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made in italy_Florence
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Copyright: Jose m brito e silva (mbrito) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-12 12:49
Viewed: 2066
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Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
«Ponte Vecchia» is the oldest of Florence's six bridges, probably going back to Roman times with its stone pillars and wooden planks Although It was built in stone it was destroyed by a flood in 1333. It was built again twelve years later.

The five arches became three and the main part was widened. The shops, housed under the porticos, first belonged to the Commune but later on, towards the 15th century, they were sold to private owners and began to change through subsequent additions, raised parts and external terraces, extending towards the river and altering the original architecture in an anarchical, suggestive way.

In the 15th century these shops were greengrocers, butchers, fishmongers. But then perhaps because of their bad smell, Ferdinando I replaced them with goldsmiths, making the road more elegant and cleaner.

In 1565, «Cosimo I de' Medici», Duke of Florence, had the famous «Corridor» built by Vasari on the upper side passing over the shops. There's a curious story about that: The Mannelli family who owned a medieval tower at the southern end, towards Pitti Palace, did not want to give the Duke right of passage. So the «Corridor» had to be deviated, as we can still see today, around the tower.

The row of shops is interrupted in the center and the bridge opens over the Arno with two splendid, panoramic terraces. Here in 1900, they put up the bust of Benvenuto Cellini, that ingenious Florentine goldsmith and sculptor.(*)

«Ponte Vecchia» is one of the city's best known images, and maybe it’s impossible to get a perspective that hadn’t been seen before. I’ve tried… hope you like it.


(*)data extracted from www.italyguides.it/us/florence/ponte_vecchio/old_bridge.htm

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Hi José,
Again a great shot that introduces us the various beauties of Italian architecture. I like the tarnished colours, the high contrast and this (a bit unusual) POV. Informative note, too. Nice presentation, TFS!

Boa noite José,

Uma série primorosa, uma fotografia explendorosa, desde a sua perspectiva até suas cores e luminosidade!
Parabéns e OPC
Grande abraço,

Hello Jose,
Perfect details of lovely Italy.
What an architectural beauties...
Selahattin E

Hi Jose, fantastic POV for unusual view of this famous bridge, fascinating reflections, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jose,
There is something very interesting about those "off tones" but it fit this image so well. There is a strong sens of "old" that perspire from this image. Good perspective and interesting subject. I also like the human presence under the arch. Well done.

Ciao Jose. Come al solito hai dato il tocco del maestro. Una personalizzazione eccellente. Grande!


Dear Jose, it's good to see how you've managed to give classic look to the place with this color tone! Impressive!!
I liked the POV and the people inside the arch make it look interesting!
Nice composition dear friend!!

Have A Wonderful Time!

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-02-12 19:23]

Hi Jose,
This bridge is an unavoidable destination when we visit Florence! I like the point of view and the tight framing. You returned nicely the patina of this architecture and the unique atmosphere of this place. Beautifully done! Annie

Hi Master
Wonderful perspective and details
Great reflections and note
Take care

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-02-12 22:55]

Superb view to this landmark.
Very alive and story telling.


Hi José,
wonderful details and reflections.Nice colours my friend.
Grande abraço,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-02-13 3:03]

Hi jose

Good reflections in the river with a strong compositional diagonal. Excellent colour & sharpness. Tfs!

Ciao Jose

A série " Made in Italy "
está de agradar a qualquer fotografo.
As tomadas e lugares escolhidos a dedo por voce,
estão fantásticas e o tratamento de arte final
é de dar água na boca!
Roma em materia de arquitetura é invejavel!
De muito bom gosto e bem composto!
Parabens Jose.


Olá JM

Excelente composição e grande captura.Cores suaves,finos detalhes,luz fantástica, belíssima arquitectura.Bem feito.
Obrigado pela nota.

Grande abraço e bom fim de semana.

José Diogo

Hello dear friend Jose.
Wonderful picture of thi famous Bridge.
The colours makes it look as in the old days.
Good work on it.
Best regards, Jan

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-02-13 7:05]


quel fantastique cadrage, superbe, tu as vraiment l'oeil pour nous proposer de ces image très bien composée, avec les reflet, le beau mur, magngigiuqe.

braov et amitié


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-02-13 7:44]

Hi Jose
You have an eye for catching shots that are most interesting.
The colous in this shot are reminescence of old tableaus.

Hi José,
Beautiful picture of the bridge of Ponte Vecchia in Florence, nice note and presentation with great tone of colors, Excellent POV.and lovely details of the place...
My compliments

Hi Jose..nice shot...very peaceful and calm scene..nicely composed...good work.


Hi Jose
wonderful composao
and beautiful shot
good effect

Boa noite Jose,

there is something special about this image...I can't realize what, but it gives me some special feeling in my heart. And I like this feeling...thank you for that.

To focus on the photo...another wonderful shot from your made in Italy series. Great POV and excellent composition. I like the colours and saturation...they remind me of some old image hidden in a photo album and waiting to be discovered again. I think that the true beauty of life and world is also like that...hidden and waiting to be found. We just need to open our eyes and hearts to find it.

Have a great weekend dear friend.

Um abraço,


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  • papera Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 109 W: 21 N: 794] (3246)
  • [2009-02-13 12:45]

boa tarde Jose',
I was looking at your photo and thinking "this picture looks so... so... old!"
and then I realized why: the colours have that particular cast that used to appear a few years after they had been printed, especially the Kodak papers used to look like this (kind of cyan tinge all over...)
and yes, the people under the arcade are just where they should be =)

Ola Jose!
It's another well known place which in your photo looks freshly and unusually. Your composition is great. I like this POV and beautiful muffled colours.
Regards, Ewa

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-02-13 22:08]

Hi Jose...

Beautiful shot and nice scenery...
Congratulations my dear TL friend.
Excellent photo with nice mood and story.
Best regards,

Ola Jose! Wonderful Florence, famous bridge, legandary river. Interesting composition. Excellent light and colours. Original picture. Good luck!

Olá José,
Bela apresentação com boas cores e composição.
Bonita arquitetura.
Lindo álbum com grandes trabalhos.
Parabéns e um abraço,


Salam Jose

Nice POV, amazing soft colors and great reflection on water.
I like your special and individual PP work on this shot. TFS

Regards, ALIREZA

Hi Jose, a fantastic scene shot of these historical site from Italy. Reflections also great.
TFS and Happy Valentine's day MF!


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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2009-02-14 7:12]

Hi Jose

Excellent color manipulation. Together with the arches on the right it reminds me of De Chirico's paintings. Nice composition for sure.


Dark and magic atmosphere, and very good composition as well!


Viva la Portugal!

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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2009-02-14 10:12]

Lovely soft tones and original POV with a nice perspective !
Best regards

Boa noite Jose
I hope you have a good day
Firenze is very beautiful..and has a special colour..there are so much yellow and brown...I love the interesting and unusual prespective. You made live the Firenze colours.
My regards

Bonjour José
A wellknown bridge,...but that I don't know.Next time I go to Italy , I go there
Nice point of view and ppwork, as usual

Ciao...molto bella questa foto
dei colori un pò scuri...
però ci stanno bene...


Superb POV my friend. I love your vintage take on these scenes.
The water reflects beautifully here. Excellent lead in lines
and color.
Well done José!
- Vincent

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-02-15 7:48]

Hi Jose,
different angle of view.Beautiful reflections.TFS.Necla.

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  • Doudou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 2 N: 1533] (8802)
  • [2009-02-15 10:12]

Bonjour José,

Un point de vue du pont Vecchia, bien encadré par les habitations environnantes, nous offrant le bonheur de connaître grâce à toi, l'Italie sous toute sa splendeur!!!!

ola josè
this picture has the dimension of remembrance , the colour of old postcards... so the time dimension is expressed not pnly by the suject itself but also by your PP
ciao :-)
anna, mimma and camillo

Ola Jose,
Very beutiful architectural view vith great POV, colours, light and perspective.TFS.


ola Jose:
exelente perfundida do tunel e rio.
bem capturado o reflexo do rio.

Hi Jose
Excellent pov, unusual colours. Good job!

Hi Jose
Great place to visit and take pictures! Nice atmosphere and composition, .... always fantastic note..
The reflection of the bridge in the water is wonderful.
great work...

Hello Jose,
very interesting shot of this great city.
Nice light, colors and mood.
Very interesting information and I am curios to see my son`s pictures of Rome who just came back after 5 days there.
Thank you for showing us this unbelivable bridge and thank you for your time again writing me some very usefull notes and compliments.
Regards Caesar

hi jose
as always very beautiful architecure photos
best wishes

Dear Jose
Ponte vecchio.. was my bridge for a lot of years.. and every image of florence is truly intense for me..
an excellent capture.. with a pov so usual and unusual at the same time! interesting realise.. light and details look taken from an old remind.. or directly from a dream..
excellent post.. as usual.. with a great note too! thanks
ciao Marco

Hello Jose,
you are a master, nothing to say, also in this case the POV is excellent and the reflections are fantastic.
Another way to look at Ponte Vecchio.
Best regards

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2009-02-21 15:05]

Hi Jose. Well composed image using the rule of hirds. The pastel colours in this series is particularly appealing. Interesting details visible. I plan to go to Tuscany mid this year. Your series on Italy is inspiring. TFS. Murray.

Bom dia José!

Um sitio que costumamos ver em filmes e documentário e aqui muito bem retratado de um outro ângulo! Adorei o teu POV e esse efeito que deste à foto!
Meus parabéns, a nota também está muito interessante.

grande abraço

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