Vanšu Bridge

Vanšu Bridge in Riga is one of four bridges crossing the Daugava river that I walked over this weekend, and I think my favourite.

This was taken on Saturday night, when I should have been walking around taking photos with Ikars, before I screwed up. Everything was going well, I had managed to wake up at 4am to get to the airport, then arrived from London on time, checked in to the hotel, and then spent a few hours wandering the narrow streets of Old Riga. Within 30 minutes of being here I had also gone to the top of the Latvian Academy of Sciences to check out the view…more on that later in the week.

I returned to the hotel for some food and a beer and then made the awesome decision to have a 20 minute power nap to refresh me for the evening ahead. I awoke 2 hours later, late (for both my meeting with Ikars, and the sunset). So sorry again, Ikars, for making you trek around Riga for no good reason 🙁

That’s not all.

I headed out to this bridge and made my way to the middle of it climbing over a few of those barriers that you see. I received a few funny looks from people passing on bikes and in cars, so something tells me it’s not too regular that people cross the lanes into the middle section. I set up to get a couple of long exposures while the sky was blue, and just as I was about to press the shutter release, the large spotlights went on.


The best I could do was to close the aperture and make them into light bursts, but boy were they harsh. This is a single exposure, and the best one I managed to get with trails on both lanes of traffic.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 10s

2 thoughts on “Vanšu Bridge”

  1. Actually you could’ve get in trouble with police by going in the middle of Vanšu bridge – because this bridge is famous here for some crazy climbers who have tried to get up on the cables… Last one of them made a suicide by jumping off the top of cables, at the bridge pillar. Since then the bridge got security, which apparently isn’t at peek of their tasks, as your succesful photo proves 🙂

    Don’t worry about the missed meeting – it wasn’t bad to take a ride with bicycle that evening and to enjoy an atmosphere around the LIberty monument while waited you. Probably we’ll meet some time in your home town London?

    1. Ah, I did wonder if it was legal – and also wondered about climbing it (as I have been known to do), but the barbed wire put me off. No wonder I received strange looks.
      If you are ever here, I would be happy to meet (or have you stand me up as desired) 🙂

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