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The Ponte Vecchio, Florence

The Ponte Vecchio, Florence
Photo Information
Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-11
Categories: Nature, Architecture, Mood
Camera: Nikon D7000, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-28 0:47
Viewed: 4753
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence. It is believed that a bridge already existed here during the Roman times. Its current appearance dates back to 1345 when it was built to replace a bridge which was destroyed by a flood. Houses were built on the bridge, a common practice in large European cities during the Middle Ages.

The houses on the bridge were initially used as workshops and a diverse array of shopkeepers such as butchers and tanners did business here. In 1593 duke Ferdinand I decided to replace them with goldsmiths, reportedly because the shops produced too much garbage and caused a foul stench.
Today the houses are used as shops selling a wide assortment of jewelry, ranging from affordable modern jewels to pricey antiques.

In the 16th century, the Duke of Florence Cosimo I de' Medici decided to build a corridor to connect the Uffizi with the Pitti Palace across the Arno River, so that he would not need to walk across the always crowded bridge while commuting between his residences. The corridor, locally known as the Corridoio Vasariano after its creator Giorgio Vasari, was built in 1565 on top of the shops on the bridge.

PP work: HDR

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-09-28 1:07]

Hi Francis.

I love this classice scene of The Ponte Vecchio, your version up high does give an impressive view of its surroundings, the reflects and coloured roof tiles give much attraction, tfs

stv 'o))

Bom dia Francis,
Great photo of this lovely place that is Florence and its bridges. The preferential focus on the Ponte Vecchio is a very appropriate choice and the moment of the capture is a very appropriate choice and the moment of the photo from the paysage under mist collaborated very much, leaving the landscape as a symbol of old age and history, contributing also to become more dense the amazing reflections.
My best wishes.

Bonjour Francis Xavier,

Vous avez fait un beau voyage, je vous envie:)
Quelle richesse artistique que cette ville de florence et malgré le ciel bas d'horizon,
s'accrochant aux végétations,
l'éclatante lumière mais avec douceur, s'impose sur les bâtiments.
Les maisons de premier plan, semblent suspendues c'est impressionnant.
Incroyable prise de vue, réflections merveilleuses.
Compliments, très bien fait.
Avec mes salutations.

Olá Francis
Florence was waiting for you: the colors , the beauty of architecture is very well presnted and yor photo show the beauty of place with a good sharpness...super
um abraço

Interesting view of this old structure.
this bridge is very pretty ... I love all the colors.
The Ponte Vecchio has historical value for the city of Florence.
I also like the HDR processing
Great Photo
Regards Robert ...

Hi Francis
fantastic picture of the well known Ponte Vecchio and all the other bridges on the Arno River. perfect high POV. marvelous reflections. splendid PP work on colors and sharpness of architecture details.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-09-28 5:45]

Hi Francis,
I have a post taken from the same location but with a wider view. I like this as this one provides more details of the bridge. Pity about the hazy sky as that somewhat ruins the photo - as it did in mine. Florence is one fascinating place, undoubtedly my favorite city in Italy.

Hi Francis, you make me wanting to go back to Florence, actually to Italy for a holiday. - This presentation is excellent - with such various details, colors , all the different bridges - the reflections in the water - and all fading into the BG. Thanks for sharing - kindest regards, have a nice weekend - Monika

An excellent note Francis, to go alongside a great PoV looking down on the bridges and the fascinating buildings of Florence.
A hazy day, but the bright colours in the fg from the Ponte Vecchio and its reflection are beautiful.
Thanks for sharing, regards Jean.

Hello Francis,
A very beautiful bridge and so is the scene as a hole. very interesting to see the houses on the bridge with its lovely reflection. Wonderful sharpness and very pleasant soft colours from an ideal POV. Well done, my friend.

Ciao Francis, classic and beautiful view of famous bridge, lovely composition with fascinating reflections, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

A nice 'long' photo Francis... The focus is sharp and the subject clear. The compressed perspective of the longer lens bunches the bridges up nicely...


Your high pov does create an interesting perspective and shows off the ancient bridge to good effect. TFS

Very nice capture of this cityscape! Love those bridges and it is that old? I like the effect of the mist. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-09-28 11:04]

Superb! Splendid point of view, we can see all bridges in different styles, great DOF, first class photo

Hi Francis...nice shot of this famous bridge...great light and exposure. Nice work.


Well composed MF.Beautiful scene and loaded with points of interest.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-09-28 22:42]


C'est un bijou cette iamge sueprbe quel reflet doré sur le premier pont ces couleur, cette vue sueprbe avec l'enchaînement des autres pont une splendeur.
Bravo et amitié

Bonjour Francis

A unique bridge in Europe and shot from a fantastic pov, the Piazzale Michaelangelo ?
Excellent result
best regards

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2012-09-29 6:36]

Hi Francis!
Spectacular, panoramic view of Florence.
Splendid reflections and beautiful, pastel colors. Great DOF and excellent details, as usual.
Congratulations Francis on thi neat composition.
Ciao and lovely WE! Vanda

Bonjour Francis,
WoW! superbe et magnifique prise de vue vue du pont le plus vieux de Florence,
sharp , clear ,light and contrast is well done.
nice reflections and great details of this covered bridge,
beautiful colors and tone..

Hi Francis,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The distance between the bridges is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the bridges. Have a nice day.


Hi Francis

I have commented on a few of your posts today already. Each one I see just gets better! What More can I say! Just inspirational! Amazing POV here! Just great!


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