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Ponte Vecchio "The Old Bridge"

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p.1 #1 · Ponte Vecchio "The Old Bridge"

Taken in Florence, Italy and combined using 5 shots. One of my first ever attempts at HDR so I could use all the help I can get .

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  NIKON D300    11.0-16.0 mm f/2.8 lens    16mm    f/5.6    200 ISO  

Sep 17, 2013 at 05:07 PM
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p.1 #2 · Ponte Vecchio "The Old Bridge"

Although I haven't been in Florence for a long time, I have fond and vivid memories of the art and the food. The city is a treasure, and your photo makes me want to revisit sooner than later.
From a compositional standpoint, the river's perspective lines send me right to the Ponte Vecchio bridge. In my mind's eye, that is the bullseye and area that most interests me. However, because of your wide angle perspective and your distance from the bridge, the bridge is quite small and less significant. The front of your photo, other than water, contains no areas that hold my interest and my eye scans over it without stopping to get to the distant bridge.
I hope you don't mind but I've cropped the image to illustrate my point. I'd be glad to take it down if you prefer.

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Sep 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM

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p.1 #3 · Ponte Vecchio "The Old Bridge"

I agree! Of the cities I visited in Italy (Naples, Capri, Florence, Milan) Florence definitely stood out and was by far my favorite! I understand completely where you're coming from about the shot being too wide and the bridge being too small. I was hesitant to bring two lenses on this trip so I was only equipped with a Tokina 11-16 which limited me a lot. Some regrets there :P. Thanks for the reply!

Sep 18, 2013 at 01:13 PM

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p.1 #4 · Ponte Vecchio "The Old Bridge"

Beautiful pastels and beautifully processed.
I like the cropped version but could easily go for something in between the two.

Sep 18, 2013 at 02:00 PM
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p.1 #5 · Ponte Vecchio "The Old Bridge"

Lovely rendition, and very natural looking, you did a good job with the HDR blending. I do wish it were bigger so we could see a bit more detail. I agree with the crop concept, but as Scott said, perhaps somewhere between the original and proposed crop would be better. The proposed crop has too much water removed for my taste. I know, I know, a crop with a bit more water would put the bridge almost dead center vertically, but sometimes you just have to ignore the "rule of thirds"


Sep 18, 2013 at 07:18 PM
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p.1 #6 · Ponte Vecchio "The Old Bridge"

+1 @ Scott / Jo for a bit more water and their comments @ good stuff. Maybe allowing some of the water "ripples" to still be seen in the foreground.

Sep 19, 2013 at 03:32 AM

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