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02-OCT-2008 Barbara Heide

Viaduc de Millau


Totally Informal Transglobal Thursday Challenge ...view other's participating here : "a sense of perspective"

part of my gallery Feeling Seasonal

Wikipedia: the highest bridge in the world:
technical details and video about the construction can be viewed here:

A record viaduct

The Millau viaduct is the outcome of an amazing history. From its design to its construction, hundreds of men have given their
energy and ingenuity to take part in this unique structure.
At the peak of the work, nearly 600 employees were working on the site.
They mastered the most modern technologies (laser, GPS…) to control the construction of this steel and concrete giant to the nearest millimetre.
And it only took three years, from December 2001 to December 2004 to built.
Record figures

Length: 2,460 m
Width: 32 m
Maximum height: 343 m, or 19 m higher than the Eiffel Tower
Slope: 3.025 %, going up from north to south in the direction Clermont-Ferrand – Béziers
Curve: 20 km
Height of the tallest pier (P2): 245 m
Height of the pylons: 87 m
Number of piers: 7
Length of the spans: Two end spans of 204 m each and six central spans of 342 m each.
Number of stays: 154 (11 pairs per pylon laid out in one mono-axial layer)
Tension of the stays: from 900 t to 1 200 t for the longest
Weight of the steel deck: 36 000 t, or 5 times that of the Eiffel Tower
Volume of concrete: 85 000 m3, or 206 000 t
Cost of the construction: 400 M€
Contract duration: 78 years – 3 years for construction and 75 years of operations
Structural guarantee: 120 years

Canon EOS 40D
1/160s f/8.0 at 63.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Guest 11-Nov-2009 03:52
incredible (picture and bridge)
Kerry Tingley26-Nov-2008 05:24
Spectacular! What a find. Just lovely.
Kuriacose Joseph25-Oct-2008 02:30
McGarva24-Oct-2008 16:09
Stunning ... French masterpiece designed by a Brit! ... V
anuschka22-Oct-2008 09:19
A gem shot! Spectacular ingredients. V.
Guest 21-Oct-2008 16:20
Great image! Regards, rfu
Bernd Koenemann21-Oct-2008 10:29
Das ist schon ein erstaunliches Bauwerk.
Jose Paulo Andrade20-Oct-2008 17:27
Very good!!
wildoat19-Oct-2008 23:03
You have made a great job of this viaduct, excellent photo.
I have stood there and looked at this site a few times now, still blows me away.
It is also in a stunning region of France!

Guest 19-Oct-2008 21:12
i think this is one of the most impressive structures in the world and you did a great job photographing it. lovely!
endre novak19-Oct-2008 18:14
spectacular! v
Gennady Zaturensky17-Oct-2008 19:22
Breathtaking construction that fits nicely in to the surrounding valley. Nice perspective too, vote!
Lee G17-Oct-2008 17:05
Fantastic shot of this beauty! Big V!
Eric Herbelin15-Oct-2008 11:26
du bon endroit au bon moment! v
leelou15-Oct-2008 01:46
wow! spectaculaire ... Quel beau décor! V
Alexa Bloesch14-Oct-2008 07:50
A stunning image and perfect for the challenge! v
Sue Robertson14-Oct-2008 02:35
wow. that is a beautiful perspective.. v
Laura Sebastianelli14-Oct-2008 00:09
fantastic, Barbara! beautiful bridge and wonderful image! V
Chad Ramsey13-Oct-2008 17:28
Excellent perspective on this Barbara! Great shot~V
carolynne_w13-Oct-2008 04:36
This is stunning !! V
Barry S Moore12-Oct-2008 09:26
Magnificant ~V~
Guest 11-Oct-2008 15:35
Awesome! wow, driving on this bridge is like flying in the clouds! v
Guest 11-Oct-2008 11:57
Great shot. Really shows the scale of this magnificent construction!
Harrison11-Oct-2008 00:03
COOL!! What a neat bridge, excellent shot of it!
Rick Bricker10-Oct-2008 20:36
Great composure and perspective on this shot.Mission accomplished!
Johnny JAG10-Oct-2008 16:22
Great shot, that is one very impressive structure!
monil10-Oct-2008 13:22
Superbe prise de vue.
C'est spectaculaire.
Karen Stuebing10-Oct-2008 12:27
Very impressive bridge and photograph. It is beautiful.
Yves Rubin10-Oct-2008 12:09
Outstanding! Your choice of angle and processing really bring out this beautiful architecture. V!
Heidi Jonker10-Oct-2008 10:09
Very impressive!!
Guest 10-Oct-2008 05:03
Awesome image, amazing structure.
Guest 10-Oct-2008 04:39
Cet ouvrage est vraiment très impressionnant !! belle photo !! Big V
Greg Christie10-Oct-2008 03:53
Didn't know it existed. That is one impressive structure and you've caught it exceptionally well.
Nancy Lobaugh10-Oct-2008 00:03
wow! perfectly composed & captured.. love the lighting..
Cindi Smith09-Oct-2008 23:29
This is amazing! Wow!!!!!!!!!! Perfect capture!V
J. Scott Coile09-Oct-2008 22:52
Such a magnificent piece of engineering art. I love this take on it. Your darker take a week back was delightful!
Guest 09-Oct-2008 21:38
One of the man created wonders of this world! Wonderful capture, too! V
Ed McConnell09-Oct-2008 20:36
WOW! Great shot.
Aivar Mikko09-Oct-2008 18:52
Excellent view and composition. V.
monica memoli09-Oct-2008 18:00
Almost abstract. v
royalld09-Oct-2008 17:57
I love this shot. Voted.
Bill Gallagher09-Oct-2008 14:57
Nicely done, wonderful perspective, I feel a bout of vertigo coming on looking at this. V
sue anne09-Oct-2008 14:48
Impressive and what a lot of work went into building this bridge.
Ken Duckert09-Oct-2008 14:23
So stunning! Amazing photo.
Zak09-Oct-2008 13:30
veraferia09-Oct-2008 12:30
Amazing structure beautifully captured!
Interesting explanation!V
Guest 09-Oct-2008 11:41
Comme une traversee du pont en voilier!
Bill Ewart Jr09-Oct-2008 11:36
Holy catz! That's an amazing scene! We need one of those here to get to our Island!~
Eckhart Derschmidt09-Oct-2008 10:17
Impressive shot!
An De Wilde09-Oct-2008 09:13
wow this is an impressive bridge ! well done !
Máire Uí Mhaicín09-Oct-2008 08:21
A classic and a classy shot for this topic. -v-
cits_4_pets09-Oct-2008 07:20
WOW! Great perspective, nice exposure, wonderful composition! V
Bob White09-Oct-2008 06:50
Fantastic shot and what a piece of architecture and thanks for the information -V-
Victoria09-Oct-2008 06:23
This is fabulous!!!!
mario .n09-Oct-2008 06:18
Perfect Barbara ! Big vote
Paco López09-Oct-2008 05:49
Wonderful!!! V!
Joanne Kamo09-Oct-2008 05:40
Outstanding capture of this impressive and unbelievable structure! WOW! V
Herb 09-Oct-2008 05:18
12309-Oct-2008 04:58
Beautiful. BV
Ann...09-Oct-2008 04:51
Dave Hein09-Oct-2008 04:07
Very nice. Eye candy to civil engineers everywhere.
It opened just in time to be included in a stage of a Tour de France too, didn't it?
Sabine Stetson09-Oct-2008 04:00
omg....this is spectacular....incredible
design...great shot!!!
through_the_lens09-Oct-2008 03:58
Wow...great sense of perspective.. well done image v
Guest 09-Oct-2008 03:39
Formidable, belle capture du viaduct, surtout avec les lignes courbes dans la campagne.
Bill Robinson09-Oct-2008 03:37
What a sight, incredible.
mathilda williams09-Oct-2008 03:22
Timothy Guenther09-Oct-2008 02:54
Now that is a cool bridge! Great perspective.
Dennis Hoyne09-Oct-2008 02:52
Will done Barbara, excellent shot, it looks like it is floating in space.
Guest 09-Oct-2008 02:24
impressive bridge
well done
wernere0109-Oct-2008 00:51
Superb! Like how it´s fading away in the distance. v
laine8209-Oct-2008 00:40
A perfect sense of perspective, Barbara
s_barbour09-Oct-2008 00:39
Wow! Stunning capture Barbara!!! V.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography09-Oct-2008 00:33
This is excellent capture, great entry, Vote.
marie-jose wolff09-Oct-2008 00:22
Une structure fine et aérienne pour le plus haut pont du monde, quelle belle perspective! V
pr_rajan09-Oct-2008 00:07
BleuEvanescence09-Oct-2008 00:07
Difficile à battre et j'adore ce pont. ne reste plus qu'à aller l'essayer.
Superb entry Barbara...
Guest 08-Oct-2008 23:56
Wow! One of the most impressive structures I've ever seen... Simply amazing!
Josée V.08-Oct-2008 23:51
Wow !!! très impressionnant... V
Jeff Lobaugh08-Oct-2008 23:47
Great lines! Well seen and captured.
bill friedlander08-Oct-2008 23:43
A beautiful piece of engineering, and photography. V
Kathryn08-Oct-2008 23:41
Never seen a viaduct quite like this one - it is and incredible structure. Thanks for your help by the way.
Walter Otto Koenig08-Oct-2008 23:40
Excellent perspective of this amazing bridge. A very cool shot and entry. "V"
Mairéad08-Oct-2008 23:35
That's an amazing bridge and a fantastic capture. V
Phillip Normanton08-Oct-2008 23:31
Vast on a grand scale :)
Sheila08-Oct-2008 23:30
Wow! What a fantastic, beautiful piece of architecture!
Jola Dziubinska08-Oct-2008 23:29
Oh, Barbara, this is absolutely incredible and stunning! Fantastic find and catch, vote.
Michel CORBOZ08-Oct-2008 23:29
Ça c'est très spectaculaire...Vote
Faye White08-Oct-2008 23:16
wow! fantastic shot!
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