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Water and Fire by zardo Water and Fire by zardo
Photograph taken in France / Wimereu with the canon eos 30D + canon 10-22 EF-S + hoya ND400 + cokin Z-pro 124 + tripod manfrotto 190 XPROB.


Copyright © Behrouz Riahi, allias Zardo. All rights reserved. My images may not be reproduced or used in any form without my written permission.
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
The utter power in this picture is hard to look away from. Its contrast and balance make this one of the most intriguing landscape shots that I've seen in a long time. The picture is perfectly cropped and shadowed, and it almost seems to have a dream-like quality.

As I've mentioned, the contrast is really cool. I love the texture in the sky, and how the exposure is at it's highest in the middle, where it reflects off of the wet sand / water in a very cool way. I think the most interesting parts of the sky are the transitions from dark to light – very cool definition.
The colour is quite unworldly, but once you get used to it, it's mildly appealing. The transition of colour works surprisingly well, I think because of the red-toned houses and the brown sand, which allow there to be a comfortable shift to a neutral zone. The colours really fit the title, that's for sure.
The balane is great, too. I've already pointed out how useful the horizon is in this picture, and the buildings are perfectly located to be part light, part shadow.

On the edges, where the shadows frame the shot, there are a lot of horizontal lines (this is especially visible on the right), which make it seem like I'm hurtling towards the picture, in an unsettling way.
Very impressive.

Really cool work!
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statisticant Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Love it. It's an emminent battle.
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Photographer
;)
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:iconfreedomsfrolic:
FreedomsFrolic Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student Photographer
This is beautiful. =D
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D
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:iconflorinalf:
FlorinALF Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
very beautiful :wow:
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D
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:iconmierzeja:
Mierzeja Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
:clap::clap::clap:
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
:boogie:
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:iconiamnotfrodo:
iamnotfrodo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
really nice. i love the colors and vignette effect. :)
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
;)
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Darkbrussel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
May I use it for a School Project?
Since it's about to analyse a picture
May I use yours?
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
how do you wanna use it ?
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Darkbrussel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Like making lines and Explain stuff the colours and motive and other stuff. Just a ordinary Picture Analyse, showing the class explaning the picture
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
ok no prob
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Darkbrussel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
thank you ^^
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celyneclown Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
i love it ! very beautiful contrast!
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D
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Eternal-Grace Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
I really like this photo and the air of mystery about it. I also enjoy the color differentiation and the old, time-has-passed feeling the colors bring to it. The fact that you cannot see anyone walking outside enforces the feeling of abandonment and mystery and I really like that you used buildings with an older facade.

My one thing against this is the photo-manipulation you did (If you did. I'm not an expert by any means, so if you didn't alter it then, I apologize in advance.)Anyways, the one thing that bothered me was that the retouching/messing with the colors seems a little bit overdone to me, especially around the edges where the clouds become really black while the rest of the edges of the photo are not nearly as dark.

Granted, this could be because I'm looking at this on a laptop screen, but, since you requested a critique, I'll do my best with this comment. :D
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
the photo isn't manipulated ;)
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Eternal-Grace Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
*dies of eternal embarrassment* I'm so sorry! Disregard the second part of that comment.
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SandyGabrielaC Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
WOW I'm flavergasted by this. It's amazing
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D
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MetallicaGirl1997 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
That is AMAZING!
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
thanks
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MetallicaGirl1997 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
No prob. :smile: :D
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:icon321fun:
321fun Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
the effect is amazing;)
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you
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stormwind17 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome pic! Great job ^^
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you
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stormwind17 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ you're welcome
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:iconkallaria:
Kallaria Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
C'est magique <3
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
merci
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:iconlife-for-sale:
Life-For-Sale Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, stunning! Wonderful colours.
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
thanks
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:iconmumyf:
mumyf Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
merveilleuse photo.
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
merci
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:iconnumizmat:
Numizmat Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
Woooooow!
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D
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:iconxolilsquirtox:
XoLilSquirtoX Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
love it!
it almost looks surreal :]
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)
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:iconseven-s:
seven-s Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
Wonderful lights and colours!
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
^^
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handsomepirate Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
extremely beautiful
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D
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Marshmallow-Madness Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
Very, very nice! I really like the color difference between the sky and the water.
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D
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amour-raven Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Student Writer
This is featured in my journal
:heart:
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:iconzardo:
zardo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you :hug:
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:iconamour-raven:
amour-raven Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Student Writer
You're welcome.
:heart:
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DrakeSavaan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
this is maybe one of my favorite pieces from you, that you have submitted in a long time
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