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Gothic bridge and church, Saint-Affrique

Gothic bridge and church, Saint-Affrique
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-19
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bridges, locks, dams, Dourdou of Camares valley in Aveyron, Sorgues valley in Aveyron, Otras fotos favoritas 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-09 13:33
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Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
September 19th, 2010
Saint-Affrique 120208 12400
Aveyron Midi-Pyrénées
43.959 2.886 325 m

Gothic bridge and church, Saint-Affrique. (3 images).

The church and the Pont-Vieux bridge. September 15th, 2010.
The church. October 27th, 2010. (3 images).

_ The gothic Pont-Vieux bridge, of the 13th century, built about 1270, crosses the SORGUES river. Classified historic building since 1886.

_ The parish church "Notre-Dame de Mésirécorde" of the 19th century, flamboyant neogothic style.

A first church built at the 5th century, was followed by other built churches to the same place in 1214, in 1396, in 1620.
The current church built from 1894 to 1905 and devoted in 1913, comprises an immense nave and a bell-tower whose spire reaches 71 meters height.

The stained glasses tell the miracles of Affricanus, a bishop driven out of Commingues by the Visigoths and installed in the area, at the 5th century, from which the name of the city.

SAINT-AFFRIQUE is a french commune, located in the department of Aveyron of the Midi-Pyrénées area, populated of 7507 Saint-Affricains in 1999, divided out of 111 km², that is to say 68 hab./km².

The name of Saint-Affrique, "Sancti Affricani", is mentioned into 942.
The commune, crossed by SORGUES river and the DOURDOU de CAMARÈS river, is made up of the villages and hamlets of: Bedos, Boussac, Bournac, Cambon, Crassous, Saint-Etienne de Naucoules, Savignac, Tiergues, Truans, Vailhauzy, Vendeloves.

_ The SORGUES river, takes its source at 570 meters high, in a side of CAUSSE of LARZAC, close to Cornus, near the castle of Sorgues, by an important resurgence. It runs in Aveyron to throw itself in the "Dourdou de Camarès", very close to Vabres-l'Abbaye, after a course of 46 km, and the crossing of a catchment area of 279 km². Its flow can pass from a minimal flow of 0.79 m³/s to a maximum flow of 320 m³/s. Sorgues river description.

_ The DOURDOU, known as "Dourdou de Camarès", takes its source at 1050 meters of altitude, in the mounts of Carroux and Espinouze, in Castanet-le-Haut, in the department of Hérault, it passes in Aveyron, before throwing in the TARN, on its left bank, in Broquiès in the department of the Tarn, after a course of 87 km² and the crossing of a catchment area of 658 km². Its flow can pass from a minimal flow of 1.5 m³/s to a maximum flow of 650 m³/s.Description.

My images of Saint-Affrique.
My images of Sorgues valley.
My images of Dourdou of Camarès valley.

Copyright © All rights reserved. The use or the reproduction, on any media, for profit or not profit, of my photographs, including my photographs published in workshop, the notes or the texts, is prohibited without my written authorization. Joel Berthonneau.

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amazing architecture, very good POV



Hello Joel,the over all image is most pleasing with excellent detail in the bridge and also the church and buildings beyond,all under a clear blue sky.Lovely.
Best regards

Ciao Joel,
molto bello il POV sul magnifico ponte, con la chiesa alle sue spalle ed il magnifico riflesso sull'acqua. I colori sono molto naturali e belli, l'inquadratura è perfetta, la qualità eccellente. Un caro abbraccio, buona settimana.

Bonsoir Joel,

a great composition, a splendid of two elelgant but so different architectural objects with a very appealing result.

Kind regards,

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2011-01-09 15:30]

Allô Joël,
Il semble que la tour est une partie du pont, est un très bon point de vue et unique.
J'aime vraiment le point de vue avec le pont sous la voûte, nous pouvons voir un autre pont.
Très bonne profondeur et de lumière. Beau travail!
Très bonnes photos de l'église.

Bonsoir Joël,

Les reflets sur l'eau de la rivière sont des atouts à la composition. La prise de vue envoie mon regard sous l'arche du pont vers l'immeuble ce qui donne de la profondeur à l'image. L'assemblage des trois photos permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture du pont et du clocher de l'église Notre-dame-de-Miséricorde. La qualité de la lumière fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Hi Joël,
I like the way you have chosen your POV here, with the bridge separating the background hills from the beautiful blue sky. The bridge and the spire are perfectly placed compositionwise. Beneath the bridge we can enjoy a little separate view with its own value. A very attractive and pleasant picture!
Kind regards

Hi Joel.
Another fine shot from this area between Toulouse and Montpellier - thanks for the map coodinates.
Marvellous reflection, and the river bank curves in sync with the reflected arch! The circle becomes a good frame for the view of the next bridge and town buildings. You captured the detail and the late Summer light very nicely. These very old bridges had a great simplicity and beautiful proportions in their designs.
Best wishes,

J'aime le cadrage avec l'arche du pont et le splendide clocher gothique décalé et, bien sûr, l'habituelle très grande qualité d'image.

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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1962 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2011-01-09 23:52]

Hello Joël,
The architectural forms and their optical reflection in the water are simply beautiful in this sunny, colorful and very high quality picture. Excellent point of view, well thought-out composition, wonderful light, lovely colors and, in general, great job!
Best regards,

Bonjour Joel!
Beautiful composition. The arch under the bridge and another bridge and buildings, contrapuntally of the church tower, a beautiful composition constitute. The colors are excellent, the sharpness, not otherwise. The water is a mirror of the bonus.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14065 W: 0 N: 16135] (171632)
  • [2011-01-10 1:18]

Hello Joël,

Fantastique pont de pierre, quelle cpatage, avec ce bâtiment en fond, le reflet sur la rivière, ce clocher qui file dans le ciel pur et limpide, on voit comme un superbe rond, grandisoe.

Bravo et amitié


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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2011-01-10 1:21]

Hi Joel,
Very interesting composition of this beautiful place. Really like the gothic bridge and church taken in a great scenery. Well done. Thanks for sharing.
Best, Malgorzata

Bonjour Joël,

Curieux nom pour ce village. Très belle photo avec un POV - quasi les pieds dans l'eau - très bein choisi. Tu utilîses ainsi au mieux aussi bien le garphisme de ce pont et de son reflet que la perspective qu'il laisse ouverte. J'aime aussi la façon dont ce haut clocher "emerge" dans l'image.

This is a great shot of this bridge and spire. The low POV is fine using the bridge to provide framing for the scene. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness. The river leads the eye into the shot perfectly as well as creating a diagonal through the shot. The deep blue sky provides a great backdrop for the shot.

Hi Joel,
a superb view, the composition is spectacular, beautiful details and lights, the atmosphere of the photo is great, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!

Hello Joël,
Judicious use of the square format to frame this well thought out composition. The ambient light is particularly attractive and there are some agreeable reflections to be seen in the slow running waters of the river. Fine technical presentation. Bravo!

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  • ifege Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 887 W: 76 N: 2601] (12141)
  • [2011-01-10 23:19]

Hi Joel
Excellent use of the old bridge to frame the town scene beyond. Great colour.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15707 W: 159 N: 27472] (144116)
  • [2011-01-11 0:47]

Bonjour Joel
Une vue plus en approche du pont et de l'église, belle lumière qui donne avec les reflets un joli rond, intéressante ensemble architecturaux, les WS sont aussi très intéressant
Belle journée

Salut Joël!
C'est un endroit magnifique!
Les détails architecturaux et naturels sont merveilleux!
La photo m'a plu beaucoup parce qu'elle est belle et a des qualités excellentes!
Merci du partage,

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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2011-01-11 4:35]

Bonjour Joël,
this is a very interesting composition and a very fascinating one. You took a great advantage of the perspective. Very moody colors and a beautiful light of early autumn. TFS!
Warm regards

Hello Joël,

Two competing subjects, adding dynamics to the image!
The amazing stone bridge in front frames the view nicely, while the majestic church calls for attention in its own right...
Amazing sharpness, a well exposed scene!

Pablo -

Toujours des cadrages réglés au poil dans tes photos! Belle lumière aussi très bien gérée dans les ombres! Excellent travail! Salutations amicales!


hi Joel
alot of wonderful visual elements combined together.
you have a low point in the water, a high point way up in the sky, and a unique peek-a-boo in the circular middle.
great shot!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2011-01-12 0:00]

Bonjour Joel,
beautiful old bridge and ghotic tower of church. I like the reflection in water also. Good note and complementary WS. Solid documental photowork. I like it.
Have a nice day.

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