Photographer's Note

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.

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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