The Ponte Sant’Angelo was the main access to the St Peter’s Dom until 1911. It served for centuries for pilgrims to cross the Tiber seeking for repentance. Hence, quite fitting to have ten angels holding instruments of the Passion and reminding the passing by pilgrims of Christ’s Martyrdom.
This is an early morning shot as in the evening the bridge is PACKED with people making such an image impossible.
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We understand why you choose an early morning in order to avoid the crowd. You've perfectly choosen a low POV in order to insist on the wet pavement leading the eye on the orange rounded building, guided also by the white row of statues in a symetric way. The deep blue sky completes fully the picture.
PB-Photography (2016/12/07 16:31:27): Funny, your are not the first and not the only one who believes that the cobblestones are wet. They are not! Centuries of use made these stones polished and shiny!
A fresh photo, only 7 months old :-)
Looking to the total depth of field, I was wondering about the use of a TS lens, but I feel you better worked with focus stacking.
Fun the lightning: just the symetry in the sky with the building, for the switch between night and day, and the slice of shadow on the bridge driving the look to the background.
Morning is often better to get less people in the frame, but I often feel it is more difficult to manage a shoting cession as the light seems to quickly appear.
PB-Photography (2016/12/07 19:44:41): I did not have a T&S at that time. I bought at as soon as I was back home from the Italy trip. T&S would be perfect here. Not only for the sharpness throughout the entire image, but also for the correction of distortion.
This is not stacking either. I used hyperfocal technique and made sure the image was sharp throughout the entire frame on 100% enlargement on the LCD screen before hitting the release button.
A bit empty :-) JUST kidding, I mean with architect images I find "empty" stylish-er or at least it should not have the big masses but maybe a single person or a small group but in the right pose/position and all this. Definitely very nice with the dark shadow part sort of leading us visually to the end of this image. The lovely blue is very angel-like and fits the statues perfectly, the scene has something golden in it too. When angels sing, huh.
PB-Photography (2016/12/07 16:32:43): "When angels sing" was one of the possible titles I have thought about :-)
I love how the lights shine on the cobbles. The dark central part leads us in nicely. I've seen how packed this bridge gets, so I applaud you for rising early. There is an excellent balanced symmetry with the castle in the centre framed by the angels.
PB-Photography (2016/12/07 17:12:58): It was not so difficult to get up early as we stayed in a hotel 100 m away from the scene. We obviously planned carefully months ahead knowing exactly what we were looking for and what and how to shoot ;-)
Excellent time to be there, the early birds get the peaceful and quiet time. I can only imagine what a zoo this would be in the other time, I was surprised that it is not packed in the morning too.
Like when I was at Angkor Wat, we woke up like 4 in the morning to go there and expecting to have the place somewhat empty, man was I surprised I was too late and there is no place for me to set my tripod for a good POV :)
Fantastic shot, feel like I can just step right in and walk down the cobble stone surface, but then I would get in your picture and disrupted your peaceful and quiet mood of this image :) Incredible details and texture, there is a sense of 3D quality to it.
Outstanding image and a center composition that works so well. The early morning light is just perfect on the castle and I can just here the open strains of the 3rd act of Tosca which takes place in the ancient prison. Bravo! Excellent!
I don't Fav. very often but this one has been checked.
A wonderful early morning shot from from this famous bridge and the castle. I like the perspective and the light. When I have taken photos of this bridge it has been full of people but it was in afternoon.
passei por essa ponte no último caminho de volta ao meu hotel, chovia e minhas fotos ficaram, miseráveis.
é, você madrugou e conseguiu esta imagem impressionante com lindas cores e reflexos. usou mesmo a textura criada pelas pedras do pavimento. belo trabalho.