Symbol of Gdansk, The Neptune Fountain
The Neptune Fountain has stood in front of the Artus Court since 1633 and is a symbol of Gdańsk. It was built on the initiative of the Mayor of Gdańsk, Bartłomiej Schachmann. The model was prepared by Peter Husen and Johann Rogge, and it was cast in 1615 in Augsburg. The design of the whole fountain was prepared by Abraham van den Blocke. The ornamented grill surrounding the fountain dates back to 1634. In the years 1757-1761 Johann Karl Stender redecorated the basin and the base of the fountain in the Rococo style, by adding a large array of sea creatures. According to one of the Gdańsk legends it was Neptune himself who contributed to the creation of the famous Gdańsk liqueur called Goldwasser. He got angry at people throwing golden coins into the fountain and hit the water with his trident so hard that the gold fell to pieces, forming small golden flakes which now shine in the tasty herbal liqueur.
Gdańsk is a Polish city on the Baltic coast, at the centre of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area. The city lies on the southern edge of Gdańsk Bay (of the Baltic Sea), in a conurbation with the city of Gdynia, spa town of Sopot, and suburban communities, which together form a metropolitan area called the Tricity (Trójmiasto), with a population of over 800,000. Gdańsk itself has a population of 455,830 (June 2010), making it the largest city in the Pomerania region of Northern Poland. (Source: Gdansk & wikipedia)
A thousand-year history, a location at the crossroads of important commercial and communication routes, an extensive port and mercantile traditions - all this makes Gdańsk a meeting place of many cultures, nationalities and denominations.
The first written mention of Gdańsk comes from 997. The defensive and urban complex as well as a port started to really form in the second half of the 10th century.
The dynamic development of trade, fishery and craft guilds soon pushed the city to the leading position in Pomerania. It maintained this even despite being taken over by the Teutonic Knights in 1308. The city continued to develop dynamically. Joining the League of Hanseatic Cities (in 1361) and the fast development of the port are just some of the factors contributing to the strong position of Gdańsk in Europe.
Although after the defeat of the Teutonic Order near Grunwald the city voted for the Polish king, it did not return to Poland until 1457 when King Kazimierz Jagiellończyk incorporated Gdańsk into the Crown and, in recognition of the merits of Gdańsk burghers, granted Gdańsk numerous privileges, thus starting a three-hundred-year period of prosperity.
The following years are traditionally called the "golden age." During this time Gdańsk was one of the wealthiest and most significant cities in Europe. The religious freedom gained in the 16th century turned the city into a true melting pot of nationalities and denominations, giving it yet another stimulus for development, thanks to the specific "community of differences." It was one of the few such places in the world at the time.
This prosperity was checked by the Swedish wars and partitions of Poland in the 18th century. The city was cut off from Poland and in 1793 it was annexed to Prussia. What followed was a period of slow decline, the gloomiest in its history, interrupted but for a while by the Napoleonic wars.
In 1919, the Free City of Gdańsk was established under the Treaty of Versailles, which brought the city back to the elite of European ports. Unfortunately, in 1933 Nazis took power and fascist terror started to escalate in the city.
On 1 September 1939, at around 4.30 in the morning, it was here, in Gdańsk, that the Second World War started with shots fired from the battleship Schleswig-Holstein. It was a time of bravery and martyrdom of its citizens. The heroic fighting in Westerplatte and the martyrdom of the defenders of the Polish Post Office opened a new, tragic chapter in the history of Gdańsk. (Source: Gdansk & wikipedia)
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lousat (57724) 2011-08-14 0:55
Hi George,magnificent choice of point of view and light position to see the transparencies of the water,a very great quality of sharpness and colors and a very nice corner too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.
RhodieIke (9207) 2011-08-14 0:58
Wow, George, Super photo of this fantastic fountain, you have captured it with style, Have a nice Sunday, Cheers a proud to be British, Iain.
snunney (67430) 2011-08-14 2:39
A great capture of this magnificent fountain. The backlighting lifts the water spouts form the background and accentuated the individual droplets of water.
jhm (122490) 2011-08-14 3:25
You chose an excellent angle whereby the light perfect behind the statue, this gives a well taken care off image.
Excellent composition good presentation too. TFS.
Have a nice sunday,
Adrian_S (1159) 2011-08-14 3:26
I think this is the best way to photograph a fointain: either early in the morning or in late afternoon, when the sun shines from the side, making the water glow. I like what you did very much!
All the best
carlosmarin (11948) 2011-08-14 3:35
Great light you've captured with the water of the Fountain of Neptune.
Good frame and very good result.
siudzi (23959) 2011-08-14 3:45
The light effect is absolutely amazing! The fountain looks wonderful and stunning. Great shot. TFS.
bukitgolfb301 (30111) 2011-08-14 3:56
Hi my dear George
Another artstic and fantastic image indeed!!!
Nice framework and perfect shutter speed get marvelous result as usual. Back light effect is splendid. Thanks for your sharing nice work and have a gorgeous Sunday evening!
Takero from heat Tokyo (thses 8 days continue 35℃ or more)
timecapturer (30394) 2011-08-14 4:44
this is stunning! the light in the water is so effective and magical. Perfectly controlled and executed, a real class image. Superb!
Wishing you a peaceful Sunday - regards Brian.
faletiz (10759) 2011-08-14 5:01
a wonderful capture, I love it! The play of light on water is spectacular and creates a beautiful luminous geometry around the statue.
GREGG (8243) 2011-08-14 5:20
nice series of photos from the Polish coast,
presenting the beauty of Gdansk.
Good frame, nice light and shadows.
Have a nice day,
Sergiom (39336) 2011-08-14 5:40
Une très belle photo. Le temps d'exposition donne un très beau filé dans la fontaine.La lumière légèrement à contre jour donne des effets très réussis.
SnapRJW (18792) 2011-08-14 6:52
Hello George - I like the backlit water droplets and spray here. The light brings tremendous vitality to this understated almost monochromatic shot. A charming image. best regards Rosemary
dip (21921) 2011-08-14 7:27
wonderful image of the fountain,excellent composed and framed,
amazing light managment indeed!
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-08-14 8:05
A beautiful shot of this fountain captured under perfect conditions. I like the way the water is coming out of the spouts. Superb quality.
ymrk (14929) 2011-08-14 10:28
gothic light...wonderful,attractive and special..take care György!
mesutilgim (68036) 2011-08-14 11:24
Hi dear Georg,
Wonderfull capture with perfect light source, which creates a perect graphism and dynamism.
Very good and usefull notres as well. Perfect framing.
TFS and best regards
saxo042 (31802) 2011-08-14 11:59
The light on the water jets here enhances the picture. A very interesting view and a very good note too.
Silvio1953 (98259) 2011-08-14 13:56
Ciao George, great view of wonderful statue, lovely effect of water, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mauro61 (52527) 2011-08-14 14:54
i giochi d'acqua della fontana e la tonalità rendono particolare l'immagine.
Ottima la scelta del taglio stretto con l'architettura di fondo,
adores (28248) 2011-08-14 16:05
I like this, specially thanks to the light reflecting on it and the effect of the water with that beautiful building as background. Well seen!
jjcordier (62394) 2011-08-14 22:37
La prise de vue à contrejour donne une vision intéressante de cette fontaine en "illuminant" les gouttes d'eau. Belle photo!
Graal (88982) 2011-08-14 23:49
Jó napot George,
good presentation of famous Neptune fountain in Gdansk. I like the game of light and effect of falling water. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (36857) 2011-08-15 2:12
Very well catch fountain scene. The light effect through the water is spectacular.
Well seen, enjoy a good day.
annjackman (13233) 2011-08-15 2:24
You have caught the spectacular light perfectly on this fountain. Another very fine image from Gdansk.
Kind Regards, Ann
amaryllis (30149) 2011-08-15 4:51
une excellente photo de cette fontaine et une maitrise avec l'eau que l'on voit bien couler de chaque côté, de multiples jets qui donnent une belle lumière
prasun984 (5590) 2011-08-15 10:07
Nice architectural shot with nice light & shed effects...like the textures of the statue with water spouts...
Good exposure with nice balance of light...nice color contrast & sharpness...
Very good shot with nice Note...
npecanhuk (53919) 2011-08-15 17:34
You really did a gorgeous job here with that beautiful fountain!
TFS - congrats,
francio64 (38188) 2011-08-16 5:22
un bel primo piano sulla fontana.
Gli spruzzi d'acqua creano un piacevole effetto grafico.
jlbrthnn (79773) 2011-08-17 5:27
The photo immortalizes effectively and artistically this symbol of the city. I like very much the use of the natural light and the water. The work is pleasantly described, with neatness. Bravo.
Have a nice day
ktanska (21527) 2011-08-18 12:13
The best usage of backlight I've seen for ages. Simple shady colours make the water sprays stand out beautifully. And the fountain is quite a piece of art in itself.
elkab (4921) 2011-08-19 8:55
Perfect shutterspeed get perfect results: splendid supernatural light of the composition.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-16
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/4, 1/45 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Gdansk [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-08-14 0:54