In North-Eastern Italy there is this remarkable gravel-bed river that retains the dynamic nature and morphological complexity that must have characterised many Alpine rivers in the pristine stage. It is one of the few remaining without the interruption of dams.
The floodplain of this river provided the rocky soil that nurtures the vinyards of this area, providing many fine wines.
The image captured shows quite another use for this river. Children all over the world seem to love to test their courage diving off high places, but I guess this was a bit too high for them, as I never saw one dive.
This is image might have been improved by a faster shutter speed combined with a smaller aperature to get more depth of field, but I felt the message it tells us about the world superceded technicalities. I was travelling and had left my longer lense at home, in the interest of portability. Since my return from this trip I have purchased a 1.4X teleconverter to enable longer shots with the 200mm lenses. I was using the bridge railing as a rest, eliminating the need for a tripod.
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robertosalguero (246) 2007-06-21 1:21
Your picture is a more detailed view of the river. The people create size and scale. It gives the image an extra edge that show the uses of the river. Nice colours of the water and interesting perspective. Was this picture taken from the other side of the little tunnel in Pat's picture? Nic work Larry.
lestans (17130) 2007-06-21 5:42
what a nice view from the bridge!! Different from any other I ever saw!
I didn't know that you have another longer lense!
This picture is very good, I like details of kids preparing to splash, and people in the sun far away.
(But I prefer to go to the swimming pool!)
pboehringer (770) 2007-06-21 10:17
Larry, it's probably not only the height but also the water movement that kept them away to dive. It is well known that this rivers can be quite treacherous. Anyway, I don't feel the lack of depth and think you got exactly what you were seeking.
xuaxo (6846) 2007-06-21 13:55
Nice to see people on the river bank.
It's interesting you referred to wine in connection to fine wines. In some places, including Portugal, there are worries about change in wine quality owing to changes in river environments.
- Copyright: Larry Carolan (lcarolan) (948)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-05-25
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D 70, Nikkor 70-200 AF-S VR 2.8, Hoya Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Tagliamento, Friuli main river (NorthEast Italy) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-06-21 0:43