In July I was able to visit Pont du Gard in Southern France for a few hours on my way to the Spanish border. This incredible ancient structure is one of the architectural wonders of France and Western Europe. The structure passes over the River Gard and forms a small section of a 50km Roman aqueduct. The bridge section here is about 275m long and nearly 50m tall above the water below. In its 1,900+ year history it has survived earthquakes, wars, decay and weathering to remain standing in 2012. A stylised version of the bridge appears on the reverse of the five Euro banknote. It really was an awe-inspiring sight, one of the most memorable from my visit to France. The clear summer weather and morning light brought out the best in the masonry.
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SteveH (6269) 2012-09-24 0:25
Hi Matt, Great to see you posting again - looks like you've been having a great trip. The well chosen POV for this image has provided you with a nice reflection of the dramatic piece of architecture. You were blessed with great weather too. Looks like a perfect day. Cheers, Steve
baclama (18829) 2012-09-24 4:23
une vue classique et tres belle de cet impressionant ouvrage....
mais comment en juillet tu peux avoir personne sur cette rive???
un peu d'emotion pour moi car c'est là que s'est noyé mon 400D;-)
npecanhuk (74860) 2012-09-24 4:35
Wonderful ancient bridge!
Very beautiful location!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, contrasts, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities here!
I love those reflections on the water surface!
TFS - congrats,
mvdisco (17794) 2012-09-24 7:46
A beautiful point of view of this old bridge and ancient structure of France and Western Europe,
Excellent notes of the sujet and architecture,
beautiful colors and tone and perpective,
great reflection on water...too.
rychem (34567) 2012-09-24 10:57
Beautiful aqueduct, excellent photo with great clarity and sharpness of details, compliments
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-09-27 11:43
Very nice composition on this bridge!
andywo (4725) 2012-09-27 11:46
Oh yes, the ancient Romans were great engineers!
Very good composed view to the interesting aqueduct, splendid colours and POV.
Glint (6171) 2012-09-27 19:08
you have shown this stunning bridge to perfection.The blue sky and warm stone of the bridge are attractively reflected in the river.The reflections off er dof. Love to see this in real life.
delpeoples (57278) 2012-09-28 3:52
Welcome back from your travels, it certainly looks like you had a ball. What a beautifully composed photo. The symmetry and repeating shapes are magnificent and we get two for the price of one with those marvellously rendered reflections. great job and welcome home.
pierrefonds (65276) 2012-10-10 4:35
The reflections on the water of the river are assets to the composition. The length of the river is giving depth to the scene. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the bridge. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Matthew Watt (Matthew-Watt) (5934)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 550D, Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS, Hoya 58mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-23 20:22