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Pont Neuf, Paris

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 28 January 2013 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Dating from the late medieval period the Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris.

It's a beautiful bridge and I've photographed it every time that I've been to Paris since getting interested in photography a little over 5 years ago. There's always something that I've loved about it and I remember the fascination with it's form that I felt when I was there in 1985 when it was wrapped in gold fabric by the artists Christo and Jeanne Claude.

The bridge is at it's most beautiful just after dawn when the rising sun catches the warm coloured sandstone and makes it glow.

Technical info - this was a 3 minute long-exposure using 2 stacked neutral density filters: a B+W 6 stop and a Lee 10 stop. Stacking multiple filters on such an extreme wide angle lens (16-35 zoom) has resulted in the edge vignette that you can see which I happen to really like. The intense colours are straight from the camera and there's hardly any post-processing apart from the obvious square crop.

NIKON D800 1821/10 second F/8.0 ISO 100 19 mm (35mm equiv.)

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tom from Germany

The vignette makes the bright bridge popping out of the picture. Excellent!

28 Jan 2013 6:24am

@tom: Thanks Tom!

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Le vignetage est parfait pour mettre en valeur ce magnifique pont. La lumière, les couleurs, et les reflets sont sublimes ! Bonne journée Ian

28 Jan 2013 7:14am

@JacklineG: Thanks Jackline!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Ian Bramham is in the city !

28 Jan 2013 8:01am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard! I had a wonderful time during the few days I spent in your beautiful city.

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Fantastic !!!!!

28 Jan 2013 8:10am

@Aubélia: Thanks Aubélia!

Andrew Atkinson from Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Great image, i love the contrast between all three elements. Did you use a 10 stop?

28 Jan 2013 9:34am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

The long exposure does a great job of smoothing out the surface of the Seinne to provide a fabulous reflection. I guess you had the place to yourself so early in the day.

28 Jan 2013 9:35am

Naeem from Abbottabad, Pakistan

Lovely combination and great mood

28 Jan 2013 10:38am

Marie-Line from Lille, France

Stunning!! Bravo

28 Jan 2013 10:50am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Paris or elsewhere (in any case I couldn't tell where it is) it's the same for me - I see a beautiful bridge bursting out pure blue sky and having a dreamy reflection.

28 Jan 2013 11:16am

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

Stunning shot Ian. I like long exposure and contrast between the blue sky and the dark water

28 Jan 2013 12:18pm

aaanouel from Heredia, Costa Rica

Beautiful shot, very well done Ian, congrats!

28 Jan 2013 1:03pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Wonderful photo Ian!

28 Jan 2013 1:30pm

Tony from United Kingdom

I actually like vignettes and think it helps push the eye towards the bridge. Very nice composition and execution. Nice symmetry created by the reflection which balances the image.

28 Jan 2013 3:05pm

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Bravo from "my town" ; great shot !

28 Jan 2013 5:44pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

This is an outstanding creation...
An futur spotlight?

28 Jan 2013 7:37pm

BluSimo from Venezia, Italy

a fantastic work Ian!! I love all in it!!

28 Jan 2013 7:54pm

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Excellent job!

28 Jan 2013 8:06pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice long exposure shot!
so beautiful frame, colors, lights & reflections!

28 Jan 2013 8:19pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I love the way that when you do colour, it's like hearing music loud for the first time. Spectacular Ian! I also like the vignetting as it creates a spotlight effect and lights the bridge up and all its colour.

28 Jan 2013 8:45pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Great Image .........

28 Jan 2013 10:16pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely beautiful! This is gorgeous!

28 Jan 2013 11:18pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Perfect... a fine mood...

29 Jan 2013 12:17am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb work on the long exposure! the colour tones and contrast are fantastic!

29 Jan 2013 1:33am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Wonderful colors and presentation.

29 Jan 2013 10:50am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


29 Jan 2013 3:26pm

JDY from Aberdeen, United States

Beautiful image Ian, the colors and detail are spot on. I also think the vignetting distracted the viewer from seeing the big red house that sits up on the hill in the background. The eye goes right to the bridge and water, and that is excellent how you did that. I was wondering why you preferred a square format for this rather long bridge?

30 Jan 2013 6:57pm

Dhaval from Princeton, United States

What an extraordinary shot.. Darkness in corners is actually making this even more beautiful. This is my spotlight of the day!

1 Feb 2013 3:05am

Wolfgang from Germany

Wonderful light and atmosphere!

5 Feb 2013 8:30am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


8 Feb 2013 8:17am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

A sumptuous glaze!

11 Feb 2013 2:49pm

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1821/10 second
ISO 100
19 mm (35mm equiv.)