A perspective over the upper end of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris.
The Canal Saint-Martin is a 4.5 kilometre long canal in Paris. It connects the Canal de l'Ourcq to the river Seine and runs underground between Bastille (Paris Métro) and République (Paris Métro).
Construction of the canal was ordered by Napoleon I in 1802, in order to create an artificial waterway for supplying Paris with fresh water to support a growing population and to help avoid diseases such as dysentery and cholera.
Gaspard de Chabrol, prefect of Paris, proposed building a canal from the Ourcq River (starting 100 kilometres north-east of Paris). The canal was dug from 1802 to 1825, funded by a new tax on wine. The canal was also used to supply Paris with food (grain), building materials, and other goods, carried on canal boats. Two ports were created in Paris on the canal to unload the boats: the Port de l'Arsenal and the Bassin de la Villette.
By the 1960s, traffic had dwindled to a trickle and the canal narrowly escaped being filled in and paved over for a highway. Today, the canal is covered for a portion of its life: from Rue du Faubourg du Temple to the Place de la Bastille. It is now used mainly by pleasure craft.
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Royaldevon (40988) 2014-04-15 0:11
How ironic, a tax on wine to supply the city with water!
This is a lovely, bright day, which has enabled you to capture excellent reflections in the canal, given an animated introduction by the ducks!
The iridescent green is an unusual colour to see on a bridge and makes a strong impact, here. The repetition of the colour carries movement right through the shot.
Have a great day,
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-04-15 0:24
great view, this is a superb photo of this famous bridge, the composition is spectacular, beautiful lights and details,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-15 3:14
a very Dutch looking part of the French capital. A real sense of character and calm in this beautifully executed image. Light and reflections are captivating.
Regards - B.
sandpiper (6788) 2014-04-15 4:43
another fascinating view of this canal and scenery around it. I imagine it quite pleasant to walk along the shore and cross over these briges. Certainly looks nice and peaceful. Good composition
batalay (39519) 2014-04-15 5:07
The cerulean blue, the reflection of the sky in the canal, becomes the focal point of this fine photo, but it is the engaging note that is just as interesting for me. You must have been standing on an adjacent bridge to capture this lovely scene.
jhm (156458) 2014-04-15 5:08
Paris remains amaze, again a wonderful picture with the river and footbridge.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture wonderful.
Perspective and depth gives a nice view about a part of Paris.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well composition, TFS.
Sergiom (84371) 2014-04-15 5:09
Il est bien beau ce canal Saint Martin. De bien beaux arbres le bordent et la lumière est superbe sur l'eau et sur les ponts verts. Une belle image profonde.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-04-15 5:49
A very unique looking and coloured bridge and its reflection in the still water. I like the nice warm light illuminating the scene. A well composed photo with good depth and perspective. Nice colours and clarity too. Thanks for sharing.
Fis2 (102276) 2014-04-15 7:02
A very interesting bridges.
Good POV and perspective.
Gigidusud (21191) 2014-04-15 9:49
Great perspective and splendid light on the canal. I like the bridges reflections, great symmetry too. Well done!
Have a nice evening.
Graal (103036) 2014-04-15 11:17
nice spring image and report from Paris. I like the bridges. Good shot from fine POV. Amazing colorful reflections in water.
Have a nice evening.
Noel_Byrne (32512) 2014-04-15 12:57
When you think hpw close this came to being filled in, wow. THen again, the Eiffel tower came close to destruction too, so we can be thankful for many things that still exist! An interesting show on the canal, and a really excellent note too. I am not sure how I feel about this green bridge, its a bit odd looking, but its a good focal point on the canal. Thanks as always
pierrefonds (68855) 2014-04-15 18:09
Les reflets sur l'eau sont des atouts à la composition. La longueur du canal donne de la profondeur à la scène. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails, les couleurs du pont et des reflets. La bonne luminosité rehausse la beauté des couleurs. Bonne soirée.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-04-15 23:48
Super photo of this canal in Paris, interesting to read it go's underground through Paris.
Great Pov, splendid colours, well managed.
Weather getting better sun yesterday and this morning, warmer for Easter but rain on Sunday.
Nicou (146722) 2014-04-16 7:29
Avec les trois mouettes sur le plan d'eau sueprbe captage et compo quel pont à double en ovale quelle perspective et ce3s reflet le bleu clair de l'eau sueprbe image.
Bravo et amitié
Cricri (122473) 2014-04-16 8:11
Bonne profondeur du canal, sublime avec les reflets et la présence des canards en avant plan, très jolie composition
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-04-16 9:35
une très belle mise en valeur du Canal Saint Martin. des couleurs superbes et de très beaux reflets sur l'eau du canal.
tedesse (25135) 2014-04-18 1:33
A beautiful postcard from Paris!
Excellent POV and composition. Nice colors, good sharpness.
annjackman (21899) 2014-04-18 2:14
The light has given some gorgeous reflections. The green bridge makes a very good focal point and I like the other splashes of green in the picture. A lovely image.
Kind Regards, Ann
ikeharel (74733) 2014-04-19 7:09
Good evening Stephen,
A view through a bridge yet to see another one down the canal view.
Sky reflected where the ducks afloat, with the bridge created a nice ellipse mirror on.
DOF and sharp details superbly collected.
Have a nice holiday weekend,
delpeoples (59184) 2014-04-19 7:29
I'm absolutely revelling in that magical golden light. The sparse trees, powdery blues and glassy reflections run a close second. Followed closely again by the impressive perspective. We dont often see water shots from your gallery, so this series is one to savour. Happy Easter too!
amaryllis (37039) 2014-04-20 7:01
cet endroit qu'est le Canal St Martin de Paris est devenu un lieu de promenade, de la couleur et une belle perspective avec ton cadrage
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (103207)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/25.0, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-15 0:06