Pleasure Beach Bridge

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Pleasure Beach Bridge was built-in 1926 and use to connect Bridgeport, Connecticut to Pleasure Beach, a barrier reef owned by Bridgeport, Connecticut.  In 1996 a portion of the bridge caught fire and access to the Pleasure Beach was only through private boat or a lengthy 2-1/2 mile walk along a stretch of  Long Beach in Stratford, Connecticut.  From 1902 to 1958 Pleasure Beach was home to a popular amusement park of the same name.  The Town of Stratford owned the lease on 45 seasonal houses on Pleasure Beach and in 2007 ended the renewal of the leases because of the difficulty in protecting them.  The occupants vacated in 2007 and by 2008 Pleasure Beach became a ghost town.  By 2011 all the houses had been demolished.  This is a really great place to visit.  The walk along Long Beach in Stratford to Pleasure Beach is now the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.  I plan on going back to shoot around the island but wanted to share a look at the some shots I had taken from the landing in Bridgeport of the old bridge.  There were a lot of storm clouds around the day I took these.

 

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From the Bridgeport promenade looking towards the bridge.

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The above photos were processed using Lightroom 4, Nik Color Efex Pro, Nik Define 2, Photoshop CS5, Pixel Bender Filter and Flypaper Textures.  The deep colors are a result of processing the image in Photoshop using the Lab Color Mode.  To learn about how to use it you can check out at the Digital Photography School.  The textures are by Flypaper and for a free sample and fantastic, super easy uploader check out the link to Russell  Brown’s site on the Flypaper home page.  Here is the link.

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Pleasure Beach Bridge

  1. Had no idea this place existed….Woould like to have seen the houses. The pic with the benches makes me think of
    Cooney Island – but with a New England flair.

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