The three kilometre long Ile de Ré Bridge was built in 1987, and surely increased the holiday population of the island enormously. Its population today is increased ten-fold during the summer holiday period. While this photo was taken before the holidays, it was nevertheless summer time, although one wouldn't have known it on that day. At that moment the rain had stopped and the sun was struggling to break through. I stopped the car and took some shots, looking towards La Rochelle from the Rivedoux Plage, of the bridge and boats left high and nearly dry by the tide. Rivedoux is the first settlement one comes to on the island side of the bridge, and seems the least picturesque of the island's towns. I did some PP on the levels and curves in this shot to increase the contrast and emphasise the light on the water and the darkness of the clouds. Using a focal length of 200mm, the shot was rather under-exposed to begin with in order to ensure a good DOF.
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smarcell (19963) 2007-07-25 2:54
I like the sgharpness, and the light. With sunlight it wouldn't have been so good.
snunney (76436) 2007-07-25 3:07
The sombre sky suits this composition very well. I like the juxtaposition between the boat stuck on the mud and the curving bridge line, whilst the yacht about to sail through adds to the mood. Good tones and sharpness.
dhurjati (2709) 2007-07-25 3:17
This is a nice capture.Though I feel it lacks a bit in light.The distinct layers in the frame has maden it look good.The bridge is placed nicely and the curve that it has taken looks attractive.The F/G I feel is bit over, and a strong crop could help the cause.
Greetings from India,
fleopold (1375) 2007-07-25 3:23
Wonderful pic of a bridge. Great POV.
daddo (21472) 2007-07-25 3:25
Hi Andrew. Nicely composed starting with sharply delineated foreground which is also bright and finishing with the softer, less distinct island contours.The bridge is definitely dramatic in its size and repetitive geometry. Well seen. Regards. Klaudio.
carper (96) 2007-07-25 3:36
nice one Andrew,
very good pov and the balance is good, the quality is good and the atmosphere is nice, well seen Andrew I like it.
nithin1 (242) 2007-07-25 3:45
Nice composition, Andy! Considering you took at 200mm, this is amazing I should say. I just wish there was more light..I dont know how that will affect ur dof that u mention?! Anhow, a great work here in the end!!
jasmis (57709) 2007-07-25 4:24
Interesting panoramic view with several different layers. Superb construction in the background.
Really impressive shot.
vero07 (1781) 2007-07-25 7:21
I like very much this shot, specially for those green and blue colours. Nice combination of them. It's a relaxing view.
Very suitable framing as well.
maltese (22641) 2007-07-25 8:11
Une composition très intéressante avec cette courbe du pont et une lumière très douce qui donne une très belle ambiance à cette photo.
très beau travail!!
melmcree (18) 2007-07-25 8:19
I really like the overall composition especially with the off-center boat beached by the low-tide. I like the colors as they all seem to go with one another very peacefully. The roadway has a really cool line running though the image that just adds that extra element to take this to another level. Very well done.
crhieatt (5347) 2007-07-25 10:39
An eye catching scene, even under these rather dull conditions - perhaps even more so!
The use of this bridge is a spectacular, slightly incongrous backdrop to a scene which would be so different if it were not there.
PJE (20758) 2007-07-25 20:33
Well G'evening Andrew. Good work here in this photo. If there is one thing that helps you in using a zoom lens like the one you listed for this photo, its the ability to zoom in and out of the scene allowing you to decide how the elements in the scene will fit together. In this scene the foreground seaweed, the boat on shore and the curved bridge in the upper frame has come together in good balance in this frame. I have a feeling you would have liked a clear sunny day instead, but the toned scene has its own appeal. Thanks for sharing Andrew and g'nite.
hay_kes (30426) 2007-07-25 23:55
What a great shot.Excellent light and compo.Good atmosphere.Well captured.TFS.
jafadabret (56497) 2007-07-26 1:50
Andrew, on ne sait ce qu'il faut admirer le plus dans cette superbe photo, les tons pastels ou la composition. J'aime la ligne très fine du pont et le bateau du premier plan. L'ensemble est très harmonieux.
Silke (3027) 2007-07-26 3:49
The PP worked well -- one cannot tell that it was done (which, like makeup on a pretty woman, is the way it should be)
Superb POV and details
P.S. my hands may not always work, but my brain? either it works overtime or not at all :)
denizler (4510) 2007-07-26 4:33
This is a Excellent light and compo.Good atmosphere.Congrats!!
Royaldevon (24350) 2007-07-26 10:50
I like the extended f/g with its distinct colours and 'watery' features. The beached boat makes an interesting focal point before visiting the curve of the bridge and the yacht in full sail. The subdued colours and tones creates a very distinct atmosphere.
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2007-07-27 0:08
shot with strange atmosphere for me, so strangely monochromatic and very soft...I like this a lot!
Take care, Ivana
yso (4146) 2007-07-27 8:28
Perfect composition with the 2 boats so well placed, I like all the layers giving with the curve of the bridge a big perspective !
danyy (0) 2007-07-27 14:34
une photo qui illustre bien le phénomène des marées.
Des lumières difficiles mais bien maitrisées.
Beaucoup de profondeur.
Budapestman (82620) 2007-07-28 4:10
Splendid image, composition is very spectacular, I like the contrast between the huge bridge and the little boat in the background. The soft lights are beautiful, superb impression. Have a nice weekend
atus (15822) 2007-07-28 18:54
the picture is very well composed with many interesting details and very good light control. The perspective of the curving bridge is great and I like the two different layers, composed of a sharp fg. and a soft and smooth bg. Nice work!
Tfs and best regards.
gildasjan (40244) 2007-07-28 23:44
Un point de vue bien choisi pour montrer le pont.Le bateau au premier plan habille bien l'image.Bien vu également le voilier à l'arrière plan.
A quite selected point of view to show the bridge. The boat in the foreground equips the image well. Well considering also the sailing ship with the background.
In a friendly way
vinicio (23415) 2007-07-29 14:02
Fascinating view with a lot of interesting elements, Andrew, first of all, and I like it al lot, the low POV, thet creat this long and beautiful perspective, after this the inclusion of the boats and the good view of the bridge, a really well done image, compliments.
jaywalker (16095) 2007-08-01 15:18
Hi Andrew, Again another strong composition with the bridge towering round, the focus is perfect & the small boat in the foreground fills in nicely, very good light & well framed, kind regards Wilson.
lasscor (7640) 2007-08-04 12:36
Nice framing, soft colors and soft light.
I like much the textures in Fg, the boat and the bridge in Bg.
ben4321 (9875) 2007-08-07 11:54
This works well Andrew - I like the flat light which seems to suit the stillness of the image.
Your composition works well, although I think it would have been better if the boat had been a bit nearer the left edge of the frame.
With it's strong horizontal layers, this shot would have suited more of a panoramic crop, cutting down on some of the area at the bottom of the frame.
I like it though, good stuff!
baba_flies (8829) 2007-08-16 2:24
Hello Andrew! I like the rather pale colors, I find it suits the cloudy weather mood very well. It always fascinates me how the boats stand out once the water went out and that they don't fall. Very well done. I like it. Would be nice to return once the lights are switched on. All the best from rainy Zurich, Barbara.
PS. So you went flying too - lucky you. Was this in Australia? I do not like flying in marginal weather conditions but this has a lot to do with the Swiss mountains standing in the way :)
CRATEOS (7278) 2007-08-27 9:01
superb many levels presenting in this beaute....the light stays and giving varius to the foto..the graming controle is spledid too.....a really beaute one..!!!!
pranab (5354) 2007-09-23 20:58
how are you my friend?
excellent capture with the bridge curving on the bg.good amount of details. light may be a bit diffused but it still captures my attention.
Framboisilla (5277) 2007-09-30 9:05
Beautiful composition with the boat in first plan and the bridge behind. But I like especially the atmosphere and the grey and blue colors !
Dpbours (222) 2007-10-01 17:16
Continuing on the dark moody shot that I posted yesterday, my eye went to this one! What I like here is that the foreground could have been there about a 100 or 200 years ago. It's a wonderful area and about 10-15 years ago I went there quite often. So nice and still quite unspoiled despite the tourism.
Being an engineer, I do like the structure of the bridge as well. It's very well contrasting with the foreground, without being too much in your face. Nice one!!
branley (3681) 2007-11-25 0:19
I almost missed this well balanced composition and it's a fine alternate view of this magnificent structure. It has a very moody feel to it and enhanced by the boat left high and dry at the low tide. You've made a fine job out of a dull day Andrew, well done.
Leonie (8809) 2007-11-26 11:23
This is really a nice capture! The bridge itself cannot be qualified as beautiful but the swing it makes and the very nice pastel tones, surroundings and foreground make the picture!
Didi (53373) 2007-12-23 0:36
Very interesting zoom on the bridge, with a sharp foreground.
Nice frazme on the low tide.
Good lights management exposure.
fanni (14268) 2009-05-22 7:55
Hello again, Andrew,
I came here via the link which you gave in the Note to your latest post.
I have not seen it yet! This is a VERy curious, interesting, and I should say - a philosophic photo. The composition is both simple and complicated (many such different elements!) But I really like the way the lines of the distant bridge match the "lines" of the seaweed (?) in the very FG.
I also like the two boats - one in the FG which is so curiously juxtaposed to the one with sails far in the distance... it is like two very different kinds of life... lifestyles.
These are what makes this photo philosophic.
And of course, the colours... they create this peculiar melancholic mood.
- Copyright: Andrew McRae (macondo) (18489)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-06-17
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DC
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): France, most impressive landscapes [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-07-25 2:51