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November 4, 2010
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Focal Length
58 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Nov 1, 2010, 1:47:15 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Bridge of Destiny HDR by ISIK5 Bridge of Destiny HDR by ISIK5
Venice Italy, November 2010 HDR

The Rialto Bridge (Italian: Ponte di Rialto) is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal.

The first dry crossing of the Grand Canal was a pontoon bridge built in 1181 by Nicolò Barattieri. It was called the Ponte della Moneta, presumably because of the mint that stood near its eastern entrance.[2]

The development and importance of the Rialto market on the eastern bank increased traffic on the floating bridge, so it was replaced in 1255 by a wooden bridge.[2] This structure had two inclined ramps meeting at a movable central section, that could be raised to allow the passage of tall ships. The connection with the market eventually led to a change of name for the bridge. During the first half of the 15th century two rows of shops were built along the sides of the bridge. The rents brought an income to the State Treasury, which helped maintain the bridge.
Maintenance was vital for the timber bridge. It was partly burnt in the revolt led by Bajamonte Tiepolo in 1310. In 1444 it collapsed under the weight of a crowd watching a boat parade and it collapsed again in 1524.
The idea of rebuilding the bridge in stone was first proposed in 1503. Several projects were considered over the following decades. In 1551 the authorities requested proposals for the renewal of the Rialto Bridge, among other things. Plans were offered by famous architects such as Jacopo Sansovino, Palladio and Vignola, but all involved a Classical approach with several arches, which was judged inappropriate to the situation. Even the great Michelangelo was considered as designer of the bridge.
The present stone bridge, a single span designed by Antonio da Ponte, was finally completed in 1591. It is remarkably similar to the wooden bridge it succeeded. Two inclined ramps lead up to a central portico. On either side of the portico the covered ramps carry rows of shops. The engineering of the bridge was considered so audacious that architect Vincenzo Scamozzi predicted future ruin. The bridge has defied its critics to become one of the architectural icons of Venice.
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RIDVANBAL Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
hep sorucam sorucam soramadım bir türlü , HDR foto çekerken 3-4 kere aynı pozu farklı expose time ile çekmiyormusunuz ? eğer öyleyse hareketli görüntülerde nasıl mümkün oluyor bu anlamadım (?

5D mark II aynı anda farklı expose timeda çoklu resim çekiyosa diyecek laf yok tabi :D
ISIK5 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cevap veriyorum: Gün ışığında 3-5 kareyi çekmek toplam 1 saniyeyi alıyo o yüzden çok fazla hareket etme olasılığı olmuyo araçların,insanların vs. ha oldu da çok hareket ettiler ve kötü bi görüntü oluştu. 0 exposuredan onları düzeltiyoruz :) bölece hareket etmemiş gibi duruyolar :D
lion-feathers Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Writer
How did you get such a great shot from, I assume, a moving boat?

Thanks for the history summary, too. It's good to have the details all in one place. The date of the second collapse is a few years after my current story ends, but it sounds like it might come into a sequel.

(I'm a bit of a Venice nut...)
ISIK5 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well actually I took 3 shots but it didn't work out good. So I created 3 different exposures in Photoshop and merge them, here is the result :D
lion-feathers Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Student Writer
Ah, the wonders of Photoshop!
ISIK5 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
God bless PS! :love:
NeroBlade Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
ISIK5 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanx :D
hummbuzz Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Beautiful image, Isik...and what a wonderful place to visit. :hug:
ISIK5 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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