Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC  

Bridge of Sighs by Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC

October 2021 - Bridge of Sighs

October 2021 - Joseph J Zaia, FPSA, ASIIPC, FMC


About the Image(s)

I came across this picture of the “Bridge Of Sighs” taken in 2004, in Venice, Italy. The image was taken at dusk with the first 6 pix. Canon Digital Rebel on tripod, ISO 200 f3.5, 0.6th of a sec. with 28-135mm lens.
I like this image because of the foreground glare in the water (possibly from the moon or a nearby lamp), leading the eye to the silhouetted gondola and into the background… I wonder if you share the same sentiments. I slanted the image so that it looked comfortable to my eye. I cropped a bit from the bottom, left and top. I did not want to mess with the sky, because I feel that it compliments the mood and the antiquity of the scene. I am not happy with the gondolier merging with the background. I should have, but I did not snap another shot.

4 comments posted

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I really enjoy this scene and brings back memories of visiting Venice. My only suggestions on this one would be to slightly highlight the walls on both sides of the canal, but only a touch. The bridge itself is so bright that it forces one to pay more attention to it than you want. My eye automatically goes to the bridge and I don't even pay attention to the gondolas. I think I would also eliminate that white material in the water in the lower left. Distracting. A beautiful place.   Posted: 10/09/2021 10:32:32

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Yes, my eye follows exactly where you are describing. The dark gondolier does not really trouble me because my eye goes right past him to the bright buildings at the end of the canal. When you cropped the bottom, you removed much of the light reflection in the water. (The white spots) And what is left does not look like a reflection but more like something on the water. I think I'd clone that out and let the eye be led by the beautiful blue path of light right down the center of the canal. Lovely shot.   Posted: 10/09/2021 10:51:25

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Even though the gondolier is not all that visible, I still think it adds to the image because it implies a story line of a person doing something. Beautiful leading lines going from front to back and demonstrating that they lead to a place in the distance. Perhaps the bridge could be darkened somewhat, as Al suggests, so that it doesn't overpower the walls. The glare in the water does lead to the gondolier, but it also makes it appear to be trash floating in the water. Is the wall on the right a little too blue, or even purple? Still, an interesting shot.   Posted: 10/09/2021 16:43:00
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Al, Peggy & Jerry, you have made valid points and I have tried to make some improvements. See what you think.
  Posted: 10/12/2021 12:54:14
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