REFLECTIONS AND REFRACTIONS
Venice, the storied city situated in a lagoon off the northeast corner of Italy, is comprised of 117 small islands, 150 canals and 409 bridges. Indeed, its gondolas are its cars, its vaporetti its buses, its canals its roads, and the sweeping S-shaped Grand Canal its major thoroughfare. It would be an understatement to say that it is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities of the world. The immensely creative individuals who called the city home at one time or another include painters, Titian, Bellini, Tintoretto; composer, Vivaldi; astronomer/mathematician, Galileo; lover and general low-life, Cassanova and for a short time in the early 16th century, the universal genius, Leonardo.
There had been no new bridges built in the last 70 years when in 1996 the contemporary Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, was awarded the commission to build the 409th bridge a 94-meter (310 ft) long, single-arch bridge the first bridge in 70 years, and only the fourth bridge spanning the Grand Canal. With an expected price of 5 million Euros, the bridge was to have been completed by 2005. Because of endless vicissitudes, however, the cost of the bridge and its completion date turned out to be a pipe dream the cost soared to four times the expected, and the bridge was opened in 2008, sans an opening ceremony. Its many admirers described it as a carpet of light, while an army of detractors called it a whale a monument to bad administration, and a waste of Venices money. I happen to belong to the former group. For me, the Calatrava Bridge is breath takingly beautiful in its graceful lines, its glass façades allowing reflection and refraction, depending on how the light hits it. I believe personally that rather than emulate the architectural styles of earlier periods, the Renaissance and Baroque, it is better to build in a contemporary design, and make it harmonious with the setting. Venice is after all a living museum. In this photo shot in August 2010, I consciously chose a vantage point that allowed the viewer to see a few pedestrians directly above and through the glass, the dome of a nearby church reflected in the glass, and, simultaneously, the steps of the bridge refracted through the glass.
I dedicate my first post of the New Year to my many Italian friends at TE.
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adores (35040) 2011-01-01 15:59
Well seen! I like the composition and the reflection is great!I also like the dark sky!! Good work!!
Happy New Year!!!
Bergenphotos (2500) 2011-01-01 16:05
I really admire most of your photos. I'm glad you're not always focusing on the best technical photos, cause you use to show the most impressive places and tell the most impressive stories. This one brings both a good story, an impressive historical site and it is also technically a masterpiece!
I especially like the use of the bridge as a leading line coming in from the corner. You get some great reflections in it as well! I like that you have included a bit of the traditional Venice cityscape without making it just another typical snapshot from one of the bridges. It's also kind of modern against old in this photo. But I haven't mentioned the clouds yet. They absolutely look marvelous! Not just another sunny picture, but a strong, dramatic sky making the whole picture more interesting. The tourists bring life.
Hope you had a great trip to Italy. I'd also like to wish all the best for you, your family and friends in the new year. Happy new year!
Sonata11 (33201) 2011-01-01 17:19
I love this picture. Is a very impressive, the way you did it. Fantastic point of view,composition, colors of a dark sky.All are great.This is outstanding work.
Thanks for sharing with your fantastic work.
All the best in a New Year, and I wish you continue, to take a lot of mastetrpic shots,
worldcitizen (6633) 2011-01-01 17:31
Happy new year! I like this composition very much. The curve of this bridge divides the frame beautifully, and the reflections of older architecture are great. It is perfect that the reflections are on the lower portion of the bridge, while the people are situated at the top; in that way we can enjoy the details separately. The stormy sky is also lovely. This bridge seems to be made entirely of steps, which is definitely different and interesting.
humayun (2919) 2011-01-01 18:37
very nice image and good pov............
compo is good and nice view of bridge..........
gunbud (34066) 2011-01-01 19:00
A lovely modern twist with the old architecture reflecting so brilliantly in the modern bridge.
Excellent sharpness and beautiful subtle colors with a very interesting sky.
agulberk (3794) 2011-01-01 22:28
Merhaba Bülent Hocam
Yansıma her zaman göl de olacak değil ya
Çok güzel yakalamışsınız
annjackman (18453) 2011-01-01 23:12
A view of Venice that I have not seen before. The POV is great as we see the reflections of the city but we also see the steps of the bridge with the group of people at the top that look as if they are disappearing into that dramatic cloudscape. Thanks for the useful note - if I go back to Venice I will look out for this bridge.
Happy new Year. Ann
bukitgolfb301 (34924) 2011-01-02 0:42
Hi my dear Bulent
I wish A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!!
Wonderful shot indeed. Title is also very good naming.
Perfect framework by taking up the curve bridge boldly and very well considerd composition as usual. Well management for light and delight color are also remarkable and marvelous.
I hope you are in a good health and take a lot of masterpiece shots in 2011.
Thanks for your sharing with fine work, have a good day and best regards,
Suppiluliuma (3885) 2011-01-02 1:41
A beautifully detailed note, as usual. And also a creative angle to shoot. The curve and reflections offer graphical dimensions to it.
A minor thing: I wonder how it would look like without the pedestrians at the top, as they induce the feeling of a tight frame.
This ideal of conserving the integrity of a city is nothing but controversial, IMHO. As can be expected, especially the places which happen to be located on the immigration or trade routes are subject to the influence of many different cultures. This is how new styles, ideas and cultures are born, which in turn influence new others. Therefore, the change, in its own sense, is not something which should be avoided but, just to the contrary, be encouraged.
On the other hand, conserving the local identity, the local culture against urbanisation, or against a powerful trend of global taste and standards has become a hot issue. And thats hardly a new one, I am afraid. I wonder how the Egyptians felt towards the Greek influence Alexandre the Great has brought to Egypt in the 4th century BC. :-)
Coming back to our age, as a resident of Istanbul, which loses its historical richness in a gallopping speed, I strongly feel we are losing the cultural legacy of our city.
May the idea of creating new quarters outside of the core of the city -as was done in Paris with la Defence- be a partial solution? Maybe, but the controversy never ends, I guess: Wasnt Paris, as we know it with its large boulevards and neoclassical facades, largely built over its previous medieval buildings and narrow streets in the 19th century by Baron Haussmann?
Thank you for sharing Bulent Bey.
...and happy new year again.
Selam ve sevgilerimle,
npecanhuk (62474) 2011-01-02 2:24
Original pov and composition for Venice!
A beautiful picture indeed!
TFS - congrats,
chawax (18889) 2011-01-02 2:36
I am surprised to see such a modern brige in Venice. Nice shot anyway, with a good POV. The lines of the bridge add a good depth to the composition. I like the reflections in the glasses of the bridge. Nice dark colours in the background too.
macondo (18551) 2011-01-02 3:12
This one really stood out today, for its interesting composition, reflection, and stormy sky - only the clothes and perhaps the light are tell-tale signs of the summer month in which it was taken. It's a fascinating bridge design, and your note is very informative. You obtained a very powerful viewpoint for your shot, making a sweeping perspective view of the arch, creating a strong sense of depth. I love the fact that you can see back to another bridge and crowded buildings, no matter that they got slightly over-exposed. It's just pleasing the way the eye is drawn one way and then the other. So much to look at.
Great photo to start the year.
Happy New Year to you, and best wishes for 2011.
SnapRJW (30002) 2011-01-02 3:24
Hello Bulent - Excellent note and wonderful shot of a venice I have never seen. The juxtaposition of old and new is fascinating, so good POV and excellent context with the reflections so well captured! Best regards Rosemary
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2011-01-02 3:57
Serenissima. Amazing place. Wonderful bridge. Gorgeous people, tourists.
Good point of view. Original composition. Fine take. Ideal frame.
Splendid effect. Well done!
mesutilgim (81320) 2011-01-02 4:55
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Neler neler bozulmadı ki günümüzde ! Bak Venedik'in o ünlü köprüleri bile yerlerine high-tech mimariye bırakmış !
Ama bu kare için de iyi olmuş. Zira ferforje parmaklıklarda bu yansımalar oluşamazdı.
Gene çok güzel bilgilendirme notları ile zenginleşmiş bir TE katkısı.
Tebrikler ve de yeni yıl için en iyi dilekler
Selam ve sevgiler
axiotea (21649) 2011-01-02 6:34
Hello Dear Bulent
S.Calatrava is a fantastic artist, architect, and I thank you to show us this bridge which I did not know!
There is a great touch of modernity and it is very interesting to see at the same time the reflections of the dome surrounded by the houses and the people on top with the stairs in between, through the glass.
I wish I could see the entire bridge :)
The menacing sky added a good interest as well...
**I also wish you all the best for 2011**
snunney (80577) 2011-01-02 6:43
A well composed image making good use of the distorted reflections offered by the glass sides of the bridge. I like the stormy atmosphere and the understated tones. All the best to you for 2011!
cayden (2183) 2011-01-02 8:41
Bülent bey merhaba,
Ustalık kokan tam ders niteliğinde bir kare olmuş.
Selamlar ve mutlu yıllar.
JFS (32459) 2011-01-02 12:18
Amazing contrast of architectures and amazing reflection too. Good work!
jaywalker (16095) 2011-01-02 13:36
Hi Bulent, Nicely created depth composed by this great prospective, the reflection in the bridge is wonderful & the light is very good, a super shot, kind regards Wilson.
papagolf21 (83986) 2011-01-03 0:48
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Cela pourrait paraître une hérésie que de construire un pont contemporain dans une ville baignée d'une architecture appréciée du monde entier. Et pourtant le résultat est stupéfiant et s'intègre d'une belle façon dans la ville. Cela me rappelle la pyramide du Louvre à Paris !
Meilleurs voeux pour l'année 2011.
shabsslg (199) 2011-01-03 4:36
You have again come up with an excellent POV. I like the continuum of reflections & refractions on the glass pane. A very natural shot with natural phenomena in an otherwise bland day for photography.
delpeoples (52771) 2011-01-03 5:22
Ciao Caro Bulent
I remember Paolo's words when he introduced me to this bridge, probably best not repeated here ;) but you probably know what I mean. Personally, I do not like the Calatrava Bridge, for many reasons in addition to the fact that it is not in keeping with the rest of Venice. However, I can see the point you make about the city being in continuous flux. Your photo is very flattering to the Bridge. You have created a superb perspective with this "up close" POV. The light and weather conditions look overcast and you have triumphed over that minor setback. Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo with us and for giving us a different perspective of this iconic city. I wish you and your loved ones every happiness in 2011.
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-01-03 10:19
Ola Bulent ,
Bem interessante esta ponte moderna em Veneza faz um contraste magnifico com a arquitectura antiga , bons reflexos capturados nos vidros , bom enquadramento da foto , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
stny (18) 2011-01-03 12:08
Bülent bey merhaba,
2008 Şubat'ında,Roma-Vatican müzesi spiral merdiven fotografınıza yorum yazarken 'birgün ben de şu logaritmik spirali çekebilirim umarım' diye yazdıktan 2 ay sonra bu dileğim gerçekleşmiş, merdivenleri kuşbakışı yada ters yönde seyredip görüntülerken, sizi epeyce anmış, kulaklarınızı çınlatmıştım.Şimdi de,Venedik'in tarihi dokusuna son derece kontrast Calatrava köprüsünün ihtişamlı kavsine, çok güzel yansımalarına bakarken benzer duygular içindeyim.Güzel bir tesadüf yine 2 ay sonra,Mart başında karnavalı görmek için gittiğimde bu noktadan köprüye bakarken, O'na sizin selamınızı söylemekten büyük keyif alacağım.Az önce diğer Venedik karelerinize yeniden baktım, daracık kanallarda köprü üstlerinden gondolcuları ne güzel yakalamışsınız,ben de benzer köprülerde izinizi sürmeye çalışacağım.Bu Yaz, seyahat programınızda Türkiye varmı?.İstanbul olursa yine bir TE buluşması yapabiliriz umarım.Bu güzel kare benim için ders niteliğinde oldu, teşekkürler paylaşımınız için.Selam ve sevgilerimle.
francio64 (38276) 2011-01-03 12:54
ottimo POV per questa immagine di Venezia impreziosita nella composizione dal bel riflesso sulle vetrate del ponte.
MLINES (12516) 2011-01-03 21:52
Hi Bulent, Very interesting POV to see this very modern bridge in Venice, I'd imagined all the bridges were historical ones. The special reflections make this an interesting and unusual image from Venice. Having the older style bridge behind, the juxtaposition works effectively. TFS. Murray.
resat1972 (7316) 2011-01-04 1:34
güzel bir köprü, hem şeffaf hem ayna..Renkler ve grafik uyumu çok güzel
lousat (73853) 2011-01-05 1:15
Hi Bulent,what a great choice of point of view and what a magic result! A different Venice whit this terrible Calatrava bridge(eheheh),impressives sharpness,natural colors,very well done.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
Hansaphotos (6541) 2011-01-05 5:25
Happy New Year to you and your family!
A superb mixture of new and old architecture. Your well selected POV creates wonderful perspective. The dramatic skies adds good contrast. A very nice combination of reflections and transparency in the railings of the bridge.
Great work! TFS.
Best regards, Erling
kdialyna (3148) 2011-01-05 7:03
Excellent the way you used the reflections in the bridge's glass. It gave a very nice and informed contrast between the old city and the modern style of the bridge.
My Dear friend
I send to you and all your family my best wishes for a happy and full of health new year..!!
patdeph (35748) 2011-01-05 12:07
the POV is excellent,and there is a great harmony of colors betwenn the bridge,the sky and the water,that makes the picture very nice to look at!Superb!
BWJ (3056) 2011-01-05 19:28
What a fantastic shot! The futuristic design of the Calatrava Bridge stands out prominently contrasting pleasingly with the old buildings and bridge in the background. Your vantage point was perfect. I love the reflections of the buildings in the glass railing and the refractions of the steps through the glass. It is an amazing sight. The threatening sky adds drama and an interesting atmosphere to the scene. Your work is outstanding. Congratulations!
Graal (95974) 2011-01-06 0:19
nice composition, good idea. An interesting reportage from Venice. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
Charo (51210) 2011-01-07 15:36
This view from the new bridge is fantastic and very unique composition.
I also really like dark clouds over the city and reflexes that are mixed with the activity of the punch. Very well seen!
jhm (136638) 2011-01-08 1:36
You found a wonderful angle, these care for a lovely perspective.
Also the glass handrail gives a good reflection, your first post in 2011 is a great success.
Very well composition, nice colors, good presentation.
Sharpness and clarity be superb. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
s_lush (16134) 2011-01-08 22:45
You have presented this new bridge in the old city perfectly, showing its elegant lines and forms and how the city's architecture reflected in its surfaces. Excellent composition, skillful use of optical effect and beautiful architecture, both modern and old, captured against such a dramatic and wonderful sky. Great job!
archimatica (20313) 2011-01-09 3:31
A new perspective and original style Bulent, this bridge - criticized by Venetians - but loved by foreign photographers.
You could create a theme on Calatrava Bridge, if not already there...
serp2000 (38824) 2011-01-09 7:26
Excellent photowork! Good title, fine composition and impressive optical effect.
Good presentation of Venice. Italy is one of these countries, where I'd like to been.
I wish you lucky 2011!
bema (26289) 2011-01-09 7:34
a very beautiful capture, showing one of the great buildings at Venice, all those countless brigdes!
this one looks very modern, nevertheless a good motive in this splendid capture..
have a nice day, see you around, Bernd
anokutan (15097) 2011-01-09 7:59
Sıra dışı bir kadraj ve görüntü Bülent bey.Köprü,arka plan ve yansımalar nefis.Selamlarımla.
erhan1958 (14811) 2011-01-09 8:08
müthiş güzel bir bakış açısı
yansımalar hep gölde olacak değilya
Mari63 (4085) 2011-01-09 14:15
mi piace molto questo punto di vista con riflessi inclusi del famoso ponte.
bella la luce drammatica. Ottima la nitidezza.
TRB (13707) 2011-01-09 14:58
Çok farklı, sıradışı bir yansıma çalışması.
Bakış açınızla çok güzel görüp, mükemmel sundunuz.
Tebrikler, selam ve saygılar...
Uhu (8407) 2011-01-09 15:33
Happy New Year to you!
I have to say that during my two vizits to Venice I haven't spotted this bridge, but if I would, maybe I'll not like it too much - I don't appreciate modern architecture, at least usually.
I like it when it's far from historical places, like in the suburbs of the cities, but in the very center? No.
We in St-Petersburg are quite satisfied now that 450-meters high skyscraper, Gazprom-City, that was planned to be erected in the close vicinity to the city center, will NOT be built there; it's being kicked to the suburbs and maybe will not be built at all.
It's kind of a victory over the unsatiable thirst of some people with money to spoil historical places.
So, maybe I'll not like the bridge when I vizit Venice again - but your photo are very good, POV are very interesting and unusual!
AKITA (15125) 2011-01-09 18:38
a beautiful picture of wonder Venice,
curved lines of modern bridge and reflection of old buildings are contrasted illusionary here,
very unique POV and composition show us one mirage image of historic city,
thank you for your excellent shot,
bobocortis (15946) 2011-01-09 21:36
Nice idea, curious shot. The transparencies are mixing to the reflections, and the chosen pov gives a good depth.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-01-10 3:34
Excellent nad very original view of Venice and the Calata bridge. POV very efficience very well selected. Incredible reflections very well collected. good balance in the composition too with the large propsect open on the right. Excellent photowork.
Have a nice week,
sothy81 (9558) 2011-01-10 15:10
Hi Bulent, I love the curve of the bridge. And the sky looks so dramatic with the cloudy mood. The picture looks a bit unusual from our naked eyes. This creates extraordinary scene to the over quality of the picture. Well done. Sothy
TopGeo (38192) 2011-01-11 7:15
Hello Bulent!A beautifully detailed note, communication and use of words reflected refracted simultaneously! Excellent idea and your ideas on modern and old architecture, I think the masterpieces emerge by themselves! And also a creative angle to shoot. The curve and reflections offer graphical dimensions to it.
Thank you for the wonderful note accompanying the title and your photographic work.Happy Year
Docarmo (9639) 2011-01-11 8:26
Nice image, mixing reflections and refractions - good title, too! The "roundish" diagonal is very photogenic!
I also like the people seen through the glasses at the top - it gives a look of something out of time.
macjake (53952) 2011-01-11 11:10
excellent write-up, very informative.
obviously i have never been to italy, but when i do i will be thinking of you when i cross this bridge...and yeah, you know i'm going to photograph it as well.!
i dont think this has been shown on te before, has it?
always a pleasure to see a different photo from venice, its hard to do i imagine.
beautiful form, creativity, and lines. unique.
zoomer (6) 2011-01-11 17:17
Hello,it's inspiring to see the contemporary go so well with the medieval.The reflections in the panels are great too.The sky is very dramatic and a wonderful bonus with its painting like cloud formation.Friendly regards Wolf.
pablominto (53744) 2011-01-12 0:41
The point of view is well chosen, adding some extraordinary lines to the composition!
The pale colours fit the scene, so does the strong contrast created by the shade under the bridge...
And the physical phenomenon you describe is very well illustrated in the image, in fact it is striking and probably the best I have seen!
Kielia (23013) 2011-01-12 1:54
a masterpiece in every sense! Excellently working POV on this fascinating bridge, very beautiful light and moody colors. The reflections are very attractive. My compliments!
csabagaba (6554) 2011-01-12 8:23
I can see, almost at the same time we were in Venice :-)
The time was also broadly similar gloomy. Only, back to you, had to travel a little bit more. I think it was worth it :-)
This bridge was the first time I had just seen. I read that quite a large debate, and also had a bit to convert. Found a good perspective, because the structure is very much reflected in the modern architecture of the past.
Interesting, engaging and not the average photo.
ManuMay (34411) 2011-01-12 8:25
Merhaba dear Bulent!!
Finally, after all the controversy created by the construction of the bridge (and costs) this was done ... and with spectacular results (as is usually the work of Santiago Calatrava).
The image is impressive color tones, dramatic, powerful ... perfectly composed with the curve of the bridge, which gives an excellent dynamic ... point of view to this great work!
Best regards ...
Have a nice day ...
pajaran (49602) 2011-01-12 11:55
Lepo mesto sa mostom i refleksima na staklu, dobra kompozicija.
Lep pogled na most, deo grada i strasne oblake, dobra prikaz, lepim bojama i fotografijom, moje cestitke na dobrom radu.
Nice place with the bridge and reflexes on the glass, good composition.
Nice view of the bridge, part of the city and the terrible clouds, good view, nice colors and photography, my congratulations on the good work.
All the best.
Fis2 (83138) 2011-01-12 12:39
This is a place I know :)
Good composition, interesting colours.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-01-12 14:19
a very spectacular photo with superb composition and attractive details, great POV and reflection, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
paololg (31448) 2011-01-12 14:43
Thanks for the dedication, dear Bulent, for your competence about the Italian culture also you are an Italian, honoris causa! :-)
Beautiful image of the place of our appointments in Venice, captured with your usual photographic cleverness. Venice is splendidly reflected on the glass of this famous bridge, the most modern of the city. Congratulations, dear friend!
Ciao, have a nice day!
danyy (0) 2011-01-12 23:36
un peu de modernité dans ce vieux Venise, un mélange architectural que certains apprécieront, d'autres pas. Moi j'aime le jeu des reflets qu'il procure.
Un magnifique ciel bien dramatique, superbement rendu.
Matthew-Watt (6043) 2011-01-13 2:15
I am looking at your photo today from an equally wet city. Boats patrol our streets and buildings are surrounded, however not in a scenic way like this obviously. The torrents are brown and the water is full of debris. All cities built on waterways know the risks, and sometimes they eventuate in the form of disaster. Yours is a fine image, I most like the dome in the reflective glass. Well done, my best regards.
Royaldevon (27495) 2011-01-13 2:23
Maybe I will get to see the bridge for real, this year, but from your photograph, I think I would agree with you. This is a most beautiful bridge, with a sensuous curve, taking the people on an arc towards the sky.
I love how it captures the reflections of the city. I also love how you have composed it, with this upward aspect and emerging from the bottom l/h corner of the frame.
My warm regards,
Vasa (16742) 2011-01-13 17:39
Again a photographic leson dear friend Bulent. Dedication is great and I would like to be your Italian friend. This photo is for Poaolo's soul. For mine too.
Have the best winter and think about the spring.
JCG (35129) 2011-01-14 0:45
A bridge which, just after its construction, has being cursed once more, as all what is new and especially of modern aspect !!! But now, I think, this work of art belongs to the urban landscape You found here a splendid point of view emphasized by this unstable weather, I like much all these effects of depth, of optics. It is a perfectly composed and balanced image, Bülent cheer and thank you for your note, like always, documented well and interesting.
All my friendships and I wish you, like with all your family, my best wishes for 2011,
jafadabret (56501) 2011-01-18 10:15
Ce pont est une réussite et ta photo en est la preuve. J'aime les courbes harmonieuses, l'emploi du verre pour les reflets et la transparence.
vasilpro (40881) 2011-01-18 13:33
Beautiful atmosphere, lovely colors, excellent light management, wonderful composition from a very nice POV, I like the reflections of the classic architecture on the modern bridge.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
Urs (14082) 2011-01-18 21:39
First of all a happy new year to you and tour family!
For more then 4 weeks I have been away form TE partly due to holiday and very slow internet access.
A very innovative POV even I feel the bridge does not fit exactly into the historical scenery. However photographically it is a master piece. Well seen and fine framing. Well done.
subhendu_bagchi (25396) 2011-01-19 3:35
it is an outstanding composition. This beautiful bridge is superbly placed in the frame with nice architecture at background. Love the reflection in the wall of bridge. Very good light management and superb clarity. The dramatic sky added a lot to your composition. A nice work. Tfs.
Longroute (19392) 2011-01-20 4:07
I had already seen this modern bridge in some other photos here but never from this pov and with these fine reflections. Very good idea to have the bridge in diagonal and I like the dramatic sky which gives a special atmosphere to the image.
Angshu (55035) 2011-01-21 4:19
Hello Professor 'A'
Blending art & science in this concept :-) Of course as I learnt from you, these two aspects are sometimes inseparable. The bridge also is a symbol of a blend between the old structure & the new & from this angle or POV, the curve of the bridge creates a great lead-in.
With Warmest regards
aloyho (6798) 2011-01-25 8:44
I just wondered what Leonardo would say with this addition to the scene that he was so used to. I find it most interesting as it challenged my imagination and expectation of this place but must say the bridge blends in beautifully and with the reflections and refraction it added a new dimension with some element of surprise. Brilliantly seen!!
Thanks and a great week ahead.
Silvio1953 (118187) 2011-01-27 12:30
Ciao Bulent, great POV on Calatrava's bridge, beautiful composition with fantastic reflections, splendid sky, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
mauro61 (52623) 2011-01-28 2:39
linee, geometrie e riflessi in una immagine ben composta e animata dal passaggio dei turisti.
Il cielo scuro fa ben risaltare i colori creando una buona atmosfera,
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2011-01-28 9:03
Wow! Amazing composition. This curved bridge with half-transparent balustrade and the two-dimensional background could be a good theme for more than only one photograph :).
I only regret that I`m not one of the Italian friends ;).
loves_summer (1310) 2011-02-08 16:44
I love this shot of Venice. Although photos of Venice surface on this site practically daily, your capture offers something different. There are so many elements working together to make this shot special. Firstly, the bridge itself. I have to agree with you--it is beautiful and graceful. While modern and sleek, it still manages to work within this medieval city and allows pedestrians to look through the glass at the famous canal below. I also have to comment on this amazing sky you were lucky to capture. Is this before/after a rain storm? The dark clouds, with a hint of peach colour, contrast nicely with the bright facades and walkways below. Then there is the wonderful reflection. It gives us a chance to see what the pedestrians can see, and it elevates this shot all the more. All of these elements sewn together create a photo that really encompasses what Venice is.
Thanks for sharing!
daddo (23104) 2011-02-19 22:26
Merhaba Bulent Bey. Fascinating homage to modern design where we see all the artistic merits in terms of line and ambient embellishments brought by light, glass and surroundings. Excellent shot that illustrates your note perfectly.Great POV. Reminds me a little of my humble homage to the Mostar bridge. Selamlar. Klaudio.
HFASSOURAKIS (4) 2011-02-26 17:18
VERY CLEVER SHOT
EXCELLENT WAY TO SEE VENICE : THROUGH REFLECTIONS
I LIKE THIS WAY. I LIKE YOUR MIND
THANKS HERCULES GREECE
siolaw (38074) 2011-03-11 5:17
An original POV with good use of both reflexions and refractions! Stormy sky but allowing some fine light and colours.
polpo56 (15134) 2011-04-03 23:48
an interesting composition with Calatrava bridge making a diagonal accross the frame.
Nice play of reflections and refractions.
giorgimer (34814) 2011-05-21 14:59
I love first of all the title you chose, very good POV and composition
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-06-14 6:00
Hello Professor Atalay,
I always welcome the mixture of what is old and the new. The composition is very strikingly dynamic, creating a very nice contrast with the Venetian house at the other end of the bridge. Grey sky is creating already dynamic image even more so. I went to Venice when I was still a student. I miss those days very much. Thank you for this image.
Very best regards,
ricochet (9696) 2011-06-27 10:43
A composition of very good quality, perfect framing with this esthetic bridge from Calatrava and threatening weather that gives a nice atmosphere to the whole!
stevenmelissa (203) 2011-09-01 22:10
So many things to like about this photo! I enjoy the juxtaposition of sinuous curves of the bridge and the angularity of the buildings, the repeating colors, the reflections, and the abstract blob of blackness at the center... very interesting and pleasing!
I enjoy your photos very much - a fascinating variety, all displaying a keen, intelligent eye.
kato (11630) 2011-09-16 20:22
You're capturing well this the newest bridge and cityscape in Venice by a good angle and excellent tone, so it's impressive and interesting to see the reflection of building projected to bridge's side glass and the refraction of walking tourists that seems that it transmit to glass.
And, it's intersting in the contrast between this bride and surrounding old architectures in the point of modern and old, too.
claudeD (31217) 2011-10-26 12:06
Perfect picture from Venice with an excellent composition and really wonderful teflections. I think you did an excellent fotojob here. Very informative note.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Angelillo (9372) 2012-01-08 2:32
I have not been in Venice... But I have the beautiful shots of many people. This one is very impressive. The perspective you has chosen for the bridge is very very good. Calatrava is always surprising, and your shot catch this originality. I like too the perspective at right, the gray tones... And too the title is very good: perfect reflections enhancing the panoramic effect! Beautiful! Have a nice sunday.
adidas5nb (4626) 2013-05-10 20:47
just love the perspective .beautifully thought out.the way the curve starts from 1 corner makes the pic attractive.nice colors,beautiful sky and the people complete the pic.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (35051)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-08-24
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED AF Zoom Nikkor, 67mm UV haze
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): LIFE ON THE VENETIAN CANALS..., Reflections of the world [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-01 15:42