which kept blowing the hightlights on certain parts of the structure. From Tower Bridge we headed along the southbank past city hall and towards the London Eye, more piccies to come so keep popping back. Thanks for your visits and comments, I will try and pop past your streams soon. Press 'L' on your keyboard to view on black and check out the rest of my stream :)

London Bridge (Tower Bridge) : Reflection on the River Thames

London Bridge (Tower Bridge) : Reflection on the River Thames
Made by Anirudh Koul
London's Tower Bridge taken from the North Bank of River Thames at the crack of dawn. Most tourists mistakenly call this structure as the London Bridge (which is just next to it). Click All Sizes to see bigger resolution. Looks much better then. Suffering from jet lag after reaching London, I ended up walking 24.4 kilometers (39,000 steps) in a single day, thanks to no transportation after midnight. Later, saw the beautiful sunrise between the pillars of London Bridge. Incidentally, this was the 666th photo on my new camera. Still, neither did the devil appear, nor did I get attacked by the sleeping hobos.

UK - London - Tower Bridge tilted v2

UK - London - Tower Bridge tilted v2
Made by Darrell Godliman
Getting this shot of Tower Bridge involves risking your life. You preset the camera, run out into the road, fire a couple of quick shots off, and then run back before you're hit by a double decker bus. From Wikipedia : Tower Bridge is sometimes mistakenly referred to as London Bridge, which is actually the next bridge upstream. A popular urban legend is that in 1968, Robert McCulloch, the purchaser of the old London Bridge that was later shipped to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, believed that he was in fact buying Tower Bridge. This was denied by McCulloch himself and has been debunked by Ivan Luckin, the seller of the bridge.

Tower Bridge #2

Tower Bridge #2
Made by nabilishes
Another version of the Tower Bridge. Again, the red skies were registered in the camera because the White Balance was set to Auto. Did a Hue/Saturation Slider Adjustments to increase the saturation a bit. A lot of ghosting can be spotted in this shot. It was quite difficult to remove it so i just leave it as it was. View large by pressing L . . . Digital Blending \ DRI Manually blended from 3 exposures +/-2 EV Shot @13mm, aperture of f/9 with ISO value of 200 Post processing and Adjustments in Photoshop CS4

Cloud swarm

Cloud swarm
Made by Mollow2
I've been tutoring in Gatwick all week and so my wife I convinced myself that staying in London Bridge and commuting in was the best all round. What it did allow me to do was take my camera and take some snaps....not as many as I would have hoped given the torrential rain that we had, but a couple. I'm trying to think up ways to shoot for the weekly photo challenge (this week's theme is rhythm) and I'm a bit stumped. I'm going to have to head out this weekend and find my muse :)

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Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge is raised to allow two boats through. We've speeded this up x4 to make it much shorter..if you want to see it


Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge...Tower Bridge


The Tower of London, Tower Bridge
Engine room of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London & Tower Bridge...Tower of London


Drive Over Tower Bridge London
Driving over tower bridge in london....London Tower Bridge UK


tower bridge opens
tower bridge opens...tower bridge London Southwark


Tower Bridge London
This video (actually a few short video clips) shows the tower bridge opening to let tall boats through. I made these video clips while we were on


Special Agent "BOKBOY" & Tower Bridge
"BOKBOY" takes us on a journey to Tower Bridge in London, it's not that much info (as expected) but it's enough, just enough,


London - the Tower Bridge - gesehen von Thilo
& Exhibition St Paul's Cathedral The Monument Tower Bridge Exhibition Tower of London Wellington Arch Windsor Castle trafalgar square...London towerbridge Tower Bridge travel thilo Exhibition


Cachorrada - Tower Bridge and Big Ben - Parte 02
Cachorrada - Tower Bridge and Big Ben - Parte 02...Cachorrada Tower Bridge and Big Ben Parte 02


Tower Bridge Closing
This is a short video of the Tower Bridge closing after a ship went below it. It's just a test for my first upload. I made this video


Tower Bridge being raised
Tower Bridge in London being raised...London Tower Bridge


London - Tower Bridge
of London's famous Tower Bridge (including bridge lifts) as well as the Tower of London and a Routemaster Bus on Heritage Route 15...towerbridge toweroflondon Bus


Tower Bridge raises for river boat in Sacramento
Tower Bridge raises for Spirit of Sacramento river boat...river boat bridge sacramento ca tower


Aga - rejs do Tower Bridge
Aga - rejs do Tower Bridge...Tower Bridge


Tower Bridge Opening From Below
Tower Bridge Being raised to allow Sailing Barge Lady Daphne to pass - Filmed from the barge...Thames Barge London


Cachorrada - Tower Bridge and Big Ben - Parte 01
Cachorrada - Tower Bridge and Big Ben - Parte 01...Cachorrada Tower Bridge and Big Ben Parte 01 londres


Tower Bridge going up
A video of tower bridge in london going up to let some boats go through....tower bridge london boat river thames up going opening down


Tower Bridge Closing
Thames Cruise...tower bridge thames london


Cachorrada - Tower Bridge and Big Ben - Parte 03
Cachorrada - Tower Bridge and Big Ben - Parte 03...londres Cachorrada Tower Bridge and Big Ben Parte 03




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Fountain with naked ladies
Tower Bridge Magistrates Court
Horsleydown Square
Headshift
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Develin Tower
Cradle Tower
Lanthorn Tower

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