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Ancient and modern

Ancient and modern
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Copyright: Jean Dwyer (jean113) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 786 W: 0 N: 2680] (10719)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-22
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Panasonic Lumix TZ30
Exposure: f/0.1, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-01-13 7:42
Viewed: 449
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
'Ancient and modern', two bridges side by side crossing the river, in the centre of Dartmoor.

This is Postbridge, and the two bridges are just a short walk away from the National Park Visitor Centre.

The bridge in the foreground is one of the finest examples of a clapper bridge in the country. Believed to date back to medieval times, it would probably have replaced stepping stones to help packhorses cross the river.
The bridge has two central piers spanned by three large granite slabs, or clappers.
The word clapper is thought to derive from the Anglo Saxon word 'cleaca' meaning stepping stones, or bridging the stepping stones.

The road bridge in the background was probably built around 1792, so not that modern!

Thank you for looking.

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Good evening Jean,
Can't imagine horses crossing the older bridge, looks too narrow for them.
The perspective chosen is wonderful, shows the strong current of the river, and the surrounding park in beautiful winter ambiance. Fine clear photo.
My best regards,

Hello Jean,
Nice capture from Devon, taken with perfect pov.
Very good light management allthough been taken under this quite dim light and perfect sharpness.
Interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend

Hello Jean, very good photography of these beautiful and interesting bridges in a beautiful environment, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations my friend. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work.

Good night and happy beginning of the week.
Warm greetings from the south of Spain.

Bonjour, cher Jean,
Bravo pour l'humour du titre, j'ai beaucoup apprécié.
J'apprécie évidemment le sujet présenté.
Je suis surpris de voir que ces ponts défient les siècles avec bonheur.
Très bonne présentation.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10457 W: 146 N: 26238] (126499)
  • [2018-01-13 23:29]

Hello Jean,

How relative are the words old and modern. Very interesting two bridges so close to each other. I would be afraid a bit to go on this clapper bridge. I like these big slabs of stones. Beautiful picture.

Kind regrad s Malgo

Hi Jean,
Well framed these two bridges, nice brightness and colors contrast too, well presented, the second in the BG seems more sure to cross the river ...

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14181 W: 0 N: 16220] (172770)
  • [2018-01-14 1:08]


Double vue de ponts quelle iamge sueprbe avec le flot important de la rivière quel rendu sur ces plaque de pierre on se demande comment elles tiennent superbe vue et rendu sur la pierre.
Bravo et beau dimanche

Hi Jean
Certainly a very photogenic venue of the rural setting and such a well composed quintessentially British landscape. Whilst 'the ancient' is obviously the star here, it's interesting to see the 2 bridges together. I love the strong flow of the water as well here. You've captured this location so superbly, Congrats
Best regards

PS: Tx to your interests on my last upload; Never used vignettting effect, instead spot metering was used on the brightest area only ie the face, the rest is consequential. Hope that explains. Tx once again.

Ciao Jean, great view of fascinating old bridges, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Jean,

good image of these two bridges, I like the combination of their structures, you chose an excellent point of view to show them, well seen,

Best regards,


Hello Jean

A nice capture of these two bridges constructed in different periodes of time. Fine perspective along the river. The greenery adds a nice colour contrast to the scene. Very nice work:) TFS.

Greetings, Erling

Hi Jean,
nice composition in which you managed to include two interesting bridges. For me both of them appear ancient, both would be interesting to document here even separately but you have killed two birds with one stone here...
Not the best weather but I suppose very typical there, very natural light.
Great reportage,

Hello Jean

I'm familiar with this place, though I haven't visited for quite a while: my parents used to live in Devon after they retired back in the sixties. You've managed to exclude any grockles (though there probably weren't many about in January), and any other hints of "modernity" (despite your title!), such as cars, or the visitor centre that you mention. So often, snapshots have waste-bins, advertising signs and so on, when a couple of steps right or left would have eliminated them: the photographer hasn't really "looked"! But you're of course not guilty, and that attention to detail makes this for me a photograph rather than a snap.



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