Photoessay: Ponte Vecchio

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I can’t exactly say why I was so fascinated with this bridge during my time in Florence, but I do know it yielded a great variety of interesting images as light and perspective changed. Originally built during Roman times, it’s been updated and renovated repeatedly until its current iteration dating from around the mid 14th century. The latest addition in the mid 16th century by the Medicis linked the Palazzio Vecchio (Florence’s town hall and administrative centre) with the Palazzo Pitti, and is the covered topmost structure – the Vasari Corridor. The bridge itself is lined with goldsmiths and jewellers – and increasingly, watch dealers – I was a little surprised at this, but it seems this has actually been the case since the 15th century. The watch brand boutiques are therefore merely a quite apt modern take on things… MT

This series was shot with a Nikon Z7, mostly the 24-70/4 S and my custom SOOC JPEG profiles.

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Prints from this series are available on request.


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  1. Paul Richardson says:

    My favourite city, thanks for reminding me through your photos how beautiful it is.

  2. Initially, the bridge used to have a food market. The jewelers became a thing in more “recent” times.
    Good pics!

    • Recent is relative, though – apparently the jewelers date back several hundred years too… (though admittedly probably not the watch boutiques!)

  3. wonderful photo ‘s – love the reflection on the water – eco !

  4. GD Morris says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. I have never been to this location and with the current virus situation who knows if and when I will get there. Work such as this makes living vicariously very worthwhile.

  5. I’m always amazed by the accurate White-balance in your SOOC JPEGs.

    How did you consistently achieve accurate WB when shooting JPEGs?
    Do you mostly use Auto-WB, Custom WB or perhaps Manual WB in the Z7?

    (it’s almost as good as white-balancing in Workflow III.)

    • In this case, manual and tungsten for the night stuff, auto daylight for the rest. Auto doesn’t seem to have enough range for the very warm tungsten stuff.

  6. jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    Far & away the best photos of the Pontevecchio that I have ever seen – but that’s scarcely surprising, considering who took the pictures.

  7. That third photo — oh, be still my heart! So lovely.

  8. Martin Rybak says:

    Many very different pictures of one bridge – I like it!

  9. I have seen hundreds if not thousands of photographs of Ponte Vecchio. Yours are simply the very best. Excellent job, congratulations!

  10. I like the bridge; it’s striking. And the shots are perfect👍


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