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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.
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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 Iíve crossed
Those now today are lost
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i only wish that there were 10 stars on the "Impact" rating :D
first off, THANK YOU for stopping to take this photo and then uploading it here :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 :D) 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 :la: The accents of green light help give it that without looking out of place or overpowering the piece.
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000Colibri000 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Wow! Absolutely stunning view!
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:iconquasihedron:
quasihedron Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has that ancient look, Ben! :clap:
Well done! :D
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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:icongarrison-kelly:
Garrison-Kelly Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
A golden city with a starry background: such a beautiful thing. :)
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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:iconlavalamp-genie:
lavalamp-genie Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
It almost looks like Escher's artworks.
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Sabs546 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2015
Thought it was minecraft when the icon was small
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raheem1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
SubhanALLAH! What an Awesome Shot :) Keep Up The Good Work! :D

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peanutkix Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
peanutkix.deviantart.com/journ… Your beautiful work has been featured <3
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HoulsbyWorks Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, what a great image!
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:iconoscar-ojisan:
oscar-ojisan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012   Artist
i want to live here ..^__^..
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wolfen-graphix Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012   General Artist
Magnifique shot!
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ht3456781 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student General Artist
ITS SOO BEAUTIFUL :cries:
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:iconpink-eyed:
pink-eyed Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks like the perfect place to spend a lot of hot summer nights with friends and wine. Amazing :) Which parts exactly did you repaint?
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Lazuleaf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011   Writer
Is this real?
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:iconxmesmerizex:
xmesmerizex Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
It's a beautiful place! I love this shot it's awesome.
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:iconcarnea:
carnea Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The sky is awesone! And I really love the lights. Wonderful:love:
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:iconechoelowyn:
EchoElowyn Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow that looks BEAUTIFUL!!!
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:icondevilsmistake:
DevilsMistake Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome shot :D
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SeptemberIssue Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Absolutely stunning.
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SlightlyAskew Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Oh my gosh this is so beautiful! what time of day was this taken and how long of exposure was it? gorgeous...
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:iconkallistee:
Kallistee Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i want to go to santorini so bad. great picture!
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:iconshunbelaro:
shunbelaro Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student Photographer
great capture/photomanip :)
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:iconkirrien:
kirrien Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Aww!
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joaobhdeviant Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
another great shot in your gallery
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goe5 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011   Writer
This is....BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! :la:
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:iconadventwinter:
adventwinter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful. It makes me think of paintings and fantasy and--
Oh are those shooting stars?
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
many thanks :hug:
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tarabl13 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
breathtaking!! <3
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Jai-chaan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
wow amazing (:
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FramedByNature Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Student Photographer
Sick image! Love your use of complementary colors between the yellow and purple :clap: What exactly do you mean by you've repainted some parts of it? :)
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JoeRex Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
beautiful!
shooting stars are true or have you made with photoshop?
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libra-dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Great work !!! Lovely colours .:+fav:
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specialk3648 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist
wow that's gorgeous. Love the lighting. Love the shooting stars/comets. Pretty pic^^
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful capture, I think this really gets the spirit of it--all those levels, everything. Were all the background streaked lights there? It seemed so much darker when I went :O
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Daydreamerdreaming Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Amazing
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xNETTAx Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011   General Artist
breathtaking!
great shot!
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Hitsuji-Kame Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow that's wonderful.^^ Great contrast between the yellow city and the sky, which seems almost purple.^^
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RestlessScreams Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
The stars can't be real o.o
amazing!
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Shovahkiin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I wanna live here someday...
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:iconchemicalnurd:
Chemicalnurd Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Student General Artist
That is beautiful, way cooler than where I live.
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Mokavelli Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
oh wow. I wanna move now.
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iamfuturetrunks Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Cool I like it.
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tuftedpuffin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Beautiful!!! Very dreamy.
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simple-squamous Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice blend
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ColomoArt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
AWEEEESOME!!!
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gentlemangiant Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Wow, what an amazing shot! Congrats!
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:iconsky-2011:
sky-2011 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Awesome!!!
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:iconleliellynn:
Leliellynn Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
this is so pretty and i've always wanted to go there!
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greensprite828 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is absolutely stunning! Fantastic job!
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SAMSUNG
Model
NX10
Shutter Speed
13/1 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
29 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Aug 25, 2010, 8:18:46 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh
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