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Where Friends are Found… (Explore 16/01/21 #41)

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy


With lockdown restrictions tighter than ever, I suspect many of us togs have been forced to dredge through our archives for lost gems or even rework a few old favourites.


I was chatting with Mark Waidson the other day on our WhatsApp group discussing the very subject. Our last big outing was February 2020… a week’s togging in the Isle of Skye. Although we all have plenty of images from there it’s been a sense of déjà vu for us with the high probability of us posting similar images for the same location from the same day, hence the archive dipping of late.


All this brings me to my posting… yes, I’ve posted this before, but I’ve reworked it now I know more about Photoshop and the Nik Collection. However, this is special to me on many fronts. Firstly, I just love a good bridge (it’s the engineer in me) and it’s been on my bridge bucket list for decades. Secondly, the year this was taken was my first year on Flickr and my first year with a decent SLR camera (no comments from you Nikon togs… you know who you are!). But more importantly, it’s given me the chance to meet people through photography and Flickr. I mention Mark’s name as he was one of the first togs I followed and it just so happened he was going to Florence the week before myself and Mrs R. Hence much swapping of plans and locations. It’s fair to say we might have very similar images in our streams.


So, here I am in my 7th year on Flickr… it’s had its ups and downs, as had all of us photography wise. But as long as Flickr stays afloat, I intend to stick with it and continue the journey with so many good friends and togs. Meetups are just around the corner and hopefully a biggie get together somewhere.


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Taken on October 4, 2015