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Millau Viaduct

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 27 August 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

I've just come back from a 2 week vacation in France with my family. On the way down to the mediterranean coast we stopped for two nights in the Cevennes National Park area of the Tarn Valley - what an absolutely beautiful and dramatic place it is!

One morning I got up very early and drove to the town of Millau to try and take a photo of the world famous viaduct where it crosses the Tarn.

Never having visited the area before and so not having a clue where the best vantage points are I didn't have very high expectations of getting any decent photos but nevertheless I was really pleased with this long-exposure image which I took just as the first sunlight hit the structure of the viaduct.

It's difficult to convey just how big the viaduct is but it is the tallest bridge in the world and the tallest mast you can see in this photo is 343 metres (1,125ft) high which is about the same height as the Eiffel Tower.

Millau Viaduct:

NIKON D800 120 second F/8.0 ISO 100 16 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Your efforts were rewarded: this photo is very beautiful in this morning light!

27 Aug 2013 12:15pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I wondered where you had got to :-)
I think you got an excellent vantage point - it's an excellent shot!
I saw a documentary on the build of this thing a couple of years back - quite an amazing structure.

27 Aug 2013 12:48pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

This is absolutely compelling Ian!!! How I admire your choice of POV and rendering! Another masterful landscape shot!

27 Aug 2013 3:12pm

Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Fantastic work Ian ! This photo is aboslutly fabulous ! Congrats ! *****

27 Aug 2013 3:36pm

Olivier Jules from Lanciano, Italy

absolutely an amazing capture! wow!

27 Aug 2013 4:51pm

Robert from BOUSVAL, Belgium

I know this place. You give here an artistic vision of this fantastic bridge : it looks like a sculpture !

27 Aug 2013 6:47pm

Andrew Howe from Chester, United Kingdom

That's quite an amazing structure Ian, beautifully shot, I have seen photo's of this bridge, but this image really does it justice, quite a sight, and feet of engineering, excellent :)

27 Aug 2013 7:47pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely spectacular! Beautiful b&w and fantastic POV!

28 Aug 2013 12:42am

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28 Aug 2013 1:39am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Une merveille d'architecture que tu as superbement mis en valeur !

28 Aug 2013 6:22am

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh superbe ce cadrage

28 Aug 2013 6:26am

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

You knew how to give to this magnificent bridge a very beautiful lighting and framing. Your vision in black and white pleases me a lot

28 Aug 2013 7:29am

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Excellent shot, Ian! What a beautiful b&w!

28 Aug 2013 4:16pm

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Great shot !

29 Aug 2013 2:22pm

Hans ter Horst from Dippach, Luxembourg

That's a great vantage point you found; amazing result, very nice, I'm your biggest fan!

1 Sep 2013 9:26pm

tom from Germany

The effort you have taken, paid off. Excellent shot.

2 Sep 2013 6:14am

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

Absolutly wondrful, everything is so precise and beautiful, from the lines of the bridge to the water. Annierita

2 Sep 2013 7:32am

Wolfgang from Germany

Wow, what a photo! I like the perspective and this contrast of nature and architecture. Really good work!

3 Sep 2013 7:07am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Superb, Ian !
This confirming it is often worthy waking very early for getting the best photo opportunities.

3 Sep 2013 8:44am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

At least, not knowing where exactly to go makes you take interesting and unusual pictures of this bridge.

3 Sep 2013 12:20pm

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120 second
ISO 100
16 mm (35mm equiv.)