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The Ponte Vecchio, Florence

The Ponte Vecchio, Florence
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Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-09
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D7000, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-26 4:26
Viewed: 1481
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of Florence's most photographed landmarks, the Ponte Vecchio is Florence's most famous bridge. The Ponte Vecchio, which spans the Arno River from Via Por Santa Maria to Via Guicciardini, is also Florence's oldest bridge, having been spared from bombing during World War II.

The Ponte Vecchio was built in 1345 to replace a bridge that had been destroyed in a flood. Initially, the shops on both sides of the bridge were favored by butchers and tanners, who would throw their flotsam into the Arno, a practice which would create a stinking cesspool in the water below. In 1593, Grand Duke Ferdinando I decided that these trades were "vile," and permitted only goldsmiths and jewelers to set up shop on the bridge.

Since that time, the Ponte Vecchio has been known for its gleaming gold shops, which overflow with rings, watches, bracelets, and all kinds of other jewels. Ostensibly, buyers are able to bargain with the gold sellers on the Ponte Vecchio, and sometimes bargains can be had here. Since this is a high tourist area, however, prices are often inflated. Shop around before giving in to the temptation.

PP work: HDR

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Ciao Francis, lgreat perspective on famous bridge, fascinating reflections, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-12-26 7:11]

Hi Francis.

A wonderous view of this imfamous bridge, we never tire from the architectural on show. A neat angle and pleasing tones are evident. tfs

stv ;o))

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-12-26 8:40]


merveilleuse image et perspective sur ce fameux pont avec ces beaux arches ces façades de maisons colorées, quelle vue grandiose.
Bravo et amitié

Hi Francis
indeed a well known and photographed landmark of Florence ( I have it too). perfect POV and splendidly composed. very clear and sharp details due to fine HDR treatment. beautiful colors and amazing reflections.

Boa tarde Francis,
For most who shoot the Ponte Vecchio, there is always a unique and original POV, like the one you chose and which gives more emphasis to this point and less on the river Arno.
Touching image.


Colorful composition with nice POV. Green and blue water under bridge is interesting addition. Framing, details, solid lines, different patterns etc are eye catchy...


What a wonderful architecture you have captured here, Francis!
Great details and well caught color contrasts with amazing light and exposure too.
Nice job!

Have a great holiday time!

Best wishes,

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1822 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-12-29 12:52]

Hi Francis,
A great close up of this iconic bridge. The colors are lovely and soft. Very good POV.

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