looking East along the Arno River in Florence, and facing the
Ponte Alle Grazie bridge, was shot from on top of the San
Niccolo weir. I managed to find a relatively dry spot, but it
was still pretty precarious... trying to keep my balance while
taking 3 separate exposures hand held, feeling my feet
slipping from under me all the while.
down on tiptoes I had originally tried single exposures but
even in March the sun was still harsh enough to cause exposure
issues, resulting in either an overexposed sky or underexposed
landscape (particularly in the foreground). The only way to
get the image above was through merging 3 different exposures
in Photomatix and subtle use of HDR to balance the exposure
The Wool Merchants' Guild owned
numerous facilities on the river, such as a fulling mill, used
in the various cycles of processing wool and fabrics. San
Niccolo weir was used to furnish these mills with water needed
in the production of woolen fabrics and to provide drinking
water to the local population in Florence.
The Arno River itself flows through the Italian region of
Tuscany and is the most important river in central Italy after
the River Tiber. The Arno River's source is on the southern
slope of Mount Falterona, and it's 241km journey takes it
through Arezzo, Empoli, Florence and finally Pisa before
flowing into the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The Ponte Alle Grazie bridge seen in the background was
originally constructed in 1227, was rebuilt in 1345 and in the
17th Century two of the arches were filled and chapels were
erected at each of the pylons which were later used as houses
for nuns until they were cleared in the 1870's. The bridge you
see today was built in 1953 after the aforementioned iteration
was destroyed by retreating Germans in 1944.