Fantastic story and capture (and encouraging behavior of the instructor:).
A W E S O M E capture.. wonderful story :) and of course big congrats for making it to the Photo Of the Day :)
That's a beautiful photo. It's even more striking in black and white! This makes for a great wallpaper!
It is officially called "Sultan Suleiman's Bridge", but somehow the Mostarians keep forgetting that.
@Dino Mustafić Tito made them foget
Amazing photo !!
With the outstretched hands, at first glance someone can easily confuse this with Jesus rising from the water !!
WEEEE!!! I hope that river is deep. :) Good job getting down there in time to get this awesome shot.
I've had the pleasure of visiting Mostar, these guys are phenomenally brave! It's far higher than it looks!
Guts or stupidity? The jumping off the bridge is what I mean. As to the shot it is more than a great one., picture perfect, clear as crystal, and so well framed. Definately one of my favourite black and white's. j.e.s........
@Joy Saldanha After almost 500 years of doing it it's most probably guts, not stupidity :)
The background gradient of the NG page works well framing this photo, as it has for the past 3 photos. Wouldn't this page be even more awesome with dynamic gradient colors based on the prominent color or accent of the day's photo.
The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 during the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After its destruction a temporary cable bridge was erected in its place.
Newspapers based in Sarajevo reported that more than 60 shells hit the bridge before it collapsed. After the destruction of the Stari Most, a spokesman for the Croats admitted that they deliberately destroyed it, claiming that it was of strategic importance. Academics have argued that the bridge held little strategic value and that its shelling was an example of deliberate cultural property destruction. Andras Riedlmayer terms the destruction an act of "killing memory", in which evidence of a shared cultural heritage and peaceful co-existence were deliberately destroyed.
@Saša Trifunović That's the muslim version of what happened and why. But somehow, they always fail to mention that the war in Mostar was a civil war between muslims and croats, so, in the least case, they both have the same responsibility. And the muslim there know really well what they did to people so it's about time they stop portraying themselves as victims.
@antonita martinez @Saša Trifunović Yea, and toothfairy came and bombed one of the most stunning examples of ottoman architecture. It's not Old Bridges fault why people kill people, and trying to make revenge pay itself by destroying cultural landmarks is an act of most vicious terrorism and cultural destruction. There is simply no excuse why this bridge is destroyed by means what so ever.
@antonita martinez Muslim vesrion? That is what hapenned, reality version, what drugs are you on???
Don't be crazy. "The Muslim there know what they did to people..." obviously we don't know, so please... please tell us what we did to people?
I know that Croatian side had organized concentration camps for thousands of Muslims, they bombed to ground the Muslim part of the city. Come to Mostar and see which side fired rockets. You fill see that nothing has been repaired on the Croatian side because there was no need to repair anything.
What am I explaining anyway, you are probably supporting Israelis bombing Gaza as well, due to "what Muslims did there".
But what the story does not say is that this bridge is also a recent reconstruction. Wiki: ''The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat forces during theCroat–Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004''.
This is a lovely example of an Ottoman bridge - I've seen several similar in Turkey. Fabulous photo - thanks!
@David Wheeler Would you please tell me where those bridges are in Turkey, if you remember? I'm from Bosnia so I'd really like to see and compare them...
Great shot, love the framing the bridge does, the crowds on the bridge and most importantly the diver! B&W choice was perfect. Have observed divers going off the Stari Most, would have NEVER considered taking the leap myself. KUDOS to the photographer.
A wonderful photograph. Black and White images stand alone. Color is a 'crutch' in many images. Color images can produce a "WOW" response just from the color itself. Black and White images let the 'mind' roam and wonder.....you interpret the image. If this photograph was in color...the divers image against the blue sky would be less powerful. "Isolation" of the subject matter against a solid toned background brings "power" to this image. Your eye locks on to the diver. Composition is strong....tonality is impressive....a wonderful photograph.
@Werner Kujnisch Disagree, I think the simplicity of the black and white emphasises the moment of calm in free fall...
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