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A hard days night

A hard days night
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-23
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon 18-55mm, Hoya UV - 58mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Photos with titles of songs, ~~ Sunsets & Sunrises part I ~~, Movietitles, Sunrise & Sunsets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-26 18:04
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had to get away for a while to celebrate my Birthday. Lisa took me to Santorini in the Greek Islands for a bit of R&R. The Island is famous for its spectacular sunsets. The day this shot was taken we overdid it a bit. With temperatures hitting 42 C, a midday hike to the top of a volcano, followed by a swim to the volcanic hot springs. A nice lunch break on the Island of Pirisia, and finally back to Santorini for a donkey trek to the top of Oia where the best views of the sunset can be seen.
The town of Oia has a small population, but every evening a couple of thousand people come to view the sunset. We were lucky to find a good spot before the crowds flocked to the town. Every wall, pathway and rooftop had people sat waiting with cameras.
I highly recommend a visit to santorini, just to experience the sunset. This is the best way to end a hard and tiring day.
I hope you enjoy this, and one day get to experience it for yourselves.

Thanks for looking.

AndyB, Tage, scottevers7, Janice, sway, dew77, red45, wallhalla15, carper, marhowie, coasties, PDP, extramundi, slrnovice2, pablominto, evanrizo, limba3 has marked this note useful
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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-26 19:24]

Hello Alan,
What a place to celebrate your birthday at.
Its a great sunset shot,with lovely warm tones and excellent composition.
It would make a great postcard.
Superb,well done.


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-07-26 19:32]

Hi Alan,
We have been discussing composition.
I would like to point out that you did a fantastic job in composition. Offset the sun, a well balanced image. Not only that, what a beauty, congrats friend. Beautiful capture.
TFS. Must be nice to have a birthday prezzy like that. Hmmm, can you have your wife talk to mine.?


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  • Tage Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 43] (251)
  • [2005-07-26 19:54]

A great sunset picture, and the story to go with it. Thanks for sharing this special moment, I added Santorini to my list of places I would like to go visit..

Hi Alan,
A beautiful sunsrt. I love the hazy atmosphere to soften eveything. Great coloring!!

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-27 3:55]

This place looks like a great place to tick over one more year ;)
Great shot well worth waiting on a hill for.
I love the silhouettes of the buildings against the orange sky. Great!
Lovely composition,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-27 4:02]

Hello Alan!
Nice to see you back;)Very nice,romantic place.Warm colors,framing and composition are excellent.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-27 4:17]

Man, what a place! Similiar to Pam's copper suns, extraordinary colours, hazy horizon, sea. I bet you've got great time ;-) Lovely composition with church and old wind-mill. More!

Hi Mike!
Your Lisa have a good taste to choosing places :-) Tell her "hallo" from me ;-)
Wonderful light and great place!

Hello Alan!
Nice to see you back;).Wonderful post.I liked the composition.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-27 5:27]

Hi Alan, this sounds like a terrific place to have a holiday. Beautiful warm colours in this scene, quite moody, but restful. Well composed, just the perfect shot. Thank you.

Hello Alan,
a very nice sea/landscape. Looks like a picture-card. I like it. Warm colours and good sharpness. Itīs for me a little bit dark.

Hello Alan

Welcome back! You have just visited on the the places at the top of my wish list! Maybe one day we will be fortunate enough to get there but till then I will have to experience the scenery through your eyes, for this opportunity, I thank you!

What can I say about this sensational sunset and the quality of the image. To be perfectly honest, words escape me as I sit an view this in awe.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-27 6:20]

Hello Alan,

Happy birthday! "For he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow and so say all of us!" :) It's great to have you back. This is a spectacular sunset. Colors are really warm and details are great. I would have been tempted to crop some of the dark lower parts, just under the dark silhouettes of the buidlings, which are fantastic and gives us an idea of the whereabouts. Well done & TFS!


it's a beauty Alan,
the siloette, the sun light, the backlight I mean gives a very special effect, good composed shor, very good job,
gr. Jaap

Lovely shot Alan!
Beautiful colours and perfect composition.
It has really great mood.
I like it very much.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-27 14:50]

Alan, although a little late, happy birthday.

As for the photo, I do enjoy composition.

Great colors, great mixture between light and dark shades.

Excellent job.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-27 15:51]

Hello Alan, glad to se you back and I hope you had a great holiday. Happy birthday too!

The shot is very well composed and the colours are excellent. I would try and darken the FG a little more in order to lose the people there. Apart from that it's great, well done.

Hi Alan
Excellent capture, you don't use a tripod, great postcard
In a friendly way Christophe

Fantastic capture Alan! Very well composed and I like the low-lit FG showing a sample of the Greek architecture there. I got worn out just reading about this special day of R&R ;-)
Well done my friend!

Beautiful image Alan, great contour with the gradient colour, pleasant sunset and beautiful sky. I like the composition with the big black area. No nits, alhough I try to find them.
Thanks for this post, and for your sincere last critic, I agree very much with and find it very useful. Regards, Felipe.

As I suspected, it was your birthday trip! You did the exact itinerary we did, including viewing the sunset from Oia!! I'm glad you had a wonderful time, and especially happy you captured this gorgeous image, damn those people screwing up good pictures!

Nice post, Alan, have a great weekend!


This golden glow is glorious! What a warm beautiful sunset, well captured with very interesting shapes in the foreground. Well done.

Hi Alan, this is a stunning image. This island's fame is obviously well deserved and you've certainly done it justice. This is a wonderful backlit scene making the sunset centre stage and what a gloriously understated skyline. A great birthday I should think and a happy belated one from me :)

Hello Alan,
I appreciate this late day shot, most images from this POV are daytime showing the typical Greek colours...
Beautiful sunset, fine reflection and sharp silhouettes... Very pleasing to look at!
Pablo -

Hi Alan your sunset images are sooo great.
I can look them for long time. I was there but I do not have any photos.
Thanks for share.

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  • limba3 (28)
  • [2006-09-18 15:58]

Hi Alan
Beautiful composition. Kind of everything in the shadow, and very well one can see details. Also a last flash of the sun is wonderful on water. (translator)

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