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Bahrain-Saudi Causeway

Bahrain-Saudi Causeway
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Copyright: Les Winder (rewind) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 5 N: 133] (1139)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-05
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-24 8:34
Viewed: 2650
Points: 6
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I took this a couple of years ago while I was passing under the Bahrain-Saudi causeway in my boat. This is the last span of the causeway before the central island. It was with my old Pentax compact hence quality not brilliant but the perspective caught my eye. Also, not many of you will have had the chance to see the causeway from this POV. Cropped, sharpened slightly and highlights/shadows adjusted in PS (thanks Andy!). I first drove over the causeway in 1987 to go to Saudi for a short business trip. Some history from Wikipedia:-

The King Fahd Causeway (Arabic: جسر الملك فهد) is multiple dike - bridge combination connecting Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and the island nation of Bahrain

A construction agreement signed on July 8, 1981 led to construction beginning the next year. The cornerstone was laid on November 11, 1982 by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa of Bahrain and went until 1986, when the combination of several bridges and dams was completed. The causeway officially opened for use on November 25, 1986.

The project, completely financed by Saudi Arabian money, cost a total of US$1.2 billion and was contracted out to the Ballast Nedam Group based in the Netherlands. The four-lane road (2x12.3 metres (40 ft)) is 25 kilometres (15.5 mi) long. Five bridges with an overall length of 12,430 metres (40,781 ft) were built using 350,000 cubic metres (460,000 ydł) of concrete along with 147,000 metric tons of reinforced steel.

The causeway consists of three parts, a combination of three bridges from Khobar to the artificial island on the Saudi Arabia - Bahrain border, including the longest bridge, at 5,194 metres (17,041 ft) long, a bridge from the artificial island to Umm al-Na'san island and another bridge from Umm al-Na'san island to the main island of Bahrain.

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Hiya Les

I have enevr seen this causeway from any POV let alone this one. You say you took it from the boat but I feel as though I am actaully swimming in the water. As you say the quality is not brilliant as its not quite sharp but..I think its a superb shot, well seen and a fantastic POV

TFS regards Helen

Nice one Father, I like the PoV and composition of this one. As Helen says, the quality isn't great but I think you can be excused that, given the circumstances! An interesting and atmospheric shot, cheers.

Hi Dad,

Good eye! great POV,dont worry about the quality of the equipment its the photographer is the really important bit.


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