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Fira By Night



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A picture I took in Fira (Santorini, Greece), last summer. It's a long exposure shot and I've repainted some parts of it.

If you wish, you can see a detail HERE (big zoom in the centre of the picture).

Fira is the modern capital of the Greek Aegean island, Santorini. It is a traditional settlement.

The view from Fira is magnificent, with a unique panorama showing the 18 km long caldera from southern Cape Akrotiri to northern Cape Ag. Nikolaos, plus the volcanic island Nea Kameni at the center with Thirassia Island in the distant west on blue Aegean water.

Fira is a town of white-washed houses built on the edge of the 400 m high caldera on the western edge of the semi-circular island of Thera. The two main museums of interest are the Santorini Archeological Museum, 30 m east of the cable car entrance, and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera at the southeast corner of the White Orthodox Cathedral (with the Greek name meaning Metamorphosis), built on the site of the Ypapanti Church, destroyed in the 1956 earthquake.

Access to Fira is mainly by roads on its eastern side, climbing from its port via the Z-shaped footpath on foot or on donkeys, or by riding the steep cable car from its lower terminal by the port.

For more information about my artwork:

Some other long exposure shots:

Candles of The Past

A poem by Peter S. Quinn

Candles of the past
In shadows corner cast
Like paintings on a wall
Or tinting blanching fall
Precious moments going
Special people knowing
Of lives so many ways
In vanished yesterdays

Somewhere in my heart
Where memories start
I have again found
Incidents once around
All the music ways
In the magic of the days
Candle lights I’ve crossed
Those now today are lost
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1000x656px 598.85 KB
Shutter Speed
13/1 second
Focal Length
29 mm
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Date Taken
Aug 25, 2010, 8:18:46 PM
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:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

i only wish that there were 10 stars on the "Impact" rating <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
first off, THANK YOU for stopping to take this photo and then uploading it here <img src="…" width="21" height="15" alt=":dummy:" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="574" title="I am a dummy!"/> this is REALLY beautiful. i am not much of a photographer myself, so i dunno how to give any constructive criticism (not that i see anything wrong here anyway <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>) so, what i find made this shot perfect: the contrast of the sky and the town lights work really strongly here. the fact that it's not just a black/grey sky on a few white lights casting off adobe (at least i think it's adobe ^^') walls, it gives the pic much more depth <img src="…" width="19" height="19" alt=":la:" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="577" title="La la la la"/> The accents of green light help give it that without looking out of place or overpowering the piece.