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Menai Straits Bridge #2

The Telford suspension bridge over the Menai Straits, joining Anglesey to the North Wales mainland, with a tree in the foreground

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This is the suspension bridge over the Menai Straits, joining the island of Anglesey to the North Wales mainland.

Designed and built by Thomas Telford, this is the first ever suspension bridge in the world, but technicalities aside it's just so beautiful.

Not only is it a very graceful piece of engineering, but it's set in one of the most stunning locations to be found anywhere.

With the mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop, and the fascinating tidal Menai Straits in the foreground, this must be one of the most photogenic locations in Wales.

Normally I would only stop to photograph the bridge during the golden hours around sunrise or sunset, but driving past in the early afternoon I couldn't resist the dramatic clouds that had formed over the mountains, framing the landscape below in a visual layer cake of beauty and interest.

The ancient oak tree served nicely to frame the bridge against the sky, and the whole scene was well worth the effort of taking a few photographs.

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Image data

Filename - bridge menai straits 02.jpg

Camera - Canon 5D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 32mm

Exposure - 1/15sec @ f11, ISO100

Location - Anglesey, North Wales

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - ACR & PS-CS2

Comments - 2 stop ND graduated filter used to balance exposure between sky and land.