Bridges in Zurich

More Switzerland Coming Soon

Sorry I have been so slow in posting Switzerland photos… this has been a very busy time for me, and I am slipping behind a little bit. But, I do have a master-plan to start getting all those photos in order and ready to post!

Daily Photo – Bridges in Zurich

I love these old cities that are centered around a river with dozens of little bridges that cross to and fro. It vexes me why Austin (or hundreds of other cities) have not centered the whole city around the river. Maybe it has something to do with flooding or something… I’m not totally sure. But whenever cities try to start a big development around the river later in the city’s life, it seems a little bit forced. There is something very organic around these older cities and the river that feels more right than a master-planned complex.

Bridges in ZurichI love these old cities that are centered around a river with dozens of little bridges that cross to and fro.  It vexes me why Austin (or hundreds of other cities) have not centered the whole city around the river.  Maybe it has something to do with flooding or something... I'm not totally sure.  But whenever cities try to start a big development around the river later in the city's life, it seems a little bit forced.  There is something very organic around these older cities and the river that feels more right than a master-planned complex.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Susan

    Beautiful evening shot – love the warmth of the buildings and that gorgeous sky!! Interesting comment about bridges – we could use a few more here too!

  • http://www.shootandramble.com/ Alex Miller

    Great photo I really like how the photo leads you to clock tower.Also I think I have figured out how to get the Ratcliff Effect. Basically if you do an iPhone HDR and then apply Clarity from camera+ you can get a look really similar to what you do with photomatix. Picture at the link.http://www.shootandramble.com/blog/2011/8/28/the-ratcliff-effect.html

  • http://none louis

    Almost looks like a picture in one of those fairy tale books.’Trevia’ your river is running down hill, but I can see why, but I like, could not do better myself!!

  • Ernie Dinkel

    Beautiful shot, Trey. Can’t wait for more “swiss photos”
    Alex, I noticed you have a G10.
    I just got a G12. It has a built in “HDR function”. The camera takes three
    bracketet photos and combines them automatically. Results are great.I will post
    some as soon as I figure out how to do it :-)

  • George

    Love it. I can see by the old clock tower built in 1730, that you took this shot at exactly 11:05 PM.
    The bridge, the river, the clock tower, all make a wonderfully interesting photo. Thanks for sharing.

  • michel latendresse

    Trey i’m not a historian but i would venture that the reason many towns in Europe and early America developed around rivers, is because the waterways were then the major (if not only) means of transportation. Cities that have developed at a later stage developed around other transportation facilities such as railroads, roads, highways and even airports.
    Nice image btw. I like the painterly quality of this image.

  • http://catchthejiffy.com Adam Allegro

    Love it!!I have not been to Zurich yet… This weekend I head to Sweden for 4 days of shooting, going to the Skane area… Any recommendations????

  • Gail in Montana

    Great photo of the bridges and city, Trey!! Thanks for sharing, have a great day. Praise the Lord, it’s raining here this morning!!! :-) :-)

  • Bill B

    I love your photos and sense of wonder. About your question, I think the older cities were all about defense & power. Defend the trade routes then expand. Thus bridges are the expansion- just like the Brookyn Bridge was about expansion of New York (Brooklyn was once one of the largest cities in the US).
    So Trey, keep inquiring – your curiosity is ours too.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kazinvan/ Mike

    Trey, I completely agree with you on the layout of the old cities. Yesterday, I got back from a trip to the UK. I spent time in Neath (Wales) and Stirling and Edinburgh in Scotland. I don’t think it’s just rivers, but any natural features. Parts of Edinburgh are wrapped around and almost built into the mountainside. It’s a completely different look and feel to anything we have in North America (I live in Vancouver, BC).

    Also, if you haven’t been to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, you need to put it on your list. Amazing!

    Mike

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    What a beautiful evening. Nice shot!

  • http://simonmorris.me/ Simon Morris

    Beautiful shot Trey – love the texture and detail on the cobblestones, they lead you into the frame wonderfully… also like the subtle glow from the old city – superb! :-)
    I’m so much hoping to make it back to the UK and Europe next year – to see family and photograph a whole bunch of places… but I’m more than happy to settle for your photos of Europe in the meantime, thanks! ;-)

  • Vicki Wilson

    Beautiful night, nice shot!

  • Tony Falla

    Trey

    Love the picture, reason why old towns and cities were built round rivers is that they were used to carry goods to from them. US cities and towns being relatively modern compared with those in Europe didn’t have this restriction although I suspect even in the US if you look at the original European settlements you will find they were either on sheltered sea ports or on rivers.

    Tony

  • http://500px.com/CvK58 Christ van Kessel

    Trey,

    first, this is my first comment and sorry for my english.

    i’m trying and learning to become better and better with HDR, mostly by your tutorials and “analizing” your (city)foto’s.
    therefore, who am i to criticize a master.

    at this foto my eye fell on the bridge and the streetlights
    the right side of the bridgefence(?) looks lower then the left side.
    this is probably an effect of the wideangle lens.
    could this foto been taken or proccesed with less of that effect but with the same framing ?
    why didn’t you made the lights on the bridge a little more detailed ?

  • http://lophot.com Simon L

    ah home… thanks for the inspiration to take more photos in my hometown :)

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks thanks!

    Adam Allegro – sorry I don’t know much about Sweden :(

    Christ – thanks for your first coment – I appreciate it :)

  • http://www.moncler-outlet.org/ monclernimei

    envious,jealous and hateful !!

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