In a city that offers inspiring scenery at every turn, the visitor would be insane not to have a camera close by, and, much like a quick draw artist in the Old West, be ready to pull out a camera and shoot within milliseconds. There is frequently little response time. So it was when I suddenly came across this bottleneck, a low bridge, gondoliers navigating within millimeters sideways and up and down. With full composure, the gondolier here ducked to avoid being swept out of his boat and into the canal.
Venice, the 1500 year-old city that features canals for streets, is frequently cited as one of the two or three most beautiful cities in the world. During the past century some of the smaller canals have been filled in changing the habitable land area, and changing also the numbers of islands, bridges, and canals. Nonetheless, it is still possible to pin down some general statistics. Currently the best estimate suggests the existence of 120 islands, 150 canals and 400 bridges. The Grand Canal is a wide serpentine body of water that divides the city into two halves, and features three bridges among them the Ponte di Rialto and the Ponte dellAcademia. Among the most famous of the citys bridges is also the Ponte Sospiri (the Bridge of Sighs). Even lesser bridges, however, are frequently architectural gems that date back hundreds of years. When the city floods, something not infrequent, the water rises to the point where even gondolas cannot pass under the low arches, leaving commuters trapped, the transportation system in a state of paralysis.
Just as in the previous photo that I posted, "From the Deck," I shot this in early August 2006, when the Crystal Symphony, when the cruise ship on which I was lecturing, visited Venice. Very little cropping and color correction was applied, and I resisted removing the vertical wooden post used by some gondoliers to attach their boats. I suspect, this is a matter of taste, and some might suggest that it detracts. What do you think?
Season's Greetings to all TE viewers.
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cobbydale (1958) 2006-12-23 19:20
Great capture Bulent, you were obviously well prepared. Good job the gondolier was as well or the title of this post might have been "Death in Venice" ;-)
I don't think there's anything wrong in leaving the wooden post in at all. Maybe you might have rotated the image a degree or two anti-clockwise to level the shot on the top of the bridge, but that's just a minor thing with a shot like this.
Season's greetings to you too.
SAGAPO (1737) 2006-12-23 19:40
Bulent bey merhaba,ruya kent venedik'den çok hoş bir komposizyon.İtalyanlar için belki kanıksanmış bir anın sizin vizörünüzden sıradışı yansıması dikkat çekici.
boonie (779) 2006-12-24 9:39
Pictures like this always contain lots of "stuff" and as you said it is a matter of taste. The stuff you allowed to remain does not bother me. However, having said that, I would consider rotating the picture to level the top of the bridge. I don't think a flash would work in this case. The bridge is perfectly exposed and as one of the main elements has to control the rest of the exposure. TFS
veve (4189) 2006-12-24 18:33
Beautiful picture of Venice!
Good composition with the gondolas
under the bridge!
I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
ayniLL (0) 2006-12-24 18:47
çok iyi bir zamanlamayı, son derece hoş bir mekanda yakalamışsınız...
fotograflarınızın hepsi çok guzel
cimcim (3712) 2006-12-25 4:59
very nice photo of Venezia with gondolas and canals...
the timing of your shot is great! people are under the bridge, I love it :)
atilgone (0) 2006-12-27 13:52
Merhaba Bülent Hocam,
Hoş bir Venedik manzarası.Köprünün altından geçen gondolcular çok şık görünüyor. Kanalda trafik soldan mı işliyor yoksa bu fotoğrafta bir aynalama mı var?
Paylaşımınız için teşekkürler.
mesutilgim (88504) 2006-12-29 10:36
Bu kare de çok başarılı, tebrikler.
woozbman (366) 2007-12-22 8:57
Very interesting to see the action under the bridge, that's seldom seen in pictures. TFS.
Angshu (56462) 2009-02-02 8:45
Hello Professor 'A'
I have seen the other shot before...indeed you can make a theme out of these pictures. I find the ducking pose of the gondolier interesting here, as is the turquoise colour of the water. Well cropped and framed.
With Warmest Regards
delpeoples (54667) 2011-10-27 6:32
Merhaba dear Bulent
I know you are in America, and this photo is of Italy, but cannot help thinking of your people in Turkey. Are your loved ones okay? You are in my thoughts and prayers.
And your photo is lovely. The title makes me laugh, the cramped composition adds to the atmoshere and the colours and details are so uniquely Venice.
Wonderful job, have a beautiful day
ChrisJ (103565) 2011-12-09 4:09
So this is the 'Suzhou of the West' ;-)
Good sharpness & an amusing note with the wild west quick shooting analogy! A superb decisive moment shot of this agile gondolier! Tfs!
serp2000 (41882) 2012-04-29 22:46
An interesting photostory from Venice. I see this is not so fresh photo, but I've never seen this one.
Amazing capture of the local daily life scene.
I am going to Antalya tonight.
Best wishes from cool sunny Ural town,
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (36725)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-06
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D-70, 35-70mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): LIFE ON THE VENETIAN CANALS... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-12-23 17:51