The magnificent iron bridge over the River Duoro in Porto, Portugal, named after Luis I and constructed in 1886, is an impressive sight. It’s a steel bridge with two levels – a road on the bottom and a railroad track above. The bridge is a beautiful example of 19th-century engineering.
I had the chance to photograph it on a day trip to Porto, but it’s on my list of places to revisit, as it would be better to re-photograph the Luiz I Bridge early in the morning or just before sunset when the light is at its most dramatic. Taking pictures at dusk guarantees a great picture, with traffic in the foreground leaving light trails. You might even have movement on the river, with boats passing or clouds passing in the sky.
Today I decided to take this in colour and then post-process it in CaptureOne, but I’d like to try this in black and white to create a moodier picture. Also, this would be great after a rainstorm, especially if the sky is dark, like in Ernst Haas’s image of Route 66.
No matter what time of day you choose to visit, make sure you take your time to capture this magnificent structure in all its glory.
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