During a mini cruise in one of the most known canals of Xitang, I saw this arch bridge,one of the 104 bridges of the city,with this superb reflection.
Xitang is in Jiashan County, Zhejiang Province.
The area has a flat terrain, and the nine rivers that run through the town divide it into eight parts.
Xitang is known for its bridges, lanes, and ceilinged corridors. There are 104 bridges of varied structure, all from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, some looking like rainbows over the river, and others like long flutes.Standing on one of these bridges and watching the boats through a round opening, one feels drawn into deep meditation on the past.
Many of the shops and houses in Xitang are built on the riversides. There are a total of 122 lanes, long and short, wide and narrow. The lanes are paved with stone planks, polished by the feet of pedestrians as well as hundreds of years of weathering. Together with the black-tiled houses along the roads, the polished stone planks bear witness to the town's long history.
An advisor from the UNESCO World Heritage Center spoke highly of Xitang after coming here."Xitang is like the limpid and melodious music of a flute," he said. "People need to appreciate it with their heart."
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mauro61 (52527) 2009-11-13 0:26
caratteristico ponticello dalla caratteristica forma che incornicia l'altro sullo sfondo.
Ottimi i riflessi e i colori.
mkgoyal2004 (836) 2009-11-13 0:29
You have nicely composed the canal with reflections. Beautiful photo. Congrats.
gervaso (8043) 2009-11-13 0:44
The reflection of the bridge completing the circle is just great, that's a really interesting point of view! Wonderful composition! Very well done!
anducina (8407) 2009-11-13 0:47
Superb colorful reflections, very well captured. The Chinese Venice...
TFS and a nice WE !
Amaz (11475) 2009-11-13 0:50
Just Marco Polo has been impressioned by these constructions!!
Extarordinary capture, Danos!!
Perfecty focussed composition and soft colours!!
Very well taken!!
shevchenko (18243) 2009-11-13 1:55
Distinct color, clear to show the old town and the reflection in good lighting and exposure, full in poetic flavour, just like a paint, good shoot.
Budapestman (82620) 2009-11-13 2:01
a beautiful photo with picturesque details and reflection, the vertical composition is very attractive, the colours and lights are splendid. Great mood. Tfs! Have a nice day!
axiotea (21647) 2009-11-13 2:11
Hello Neighbour of the day ;)
I guess this place is attracting lots of visitors! 104 bridges...I think in Venice there are about 400(if no mistake). The vertical formats works well and like very much the pov, the perspective effect and reflections!
npecanhuk (53889) 2009-11-13 4:47
What a wonderful photograph!
Vertical format, exposure, sharpness, low pov, dof, colors and composition are all excellent!
It seems to be a very interesting place to be visited and I really love that reflection - just perfect!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards,
pierrefonds (48335) 2009-11-13 5:40
The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The presence of the people has an effect of scale. The point of view leads my eye through the arch toward the other bridge which is giving depth to the photo. The luminosity has a good effect on the colors. have a nice day.
siamesa (27449) 2009-11-13 5:40
Lovely composition and a marvelous effetc of the bridge and reflections. Excellent work and an amazing capture.
mursaloglu (8047) 2009-11-13 6:08
great picture and amazing reflection with the people on the bridge an stunning composition bravo ine poli orea ihsan
Gerrit (43743) 2009-11-13 14:09
wonderful composition and reflections.
yedirenk (11242) 2009-11-13 18:03
Hi dear Danos,
At first,I thought this had been taken in Venice..I was surprised,this place in China?
reflections,architectural details and vertical framing are eye catcher..very nice atmosphere..a beautiful scene with good point of view..TFS
Cricri (86391) 2009-11-13 22:59
Les reflets tellement bien capturer de la passerelle qu'il forme un cercle, et invite a vue profonde et détaillés du canal, excellent POV et lumière
pajaran (36190) 2009-11-14 0:44
Dobar dan, danas je poceo sa suncem.
Podaci koji su me iznenadili o mostovima i rekama, odlicna fotografija, najbolji trenutak i reflex.
Puno zdravlja i lep dan, Paja.
rodgerg (55767) 2009-11-14 0:47
Excellent shot in a vertical format very well selected. Superb light, incredible reflections in the watre, beautiful contrast, great depht and plesant propsect to the another bridge in the BG, elements of life with the peoples on the first bridge,.. Congratulations.
Have a nice We,
ahmetgedikli (25064) 2009-11-14 0:51
A beautiful photo! The POV, lighting and reflections are superb. Well done!
anokutan (15097) 2009-11-14 1:29
Wonderful composition. Superb colorful reflections, very well captured.Perfecty focussed composition and soft colours.
Giorgio (11263) 2009-11-14 2:29
- Sympathetic composition Danos with this perfect circle and the beautiful mirror effect, it's very successful, well done!
Have also a nice weekend.
belido (19934) 2009-11-14 2:41
this is such a powerful reflection. The architecture of the arch bridge is interesting and its reflection completes a perfect circle. Lighting management is superb. I also like the the depth. Gorgeous presentation, my friend!
fritzi007 (7578) 2009-11-14 16:31
Beautiful reflections, perfect colors, informative commentary, simply a masterpiece!
sacimar (25957) 2009-11-14 16:50
good composition, the bridge and its reflection is beautiful, excellent perspective with good details, well done my friend,
adores (28196) 2009-11-14 17:04
Another good photo of China!The reflection is perfect and you got a great composition with it, especially with those people on the bridge. It was probably still very cold but the weather wasn't that bad for a photo. I like the vertical format!
syrus_persia (2270) 2009-11-14 21:54
A very attractive composition . I like the way you take this. Good natural looking colours and excellent sharpness
jafadabret (56497) 2009-11-14 23:15
Excellent POV pour ces ponts en perspective. J'aime beaucoup ces ponts avec l'arche en demi cercle qui, avec le reflet, forment le cercle complet. Les visiteurs sur le pont donnent de la vie à ce beau paysage.
Bon dimanche !
amaryllis (30149) 2009-11-15 0:11
j'en profite tant que TE marche et j'ai bien fait car cette photo est magnifique de cet oeil avec ce pont, les reflets, l'autre pont en arrière, la présence de silhouettes de dos sur ce pont, tout est tres bien cadré et un travail de qualité
mesutilgim (67940) 2009-11-15 0:31
Good morning Danos,
Picture in picture. A good evidence for the "high qauality" of your eyes.
Amazing graphism and a picture to fall in love !
TFS and have a nice weekend
papagolf21 (76515) 2009-11-15 0:52
Bonjour, cher ami Danos,
Le cadrage est parfait pour donner à cette composition tout l'intérêt qu'elle mérite.
L'effet de perspective est parfait.
De plus, ces ponts possèdent un intérêt architectural de premier plan.
Une très belle réussite (mais cela, ce n'est pas nouveau).
dip (21875) 2009-11-15 1:10
Alli mia katapliktiki foto Dano!
oi antanaklaseis einai katapliktikes,
poli kalo kai to kadrarisma episis,
nirvana73 (0) 2009-11-15 1:18
very nice place
a like architecture of the bridge
i like refelections from the water
thanks for sharing
Royaldevon (17791) 2009-11-15 1:47
Oh, wow, who wouldn't want to capture that shot where the reflection of the bridge attaches itself to the real bridge, creating an eye-shape which commands attention! It sucks the gaze though and on towards the next bridge!
Excellent sharpness capturing wonderful and precise details.
You know, Danos, I would crop a little from the top of the shot. With that done, the view through the bridge is more at eye-level and it also encourages greater interest in the f/g water reflections. Just try it!
Have a good day,
ymrk (14929) 2009-11-15 2:01
The symmetry is quite well and of course your perspective..Eye atching work as usual.Ta leme dear..
jlbrthnn (79773) 2009-11-15 4:58
it is as beautiful as in Venice. The framing of the two bridges is very well seen. The reflection, light and colors are excellent. Cheer.
Have a nice sunday
raszid62 (18196) 2009-11-15 5:28
Beautifully captured the canal with beautiful bridges. It looks a bit like Venice in China. These are excellent reflections on a smooth pane of water. Technically it without complaint.
josepmarin (55023) 2009-11-15 5:30
You have obtained a great graphism in this framing, in which you have played perfectly with the reflections of the bridges on the water, for to create an optical effect when its arches close in circles, which look like eyes.
A good perspective and a great depth of image.
An excellent work.
magalik (6095) 2009-11-15 5:42
Not easy to join you these last days, there was strike at the airport, I coudn't know which was the destination of the flight.
In China !! Wow !
Your shot is very beautiful, perfect quality, with very nice colors. The river has a mirror effect, really impressive.
It's sincerely really beautiful ! Well done Danos.
I don't regret to have done 20 hours flight ! ;-)
Have a good sunday.
ciakgiak (30329) 2009-11-15 6:17
what a pleasure for my eyes looking at this splendid image, the scenery is really superb for the painting effect of the reflections and the perfect POV.
Colors and sharpness are really fantastic.
Silvio1953 (98093) 2009-11-15 6:33
Ciao Danos, splendid composition with lovely bridge, fantastic reflections, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
gilbertom (2426) 2009-11-15 6:36
These channels remember the canals of Venice, cutting the city in several islands. Very nice shadows at the water. I hope the water is not sewage, but clear water!!!
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-11-15 7:43
Beautiful perspective of these canals, it looks Venice...
Wonderful POV and reflections
very well framed and done
Have a nice evening
Philippe (11836) 2009-11-15 9:21
Kalinikta, Danos. You were well inspired in choosing the vertical format which gives us the opportunity to see the reflections of the houses and the perspective of the bridges. The people on the first bridge give the scale and the bridge itself adds depth to the image. The light on the water is good, but maybe I would have preferred a slightly darker sky, but this is only my opinion.
I wish you a very good evening,
JT50 (1491) 2009-11-15 9:23
What a point of view and depth
of field. The reflection completes
the circle. I like the view of the
other circle throug the initial circle.
A tight composition with great details.
Have a nice week.
adramad (27550) 2009-11-15 9:59
A beautiful composition with picturesque details, the reflection of the bridge creates an authentic circle, I believe that never i saw, precious colors, luminosity and brightness.
Regards. Have a good week.
PaulVDV (15017) 2009-11-15 10:57
Very beautiful view on the second bridge and the houseboat seen under the arch of the first bridge.
The picture is well composed and has great reflections. I specially like the reflections in the middle of the circle made by the first bridge and its reflections in the canal.
Best regards, Paul
Fis2 (73084) 2009-11-15 12:00
Good idea, super effect!
I like the composition and frame.
The reflections add savor of photo.
Vasa (15970) 2009-11-15 13:22
That is the picture, Danos! That is the bridge. That is the pleasure to see you again,
vasilpro (40192) 2009-11-15 13:27
Γεια σου Δάνο,
Υπέροχη σύνθεση μια πολύ όμορφη καταγραφή του καναλιού και της γέφυρας με τους φωτογράφους και τις αντανακλάσεις.
Καλή σου εβδομάδα, Βασίλης.
gunbud (34052) 2009-11-15 17:40
This splendid vertical format leave plently of room in the canal to catch the stunning reflection of old Chinese architecture and the lovely arch bridge.
The ciricular reflection leads the eye up the canal giving this shot wonderful depth.
Urs (11780) 2009-11-15 23:15
Beautiful subject, beautiful framing and beautiful execution, congrats. You really did a great job, thinking of, that you had not all the time to compose and execute the photograph. A very idyllic shot with a lot of atmosphere. Vibrant color hues and high sharpness too. Well done
delkoo (68) 2009-11-16 0:17
The vertical composition you have built here meticulously is perfect. composition, reflections and light are simply superb.
delpeoples (44904) 2009-11-16 1:44
Geia sou Danos, you never stop travelling! And here we are in China with this amazing vertical frame and reflections. The depth is just amazing, as is the clarity of the reflections and the perspective caused by the double arches. Great job, it's an exceptional photo, Lisa.
Longroute (19390) 2009-11-16 1:48
A great capture Danos!
The perfect and lovely reflections plus the sight of the canals with the repeated bridges create a unique composition full of charm and interest. You really choose the best pov to give a large sense of perspective. A clear and poetic image.
So interesting and fine.
wolf38 (28166) 2009-11-16 8:02
Hello Danos. What a beautiful image. It is an eye-catching first class. The technical quality of the photographs is excellent. My appreciation for that perfect photo. Best regards, Wolfgang.
Guenther (10893) 2009-11-16 8:13
splendid and very vivid reflections, a very beautiful composition and an interesting note, thanks for sharing.
edal (6804) 2009-11-16 11:11
Geia sou, Dano!
Perfect shot of these bridges and their reflections, forming concentric complete circles.
I'm glad I've returned to TE to be with these remarkable captures.
anesugur (18757) 2009-11-16 13:06
Beautiful landscape with perfect mood and nice colors.
Great composition too.
Best wishes, Uğur
gilou530 (34) 2009-11-16 13:59
voila un cadrage vertical qui donne toute la beauté et la grandeur de ce paysage chinois, des reflets magnifiques de ce pont une superbe réalisation
denisn72 (8300) 2009-11-16 14:46
That's a superb reflection indeed! Details are impressive as well as the colours. I impressed when you wrote that there are 104 bridges in that area. The note is interesting. Thanks for sharing.
paura (47166) 2009-11-16 15:47
A forma como você apresenta essa linda fotografia é o destaque nesse seu trabalho. Absolutamente interessante o ponto de tomada.
John_F_Kennedy (41368) 2009-11-17 2:27
Great composition with the reflections of the bridge. The calm water gives a nice mirror. Well done.
salvator (19102) 2009-11-17 9:39
Absolutely wonderful and sharp reflections. Superb, round bridge with the reflections and very nice angle.
Graal (88852) 2009-11-17 10:40
view like from Venice. Good POV and effect of reflections. An interesting old architecture. Fine remembrance from Your archive. I like it.
jemaflor (68867) 2009-11-17 12:47
Very well seen and great result with these reflections and this circle, well managed good choice for this pov.
Jakab (3861) 2009-11-17 15:10
it seems to be even older than the other one uploaded a few months ago. And when already mentioned a comparison, I find the old house (and its reflection) right is an additional value of this photo (and therefore I do not think a stronger crop on the top would have been a good idea since it would have removed part of this important element).
mafegan (8618) 2009-11-17 18:15
Looking through the 2 bridge arches we see a beautiful photo with perfect reflections - and you say there a another 102 bridges. By the look of all the photographers the scene is obviously also very photogenic from above. Tfs, Marlene
toto (0) 2009-11-17 22:44
belle photo de ce superbe canal avec ces magnifiques reflets, ces pont en rond et deux pour le prix d' un, magnifique recherche d' angle, grande netteté, vraiment superbe.
bracasha75 (24443) 2009-11-17 23:01
Your talent and ideas are fascinating
The feeling for space and things around you are very well by you
jusninasirun (17138) 2009-11-18 22:55
This is just amazing. The bridge and the reflection creating a hollow circle with sharp image of small people in the frame. Excellent tall frame and very well done.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.
subhendu_bagchi (16590) 2009-11-19 2:39
what a picture you have presented here of the picturesque place. Nice reflections of the bridges. The reciprocation of the bridges is fantastic. Nice the see the colourful people and the dried tree with its reflection. Great depth and sharpness. Great photojob also. Very very well done. Tfs.
Have a nice day.
JCG (35129) 2009-11-19 10:38
Extraordinary photograph, it is Venice Chinese !!! A very beautiful and interesting composition exploiting the perspective and the depth created by this succession of bridges, I like much and the reflection doubles our pleasure. I have the impression that these tourists did not choose the good point of view !!! Well done Danos and thank you for the interesting note.
With all my friendships and a very good evening,
jonathan_hart (21268) 2009-11-19 16:47
truly a lovely view, this POV is so great, the vertical format was the fine option (and maybe obvious)
nice lighting, seems that the sun was perfectly behind you
Angshu (51174) 2009-11-19 19:39
The bridges across the canal are very similar to those in Venice! Fine symmetry and excellent reflections of the bridges and the houses...I especially like the reflection of the barren tree and the patches of red, reflections of the flowers. Good work!
claudeD (24173) 2009-11-20 8:27
excellent fotojob with a perfect composition of your shot.Amazing reflections in the water.Very well done.TFS.
With refgards from Luxembourg
UlfE (13730) 2009-11-20 11:22
Absolutely fantastic shot. Those who Xitang really knew how to build something beautiful. You have captured the beauty in the moste excellent way. TFS and have a nice weekend!
crckt (7216) 2009-11-21 7:47
WOW! What a wonderful reflection. I also like the light, excellent POV. Enjoyed this shot a lot.
Thanks for sharing,
maloutim (8606) 2009-11-22 0:23
This is absolutely beautiful and so interesting concerning the cultural heritage of China! Is Xitang part of the Unesco world heritage by the way?
Your POV is wonderful, acting like a round window opening onto the canal beyond: I like the view through the "window", the barge, the next bridge and the red decorations on the houses!
The colours and sharpness are great!
Thanks for sharing and have a good Sunday!
dumbo (4541) 2009-11-22 2:18
The symmetry of this photo is just unbelievable! The reflection is very strong and beautiful and I like the architecture of those buildings. Good colors and composition.
evojim (180) 2009-11-25 11:33
The bridge arch and its reflection creates a cool framing affect.
boa (4313) 2009-11-26 12:10
the result of your well choosen Pov is excellent! All the important things are visible here, the reflections, canal, bridges and ofcourse, the tourists on the bridge. Very well done, Tfs !
fabianoleite (9014) 2009-11-27 6:28
Very good idea to compose this circle, and the surrounding area is great. Perfect mirror effect, and the place seems to be very interesting. Congratulations and regards from Brazil!
mkamionka (24505) 2009-11-27 13:35
fantastic picture. I like the bridge with its reflection and I see it is a repeating motif in this shot because there is another bridge in the distance.
It has amazing clarity, the performance is just excellent.
Congratulations: very well caught!
izmirli (3864) 2009-11-27 16:05
kalşmera dear danos
wonderful interesting bridge and composition.beautiful colours and reflections.well done.
bakes888 (18499) 2009-11-28 23:02
Wonderful photo, superb sharpness and clarity and pleasing colour palette. Well composed also with good repeating patterns and excellent depth. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
Have a good Sunday, Paul.
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2009-11-30 1:33
What a great reflection! For sure, a spuerb image. The effect you got with the bridge and its reflection creating a 0 is lovely!
jmcl (14535) 2009-12-02 11:01
I love the symmetries and the way the far arch fits in the near .. great perspective .. wonderful .. take care, John
amstel (2388) 2009-12-04 1:36
This picture has something maagnetic in it. Really, I could just stare at it for hours, very good composition, the bridge along with its reflections look like a big eye.
edge (6068) 2009-12-04 9:32
Hello Danos, This is truly an amazing shot. Great composition and outstanding colors. The reflections in this shot are truly fantastic. Nothing so interesting in the canals of Venice or Amsterdam.
I was unaware of this place and I would really like to go there. My last trip to China was in 1989 when things were very lively in Tianamin Square with the students protesting. You have done a marvelous job with this shot. Did you consider shooting this in a landscape mode? Regards, Roger
pasternak (15165) 2009-12-06 12:23
Excellent view, very good frame division, allowing to fully admire the reflections and brinfing depth.
Charo (51174) 2010-01-04 14:58
A superb making this "Venice" oriental. Excellent perspective and very good reflexes and colors.
TopGeo (37994) 2010-02-03 4:28
Είδα πολλές καλές στιγμές που έχασα! Εδώ έχεις ξεπεράσει την τελειότητα! Αξιόλογη σε διαύγεια λεπτομέρεια και αντανακλάσεις εικόνα που εντυπωσιάζει.
Από τα γραφούμενα μου άρεσε το τέλος "Xitang είναι σαν το διαυγές και μελωδική μουσική του αυλού,"
Waylim (22349) 2010-03-01 18:55
Stunning photo with really good composition and a lovely POV. I was debating to include Xitang on my itenary or not in my up comming China trip, this confirm it, I'm definately going. Excellent DoF here, I love all the distance landscape looking through the arch of the bridge. So beautiful, it is surreal like time has stood still, or you just went back in time. Thanks Danos.
gmg (4202) 2010-03-12 5:49
Nice reflections and good composition with emphasis on the canal rather than the sky
ikeharel (37280) 2010-09-05 8:50
Venezia in China? nice view Danos.
Good POV and well composed image as reflection of the bridge over water and colorful scene. People on the bridge adds a vivid dimension to picture.
Have a nice week ahead.
Selmik (2863) 2010-09-27 21:29
Good evening Danos,
fantastic composition, outstanding reflections, colours and POV. Very clear and calm mood, excellent idea to include double arching into perspective look.
hemantbuch (1649) 2010-10-09 12:10
Fabulous composition with wonderful reflections, great depth and perspective. well done!
yeln (11502) 2010-10-11 8:08
zelo posrečen motiv mostu z lepim odsevom svoje oblike v vodi. barve so lepe naravne in ostrina je zelo dobra, saj se vidi vsak detajl. lepo delo. TFS!
lep dan elim, vojko
s_lush (15580) 2010-12-04 11:40
The beautiful perspective of this canal is nicely framed with the elegant bridge and its optical reflection. Excellent presentation of this highly interesting and attractive place!
ebingul (1760) 2011-02-10 7:17
What a marvellous shot in every aspects.
Congrats and best regards.
geoant68 (3450) 2011-05-11 0:46
με αυτή την κριτική η υπέροχη αυτή φωτογραφία σου θα πιάσει τους διακόσιους πόντους. Φοβερή στιγμή με την αντανάκλαση να σχηματίζεται τέλεια στην ήρεμη επιφάνεια του καναλιού.
ChrisJ (86854) 2011-11-28 4:23
I only live 2 hours away from here so may take off one weekend & visit Xitang. I like the low shooting angle & circular shape formed by the reflections. Tfs!
kato (6761) 2011-12-03 7:36
You're capturing well this canal scene by a very good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive and interesting to see beautiful conal and the bridge with intersting shape. It's effective to catch the canal far away through front bridge, too. And, the reflection projected to the canal draws out an additionnal good mood in this image. This is a great work.
subha (28) 2013-03-22 12:22
Amazing picture. The bulls eye of the picture is the boat in between the two bridge.
- Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) (73960)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-21
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM
- Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: China-Hong Kong
- Theme(s): Architectural reflections in water II, Arches Within Arches [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-11-13 0:21
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