I planned this shot to capture many of the elements of the bridge itself. Those who know the area will recognize the bridge by it's long, smooth curves, both vertically and horizontally. Long-time residents of the area will remember development battles over the size and design of the bridge to replace the aging previous bridge, which used a drawbridge to allow naval traffic, thus seriously disrupting road traffic. The long curves of the current bridge provide both functional and aesthetic elements. The width of the bridge was designed to allow pedestrian traffic across the Severn River, as seen by the runner here. And, the long vertical curve was designed to provide the height necessary for naval traffic, up to 75 feet above the water level, while keeping the surface of the bridge aesthetically pleasing, as seen in the distinctive light posts and the wide railings.
Overall, the long, sweeping curves of the bridge provide a smooth and gradual transition at both ends, with Jonas Green Park to the east and the US Naval Academy to the west. I hope I have captured the peace and beauty of the Severn River as well as the energy of the US Naval Academy.