Started in 2007 and completed in 2012, the complex of three skyscrapers (South West and East) called Flame Towers is the tallest landmark in Baku. The shape of the buildings refers to Azerbaijan's Zoroastrian past.
As soon as I saw them I thought they would make for a good blue hour subject. Little did I know that at dusk the Towers would turn into colourful, constantly changing LED screens. Here, the Towers displaying the colours of Azerbaijan flag.
I was going to upload a WS with another shot showing these buildings towering over the Old City but there already is a very good one on TE taken at the time when the Flame Towers were still being constructed:
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emka (100773) 2014-05-30 14:36
Witaj Kasiu, Jaka ciekawa architektura w Baku. Niesamowite te płomienne wieże w kolorach flagi. Wspaniałe zdjęcie blue hour. Nie przypuszczałam, ze takie konstrukcje można znaleźć w Azerbejdzanie.
Z niecierpliwością czekam na dalsze zdjęcia
PiotrF (19752) 2014-05-30 15:39
zaskoczony jestem troche lokalizacja tych wiezowcow, ale coz dzieki TE tez mozna poznawac swiat. Swietna architektura, znakomicie pokazana
jjcordier (79297) 2014-05-30 22:26
Une étonnante vision nocturne de ces trois immeubles en forme de flamme. L'exposition est bien gérée, même sur le lampadaire étoilé, ce qui n'était pas évident.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-05-31 2:50
never seen these beautiful buildings before so thanks for posting this glorious blue hour shot. Your light management is spot on and the result both captivating and magical. Love this image!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
jhm (155185) 2014-05-31 6:57
This are always very difficult pictures for take, but you took this wonderful with all this light wonderful, sharp and clear.
Your picture is very nice taken
We get truly a very nice composition, with original colours.
A nice daily life picture, certainly a lovely place.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-05-31 7:29
une belle composition colorée aux superbes illuminations. Une vue nocturne très réussie.
holmertz (54895) 2014-05-31 8:37
The Baku skyline has changed a lot since my very brief visit in 2004. These flames are quite fascinating and must have cost a fortune. Their significance to the face of the city grows with the inclusion of the more traditional buildings. I also like the inclusion of the street lights which give the lower part a fine warm glow in the blue hour.
As for Polish food I haven't actually tried any pierogi yet, but I certainly will. I love the zurek, the sausages and the golonka. Golonka may have been a once in a lifetime experience. I had no idea they were so HUGE.
Greetings from Poznan.
Silvio1953 (146565) 2014-05-31 11:04
Ciao Kasia, fascinating blue hour with fantastic Towers, great exposure, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
siudzi (34141) 2014-05-31 14:10
Zgadzam się z Tobą, ze te nowoczesne budynki znakomicie budują 'blue hour shot'. Ich wyjątkowy design oraz oświetlenie stworzyły fantastyczna scenę dopełniona przez bardziej klasyczna architekture. Super kadr oraz bardzo dobra realizacja.
lousat (93564) 2014-06-01 1:32
Hi Kasia,very interesting post from this city not often seen on TE,the modernism is arrived there too as i can see,original architechtures caught in a beautiful blue hour and with the usual top quality,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
daddo (26986) 2014-06-01 2:13
Zdravo Kasia. Fascinating architecture and one that I like-anything to get away from the purely economical, cheap, unimaginative shoebox buildings that blight so many cities, especially the newer ones like those found in the southern hemisphere.i acknowledge that this is a difficult shot but then as usual, you pull it off with aplomb. Srdacni pozdrav. Klaudio.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-01 4:26
Hello Kasia - If I had been asked to guess the location of this shot, I would have been far off the mark and your shot has sent me on a search to discover more about the city and Zoroastrianism. Fascinating and a super, well composed and managed shot.
worldcitizen (8858) 2014-06-01 13:43
This is a great blue hour scene. Those three buildings are very attractive, and we don't get to see the skyline of Baku very often. I also like the illuminated blue structure, the golden color on the lower left, and the two people leaning against the fence. There are so many nice details to enjoy this photo.
rychem (38067) 2014-06-01 20:30
Wow, niesamowite wrażenie, architektura, że czapki z głów, super zdjęcie,
sevy (58) 2014-06-02 3:44
For sure a good photo subject.
I was simply not knowing it.
The composition is balanced in the cropped frame.
The 2 lamps in the corner are a bit too strong. It could have been managed doing a second under-exposure then manually blending the 2 shots in Photoshop. But it starts to be heavier to manage.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-06-08 5:00
zdecydowanie cos w moim guscie:)
Flame Towers wygladaja niesamowicie-faktycznie ksztaltem przypominaja plomienie.Do tego blue hour tez dodaje uroku calej scenie.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie i zycze milej niedzieli
macjake (69729) 2014-06-18 3:18
I have to be honest...this is a country and a city that I basically know nothing about. I wonder how many other people feel the same.
those are some pretty interesting towers, I have to say that i really enjoy them, and even the blue glowing form on the bottom of the photo is a nice complimentary subject too.
lucky for you to have the 2 men in it for size/scale.
Waylim (25502) 2014-07-12 0:00
I have never even heard of Azerbjian :( Very unique looking structure and with the city light and blur hour, make it colorful and lively. I like the presence of the two men to give a sense of liveliness. Excellent work with good exposure.
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-07-23 18:33
Very interesting and attractive buildings and other details!
Very beautiful architecture & urban picture, that transports me to a place it'll be very difficult for me to visit!
TFS - congrats,
Noel_Byrne (32084) 2014-10-18 3:01
These are beautiful towers, very unique and from what vey little I know, are really icons of this country, this is a place I know very little of and see vey little of, so it's great to see your excellent presentation of these icons. Very nicely place in the frame too, so it appears there is modern then old then modern then old. The colors are excellent too.
- Copyright: Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) (9407)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-10
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70 f2.8
- Exposure: f/11, 4 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-30 13:13