Photographer's Note


Although the photographs I submit to Trekearth are usually in random order, this one is a sequel to the last photograph, Tight Fit, shot just a few hours earlier.

Venice is unique for its canals that serve as streets, bridges as crosswalks, and the Grand Canal, wider and longer than any of the other canals, as its main boulevard. The Grand Canal, defined by a serpentine shape resembling a backwards letter “S,” has a length of approximately 5 km (3 miles).

For those who have not visited this magnificent city before, but will have an opportunity in the future, I recommend taking a public waterbus, a vaporetto, through the Grand Canal and and even circumnavigating the city to get a good lay of the land. Meanwhile, I recommend a glance at the map-like areal shot submitted by Massimiliano Raineri.

The present image shows a view from a vaporetto, as it approached the wide semi-circular arch of Ponte di Rialto. A gondolier wisely steered his vessel off to one side, making way for larger vessels simultaneously to pass under the bridge.

The Ponte di Rialto is the last replacement of a line of short-lived bridges that occupied this spot. In 1181 a floating pontoon bridge was first constructed, but wore down from heavy use. The pontoon bridge was replaced by a wooden bridge in 1250, only to be burned down during a mob riot in 1310. Another wooden bridge was hurriedly built in its place. The replacement, however, collapsed in 1444; and, after repairs, collapsed again in 1524. Finally, in 1591 the present masonry structure was built. Its early detractors, no doubt the architects who lost the competition for the commission, predicted that it too would crumble into the Grand Canal. But through 418 years, the massive stone edifice has withstood the onslaught of numberless pedestrians — natives and visitors — to become one of the most recognizable landmarks of Venice.

Compositionally, this photograph could have been vastly improved, if I had taken another shot above this view, and stitched the two images together vertically. A nice square Carper frame would have made this a better shot. Didi Massoud is the master of stitching, as he demonstrated in the image Typical Architecture I, the pieces organized in a Carper frame.

Nikon D200, 28-200 Auto Nikkor Lens, tripod used as a monopod.

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