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Cranes In Sunset by ladiespet Cranes In Sunset by ladiespet
Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Cranes stand against the dying light of the sun. Another new building rises up against the skyline in Rotterdam.

There seems to be a strange mist in the air. The sky is crossed by vapour trails from planes heading towards the North Sea.

I decided the original version of this that I uploaded was a bit messy so I've tried to tidy it up.
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There's something I really love about sunset shots in an urban atmosphere :love: Yours is one of the best ones I've seen in a while.

I like the way the haze and smoke has dulled all the edges and left a very soft atmosphere, yet doesn't feel polluted - gritty and dirty perhaps, but aren't all big cities? :D That feeling is mimicked again in the soft hazy clouds.

The color is wonderful - the eye is instantly drawn to the sun as the brightest, most colorful thing in the composition but soon travels to marvel at all the small details, from the building windows to the tiny cars far below. Awesome shot :)
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fishofglass Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
good!
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:iconsloeb:
sloeb Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nice capture!
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:iconlarryhoth:
larryhoth Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Wonderful capture, definitely a WOW.
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:iconmarsiams:
MarsiaMS Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful urban landscape!
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HazyDreamerNeko Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
this is... ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING!
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Thank you.
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HazyDreamerNeko Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
you are welcome! ^^
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:iconrbeebephoto:
rbeebephoto Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
wonderful "urban" scene capture, Iain!
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Thank you. You used my real name! I suppose it's more appropriate really.
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:iconpamba:
Pamba Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good atmosphere, I like the mist and how the sun comes up,
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
I got this printed out and it was a bit disappointingly murky looking instead of atmospheric. I might try again with a better quality printer (but that would be expensive).
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:iconpamba:
Pamba Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahw that's a shame, but it could be the printer yes. On the net it looks very good!
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Argh! No wonder it was murky! I uploaded a better deviation ages ago, but it doesn't automatically change the print!! I just realised it and fixed it - now the print and the deviation are the same file.
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camilleforget Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture!
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thanks very much.
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:iconmourekda:
MourekDA Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Such a sad picture of human evolution and colonization... beatyful pic tho
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
I know what you mean.
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moonwolf17 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
wow! what an awesome picture!! :clap:
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Thanks v much. There was quite a bit of luck involved!
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:iconsloeb:
sloeb Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful!
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Thanks!
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:iconmvmnl:
MvMNL Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Photographer
nice shot of rotterdam great work :O:)
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Thanks, I still haven't managed to get any Amsterdam pics worth uploading. One day...
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:iconmvmnl:
MvMNL Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Photographer
ok :)
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:iconwisenicesam:
wisenicesam Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011   Photographer
Nice shot!!
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Ta v much.
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
This. Is. So. Tight. :clap:
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
I've heard of "tight" when talking about music - but not photo's. But I guess I have much to learn, and thanks for commenting!
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
No worries, picture is awesome bro. And ya, apologies for the vernacular. i obviously need to get out of the 'the world revolves around me because i'm american' mindset and realize that there is a boatload of people on here who in fact aren't from america and tend to be more awesome than i. :p
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ladiespet Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
I agree that there is a general US mindset that is quite inwardly focussed. On the other hand whenever I'm visiting somewhere fairly exotic, or somewhere that is opening up for business, guess who most of the foreigners are? Guys (and gals) from the U.S. of A!

I just thought I'd mention that for the sake of balance ;-)
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Atlantis-devil Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is amazing!! I love the composition, and from what I see looking at it, the vertical cloud line is a beautiful leading line. It sends you right into the heart of the picture.

Beautiful atmosphere, accented by the foggy haze.
The detail is amazing.
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ladiespet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Thanks for the mini-critique. The vertical cloud line is really an aeroplane trail, the detail is because its made from about six overlapping photos stitched together. I didn't overlap very carefully or regularly so the stitching software coped very well.
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Atlantis-devil Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes i know what is lol wasnt sure how to word it right XD it looks awesome!
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Rieal-Dragonsbane Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student Writer
This is beautiful! I love so much about it. Mainly the mist and the clouds and the slight darkness of the city as the sun sets. c:
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ladiespet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Thanks v much. There was quite a lot of luck involved!
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, so atmospheric!

~da twin
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ladiespet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Thanks very much.
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Siddhartha612 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Loved this shot.
Though it represents what I love (nature),
I know that the image has a mystical ..
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ladiespet Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Thanks. Yes, even though its in the middle of a large city, it was the effect of the mist and the sky making all the man-made structures look natural, that I was trying to get.
I was also trying to be a smart ass with the title (as though it was a picture of the type of Cranes that fly).
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Siddhartha612 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Ahahahaha titles are always difficult.
Yes for me it is sad to see those piles of smoking,
but if the picture is very characteristic.
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sagethethird Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Ah industry, progress :). though, better to see in a city than in the suburbs IMO (a city has already destroyed it's nature, whereas a suburb is a melding of both ;))

Also the Netherlands :love: never see pictures from the netherlands where I'm from, love this! I love Europe haha


great shot!
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ladiespet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Progress indeed, we have to have it. Those are just the lift shafts that you see there. The actual building looks as though it's going to be an ugly concrete lump (it's still being built so I still hope it won't be).

Rotterdam has plenty good modern architecture that is functional as well as good looking. They had to rebuild because most of the centre was destroyed in WW II. I don't like to mention the war in case our German cousins get upset but our Dutch cousins here still ring bells every day to remember the bombing raid that destroyed the old city (or so I was told, by more than one person, but I just googled and I think the daily bell-ringing is unrelated to the bombing).
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sagethethird Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
ah really, that's sad, but at the very least new beginnings are created out of destruction I always say ;) and that's what progress is all about right!

those buildings kinda reminded me of a building in Dubai that has a similar structure inside of it (two concrete pillars) they're surrounded by a glass moon shaped structure created out of triangles. At first I thought it was a picture of that lol. Either way personally I think it looks amazing :XD: hope they are not just a concrete lump O_o

in any sense, awesome picture!
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PuccaNoodles2009 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
I was about to write a critique, but I couldn't find anything wrong with this! Gorgeous picture! A sunset over the city, I don't see many of these. I love how the sky colored in a rainbow-like way, and the clouds right over the sun are so reflective and shiny. I also adore the haze, which gives it sort of a lonesome look. I also love the composition with the buildings and cranes. Lovely.

I'm not a photographer... so I'm sorry I couldn't make use of the critique system! >.<
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ladiespet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Thanks for the commenty style critique! I should've realised that you're not a photographer!
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MollyTheWanderer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Isnt it great when you can take something so sharp and angular, and soften it like that? Great pic. Colors are gorgeous.
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ladiespet Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
I was very surprised by how the camera captured the colours. I shot it through a plate glass window, I think that affected the camera (in my opinion in a good way).
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Shonedogen Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great shot! Evocative!
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:iconladiespet:
ladiespet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Thanks v much. I changed it a bit since I first uploaded because I wasn't happy with the way I'd blended in the building on the left (the whole thing is made from 6 photos stitched together).
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