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Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-13
Categories: Architecture, Artwork
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 10-22 3.5/4.5 USM, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-15 7:16
Viewed: 1920
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A classic view of the beautiful Ponte Vecchio on the river Arno in Florence.

The Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge") is a Medieval bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. It has been described as Europe's oldest wholly-stone, closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge.

The bridge spans the Arno at its narrowest point where it is believed that a bridge was first built in Roman times, when the via Cassia crossed the river at this point. The Roman piers were of stone, the superstructure of wood. The bridge first appears in a document of 996. After being destroyed by a flood in 1117 it was reconstructed in stone but swept away again in 1333 save two of its central piers. It was rebuilt in 1345, Giorgio Vasari recorded the tradition in his day, that attributed its design to Taddeo Gaddi, besides Giotto one of the few artistic names of the trecento still recalled two hundred years later. Modern historians present Neri di Fioravanti as a possible candidate.''

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-01-15 7:20]

Maybe classic but full of beauty !
I love the colors and the compo.
Superb exposure
I feel like I'm sitting on the grass admiring the scenery

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2010-01-15 7:30]

Ciao Mario,
Che ricordi hai portato indietro la mia memoria!
Ho avuto l'onore e la fortuna di vedere di persona questi luoghi.
Ottimo panorama con alcuni dettagli belle.
Una bella giornata,

Hi Mario
a classic view, unusual pov.
the gardens on the river bank give a different and original perspective.
the colorful image was well composed and presented.

Hi Mario - Super wide angle perspective here! Beautiful foreground colors and a pretty sky complement the bridge and provide an attractive setting.

Very nice composition,the flowers lead nicely into the photo.
lovely warm tones and reflections.
Well done

Ciao Mario,

Another perfect capture with such beautiful sky and lovely colorful building, a wonderful example of perfect contrast, my friend!

The sharpness and POV are very well done. Nice natural colors and DOF is kept ideally.

best wishes,

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2010-01-15 9:12]

Hello Mario!

Very nice scenery with interesting architecture.!
Pretty colours, light and sharpness.
I congratulate realization.

My best wishes.

Ciao Mario, great perspective on wonderful bridge, beautiful composition with fantastic colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2010-01-15 10:59]

Ponte vechio is one of the great construction from Florence!\
Great capture!

Oh Mario, the Ponte Vecchio at last!
Taken from an interesting POV because we can see the bridge in its enviroment; I don´t remember that river bank that green and full of flowers :)
About the right part of the bridge, it´s cropped very narrow, there must be a reason, i guess; maybe unwanted elements around?

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-01-15 11:36]

Hi Mario,
beautiful composition of beautiful place.Well taken.Beautiful naturel colors.TFS.Necla.

Bonjour Mario,
Excellent composition with the Ponte Vecchio in the back ground. The cheerful foreground and blue sky are a perfect "frame" for this special bridge. Great post Mario!

Olá Mario

Gostei muito da composição colocando
em primeiro plano todo este verde com
flores vermelhas contrastando com o
azul do céu. Belo trabalho, parabéns!

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2010-01-15 17:25]

Bonjour Mario,
Même si je préfère ce genre de distorsions en format paysage, je ne suis pas indifférente à la beauté du point de vue! Belle place pour casser la croûte sur ce talus tout fleuri en méditant sur Dante et La Divine Comédie! :)
Bravo! Annie

Boa noite Mario
oooh...it is so beautiful this bridge...you make it so poetic with this grass and this sky...LovelY.
Um abraço

Bonsoir Mario,
Jolie presentation du Pont Vecchio de la ville de Florence, Excellent pov.Dof. bien composé,
jolies couleurs naturelles et détails,
De toute beauté..

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  • brubar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 269 W: 43 N: 9] (1836)
  • [2010-01-15 19:54]

Ciao Mario,

still a dared resumption: at this point you have become specialized in the extreme use of the objective.
Your images are always of great effect and also many distinctive, compliment!

Saluti dall'Italia

Hi Mario,
What a splendid cityscapevith good POV, colours and depth.TFS.
Have a nice weekend.


Hola Mario
Sin dua una gran imagen de este conocido puente que es una de las muchas bellezas de esta ciudad , buen encuadre excelente color y definicion , enhorabuena

Buen trabajo
Buen fin de semana
un saludo

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-01-16 2:54]


Fantastiqeu cadrage, avec le plan vert en triangle et ces fleurs, la touche de couleur, quelle mise en valeur de ce pont, sueprbe.

bravo et amitié


Hello Mario ,

Wonderful sunny day with beautiful soft cloudy sky,the vivid colors with elegant vibrancy gives your shot much better look,the three layers from the green field to warm color of river and buildings with blue sky in BG look so fabulous,well captured with good POV,the vertical angle is well chosen,the DOF is superb with nice details,well done my friend.

Have a nice w/e,
Mushtaq Hussain

Hello Mario!

It is another beautiful shot of yours dear fro the series of presentations of the architecture and artwork. Really nicely shot in vivid colors, good lighting and overall focus with a good DOF too.

TFS, indeed nice POV.

Best Regards,
Have a nice weekend,

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