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Submitted on
January 23, 2010
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Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Shutter Speed
40/10 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 16, 2009, 9:33:51 PM
Ai, Latvija by darkdex52 Ai, Latvija by darkdex52
The title is a reference to Kaspars Dimiters song "Ai, Latvija".
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First question: Have you ever seen the painting of the Grand Canal by Manet? This reminds me of it. Sorry, art history nerd comes out at random times.

Photographs of nightime lights on water has always fascinated me and this has completely captured my mind.

The sky, overcast as it is in this, is a good contrast to the black of the unlit water. If the sky were as black as the water this photograph would look dark, foreboding, rather than joyful and light.

I don't know what caught YOUR eye to make you take this photograph, but what I noticed is that the three yellow lights contrasted to the upward jog of the lights on the tower make for an interesting uplift and downswing in this.

The yellow lights cast long reflections in the water, growing longer as they go right to left. The tower is nearly unseen in the water because of a disturbance close to shore (or something). Because of this, the eye can only focus on the actual light of the tower, which also seems to "lengthen" right to left as the lights point higher and higher into the sky.

After all of this, the blues of the middle lights and the dichotomy between the black water and greenish/yellow sky create a whirlpool that my eyes at least got lost in.

I liked this a lot, thank you for sharing!

One less fangirly note, however: The very far left lights, the colorful disco ones? Well, those are lovely however the ones at the very edge of this don't seem to fit very well. Perhaps a careful consideration of if, when, and where to crop could come up if you ever have a similar piece :)
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I enjoy the urban impact on nature more than the average person. However this has been done before. I mean no insult, I always enjoy seeing more work from anywhere in the world like this. Eventually (at your desire) If you got a camera that took even sharper photos with higher resolution, I think it would only make your photograpy that more popular. It impacted me greatly, due to the fact that I live near a relativly large power and light facility. The lights from the area pollute the sky at night like this but it is a welcoming feeling that this picture gives me too.
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FollowYourZen Mar 27, 2014  New member Professional Traditional Artist
Love this shot and the reflections off the water. 
Blackr0see Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eh,musu milja latvija <333
Blackr0see Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kurs gads staro riga tas bija?:D
darkdex52 Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ehehe, ļoti tālais 2009. :D
Blackr0see Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
es atceros,biju tur :D eh tie laiki :D
FollowingTheArts Jun 7, 2013  Student Artist
Amazing! ^_^
I love how the city feels in this shot. And the lights are so mesmerizing.
SAJJADJANBAZ Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Love it!
SAJJADJANBAZ Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Love it!
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