Father Louis Hennepin Bridge


There are many bridges in the Twin Cities. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have several bridges crossing the Mississippi, and on top of that collection is the variety of bridges involved in the Freeway and Railroad system in the area. We may not have nearly as many bridges as Pittsburgh. Or bridges the size of the Golden Gate, or Bay Bridges. Nothing comes to mind as being as fascinating as the Washington Bridge in NY. And we’ve had a sample of bridge disasters with the collapse of the I-35W bridge in August of 2007.

All that said, there are many bridges that are interesting in the twin cities for various reasons. One of my favorites is the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge, connecting the north and south sides of the city of Minneapolis upstream of Saint Anthony Falls on the Mississippi river.

Father Hennepin was a priest who traveled up the Mississippi in the 17th century and found the only waterfall on the Mississippi, which he dubbed Saint Anthony Falls. The falls moved up stream over the years as they are want to do, but since the construction of the spillway to support the mill community has not been migrating. There are several bridges connecting Minneapolis across the area of the Falls. At a later date I expect to post some pictures I’ve taken of the New bridge for I-35W, the Stone Arch bridge, and if I can get a decent picture of the Central Avenue bridge, that as well. There are also a couple of bridges that have been taken out of service since the collapse of the I-35W bridge. The Lowery Avenue bridge is close to being ready for traffic after it was torn down for structural issues, and the Plymouth Avenue bridge has been indefinitely closed to vehicular traffic until repairs can be made to issues identified in an inspection a few years ago. It is however open to pedestrians, and there are a number of events with runs that cross it.

Father Louis Hennepin Bridge is a suspension bridge that is not considered long by today’s standards. The entire bridge is a little over 1000 feet in length. And while you can see several pictures of it during the day on it’s wikipedia entry, I think this picture demonstrates that it truly shines at night.

Next week I’m going to try to have something on some of the equipment that I use. I hope you can stop by. Feel free to drop me a note.


1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by rusty - March 15, 2012 at 7:01 am

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First Scheduled post…


… missed the deadline. Sorry about that.

Ok. this week’s featured image is from the same storm as the image I posted in my first post. It is however from a different location.

In this case I was interested in the way that the sun was coming through the clouds as the clouds were passing over the lake. The lake in this case is Medicine Lake in Plymouth Minnesota. I’m shooting from the park at the South East end of the lake.

This park has a running/biking path, a playground, swimming area, and when I took the picture they were developing a fishing dock. During Meteor showers I’ve gone out on this dock to see if I could see them. However I’m generally unhappy with this space for night photography. One of the businesses next to the park has a loading bay for trucks that they have very brightly lit. I have a picture of the port-a-potty there which was taken at about 2 am, where the port-a-potty is well lit, and the only real indication that the picture was taken at night is the sky in the far background being dark.

Back to the picture. A couple of things I would probably do different with this type of a shot in the future. Get a tripod. Well, OK I have a tripod. Several in fact. However I did not bring a tripod with me when I was shooting this event. With lighting like this however it would have been very helpful to have a tripod to let me close down the aperture so that I could get a broader depth of field, and have fewer problems with some of the things I did with this picture otherwise.

I used this picture, or related pictures to build a panoramic shot of this event. The hugin tool I used did not have good luck matching up the trees on the horizon. I suspect that if the shots had been done on a tripod that the collection would have been a little bit easier to stitch together.

I will admit that part of the problem with the stitching together of the images may have been the plug-in tracking the clouds rather than the trees on the horizon. Since the clouds were in motion that would mean that the horizon portion of the image would not have matched up exactly.

Other than a desire to increase the depth of field on the image, I’m generally happy with this image. For me it evokes a sense of choice, on the one hand a bright future, on the other a storm continues. At the same time, light is breaking through, indicating that just maybe the worst is over, and a bright future exists.

Thanks for visiting.



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