Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Via Grande

Via Grande seen from the Bridge of Sighs, LivornoThis is “Via Grande”, the whole half a mile of it, seen from the the entrance of the “Porto Mediceo”. At its far end we can see some of the buildings surrounding “Piazza della Repubblica”.
This picture was taken last Monday, a pre-festive day in Italy, at rush hour. You can see the same street, practically empty, in our “Ferragosto” post. I'm obviously showing off the full zoom of my new camera...

24 comments:

Per Stromsjo said...

Sometimes, the world is a compact place...

Jacob said...

Oh, oh! What a mess is this. Looks like Paree!

Zooming is good for show-offs. I like the way it compresses the distance.

And what new camera did you get, perchance? There are many here in Florida who demand to know!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I love the foreshortening going on here, very cool--makes it look REALLY busy and crowded, which it probably IS. But the picture emphasizes that.

(I fixed the "Flanders Fields" problem. Thanks for alerting me. :-D

brattcat said...

This is such a wonderfully rich image. Are those decorations above? For the festival? Or the holidays? You've caught so many details here that are well worth spending time studying.

Stine in Ontario said...

I bet it looks very busy and crowded because it IS busy and crowded. :)

Nice zoom!

Luis Gomez said...

Nice photo Vogon. Love the zoom and the details.

Tash said...

traffic, what traffic??
just kidding. Probably the worst traffic jamb I've been in was not here in LA area but in Honolulu. Similar scene to yours - lots of cars & trucks and busses on small overloaded roads/freeways. Aren't you glad you are walking?
Nice shot to show-off your camera!

amatamari© said...

Excellent idea for the new zoom ... but how much traffic, perhaps it is better to close the center
to cars!

tapirgal said...

Wonderful! You have to "embiggen" this one to feel you've gone inside it. I love the shot. The decorations crossing the street look so strange. Thanks for the link. It's nice to compare it to a day with no traffic. I wouldn't have known it was the same street. Like Jacob, I'm wondering about the camera and what X is the zoom, or did you get an SLR? I remember reading once where you said if you got another camera, it would be another "bridge." Just curious. I use a Canon with a 12x. They make a similar one now with 18x or 24x.

Vogon Poet said...

After few years of honorable service and tens of thousands of pictures, my aged PowerShot S3 IS is retiring. It has been replaced by a Canon PowerShot SX20 IS.
I have already posted the first images taken with the new camera (Moby Aki, Sunday Market), but I still have a sizable archive created with the old one.

Frank said...

Neat shot! I'm guess you're still playing around with the new camera and leaning about its new features. It's amazing how long a camera can last today. They become such an extension of our eye and can take a lot of abuse.

This street looks terrific but yesterday's post is of a scene I never grow tired of. I just love that canal and the bridges.

Julie said...

I would not enjoy being in that queue, but also I would not think it good for my health to walk through all those emissions as a pedestrian.

Cezar and Léia said...

Congratulations for your new camera, it's really something that I wish I can buy someday! :)
This street looks a busy place in the city and I agree with Frank that post about bridges were outstanding!
Léia

B SQUARED said...

Looks like a lot of lights above the street. Must be beautiful at night.

Halcyon said...

I'm glad we don't know what real traffic is here in Jackson!

joo said...

Looks busy! Must be lovely after dusk with all the light on:)

cieldequimper said...

Lol @ Jacob! Very nice zoomed in effect, I'm sure you'll go out there one evening to show us those lights. Your night shots have been very good, regardless of what you think!
I remember the August post!

Bergson said...

He'll have to go back to take lighting

Gunn White said...

Congratulations with your new camera!
This is a busy road. I don`t think I could manage to drive in big Italian cities.
Is itChristmas light they have put up over the street??

Vogon Poet said...

OK, I'll take another shot at night, but I have to stand in the middle of the road to get it straight!

Andreea said...

Italy as I remember it :)

Clueless in Boston said...

A good telephoto can show us things in quite a different way sometimes. You should have a lot of fun with your new zoom. I have found with some of my pictures, that I tend to zoom in first and ask questions later:)

cieldequimper said...

If you go late enough, you might stand a chance! ;-)

Wolynski said...

The Canon Powershot? Is that like an advanced point and shoot, or an SLR already? I'll have to look it up. Whatever it is, it takes great photos - this one is great, especially when enlarged.