Sun Salutations

Sun Salutations

The concept that we can capture the sun’s energy is quite amazing. In Zadar, Croatia the Sun Salutation is a public art installation that uses solar cells to collect the sun’s energy, and then releases it overnight in the form of a light show that is shaped by the wave activity below. It is fascinating to see. Even more fascinating was the mood during a beautiful sunset. The lights seemed to brighten as the sun disappeared, the crowds grew louder cheering the moving art. The sun had just set but was greeting us.

I read once that people often try to photograph tourist attractions without people in the picture. And while a clear view of the Statue of Liberty or Eiffel Tower is amazing, tourists are part of the site. And people are what make the world interesting. The crowds here fascinated me. Most stood around the area where the light show was taking place. Some rude people walked through the middle, playful kids chased the lights, a teenager sat on a light an took a selfie.

The silhouette of the crowd against the backdrop of the setting sun struck me as a neat contrast and picture. I sat down on the edge and took a lot of pictures. I tried out different settings, as the lighting was difficult – the sunset still bright, the art installation lights dim, and the people were moving. This would have been better with a tripod, but I think the result still came out well,.

Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EFS 15-85 35mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter Speed: 1/60
ISO: 100
Postprocessing: Lightroom

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