This is probably the last photo I post from the TE meeting in Budapest.
At summer weekends the bridge is closed for traffic and opened for pedestrians. Craftsmen sell their goods, roundels and meet are cooked in different cuisines and you can hear several kinds of music all along the bridge, even at night!
Széchenyi lánchíd or Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest, and was opened in 1849.
Its two ends are:
Roosevelt Square (with the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), and
Adam Clark Square (the Zero Kilometre Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle).
The bridge is named after István Széchenyi, a major supporter of its construction. At the time of its construction, it counted as a wonder of the world. It had an enormous significance in the country's economics and life. Its decorations made of cast iron, and its construction, radiating calm dignity and balance, raised it among the most beautiful industrial monuments in Europe. It became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between East and West.
The bridge was designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark in 1839, after Count István Széchenyi's initiative in the same year, with construction supervised locally by Scottish engineer Adam Clark (no relation). It is a larger scale version of William Tierney Clark's earlier Marlow Bridge, across the River Thames in Marlow, England.
The bridge was opened in 1849, and thus became the first permanent bridge in the Hungarian capital. At the time, its center span of 202 m was one of the largest in the world. The pairs of lions at each of the abutments were added in 1852. The bridge was given its current name in 1898.
The bridge's steel structure was totally updated and strengthened in 1914. In World War II, the bridge was damaged, and it needed to be rebuilt. The rebuilding was completed in 1949.
Among the anecdotes relating to the bridge, the most popular is that the lions were sculpted without tongues and the sculptor was mocked so much that he jumped into the Danube in shame. The lions do have tongues (although they are not visible from below, which is the usual point of view, as the lions are lying on a stone block some three meters high). The sculptor lived into the 1890s, and the only message he sent to mocking people was "Your wife should have a tongue just as my lions have, and woe will be unto you!" He jumped into the Danube when a little boy asked him about it.
In 2001, Hungarian stunt pilot Peter Besenyei flew upside down under the bridge, a manoeuvre that became a standard in Red Bull air races today.
The bridge is featured in the 2002 movie.
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fijiphil (1355) 2008-07-05 10:48
A great shot with well controlled lighting and you've reallz captured the liveliness of the scene. If I had to criticze, I would say you should have moved your tripod to the right a little bit because the steel surface of the bridge is dominating a litle too much.
trekks (14348) 2008-07-05 10:57
Interesting night exposure and I like the composition to show the bridge off centre with the cable slinging to the right. Good capture.
Jeppo (17645) 2008-07-05 11:28
a very pleasant view from Lanchid!
good sharpness and dynamic
mariandrea (973) 2008-07-05 12:16
Hi Marton, good picture... Very lively scene and technically very good. I like the point of view, the movement of people, and the sharpness is very good too. Chau chau,
kensimage (8565) 2008-07-05 12:24
Marton, you have definitely captured the atmosphere of this very lively place. Young people dressed up (or not), with drinks, and lots of glowing lights, reflecting off metal. It's all brought together nicely here! Regards, Ken.
gbeli (1970) 2008-07-05 13:14
Your night photos are really good.
You make a great light management so the effect is successful.
I remember this bright from my trip in Budapest, i hope some day to came again to this city.
Valerka (8171) 2008-07-05 23:59
It's a really nice bridge, a nice place to walk along the well lit place at night.
I like the inclusion of so many young people.
atus (15838) 2008-07-06 1:38
nagyon szép és ötletes perspektívájú képet készítettél a Lánchídról. Kítűnő a vágása és a nézőpont is. A fényeket csodálatosan kezelted és a tömeg sem hiányzik, melynek köszönhetően a hídon uralkodó hangulat egyértelműsített. Gratulálok és...miért lenne ez az utolsó?
Szia és kellemes vasárnapot kívánok!
Budapestman (82620) 2008-07-06 7:23
Az első benyomása szerintem az lesz a TE felfedezőknek (remélhetőleg), mikor megpillantják ezt a remek hangulatot: Micsoda remek buli! Milyen szép környezetben!
Egy biztos, a pillanat varázsához gyönyörű díszletet ad az éjfekete égbolt előtt tündöklő Lánchíd diadalív, a foszforeszkáló hatalmas kandeláberek, és az előtérben csillogó vasszerkezet is. Ez utóbbi, ráadásul elvezeti a tekintetet a másik diadalív sötét kapujáig. Az elmosódott emberforgatag a borfogyasztás és a felszabadult zsivaj lüktető érzetét kelti. Szuper hangulat. Gratulálok és szép tájakat!
Tobias__Ortmann (2638) 2008-07-06 7:49
this is a very nice shot great exposure time really good idea as well.
Funny, My first opinion was:well looks a bit unsharp but when I looked closer to the image I recognised it.
bostankorkulugu (42214) 2008-07-06 9:54
this is one of the best shots taken on that bridge i think marci... because it is full of life... you are already good in night shots so the result is a success, no surprise...
AyseGurel (574) 2008-07-06 13:06
I have been there in Feb and it looks like it was the wrong time..
This shot is full of summer touch..
Have a nice evening
MikiM (1924) 2008-07-07 3:14
Érdekes színvilágot hoztál ki ebből a képből - de a forgatag a mozgás nagyon klasszul érvényesül.
Én csak ezen a hétvégén voltam a hídon - Később lesz nálam is egy két kép:)))
jaywalker (16101) 2008-07-07 10:54
Hi Marton, I am really looking forward to my time in Budapest &, the architecture of this bridge makes me even keener, the POV down the riveted ironwork shows its strength, a great night photo, with excellent light & nice to see lots going on, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
Elanor (270) 2008-08-04 14:02
After having been busy with my final exams, waiting for the results and having spent a month in Chile, I am back! :) Congratulations on this wonderful picture. Absolutely stunning colours and light, you are really good at making night shots! You have really captured the atmosphere in that place. I like it a lot!
josepmarin (57911) 2008-11-01 7:24
Hi again, Marci,
The Chain Bridge always impresses me for its beauty, and I it remember perfectly in spite of have visited Budapest more than 30 years ago.
Your vertical setting is perfect, the management of the exposure is correct, and the people offer us an unusual vision of the bridge, but that gives it many life and dynamism.
Felip (3907) 2008-11-04 9:54
What an impressive night image of Széchenyi Lánchíd in Budapest, control of exposure is fantastic. Very nice capture!
paprika-jancsi (2349) 2008-11-22 18:41
gyonyoruen kivitelezett kep a Lanchidrol.Koszi. Jancsi
belido (19934) 2008-12-14 3:20
that's what I like to see: people, happy people enjoying life. Very good summer night shot. It's nice to know they use that space for that nice ocasion. The combination walking people/beautiful architecture/strong perspective pleases me very much. Great job!
- Copyright: Marton Ocskay (ocskaymarci) (2684)
- Genre: Gens
- Medium: Couleur
- Date Taken: 2008-06-28
- Categories: Festivals, Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3
- Exposition: f/3.1
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Versions: version originale, Workshop
- Thčme(s): My nightshots, My Top 36, TE meeting in Budapest [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-07-05 10:36