Nice pics, Troy!
The Texas flag looks very nice. Thanks for the pictures!
Did you see RCDave down there Saturday morning? He would have been flying, I noticed in today's Dallas Morning News, one of his aerial photos, probably from yesterday, made the paper...or at least the online version.......
We ran across a guy down there with a D700 last Monday night, would have been about 9pm, I cannot remember his name, says he posts here, works in Irving, lives in Duncanville. Wonder if that rings a bell with anyone.
As it turns out, the picture in DMN was not mine. It took me several minutes looking at the length and angle of the shadows to tell that the picture in DMN were taken earlier in the day. I bet they did a real helocopter to do the shot.
Here is the Texas Flag from a different point of view.
IMG_1277 by RCdave, on Flickr
and a bunch more of the Bridge and Trinity Groves are here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/4878365...7629454754621/
Great pics RCDave!
From your photos it looks like they are painting over the graffiti on the train trestle columns. They should have just left it all, rather than whitewashing it so close to the bridge celebration.
I did happen to see a helicopter fly by fairly low as I was walking away from the bridge. Maybe they did take their shot then.
A lot of activity, huh?! It seems to have gotten pretty busy on either side of this bridge. (Not including the set-up for the shindigs this weekend.)
Looks like they borrowed from that Jean Paul Gaultier dude
I was going to that party dressed as JR Ewing, but now I might change my costume to an orange and white prison jumpsuit to match the bridge.
They sure were playing with quite a vast array of color lighting schemes tonight it appeared.
Anyone know the location where the fireworks will be fired from?
Sounds like it'll be between the MHH and Commerce bridges inside the levees.
Does anyone know how to walk onto the bridge from downtown for the weekend's party? I really don't want to drive. I'd be pushing a stroller, so "offroading" isn't a real option. Thanks!
Have they soda blasted all that lovely grafitti off the 35 entrance/exit ramp on the DART side. Just wait after opening how long it will take for the taggers to fill in that pure white canvas with the blight of grafitti!
I can't help but think that the MHHB looks like the Tijuana Arch. The way the flags are on each end of the bridge and the fact that it's over a river also makes it look like a border crossing. Nevertheless, I love it.
E-frogs will be offering rides between downtown and festivities starting at 2pm.
For anyone interesting in Calatrava's OTHER work (he designs more than just bridges), the Dallas Center for Architecture opened a new exhibit today that showcases his projects from around the world; plans for the Dallas bridge are also displayed. The display will be up for the next few months, and it's a good look at the variety of work he's done in other locations.
I will have to say, the fireworks tonight was a good show. The parking lots at Trammell Crow park off of Sylvan Ave were full, and everyone was delighted with the show. Well done Dallas.
IMG_7323 by RCdave, on Flickr
here is a slideshow of the good pics I got. http://www.flickr.com//photos/487836...35329386/show/
and a gallery of pics. http://www.flickr.com/photos/4878365...7629135329386/
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Great pics once again RCDave!
Wow, that was a great party. It skewed heavily with politicians, reporters and honchos that oversaw the construction. I got to talk with Santiago Calatrava himself for a couple minutes, which was awesome. That was before everyone figured out who he was, then he sort of got mobbed.
Also talked with John Wiley Price for awhile. He got there early. He seems very cool and nice in person. Talked with Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mike Rawlings, Laura Miller and Ron Kirk too. It was kind of weird to speak with all these folks in person. I think I have all my past and present mayors covered now.
It was epic. Well planned and perfectly executed.
Also, as a side note, the "info" email address they have in the DMN for the bridge party fails. You get a quick NDR about the address not existing.
It was a fascinating conversation with him. I was a little embarrassed because I think he knew more about me than I did him.
I keep a grocery list in my head of things people tell me, that live in South Dallas and Pleasant Grove. People that don't have a voice. I used last night to speak for them. Sounds corny, I know. When in Rome...
Great pics, guys!
Am watching WFAA this morning. They just interviewed Charles Quade, who is a VP for Huitt-Zollars. They are the structural engineers for the new I-30 bridge (also for MHH). Paraphrasing, he said the following about the design of the I-30 bridge: " It's going to be pedestrian and bike friendly. It's going to complement the MHH bridge, it will be another iconic structure for the City of Dallas. It's going to be quite impressive, large-scale, a very striking design. As soon as the city reveals it, it will be very impressive."
Anyone know when the design will be unveiled?
i see you were at our booth! wish i had known forumers were rolling through i would've revealed myself. what a great day though. i hope the continental becoming park space can pull of some days like today was on the MHH. really great to see a cross-section of Dallas out and about commingling and enjoying the city. music, food, folks hanging out on the levees, i enjoyed it
Below is the fireworks show as shot from a pond just upstream from the bridge. They had some Led Zeppelin tribute sounding band playing before the fireworks. I was probably a little close to the firework launching point. Couple times things zinged over my head. Better than being in the smoke. I think the people on the bridge got a healthy dose of smoke! One of the best parts of being wet and muddy down there was after the fireworks ended the riverbottom erupted with frogs chirping. I think you can hear that fairly well at the end. First time I have taken photos of fireworks.....
Make sure you hit the HD link if you have a fast connection. It's shot in 720p and 60 frames per second. Youtube butchered the quality(as usual) a tiny bit but not much.
This article says that Calatrava still wants to design a third bridge even though there's no funding and TxDOT is moving ahead with the horseshoe project. But it also hints at what the scaled-down I-30 bridge will look like:
Budget constraints have scaled back Calatrava's designs on the second bridge to replace the current Interstate 30 highway bridge over the Trinity. Final plans have not been released to the public, but engineers say it will include a sweeping arch connecting the two banks of the river.
Ahh, finally I can post it. Youtube has some silly rules about direct linking hd videos over ten minutes in length, I guess it's an automatic thing to prevent movie content from being posted online. So you have to wait till they review it.
I was here yesterday, and I could not believe I was in Dallas. I mean people of all stripes just hanging out together. I am sure some of those people hanging out (like myself) actually drove in from some suburb. I know Dallas has its share of problems, but there appears a lot be excited about in Dallas.
Tighten the female dog!
Thanks, Casper. The video is awesome!!!
Here is a link to my shots of the saturday night fireworks show. http://www.flickr.com//photos/487836...54796136/show/
I like it best as a slideshow, but here is a teaser image. Please also note that none of these images have any post processing.
IMG_7507 by RCdave, on Flickr
What is the difference between Mechanical Engineers and Civil Engineers?
Mechanical Engineers build weapons, Civil Engineers build targets.
Glancing at your photos just now I think I might have seen a shadow of myself in your first couple photos. After that I had to duck!
I would have been here http://g.co/maps/47gdw
There was a Mavericks game getting ready to start when I went down there, I spoke with one of the lot attendants, he was wondering if I was going to see the fireworks since I had a camelbak with some tripods and junk strapped to it. I came back through there a couple hours later half covered in mud, that guy laughed so hard.
You? Covered in mud? That just seems like it would be a weekly occurance for you.
Crow park was packed friday night, with every make shift parking spot full, and people parked all down the shoulder of the road. There was a police car there the whole time. Saturday night was crowded also, but not quite as bad. The people loved the show. There were probably 30+ photographers there friday night.
I wish that I could have made it to the opening-day celebration.
I just can't wait for the other Calatrava bridge and the I-35 bridge to complement this one. The whole Trinity River Corridor, whenever finished, will be amazing with the beautiful white bridges spanning the greenbelt.
Start top video at :22 seconds and bottom video at :00 in order to sync them
Ok, this is pretty cool and I completely had no idea the video below even existed which is the soundtrack for the fireworks show and computer animated light show rendering. I guess if you feel like it you can play both at the same time with the sound off on the actual firework show I shot to hear the soundtrack. Originally, I was planning on meeting RCDave and his wife and small children down there at Crow Park. Got there early and found this spot downriver a little.
The other thing to mention is that the Friday and Saturday fireworks shows were identical.
Last edited by CasperITL; 05 March 2012 at 11:55 PM.
^ great find; the music adds a cool element to the production.
Wish they would have shown the fireworks live on TV. Since they were fired at 10pm on Friday and 9pm on Saturday it seemed like they could have been shown in their entirety in HD, live. Dallas would need to host the Olympics to ever see a firework show that nice again. A once in a lifetime thing.
Anybody else wondering if the updated I-30 bridge, which may have been reduced from 4 arches to a single arch, will look exactly like the other single-arch bridge in Reggio Emilia?
Even if it does, that won't bother me. I like the way that bridge looks and if it saves us some coin, why not? 10 years from now, will anyone really remember that they are copies?
It's interesting to look at what Ira Hedrick, the designer of the Houston Street Viaduct built that looks somewhat similar. Like the Henderson Street bridge in Ft Worth
The Three C's, the Continental, Commerce and Corinth bridges are all cheaper versions of the Houston Street Viaduct if you think about it. No one thinks twice about them being copies.
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