Among the dozens of old stone bridges of Greece, (one of my very favourite subjects), the one, the bridge of Arta, crossing river Araxthos, is the most famous. Connected with legends, fairy tales and folk ballads, it seems that for a long time, the contruction of this bridge was the "Epopee of failure". Some lyrics from a folk ballad, just to get the idea:
"Masters forty five and apprentices sixty
a bridge they were building at the river of Arta once
All day they built it, and in the evening it collapsed." .
The solution was to sacrifice the headmaster's wife, who, according to the legend and the song, was "built in" or "walled up" (immurement) in the bridge!!!
If you want to read more about the very interesting story of the bridge, CHECK HERE.
ABOUT THE PHOTO.
In two of my previous posts (Goldfishing and Gold leak ), I wrote about how when returning from Konitsa to Athens, I had the opportunity of some nice shots. The same thing happenend while going from Athens to Konitsa. I was aproaching Arta, close to my favourite "blue" hour and I decided to make a short deviation, for a nightshot of the bridge. I was there for the last minutes of the "blue" hour, on the other side of the river, but when I came to this side, the blue hour had gone. Anyway, I decided to take the photo anyhow.
PS. Dificult light conditions, not talking about the exposure, but about the White Balance, diferent light sources, diferent light "qualities"-temperatures on the bridge and on the foreground. The light on the brigde could be handled, but that of the streetlights, I 'll never manage to get it right. Those orange streetlights are a really pain in the a*s! Even if you put the sensor at 2.500 degrees Kelvin, while converting from RAW to TIFF, the only think that you'll manage is to turn the orange tint, to a yellow one!
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RedDevil (1217) 2009-02-10 3:04
Excellent tone and good color.
anesugur (18789) 2009-02-10 3:09
Wonderful night scenery.
I like this warm colors and light management.
Thanks and have a nice day. Uğur
aadilj (18102) 2009-02-10 3:10
Hi hercules, the title itself gave away the magnificence of this amazingly well composed and controlled image. I love the golden lights, the hues and the way you have deftly captured this superlative place
amaryllis (37039) 2009-02-10 3:10
que de beauté que ton pays avec cette photo de ce pont de pierres dans un cadre majestueux , une photo nocture très bien réalisée et j'aime beaucoup cet arbre à droite de par sa forme
Jeppo (17645) 2009-02-10 3:10
nice sharpness and colours.
very pleasant atmosphere
npecanhuk (75592) 2009-02-10 3:16
Another superb night picture with an awesome composition in this beautiful place! The wonderful bridge and the tree on the right play the most important role in this image and I really like it that way! Sharpness, exposure and pov are outstanding!
Your recent style in this one and I enjoy it! TFS - Congratulations!
macondo (19670) 2009-02-10 3:19
I found your note about the white balance interesting. But the photo looks good. Let's call the 'yellow' tint a golden one, it sounds better and reflects better the scene here. I love that gnarled, twisted tree and the gleaming water. The arches of the bridge make a nice perspective effect, repeating the pattern into the distance. Thanks for the interesting note about the bridge.
gracious (20025) 2009-02-10 3:28
Perfect nightshot with great quality over the bridge!
I loved the pov especially the good colour and superb details on the bridge and the river!
great job well done
John_F_Kennedy (43669) 2009-02-10 3:30
Very nice night scene, and good handling of the light. Wonderful done.
ngk (2413) 2009-02-10 3:38
Γεια σου Ηρακλή!!
Πάλι έκανες το θαύμα σου. Ακόμα και ο τίτλος είναι εξαιρετικός.
bema (26425) 2009-02-10 3:43
great night shot in my eyes, there is nothing to be sad abouti in this famous capture..
very well done..
have a fine day, Kalo apogeyma, Bernd
stefanocer (10642) 2009-02-10 4:27
Fine night shot for this ancient bridge Hercules , well composed and exposed too , also impressive the story in the note , compliments and thanks to share.
mesutilgim (95854) 2009-02-10 4:44
Hi dear Hercules my dear friend
Not only the capture itself but also the story is great!
You have utilised a perfect pov and good light management but also the text -asissting the entry-ist wonderfull. İt's like a thesis.
My wife is happy, that I'm not a bridgebuilder.
But believe me or not; a similar story exists also here in Turkey. We have so many cpmmpn sides and legends !
A big hand to you and thanks for sharing
giorgimer (34941) 2009-02-10 6:15
your shots are always great! Very beautiful nightshot, excellent POV and exposure management, beautigul perspective.
tcgt1979 (156) 2009-02-10 6:20
Amazing colors and tones for such a late shot. I like the fact that there is no noise and you managed to get such a clear picture in this darkness. Very very nice Hercules!
argycon (2769) 2009-02-10 7:56
Eksairetiki parousiasi tou 8rylikou gefyriou. Xrwmata kai fwtismos, poly omorfa.
vasilpro (41619) 2009-02-10 8:09
Υπέροχη φωτογραφία με καταπληκτικό φωτισμό και χρώματα.
ymrk (15085) 2009-02-10 10:26
small corner of earth, you've wrecked it now the whole world
through. :) Are you remembered in this
song :) ?,or can you speak Turkish? :D
a photo as for,sharpen is very fine,excellent view.With this bridge is very lovely,and very lightings,
Take care of yourself!
Kielia (24077) 2009-02-10 10:29
what a beautiful golden light shining on this fascinating bridge! You have chosen an excellent POV to create a very attractive view. It is a pleasure for the eyes. I also like your note. TFS!
Dragut (14) 2009-02-10 10:41
Nice nocturne shot. one more for the BOOK
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-02-10 11:14
A fantastic, extraordinary shot. Light management is superb. Colors are magnificent,
leo61 (0) 2009-02-10 11:18
I love the golden tones here and the contrast with the black sky and the nice silver/blue reflections at the water.A good composition with these nice mosaikstairs and great depth.
coco (30439) 2009-02-10 13:09
Mira que pensar que no me iba a acordar del cumpleaños de Elektra (muy ciego es quien no se acuerde de ella).
Pero ese no es el tema. La luz, como dices era difícil. Pero el resultado es bueno y la foto me gusta. Pero por ahora no me enrollo mucho más, que si quiero volar este verano, tengo que aprobar el jueves el curso que he empezado hoy.
Ta leme, file mou.
PD: la historia del puente es curiosa
gilou530 (34) 2009-02-10 13:53
une photo de nuit bien gérée, un pont bien mis en valeur avec une bonne perspective, belle netteté
Sne011 (3084) 2009-02-10 15:29
Geia sou Iraklis!
Perfectly composed photo! Excellent realization too, the place looks magical! Your info is very interesting too. I see how Greeks and Serbs and probably more nations from Balkans have similar or same legends. There is also a legend and a folk poem "Building Skadar" (Skadar, or Shkodër, now belongs to Albania) with the same theme..
Your notes are always very informative!
Have a nice evening,
hispic (9652) 2009-02-10 19:25
You have tried to shoot in the difficult light condition, and obtained a marvelous result. Warm orange color is very pleasing against cool color on the opposite bank and stream. Sharpness has been expertly applied. It's a bit of a pity not to catch blue hour.
rodgerg (55767) 2009-02-11 3:32
Congratualtions for this superb and note esay photowork. A good lmanagment of light in the night. Great prospect and the bridge give a beautiful diagonal. I like especially the very nice dored light.
kpav (5031) 2009-02-11 5:47
Γεια σου Ηρακλή, υπέροχη η φωτογραφία σου παρά τις δυσκολίες που αναφέρεις, πανέμορφο κάδρο με τα δύο δέντρα να προσθέτουν πολύ στην σύνθεση και καταπληκτική γωνία λήψης με όμορφη προοπτική από την γέφυρα. Σε χαιρετώ,
Dyerco (10185) 2009-02-11 6:48
A fine shot nonetheless. Wonderful detail in the stonework and the stairs etc. It is also nicely framed by the tree on the right.
aristo (3214) 2009-02-11 8:17
Gia sou Irakli!
I know this beautiful place in Arta.
You captured this stone bridge so well,fantastic light and colours with superb sharpness like usely:)
sweet_universe (1697) 2009-02-11 15:40
another wonderfull shot of your beautifull country, now i take 5 minuts of relax seeing your pic.ehehhe....thanks for share
Emile (20352) 2009-02-11 20:35
Muy buena foto captada en la noche con muy buena iluminacion, colores y grandes detalles. Tu POV es estupendo, me gusta mucho la composición.
bostankorkulugu (42452) 2009-02-12 12:02
interesting story and a charming bridge indeed giritli mou... i think this was a place for DRI with all these very strong lights, but still a nice one to get to know this beautiful place...
angie-barcelona (2784) 2009-02-12 12:55
tenía pendiente votar la fotografía... me gusta muchísimo, de nivel como siempre! La luz es genial y la composición buenísima!
anokutan (15097) 2009-02-12 13:03
Sharpness, exposure and pov are outstanding.Perfect nightshot with great quality over the bridge.Regards.
ChrisJ (116166) 2009-02-12 15:39
The bridge makes a fine centre of interest, & anchors the shot nicely. Excellent colour & sharpness. Good graphism of the tree at right. Tfs!
- Copyright: Hercules Milas (Cretense) (68703)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-01-22
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark III, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM
- Exposure: f/10.0, 30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The stone-made bridge of Arta, Bridges of Greece, Greek nights (part 2) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-10 2:51