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Rialto Bridge... the other side

Rialto Bridge... the other side
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Copyright: Dai Gunter (Dai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 56 N: 247] (1214)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2011-12-13
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 DC Sigma
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-19 2:59
Viewed: 1573
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rialto Bridge, this time as viewed from the north of the bridge. There are not many vantage points to take a decent photograph from the north side of the Bridge, unless you decide to spend a small fortune on a gondola. Thankfully, the graphitti you see in this picture is on the wooden shutters and can be painted over, the marble stonework is relatively unscathed.
Shooting into the sun was a little awkward to get the exposure right so I opted for RAW format - in fact I shoot all my pics in RAW these days. To make the best of the image I did quite a bit of PP work, experimenting with a cloud overlay to give the image a little mystique about it; I think it works.
Ok, so I converted the RAW image into 4 1-stop separation images and combined in Photomatix before then conversion to B&W and some dodging & burning to increase contrast. I added the cloud layer and reduced opacity to somewhere around 20%. After this I felt a little sepia toning would work well so with that applied and a little border you have the finsished article.
Hope you like it - you won't see many shots like this of the Rialto Bridge on any Venician postcards..!

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this photograph is so nice and sensitive... just like a painting. very nice work! liked it.


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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-12-19 18:25]

Your PP work gives this image a very artistic, almost other-worldly appearance.
Very Nice

hello dai. the gondolas are used very effectively here. well balanced capture. best, phil

Hi Dai
Excellent post processing in this well composed bridge in sepia tone
beautiful details and sharpness, except the sun the other parts are well tolerate during HDR treatment
Best wishes

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-12-22 1:52]

Hi Dai

Good decision to seek out this less salubrious aspect of the Rialto Bridge. Excellent tonal range & sharpness. Good to see even the Vandals don't put graffiti over the stonework. Tfs!

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