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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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laughandleer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Consty-T Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool!:) (Smile) ;) (Wink) 
Consty-T Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
cool!:) (Smile) DeviantArt 
Grey8Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
Great photo!
FollowYourZen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this shot and the reflections off the water. 
jaycebrasil Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Nappah Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eh,musu milja latvija <333
Nappah Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kurs gads staro riga tas bija?:D
darkdex52 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ehehe, ļoti tālais 2009. :D
Nappah Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
es atceros,biju tur :D eh tie laiki :D
reruxia Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing! ^_^
KingKuranes Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
I love how the city feels in this shot. And the lights are so mesmerizing.
SAJJADJANBAZ Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Love it!
SAJJADJANBAZ Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Love it!
SeeThruMineEyes Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
DragonstarV8 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Looks great at night
harlia Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool reflex
Kaizer-X Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
This is cool!
LightingAshley25 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah Latvia one of three Baltic countries sadly over looked as well not very much people know of Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia any ways beautiful picture~
MarcusL76 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, I'm very impressed. :)
old-scorpio1979 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I always love night lights and their reflections... Very well done. Plus the texture of clouds is an additional quality. Impressive!
invincibleskylar4411 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow beautiful..
Starija Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Writer
show us more night scenes? D:
Romuluspixels Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is beautiful, wish i could live here
Davigar Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Nice place and pic!
WolfShadow567 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow looks like a beautiful place?! is it?
Carlyle-Zimmermann Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow! I didn't know Latvia's landscapes are so AWESOME! :-)
DeRaza360 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those reflections... :iconpaulwoahplz:
Ojos-de-Aguila Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Fantastic! Big city night.
Hiscules Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I love the balance of your photo and those lights in the dark! ('though, because of our (mine 2) western direction 4 readin', I think those 'rainbowish' lights on the left would work even better on the right side of this (amazing) shot. That would kinda look a great finish 4 a great book!)
xXFluffyGenocideXx Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's so cool. makes me wish i had a camera.
Eilwynn12 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
The study between the shapes and lights reflecting off of the water, and the clarity of the cityscape itself, is very beautiful.
v4vile Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
AdamwestandSteve Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   Digital Artist
scrolling down your page and im amazed by your work .I'll add you to my watch!
Ilukona Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So pretty.
color-maniac Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
i love city scapes!^-^
Gh0ulscout Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow, amazing shot!
lonerjohn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Many thanks for adding Block to your favourites Bruno, much appreciated!

I love this shot, very broody and haunting and the water in the extreme foreground really adds to the atmosphere, well done.

Please see one or two pieces in my Oil Painting and Photography folders which echo this vibe, I hope you like them!

Kind regards,

LadyHellsing142 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it'd beautiful! ^^
cokoladofilka Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I always loved reflections :clap: Simple, but well done ^^
gino456 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
its remind me of my vacation in barcalona
Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this Riga? It's a beautiful skyline, and you can almost feel the texture of the water, here :)
toxicsoil Featured By Owner May 2, 2012   Digital Artist
I love the relection the somber colors, a great picture!
Vestiphile Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Composition here is beautiful.

The grey atop contrasting with the neutral glow of the center and the bright spectral spots of color in the bottom third...perfect.

I especially like the capture of the reflection on the water. Well balanced aperture and shutter speed for this night shot--the glassy effect in the distance is great.
alkemie21 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely love this shot! :+favlove:
DiMarte Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I liked your gallery, you have lots of great shots :)
D-mowmow Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Incredible!! The reflections and shimmers are so beautiful and otherworldly :heart:
harrietthespy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
stunningly beautiful!
MusicalKate Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Photographer
Amazing shot, love the colours!! :clap:
GRANA53 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
beautiful night shot :)
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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