Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Charleston SC

Ever since I first laid eyes on this bridge I knew that I wanted to get a cool photo of it. Something that emphasized what a marvel of engineering it truly is. For those that don't know my background is in steel fabrication and still holds a special place in my heart. To have an understanding of what goes into desighning and constructing something that is so strong yet has a balance of such beauty is something  special. To place a huge manmade structure amongst nature and not only have it coexist but to actually enhance the skyline is something we should be very proud of achieving.  

 Just as I arrived to this location with my other photographer friends that I was traveling with the sky opened up and it began to pour rain. As we were getting out our gear lightning lit up the sky and a loud crack sound followed. Instead of packing up and running for the hills we hurried up and set up our shots. I did bring an umbrella with me on this trip but while hurrying to get to the location I forgot to grab it and did not have time now. With the rain coming down very heavy all I could do is keep wiping my lens dry take a shot and repeat. I was only able to take a total of six shots before having to retreat to the car, but I felt good knowing that I had got this one before leaving! 

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about the current bridge. 

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina, connecting downtown Charlestonto Mount Pleasant. The eight lane bridge satisfied the capacity of U.S. Route 17 when it opened in 2005 to replace two obsolete cantilever truss bridges. The bridge has a main span of 1,546 feet (471 m), the third longest among cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere. It was built using the design-build method and was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff.

 

Lightning Over Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge by Michael Donahue