Philadelphia

Manayunk Canal – Manayunk, PA

1/2/2011:


Manayunk Canal Bridge

10/13/2010:

Another photo that I previously posted on Flickr before I started the blog.  I wanted to go back and re-process it for the blog.

Manayunk’s development is greatly attributed to its canal, since it was a stable waterway that provided transportation and water for the town’s mills and enabled the shipment of goods within a 108-mile span of navigable waters. The Schuylkill Navigation Company was fully incorporated in 1815 to provide safe transportation of goods along the Schuylkill River. At the time, horses pulling carts of goods for long distances on dirt roads did not meet the demands of industry, so the Company began its work in 1817 from Fairmount Dam in Philadelphia (which had already been built as part of Philadelphia’s drinking water system). The system would include; 51 miles of canals, 114 locks and a tunnel and 32 dams ranging in height of 3 to 23 feet, overcoming a total fall of 610 feet. The Manayunk canal was completed in 1819 along with Flat Rock Dam (since Manayunk at the time was called “Flat Rock”).



Ben Franklin Bridge – Philadelphia, PA

10/7/2010:

One of my first HDR shots revisited with my current processing workflow.  I actually climbed up on the bridge structure to get this shot and was quickly escorted off the bridge by the Delaware River Port Authority.

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge (also known as the Ben Franklin Bridge), originally named the Delaware River Bridge, is a suspension bridge across the Delaware River connecting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey. Named for American statesman Benjamin Franklin, the bridge is owned and operated by the Delaware River Port Authority. At its completion on July 1, 1926, its 533-metre span made it the world’s longest suspension bridge span, a distinction it would hold until the opening of the Ambassador Bridge in 1929.