After the previous "blue hour" photo from Hamburg, now comes a "brown hour" photo. Of course there is nothing called "brown hour", but the reflections of the city lights in the misty sky, combined with a warm color temperature, gives this ochre color palette. I did not try to correct the lens distortion coming with the 10 mm extreme wide angle, as you lose most of the buildings at both sides after correction.
In 1922, Hamburgian businessman Henry Brarens Sloman, who had made a fortune with saltpeter in Chile, bought a 5,000 square meters large building site in Hamburg's center. There, he was to erect a very special kind of office building: the "Chilehaus" (Chile House), designed in the shape of a passenger ship.
Before, Sloman had arranged an architectural design contest, which had been won by the hamburgian architect Fritz Höger, already quite renown for his office building designs.
The "Chilehaus", built with 4.8 million bricks, was a symbol of the economical recovery after the First World War and became Hamburg's second most distinctive city landmark, right after the "Michel" church. The "Chilehaus" has since drawn worldwide attention and has kept its reputation as architectural work of art up to the present day.
Its brick facade glitters in a different light at each weather shift, and each change of an observer's viewpoint also alters the impression of its stone workings and ornaments. At dark, the building is being illuminated and then shines in majestic beauty.
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Oceania (5174) 2013-07-01 7:15
This is the first time I heard "Brown Hour". But it is truly brown. And the lighting of the buildings are glowing in the dark. This is a beautiful picture.
mjw364 (7516) 2013-07-01 7:20
Well that's a new one - brown hour! Ha ha! Must be the smog! Great POV on this building it make sit look like a reflection of the same building but I can see it is not. Has a kind of cinematographic colouring to it. Like it - creative.
eldancer1 (30806) 2013-07-01 7:46
Beautiful nocturnal shot! I like the balance composition. Good pov and nice details. Well done, tfs.
PiotrF (10562) 2013-07-01 10:18
Hello Deniz ,
Nice view of Hamburg,colours and captured on a very nice way.Thank your very much for your interesting notes
rychem (26798) 2013-07-01 10:50
I like the idea, nice night photo, interesting point of view, good light management
yquem46 (38750) 2013-07-01 11:34
Excellent use of your extra wide angle lens
Nice brown colors of the picture, good blend with the golden lights
best, have a nice evening
worldcitizen (7435) 2013-07-01 13:15
Nice "brown hour" shot. :-) I like the architecture of this building, and the symmetry in your photo. There is a nice night time atmosphere, with all of the lights and the moody sky.
parvatibb (1387) 2013-07-01 13:59
Uzay gemisi havasinda olmus, pek bir hos. Uzay gemisine niye biri bisiklet ile yaklasmak ister onu aciklayamadim tabii..
Nasil yapiyorsun kahverengini, gimp mi?
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-07-01 17:49
The perspective here creates almost an obelisk out of the corner of the central building here, Deniz. I like the term 'brown hour' you've created; I've seen this light before and this is a perfect representation of it. A really nice study in light and angles here.
bona (13261) 2013-07-01 18:10
I love your "brown hour"! The warm colors is wonderful and I liketo much the lights of the city and the pois of view with the building in the center of the photo. This building have a nice architecture style and I like your note about it.
jcpix (13726) 2013-07-01 18:38
Originality, I love it! You may have created a new German term "Braune hauer" :) O.K., so that doesn't exactly translate properly or make any sense, but it still sounds out reasonably close to your title!? This is a first of its kind, at least for me, so I'm really drawn in to the color scheme here, this looks great....kind of a chocolatey caramel combo. Never would have though brown could make for such an appealing image, but this works, and works well! Smart use of the wide angle to create some symmetry and dramatic lines. Very nicely done with precision. Have a great day.
adidas5nb (5685) 2013-07-01 18:42
oh wow...what great light management,pov and composition.love the symmetry in the shot,with great architectural shapes.great details.
emka (84169) 2013-07-01 23:55
Hi Deniz, We have blue hour, golden hour and Barbie hour, so why not brown? It really is! superb composition of this night shot. I like the symmetry, fantastic light, excellent sharpness. very attractive presentation.
jhm (142852) 2013-07-02 4:52
You chose a very nice angle with a lovely result.
What a nice brown colour during the night I can not see or you used a tripod!
We get a lot depth and perspective.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Excellent composition, nice presentation, TFS.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-07-02 5:06
a stunning shot this. The light and super wide angle make it almost overwhelming but in a fascinating and amazing way. The light and effect here match the perfection of your execution and presentation. Excellent!
Regards - Brian.
mkamionka (31991) 2013-07-02 8:26
I have lived near Hamburg for a couple of years so I have visited this place many times yet I have never managed to produce a satisfactory result. I like very much your picture. The "brown" hour works very attractive but most of all you wide composition well emphasizes the unique architecture of the Chile House.
Very well done,
EstudioChispa (2076) 2013-07-02 10:31
You say, "Of course there is nothing called 'brown hour'..." Well, NOW THERE IS!
Well done in all your choices, especially in choosing not to correct the distortion. It is a great effect; besides, you want the world to know you own a very fine lens! ;-)
The details here are remarkable; I like especially the pattern at the very top of the Chilehaus!
Your note is also very informative; I appreciate the knowledge!
All my best,
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2013-07-02 11:24
a ship at night, but this time on the road... A superb capture... Love the lights and colours in it. The sky is also provide a nice colour tone... May by due to some moisture in it. A razor sharp, well composed, nicely exposed image... I have no more adjective for it. GREAT. Tfs.
macjake (59970) 2013-07-02 16:56
hmmm...maybe your best posted photo???
Certainly its one of my favorites.
and i totally agree with you that you chose NOT to correct the lens distortion, you would have lost so much of the buildings on the sides...and the lens distortion is what makes the photo unique in the first place!!
seeing the underlighting in the middle building at the top is amazing, that really makes it a 10/10.
and that sharp needle point nose is fantastic too.
again...maybe your best shot!
going straight into my Germany theme
delpeoples (54463) 2013-07-03 3:43
Merhaba dear Deniz
oooh la la, as those French say. This Brown Hour is something else. It could be on a billboard, with such dramatic perspectives, distortions and exquisite light management. The effect of the wide angle wins it for me, making this almost like a dream sequence and something, as I said before, very artistic and original. Great architectural details too.
I'm curious to know something: is this taken with a White Balance As Shot? I have a photo of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with similar brown tones (which I love, as I do here), but got some really interesting results, a deep indigo, by switching the WB in Photoshop Camera Raw. Would you mind if I played round with it in a WS?
Have a lovely day, thanks for sharing
Silvio1953 (128399) 2013-07-03 6:24
Ciao Deniz, impressive urban view in a fashinating nocturne shoot, gfantastic exposure, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mcmtanyel (15587) 2013-07-04 22:06
The almost monochromatic effect in this photo is very attractive. I think you made the right decision about not correcting for the lens.
bayno (18344) 2013-07-05 11:18
very good use of the wide, another good shot with out tripoid and long exoposure...i love the tones here...super nice effect on this architecture...
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-07-13 7:40
indeed,something different from "blue hour",but equally attractive to look at(I have also some picture kept in such,brown tone.It depends also on the white balance settings I think).
In this case it works really well with the photographed subject.The city at night seen through your wide-angle lens looks amazing and has its own,unique charm and mood.
Wish You a nice weekend
wolf38 (31284) 2013-08-09 23:39
Hello Deniz. Another strong photo from Hamburg by night. The spectacular view makes the view to something special. Second, here is the light plays a crucial role. Overall a masterful shot.
npecanhuk (69146) 2013-09-08 7:49
Wonderful urban & architecture & night picture!
Highlights are the exposure, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34269)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-17
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/4, 1/6 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Beautiful Germany [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-01 6:58