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sunset over an ancient bay


sunset over an ancient bay
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-03
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 35-280 - f2.8-4.2, @ ISO 50, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/70 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ~~ Sunsets & Sunrises part I ~~, WATER [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-03 20:18
Viewed: 4367
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
You would say - an usual sunset... but in fact it's not as the place is unusual. You see the liman "Lacul Sinoe", and there is a great history behind it.

It started the existence some 7,000 years ago as a bay of the Black Sea, when the Danube River has started to build its enormous delta. For years and years the Danube deposited silt and sand forming long peninsulas sheltering the bays from the open sea. Some 600 years BC, Greeks from Milet came and established a colony - Histria named after the Danube ("Istros" in Greek) - and gave the name "Sinoe" to the bay. The colony flourished becoming one of the most powerful ancient cities in the Black Sea region. And the river continously dragged the sand into the bay. Around I BC, the bay got almost separated from the sea and soon became very shallow and muddy - ca. V AC the port-city of Histria died. The people left and the newly formed coastal lake (liman) has never seen the merchant ships anymore.

The spectacular ruins remained - called sometimes the Romanian "Pompei". When camping in this abandoned area, you just hear the voices of this rich distant past in the wind - at least I did...

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Hi Michal

Very nice shot. Well composed, good sharpness and detail. Nice work. TFS.

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  • Vicky Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 94] (468)
  • [2005-10-04 2:04]

Hi Michal,
Excellently composed shot. The colours of the sky are wonderful and I love the rippled effect of the water.
Very peaceful scene...thanks for sharing it.
Best wishes, Vicky

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-04 4:54]

Hello Michal!
Wonderful sunset.I liked warm colors,DOF,details on water and your informative note a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-04 5:09]

What a beautiful dark sunset Michal. Well composed with very subdued colours. It's a good job! TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-04 7:16]

Excellent, moody picture with great, poetic note ;-) This must be great place to spend night with stars over head and to hear stories about ancient ghosts.

Hello Michal!
Very nice sunset.Colors,DOF,POV and composition are perfect.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-04 15:27]

Michal, how nice it is the effect upon the water.

I like mood and composition a lot with its two thirds of heave and one third of water.

Very nice shades in the clouds.

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