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Overlooking the Seine

Overlooking the Seine
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Copyright: Vassilis Sinopoulos (vsinopoulos) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1911 W: 40 N: 2169] (13123)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-14
Categories: Daily Life, Artwork
Camera: NikonD70, 018-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX Zo
Exposure: f/3.5
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): I love France! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-24 3:32
Viewed: 3652
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From our recent holiday in beautiful Paris, passing over the bridge of Alexander III, this scene caught my attention, and took the shot. I hope you like it.
Aligned with the Esplanade des Invalides, the Pont Alexandre III connects the Grand and Petit Palais on the right bank with the Hôtel des Invalides on the left bank.

The bridge was built at the end of the 19th century as part of a series of projects undertaken for the Pont Alexandre III Universal Exposition of 1900. The exposition took place on either side of the Seine river and the new bridge would enable the millions of visitors to more easily cross the river.

Construction of the bridge, designed by the architects Résal and Alby, took almost 3 years. The structure was first prefabricated in a factory and later transported and assembled by a large crane.
One of the requirements for the bridge was that it should not obstruct the view on the Invalides and Champs-Elysées. This resulted in a very low 40 meters (132 ft) wide bridge with a single 107.5 meters (353 ft) long span and a height of only 6 meters (20 ft).

Cherubs on the Pont Alexandre III Ornaments
The bridge is lavishly decorated with lampposts and sculptures of cherubs and nymphs. On each end of the Pont Alexandre III are large gilded statues on 17 meters (56 ft) high granite pillars. Each of the ornaments on the bridge was created by a different artist.

Tsar Alexander III
Even though construction of the bridge only started in May 1897, the first stone was already laid by the Russian Tsar Nicolas II in October 1896. The bridge - which was to symbolize Russian-French friendship - was named after his father, Tsar Alexander III.

Universal Exposition of 1900
The Pont Alexandre III opened just in time for the Universal Exposition of 1900 together with several structures that still stand today like the Gare d'Orsay, the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais. The exposition would attract an impressive 50 million visitors.
(Courtesy of www.aviewoncities.com)

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Hello Vassilis,
Beautiful photo from the bridge and the look over the river. Good story too!

Hello Vassilis,

You don't post often my friend, but when you do it is well worth having a look!
I like the point of view (which we are sharing with the statue), a fine composition with a great feeling of depth...
And a beautiful sky with attractive summer clouds!

Pablo -

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2008-08-24 4:05]

Hi Vas,
A beautiful scene from the City of Lights. I like the way you composed the picture with the fine foreground.

Hello Vassilis
Very nice shot my friend!

Hello Vassilis,
A superb city vista. There is good exposure and sharpness in this composition. The statue infront beautifully drapes the distant view. Well done. Danilo

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-08-24 7:07]

Hello Vassilis,
this view says everything. Excellent one detail and colors and I like also this organization.


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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-08-24 7:16]

Excellent colour tones in this one, Vassilis. And, of course, a nice PoV.
Le Pont Alexandre is a very nice bridge, especially as seen from the water. These statues are beautiful, and it's been a good idea to use them in the shot, to make us look over its shoulder.
Nice work. Looking forward to seeing more.

Bonjour Vassilis
Nous avons fait des photos sur le même pont.Très bonne gestion de la lumière et bonne netteté sur le premier plan.Bonne fin de journée

Hi Vassilis,

How well I remember this beautiful bridge. I'm trying to think of a way to move back to Paris!! If I win the lottery, I'm there!!! LOL.

This is a wonderful view of the Seine and the right and left bank. Nice clouds in the sky... Paris!! No place like it in the world.

I enjoyed your notes....

ta cousine, Lisa

Bonjour mon ami Grecque :-)
Sorry that missed this image from you on the day it was posted....but I have an excuse; I was in France that day too :-)
Anyway an enjoyable view over the Seine with a perfect statue as fine foreground. Well seen and captured. Good to see this post I hope you had a romatic stay in Paris with Tanya. Stay putmy friend.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-08-24 9:39]

A singular and superb PoV! I love the foreground details, a technique that helps to put us IN the picture!

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-08-24 14:33]

An informative note to go with this wonderful pov! great color and details here. TFS

Excellent 3D view.

Nice use of the foreground statues as a frame base Vassilis, good colour and the light well handled. I hope you and yours are well,

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2008-08-25 13:28]

Welcome back again and this photograph is most beautiful.Perfectly composed.
Regards Rose

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  • logios Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 27 N: 279] (1870)
  • [2008-08-25 22:54]

Αγαπητέ Βασίλη

Αν κρίνω από την ιδιαίτερη οπτική γωνία που πήρες την φωτογραφία, αντιλαμβάνομαι την εξαιρετική ψυχική σου διάθεση σ'αυτή την εκδρομή.Σύνθεση, βάθος πεδίου , ευκρίνεια και ουρανός χωρίς σύγκριση. Καλό χειμώνα και περιμένουμε και άλλες από το Παρίσι.

Φιλικά Γιάννης

This would have grabbed my attention too! Great shot, nicely composed!

Hello Vassilis,

Very interesting POV of the Seine, excellent colors and lighting, well composed photo. TFS
Best regards,

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-08-30 11:01]

Greetings my friend ;)
Fantastic deep POV...and sky...
All the best,
J ;)

Hello Vassilis
The view and the steady hand of the Master.
Good show here ..we can enjoy

Last night with Logios and Yorgos was fantastic,
we went to Petros

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-08-31 5:25]

A beautiful scene from the City of Lights & romance. I like the way you composed the picture with the fine foreground.Well done.

Hi Vassilis,

A beautiful picture and yes indeed that muscled man in the FG work for me, looking out on the Seine makes me want to do the same.


Beautiful! This reminds me of a scene when I lived in Hanau, Germany. I visited many cities and got a spectacular viewing of the Black Forest too! In your picture, I can smell the water and feel the breeze on my face!

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