Samos by night
In classical antiquity the island was a center of Ionian culture and luxury, renowned for its Samian wines and its red pottery (called Samian ware by the Romans). Its most famous building, was the Ionic order archaic Temple of goddess Hera - the Heraion.
Concerning the earliest history of Samos, literary tradition is singularly defective. At the time of the great migrations it received an Ionian population which traced its origin to Epidaurus in Argolis: Samos became one of the twelve members of the Ionian League. By the 7th century BC it had become one of the leading commercial centers of Greece. This early prosperity of the Samians seems largely due to the island's position near trade-routes, which facilitated the importation of textiles from inner Asia Minor, but the Samians also developed an extensive oversea commerce. They helped to open up trade with the population that lived around the Black sea as well as with Egypt, Cyrene (Libya), Corinth, and Chalcis. This caused them to become bitter rivals with Miletus. Samos was able to become so prominent despite the growing power of the Persian empire because of the alliance they had with the Egyptians and their powerful fleet. The Samians are also credited with having been the first Greeks to reach the Straits of Gibraltar.
The feud between Miletus and Samos broke out into open strife during the Lelantine War (7th century BC), with which we may connect a Samian innovation in Greek naval warfare, the use of the trireme. The result of this conflict was to confirm the supremacy of the Milesians in eastern waters for the time being; but in the 6th century the insular position of Samos preserved it from those aggressions at the hands of Asiatic kings to which Miletus was henceforth exposed. About 535 BC, when the existing oligarchy was overturned by the tyrant Polycrates, Samos reached the height of its prosperity. Its navy not only protected it from invasion, but ruled supreme in Aegean waters. The city was beautified with public works, and its school, of sculptors, metal-workers and engineers achieved high repute
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jemaflor (68913) 2012-09-05 11:41
Very beautiful light capture, I like all thes ereflections on water, well managed.
besnard (48787) 2012-09-05 12:28
Une image nocturne bien réussie avec toutes les lumières qui forment des zig-zag sur l'eau.
Amitiés et bonne soirée.
Bluejeans (64231) 2012-09-05 12:37
Ola Costantino ,
Bonita esta tua foto noturna com estes reflexos dourados , gostei da linha de casas , bom ponto de visão , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
gildasjan (38218) 2012-09-05 12:48
Très belle image de nuit bien cadrée laissant de la place aux reflets,ici le reflet bleu apporte la bonne touche à cette réalisation.
papagolf21 (76561) 2012-09-05 14:32
Bonsoir, cher Costantino,
Très belle photographie nocturne où les lumières créent des lueurs du plus bel effet sur les eaux dormantes.
Un cadrage fort bien pensé.
Très bonne soirée.
Gigidusud (8054) 2012-09-05 15:13
Splendido night shot sul questo bel villaggio con una bella luce e dei fantastici riflessi brillante.Mi piace molto!
daddo (18517) 2012-09-06 4:22
Hi Constantino. A photo with tons of charm, Mediterranean charm.Balmy nights, calm sea, people strolling, enjoying a coffee or ice cream. Such beauty should be cherished. You have captured the time of day/night very well. Regards. Klaudio.
jhm (122444) 2012-09-06 4:31
I don't know or you too these picture with a tripod or simple out of the hand, these picture is wonderful through the quiet water and nice reflections.
Perfect taken with an excellent angle, this gives depth and perspective.
Colors, and clarity are perfect taken.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
mohammad_H (6598) 2012-09-06 8:31
Ελκυστικό το Outlook
Ένας συνδυασμός από όμορφες φυσικές ομορφιές και μνημεία
Τα φώτα της πόλης αντανακλάται στο νερό, αιχμαλωτίζουν το βλέμμα
Χρώμα, σαφήνεια έχει ολοκληρωθεί.
Σας εύχομαι μια καλή ημέρα.
eldancer1 (17036) 2012-09-06 9:25
Wow! Love the colors of the reflections. Nicely captured with good pov and dof. Well done, tfs.
jlbrthnn (79773) 2012-09-06 9:58
Facades lit, light and reflections are the best effect against the dark night. A beautiful and interesting picture that inspires exoticism in Greece. The quality is good. Bravo.
Have a nice day
mkamionka (24529) 2012-09-06 13:51
charming atmosphere of the night.
Black sky adds to an interesting mood here. The reflections are definitely a highlight.
Very well seen and captured,
emka (58140) 2012-09-06 23:27
wonderful night capture from this Greek island. Excellent shot with the great depth, superb sharpness and colours. beautiful reflections. Nice contrast of the dark sky and so beautifully lit houses or palaces along the coast.
pajaran (36224) 2012-09-07 0:33
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o ostrvu, i istorija ...
Lep pogled u noci.
Dobra ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepi refleksi na vodi.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good text on the island, and history ...
Nice view at night.
Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good composition, nice reflections on the water.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best for the weekend.
ourania (12367) 2012-09-07 3:28
πολύ ομορφη νυχτερινή εικόνα με εξαιρετικό καδράρισμα, βάθος και προοπτική. Μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ η ζωντάνια της προκυμαίας και η ζεστασιά των χρωμάτων μέσα στο μαύρο φόντο. Οι αντανακλάσεις είναι μαγευτικές, σαν λιωμένο χρυσάφι που κυλάει μέσα στη θάλασσα. Η διαχείριση του φωτός καθώς και η εντύπωση πυ δίνεις στον θεατή γι' αυτό το μέρος είναι άριστη. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό μεσημέρι,
amaryllis (30149) 2012-09-07 23:06
Une photo de nuit bien réalisée quoique ce n'est pas toujours aussi facile, des beaux reflets des lumières dans l'eau
carlo62 (12582) 2012-09-09 0:13
bellissima foto notturna di Samos, l'oro a verniciato tutte le case ed il riflesso ne aumenta l'efficacia e la bellezza.
abmdsudi (26233) 2012-09-09 10:28
A beautifully executed slow shutter night shot from this pov which has such enormous impact and what a show of warm colors and water reflection creating striking contrast to the night sky and sea. The significant subjects are superbly lit and blend nicely and the image has such wonderful clarity and sharpness. The diagonal boats extend the depth which add to the fascination. Nicely caught to perfection. well done
Nard (6913) 2012-09-11 1:02
Beautiful night picture, good POV, deep black sky, nice light on the houses and wonderful reflects on the water. For my point of view, a good shot even if a bit lack of sharpness.
josepmarin (55027) 2012-09-11 3:10
I love this type of photos in which the darkness of the night surrounds the scene of the illuminated buildings, with its golden tonalities.
In this good framing also we can enjoy an elegant perspective of the architecture in the port, and a few delicious reflections of the lights on the water.
A beautiful work, my friend.
ebingul (1760) 2012-09-17 8:57
Nice capture of this beautiful island at night.Very good compo,POV and light management.Fantastic reflections on the water.Best regards.