The Pont Neuf in sunset lights, Paris
Paradoxically, the Pont Neuf (French for 'New Bridge') is the oldest bridge in Paris.
The Pont Neuf is also Paris's best known bridge and together with the Pont Alexandre III, one of its most beautiful.
At the middle of the 16th century, only two bridges crossed the Seine river. Since they were in a bad state and constantly overcrowded, King Henry III decided in 1578 to construct a new bridge.
It wasn't until 1607 before the bridge was officially opened by King Henry IV, who named the bridge 'Pont Neuf'. After the his death, an equestrian statue of the King was erected at the center of the bridge, on the Place du Pont Neuf. The bronze statue was knocked over and melted down during the French Revolution, but is was replaced by an exact replica in 1818.
For its time, the 232m (761ft) long and 22m (72ft) wide Pont Neuf was a modern bridge with several innovations. The Pont Neuf was the first bridge in Paris without houses built on it. It was also the first bridge with pavements which made it an immediate hit with the Parisians who used the bridge as a meeting place. Especially the semicircular areas near the pavement were ideal for socializing.
The Pont Neuf actually consists of two different bridge spans, one on each side of the Île de la Cité, where the Place du Pont Neuf connects the two spans. The bridge has a total of 12 arches, with one span of seven arches joining the right bank and another span of five arches connecting Île de la Cité with the left bank. (Source: aviewoncities/Paris)
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kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-07-24 2:02
Beautifully lit and framed composition. The golden late afternoon lighting being brightest in the foreground and the gradual fade is very effective and very well seen and captured
lousat (89828) 2012-07-24 2:05
Hi George,a very original perspective and point of view and a great choice of the moment to take the bridge whit this light,perfect to warm the colors.Great vertical crop and excellent details as usual.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
siamesa (28117) 2012-07-24 2:29
Bom dia George
Thanks for sharing a photo of this bridge that make part of my dreams of to visit it someday.The golden colors are fantastics making a contrast with the dark color of the water.
dkmurphys (57496) 2012-07-24 2:38
I love the way you've captured the golden sunlight on the bridge. Well done, enjoy a fine day.
jhm (151446) 2012-07-24 3:26
You chose a excellent angle, we get a lot depth and a good perspective.
Lovely how we see the details on the bridge.
Also the city in background are clear to see.
Nice composition, TFS.
snunney (97519) 2012-07-24 3:34
The lighting is certainly very attractive and brings out the golden tones in the stonework beautifully. I like the point of view, which shows the architecture of the bridge to good effect. Very good colours and sharpness.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-07-24 4:08
beautiful mellow evening light here that makes the scene so romantic and captivating. Love the POV and the exquisite detailing of the bridge. Glorious!
Regards - Brian.
mauro61 (52855) 2012-07-24 5:16
la luce rende calda l'immagine dando colore al ponte e all'ambientazione con la splendida architettura della città,
vrabieionut (2189) 2012-07-24 5:20
The wonderful architecture of Paris
Excellent composition of this great bridge well captured with the best pov!
Have a nice day,
Sergiom (77359) 2012-07-24 5:25
Les piliers du pont offre une belle diagonale dans ce cadrage vertical et de la profondeur à l'image. Le pont est magnifique sous cette belle lumière.
npecanhuk (74860) 2012-07-24 5:48
Wonderful parisian location!
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
special regards to the light, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
danyy (0) 2012-07-24 5:49
comme souvent, tu nous gratifies de lumières très spéciales, d'un travail approfondi en post processing. De quoi bein mettre en valeur les joyaux architecturaux de Paris.
sacimar (26205) 2012-07-24 7:22
good image of this famous bridge, I like the light you got here in the sunset, the atmosphere is very nice, well seen,
JFS (32459) 2012-07-24 9:10
The quality of the image is so good that i feel as if i was there! You got a beautiful light, the best for me to shoot anything. I like your composition a lot.
thanks again for your series of Paris!
cornejo (41377) 2012-07-24 10:40
György Hello, I like this interesting photo of this beautiful bridge in the evening light. Very good image sharpness and depth, nice light and beautiful colors, very good and nice job very well done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Best regards and best wishes.
rbellemare (2109) 2012-07-24 10:42
Looking at all your great pictures from Paris give me the feeling I've done noting when I was there. Once again a very good shot of that bridge and the building on the other side.
The light is great and so are your choice of frame. Good composition.
jjcordier (79297) 2012-07-24 13:39
Très jolie lumière sur les piliers du Pont-Neuf donnant beaucoup d'attrait à ta splendide composition.
mohammad_H (9904) 2012-07-24 15:29
Beautiful vertical frame.
A place with attractive prospects
Good clarity and good light
Graal (102622) 2012-07-24 23:49
Jó napot George,
very nice architecture of bridge. Good shot from fine POV. Well composition and quality of photo. Another nice place in Paris.
Have a nice day.
jemaflor (96037) 2012-07-25 11:40
Whar a lovlely light, I like tis warm tone, perfectly captured and good angle for the photo of this bridge, tfs.
marabu61 (10775) 2012-07-25 15:06
Gorgous light, interesting sky and beautifully framed picture of the pont neuf.
Did you know that in classical french cuisine there is even a potato dish named after the pont neuf? The pommes pont neuf is a kind of a double sized french frie.
Angshu (56750) 2012-07-27 2:46
The pastel colours created by the low sun light creates a fine effect. The perspective is well defined, with the two lamp posts as good focal points! Well done!
amaryllis (36787) 2012-07-27 9:48
très belle photo avec ce célèbre pont neuf et une belle lumière du soleil à gauche
un cadrage bien vu et une belle perspective
abmdsudi (53047) 2012-07-28 2:29
A very natural and impressive balmy weather overlooking the town as the sun gets lower in the sky with the last of its warm light kisses the stone bridge. Wonderful light on a fantastic place, the peacfulness of the scene and calm....
Great capture, Congrats.
thebest (4276) 2012-10-01 16:07
What a beautiful bridge - I like the dreamy colours of the sky & the angle of how you captured this lovely old bridge - I hope to see it for myself next year '' love Paris ''
Excellent photo love it!!!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Bridges of Paris [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-24 1:54