A wide-angle photo taken last Autumn, while standing on Toulouse's Pont Neuf, looking west towards the Saint-Cyprien 'quartier'. The building on the near left is the Hotel Dieu St-Jacques, the headquarters of Toulouse's hospitals and centre of the European Institute of Telemedicine. Beyond it can be seen the green-ish dome of the Hôpital de la Grave, which is three times the size of the Hotel Dieu, standing on the left bank of the Garonne beside the Pont Saint-Pierre. Just beyond that bridge lies a small 'waterfall' in the shallow reaches of the Garonne, where water is diverted to generate hydro electricity in the turbines of the Bazacle - the Bazacle is the pale yellow building visible beneath the second span of the bridge from the right. On this cold day, the scudding Autumn clouds made such a reflection in the river that it seemed like Toulouse was afloat in the sky.
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jhm (122314) 2012-10-09 5:09
An excellent mirror image with wonderful quiet reflections.
Excellent depth and perspective picture.
Sharpness and clarity are of high quality.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Tuesday,
mjdundee (4657) 2012-10-09 5:13
The river looks indeed wide and mighty. Reminds me somehow of Venice. The dramatic clouds give a very special impression to your compo. Well done. TFS
holmertz (26854) 2012-10-09 5:21
This is a stunning composition, looking almost unreal. The effect of the clouds reflected in the wide space of water is overwhelming. A technically superb photo as well.
snunney (67172) 2012-10-09 6:28
A spectacular panoramic composition that extracts the best from the lovely reflections offered by the still waters of the river. The subdued lighting and muted tones contributes much to the mood of the image. Thanks also for the useful and interesting note.
dta (51280) 2012-10-09 7:30
Hello Andrew ,
A fnatstic capture ! The building on the left seems to fly in the sky . Oustanding effect of the clouds'reflections .
yaya13baut (3344) 2012-10-09 9:58
good capture of a place I know well ; you made a nice reflection job using the mirror of the Garonne... it seems that the buildings are set on the sky.
It gives a good feeling.
TopGeo (37994) 2012-10-09 10:05
An excellent mirror image with wonderful quiet reflections. The river looks indeed calm, The dramatic clouds give a very special impression to your compo. A picture of high quality, well balanced and beautiful colors. The effect of reflections is simply fantastic. A scene perfect Thanks also for the useful and interesting note.
sabermonajati (7567) 2012-10-09 10:08
grate cloudy sky with reflect captured in amazing frame skilful.
Royaldevon (17713) 2012-10-09 12:17
It's good to see you posting. We don't see enough of your work, these days.
Your title, whilst creating curious interest, perfectly describes what can be seen in the photograph. Only the bridge prevents the illusion that the building is floating away!
A great dof keeps the building sharp, whilst the composition follows the rule of thirds.
Have a lovely day,
gildasjan (38160) 2012-10-09 12:18
Une architecture bien calée entre le ciel et son reflet parfait.Les teintes de la ville rose créent le bon contraste avec ce pont sur la Garonne.
rbassin (11077) 2012-10-09 12:19
Une superbe photo avec un effet de miroitement particulièrement bien réussis.
tyro (13009) 2012-10-09 14:13
You have given us a very interesting and exhaustive note here as well as a very fine photograph. And yes, I do recall your having uploaded a series of photographs from Toulouse, including the Pont Neuf, several months ago. And, now that I look back at those, I think this picture was taken around the same time as those.
Gosh, I can well believe that this was a cold day - but it was also a wonderfully clear one because the visibility into the far distance is stunning. The sky is mirrored perfectly in the waters of the Garonne with apparently little decrease in brightness too which is really remarkable - and I presume that you didn't use an ND graduated filter here.
And, of course, the fact that the sky and its reflections are so equal does make it appear as though the whole city is floating in mid-air!
Excellent composition, perfect exposure, fine colours and absolutely exquisite details and sharpness.
Gigidusud (7944) 2012-10-09 14:38
Splendid photo with nice architecture,great perspective and fantastic reflections,a real mirror.I like it!
Thanks for sharing,
wolf38 (28146) 2012-10-09 21:38
Hi Andrew. What an interesting photo. The reflection is very special. The cloudy sky complements the scene perfectly. Well done, well worth seeing.
Kielia (20411) 2012-10-10 7:48
I cannot resist cloudy skies! This is a a very fascinating image with a fantastic mood - and a great impression of this famous town, very thoroughly composed with an excellent management of the difficult light. The reflections of the clouds are amazing. My compliments!
francio64 (38188) 2012-10-10 12:56
il riflesso del cielo nuvoloso sull'acqua del fiume è il punto forte di questa foto.
Sembra che la città sia sospesa tra le nuvole.
npecanhuk (53829) 2012-10-10 18:17
I really like this picture for the chosen pov and composition with those attractive reflections of the sky in the water surface!
Colors, exposure and sharpness are excellent too!
TFS - congrats,
gervaso (8043) 2012-10-11 4:37
Perfect reflection! The water is almost like a mirror in this scene, and I like the cloudy sky here. Wonderful composition! Very good job!
abmdsudi (26199) 2012-10-11 5:11
The title is apt. Picture with strong focal afforded by that wonderful mirror reflections on the still water and powerful cloud formations in the 'angry' sky It looks very much like nature was painting the sky and float the cityscape to set different scene. Very impressive cloudfall and has a great contrast to the blue from the sky, something i don't often see. Structure and detail in the clouds is amazing, just as the play with light and shadow. A glorious happenings made your day for sure. Marvelous capture, TFS
lousat (57510) 2012-10-11 9:05
Hi Andrew,spectacular capture of this place,this moment,this sky,these reflections,a magnificent view whit the best exposure and great details and colors,the pic of the day,no doubts! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
williewhistler (7229) 2012-10-11 11:23
now that is a clever composition taking full advantage of the reflections and that gorgeous sky,pin sharp and perfect exposure settings it`s a lovely shot.
macjake (39207) 2012-10-12 6:14
great to see and hear from you!
At first glance of the photo, i could sware this was taken in Italy, but i'm wrong, its good ol France!
both countries are top notch for photographers!!
what an impact the sky and clouds are making for you.
love seeing the low level clouds seemingly pushing down onto the water from above. excellent illumination and reflections.
see you around
mozzy27 (2051) 2012-10-12 22:09
Yes I have changed to a Canon and still playing around with it, now wondering why I changed from my trusty Pentax, but anyway I'm sure it will be worth it in the end.
This is a wonderful mirror image of the captured scene which appears to be floating on a cloud. Well done
mjw364 (3612) 2012-10-14 12:01
An almost perfect symmetry in the reflection here. Sharp, well exposed and good DOF.
Imaginative title too!
Nicou (97509) 2012-10-15 0:49
un vrai miroir quelle reflet et iamge sueprbe avec le ciel qui se reflète également fantasitque iamge et cpatage superbe vue avec ce beau ciel cette immensité sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
kordinator (13411) 2012-10-17 0:32
This is a stunning composition.
Impressive and original place.
The effect of the clouds reflected in the wide space of water is overwhelming.
Fantastic cloud reflection.
chrisvek (5423) 2012-10-17 4:52
Wow!So perfect scenery with perfect details and so interesting amount of depth.Great colors and POV.Very good job!
Have a nice evening
Hansaphotos (5417) 2012-10-19 15:02
A very captivating shot from the banks of Garonne. Good use of the wide angle lens. A crisp and clear shot with a well selected view with such a beautiful architecture. Great work:) TFS. Have a nice WE.
Best regards, Erling
josepmarin (55007) 2012-10-20 5:17
first, and in spite of the delay, I want to congratulate you in your 7th Anniversary on TE.
In this magnificent composition you have played skillfully with the beauty of the clouds and of the architecture of the building and of the bridge, as well as with its reflections on the water, in order to create the sensation that these elements floats on the sky.
I like this graphical reached result, and also the good luminosity and the quality of the colors.
It is a beautiful work.
delpeoples (44888) 2012-10-23 18:09
Ooh la la, as they say in Toulouse. This is a masterpiece of light and reflections. The silvery tones are magnificent and I love how you positioned the medical HQ to the far left, leaving all that space for the "mirror pond". The light may not have been easy here but you've made mincemeat of it. Congratulations.
COSTANTINO (42744) 2012-10-25 4:57
it is not a simple shot,it is a mirror
shot with fantastic reflections,
which is the original one?
the sky is marvellous in
both sides,nice pov
greetings for your
sacavem (18566) 2012-10-25 9:43
You achieved a great reflections here, interesting perspective and wonderful colors. The clarity and clearness is remarkable.
annjackman (13171) 2012-11-10 20:12
I like your title as the effect of the reflected sky is indeed one of floating. A well proportioned composition with super clarity.
Best wishes, Ann
Angshu (51174) 2012-12-06 22:37
Indeed the reflection is almost so perfect that the relaity & reflection seems to be joined together. The wide view gives a lot of space, this picture requires. The clouds gives a strong effect in this picture. Fine work!
thebest (3370) 2012-12-08 22:49
Great title... Excellent photo - amazing reflections - POV - content & clarity all good.
Congratulation on your interesting notes.
I would like to wish you & your family '' A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS '' with much love & good health in the New Year.
Robert1969 (6152) 2013-02-14 7:34
Execllent point of view and composition: the
picture has a lots of depth and the open
space creates a nice calmness and it plays
also an importent role with the beautiful
mirror. Light management is also excellent.
claudeD (24147) 2013-02-15 1:09
wonderful picture from Toulouse with a perfect composition and fine light managment. I like the reflections in the water very much.Excellent contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
- Copyright: Andrew McRae (macondo) (17949)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-12-08
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K5, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII, Cokin 62mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-09 4:38