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Golden light

Golden light
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Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10134 W: 144 N: 25354] (123461)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-04-18
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Event, Decisive Moment
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2017-04-21 0:46
Viewed: 1020
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For me, the golden hour is more attractive than blue hour. But it happens rarely and it is a great luck when you are in the right moment and right place and you have your camera ready. So, I had this luck in Zaragoza. The spectacle with golden light had just began. The square in front of the Basilica del Pilar (on the left) and the cathedral - Seu the tower under the tree) , is so big, that when I reached the other end it was over. The effect was enhanced by the fine reflections in small puddles and wet pavement.

The Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar venerates Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title Our Lady of the Pillar praised as "Mother of the Hispanic Peoples" by Pope John Paul II. It is reputed to be the first church dedicated to Mary in history.

Local traditions take the history of this basilica to the dawn of Christianity in Spain attributing to an apparition to Saint James the Great, the apostle who is believed by tradition to have brought Christianity to the country.
Tradition holds that on 2 January 40 AD, while he was deep in prayer by the banks of the Ebro, the Mother of God appeared to him and gave a column of jasper and instructed him to build a church in her honor:

This place is to be my house, and this image and column shall be the title and altar of the temple that you shall build.

The present spacious church in Baroque style was begun in 1681 by Charles II, King of Spain and completed in 1686.
There is a piece of the column inside and people kiss it. Pope John Paul II of course kissed it (there is a plaque), but I didn't :).

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See also the nice picture here and important for men!

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Hello Malgo,
Wonderful buildings and wonderful light and a well placed puddle. There is also nice ambience in the streets, so you managed to combine several things that make a photo attractive. The WS is also a good composition and a very original one, but maybe too original to be a main upload, otherwise it could have qualified.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9596 W: 157 N: 15500] (124107)
  • [2017-04-21 1:38]

Czesac Malgosiu!
Piekne wieze.
Slonko stworzylo atmosfere tej kompozycji.
Fajne odbicie w kaluzy.
Super kolorki.
Milego dnia.

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2685 W: 1337 N: 3016] (38587)
  • [2017-04-21 1:45]

Hi Malgo

If I were there, I would have taken also this picture, with the color contrast yellow vs blue and the reflection in the puddle

Hello Malgo,
Sublime lights and colours, wonderful long perspective along this magnificent architecture. Excellent idea to include the puddle with its delightful reflections.
You may be right that the name of the Prince Charles Bar may refer to an altogether different Charles, but what I found strange was that it was written in English, though thinking about it, it also has French connotations.

Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Une image de grande qualité, un cadrage pensé avec soin et génie.
La lumière est superbe, la flaque d'eau parfaite.
Sujet édifiant.
Que du très bon !

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13815 W: 0 N: 16049] (169342)
  • [2017-04-21 2:17]


Quelle vue et image quelle tonalité sueprbe couleur et image quelle cathédrale et architecture quel reflet dans la flaque d'eau et ce pavage sueprbe image et couleur très beau cadrage.
Bravo et amitié

Dear Malgo,

The lights and colours are really amazing and the puddle helps to enhance the composition.

Best Wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11759 W: 126 N: 21148] (108889)
  • [2017-04-21 2:38]

Hi Malgo,a composition made in the same style of my last post,with the reflections in the puddle and warm colors. Great choice of the moment to show us the Saragozza basilica,lovely sky and background too. A curious WS with the moving hospital bus dedicated especially for the men of my age..ehehe...have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano

You've captured quite an amazing moment here. Superb contrasts and attractive POV. Well seen.


Hello Malgo
There is almost too much perfect photographical cliché’s in the beautiful picture
The perfect last sunshine of the day on a highlight of ancient architecture with an attractive street scene in front and all that beauty doubled by the perfect reflection in the wet street.
Great Job
Have a nice day
Groet Rob

Ciao Malgo,

C'est la lumière qui est tout simplement spectaculaire dans cette composition remarquable, mais il y a aussi le bâtiment qui est de toute beauté dans cette ligne de fuite remarquable.



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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3352 W: 0 N: 7681] (56005)
  • [2017-04-21 8:32]

Bylem, widzialem, sfotografowalem, ha, ha.
Piekne cieple swiatlo, ale dzien chyba chlodny, doskonale atrakcyjne zdjecie
pozdrawiam Ryszard

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14267 W: 1034 N: 28581] (135888)
  • [2017-04-21 12:27]

Hello Malgo,

I love the repetition of all the towers bathed in a golden light. I count 7, more if you look at the reflections in the fg puddle. The blue hour sky is the perfect backdrop. Good sharpness and framing. Tfs!

Ciao Malgo
la luce ha ricoperto d'oro tutto ciò che ha trovato alla sua portata, ma il riflesso ha dato uno splendido tocco di colore anche sul marciapiede.
Buon we

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa svetlom koje je istaklo lepotu arhitekture. Lep refleks na vodi i arhitektura, lepo mesto za odmor i druzenje.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.

Good day.
Beautiful view of the moment, interesting and good text ...
Good work and compositions, beautifully demonstrated, good contrast and perspective, beautiful colors, beautiful moment captured with the light pointed out the beauty of the architecture. A beautiful reflection on the water and architecture, a nice place to relax and socialize.
Have a nice day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24410 W: 523 N: 40832] (175692)
  • [2017-04-22 0:29]

Hello Malgo,

This is the first time that I see a bus specially for men, but a very good idea.
You play wonderful with light and colours.
Also the reflections in puddle make your picture very nice.
Composition and presentation are excellent.
very well done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

Hi Malgorzata,

I like the reflections on the water. The point of view is showing the details of the cathedral. The light of the golden hour has a great effect on the colours. Have a nice day.


Fantastic job Malgo. Right moment in the right place! Wow! Beautiful Picture my friend.

Best regards to you


Hello dear Magorzata and have a nice Sunday
greetings for this golden photo
everything here is golden
the church the reflection and generaly
your work
I agree that the goden hour is more attracive
than blue hour

Hi Malgo,
great result with such a golden light well captured and the great effect with these reflections, well seen and framed, nice architecture of course.

Hello Malgo

A pleasant capture of this cathedral. Lovely golden light and nice, well saturated colours. The puddle and the reflection has a great visual impact on the scene. Very nice work:) TFS.

Greetings, Erling

Hi Malgo
Fascinating composition, with that golden color of the sun, that bathes the towers of the Pilar of Saragossa, ideal those reflections in the puddle, is an original image and of great charm.
A fantastic photo, with beautiful natural colors, very good lighting and excellent clarity.
Well done. I love.
Enjoy Sunday.
Very best regards.

Czesc Malgorzata,
niesamowite! Prawdziwy opad szczeny! Patrzac na ten widok pomyslalem najpierw jakie mialas szczescie cos takiego uchwycic ale tez zaraz pomyslalem ze przeciez nie zawsze pogpda az tak ci sprzyja -po prostu duzo podrozujesz i dlatego co jakis czas zdarza ci sie widzic takie spektakle.
Ten kontrast zlotego i niebieskiego robi orgomne wrazenie. Wspaniale wykorzystalas rownie to odbicie.
Swietnie udalo ci sie zbalansowac naswietlenie, ciemniejsze obszary nie stracily detali.
Prawdziwe dzielo sztuki,

Hello Malgo,
Indeed, all the towers bath in a wonderful golden light that reflects them also nicely on the wet pavement. Probably wet with the water of one of the fountains.
I don't see too many tourists. When I was in Zaragoza there were busloads of tourists.
Very nice with the tree above the furthest tower.
Beautiful colour contrasts.
Best regards, Paul

Hi Malgo,
A beautiful architectural composition in a splendid golden light. I like the tower reflections on the FG. Well done!

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10507 W: 174 N: 17849] (79273)
  • [2017-05-06 1:18]


yes, you were lucky here. nice capture of the golden light, the reflections in the humid pavement and the dark blue sky ahead. nice details of this fabulous basilica I visited many years ago.



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