The bridge links the village of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens in the foreground to the hamlet of Sainte-Radegonde in the background. Sainte-Radegonde is, in fact, a district of Saint-Germain. The bridge constructed of stone on a series of arches originally dated from the 14th century. When it was widened in the 19th century it is said to have lost much of its charm and original appearance.
Saint-Germain-de-Confolens is a French commune in the Charente département located at the confluence of the Vienne and Issoire rivers, which meet just outside the village of the same name. With a population of around 100, its inhabitants are known as Saint-Germanotis.
The French Wikipedea site has an article about the geography and history of the area here. The above information was extracted and freely translated from that article.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-05-14 0:39
Hello Stephen! Very interesting perspective, nice cityscape, wonderful stone bridge. Nice light and colours. Good contrast and sharpness. Well done!
Royaldevon (26515) 2009-05-14 1:13
Good Morning Stephen,
What a fine bird's eye view across the village!
Excellent textural details of the rooftops.
The bridge makes a smooth link between the f/g and the b/g. Superb dof.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2009-05-14 1:24
Je reconnais la lumière et la couleur typique des rivières de cette magnifique région. Ton texte me remémore qu'une de mes arrières grand-mères portait le prénom de "Radegonde" :) Beau travail qui me donne hâte de retourner là bas en juillet.
Budapestman (82620) 2009-05-14 1:41
Splendid shot with beautiful view and spectacular vertical composition. I like the attractive architectural details and the nostalgic atmosphere. Tfs! Have a nice day!
saxo042 (36906) 2009-05-14 1:53
A well composed picture where the lines of the roofs are are parallel to the bridge. They form a fine diagonal along the photo. Good colours and, as usual, a very interesting note!
besnard (52009) 2009-05-14 2:21
Une belle vue plongeante sur ce pont intéressant. les couleurs sont agréables au regard.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
npecanhuk (60854) 2009-05-14 2:37
That's a very good one! The vertical format and the high pov were superb choices here! The composition is another excellent feature in this picture! Sharpness and depth of field are outstanding! I prefer more saturated colors (in my photos) but your style also pleases me with soft lights and colors! They match so perfectly to your images!
I really like this great photo job!
TFS - congratulations!
jurek1951 (40949) 2009-05-14 3:05
Very interesting perspective and lovely colours.Nice composition and lighting, well framed.
dareco (17134) 2009-05-14 3:50
Nice pov and excellent detail. The scenery is very pretty, I love all the trees!!! TFS
Nicou (116266) 2009-05-14 4:05
Mangigique vue plongeante, les toit en premier plan donne un plus à l'image, avec le beau pont, l'arbe dans le décor, splendide.
bravoe t amitié
jjanczyk (2579) 2009-05-14 4:12
Beatiful French landscape.
I like so much the atmosphere of the picture and composition.
Great contrast and sharpness.
ChrisJ (94786) 2009-05-14 5:59
A good high pov, overlooking the attractive old stone bridge, with excellent sharpness, colour & pastel colours. Tfs!
batalay (34733) 2009-05-14 6:08
Your informative note is helpful in putting the ancient bridge in historical perspective. The abutments sticking out so far is an unusual characteristic, perhaps useful for a rapidly flowing river, but it's as if they made room for future widening. Warm regards,
macondo (18551) 2009-05-14 6:27
You chose a superb viewpoint for this one, overlooking the village roofs and showing the bridge making a gentle diagonal. The foreground tree balances the picture nicely. One can see the lack of elegance in the reconstructed bridge, but it still makes a nice focal point in the photo. The colour and light seem very natural.
gildasjan (40830) 2009-05-14 10:12
Bon POV pour loger ces architectures de Poitou-Charentes dans ce cadrage vertical.De bonnes textures sur les toits du premier plan.
rodgerg (55767) 2009-05-14 10:21
Un excellent point de vue sur le pont et sur le village avec le pont qui occupe la place centrale dans la composition. Un très bel avant-plan et une belle perspective vers le paysage. Belle harmonie dans les tons doux.
AROBN54 (11471) 2009-05-14 10:45
Oh my, Stephen,
I love the way you've done this. The line in the roof leads the eye in and then to the right and across the bridge to the village. Wonderful light, beautiful color and clarity and marvelous detail. Just a really beautiful shot. Many thanks and kindest wishes,
delpeoples (52447) 2009-05-14 18:19
Hi Stephen, another "Saving Private Ryan" shot. I like this high POV and the use of the vertical. Beautifully composed, exposed and I love the textures the rooftops bring us. Great work, happy Friday, Lisa.
wolf38 (30276) 2009-05-15 5:26
Hello Stephen. The overview photo pleases me very well. The view reaches from the roofs in the foreground up to the horizon. Altogether very skillful composition. Outstanding. Best regards, Wolfgang.
Silvio1953 (115857) 2009-05-15 6:24
Ciao Stephen, great POV for a wonderful bridge, splendid composition with wonderful light and colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
cobra112 (15589) 2009-05-15 11:33
Hi Stephen. Great POV to exalt three great perspective's line and amazing texture effects.
Graal (95343) 2009-05-16 23:36
good POV and composition, well presentation of old bridge. Nice spring green of trees. I like it.