Cales Fonts (or Calasfonts) is a natural fishing port in the region of Es Castell in eastern Menorca, its name deriving from the existence of a source of fresh water in the nearby creek. Its history goes back many years when sailors and merchants marked the little harbour as one of the most important points in the entire Mediterranean. It is essentially part of the much larger port of Mahon which is considered to be the second largest natural harbour in the World, second only to that in Sydney, Australia.
Although some fishing boats do still work from here, most boats are now pleasure craft and the caves along the waterfront, once used by fishermen, have now become bars, restaurants and shops.
From the map you can see that this picture was taken from the south side of the bay looking northward across it to the restaurants and bars on the north and west sides. And it was taken at about 9.30 p.m. on a beautiful May evening. The long exposure has, unfortunately, caused some blurring of the boats and buoys which were moving in the water.
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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jcpix (13930) 2014-06-15 16:29
Very much the blue hour indeed, and I'd say you also captured with clarity the "orange hour" just as well. :) What a delightfully pleasant combination of colors and light combined within this composition.
The long exposure may have blurred the boats as you mentioned, but it also helps set the scene in quiet motion...which plays right into the smooth transition of day to night.
There's also a very nice atmosphere cast over this setting, one which invites the soul out for a casual walk or meal along the harbor while soaking up that Mediterranean air. Simple beauty and charm wrapped up in a single frame. Enjoy the new week ahead. All the best.
Nicou (144200) 2014-06-15 21:12
Merveilleux reflets quelle compo et vue quelle iamge et cpatage sueprbe le douces lumière qui se reflètent sur l'eau la gestion des lumières et ces belles maisons merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
COSTANTINO (66166) 2014-06-15 22:43
Hello and good morning dear friend
I love shots of this kind during blue hour
a shot like this one is very difficult
with impressive golden tones very well
composed hundred of lights decorate
the buildings and their reflections
add light and beauty too
have a nice new week
siudzi (34141) 2014-06-15 23:04
Lovely blue hour shot this! Like the strong play of yellow and blue tones which created a charming effect of the scene. Perfectly executed image with superb exposure and sharpness. Well done!
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-15 23:19
Une photo à l'heure bleue de très belle qualité de ce port de pêche des Baléares. Beaux reflets sur l'eau.
jemaflor (98771) 2014-06-15 23:36
A blue hour photo well managed, great result with the good light capture and these reflections on water, tfs.
emka (99901) 2014-06-15 23:58
Hi John, Fantastic blue hour shot from Menorca. You found a fantastic point of view with the harbour on the other side of the bay.
22 second - had you a tripod with you? Yes, you had. Bautiful stars (I still can't do them :( ), fantastic silky water. Delightful view.
WArm regrads MAlgo
I met with Gert in Warsaw yesterday :).
miumiu (6113) 2014-06-16 1:19
Absolutely stunning view!
l love the colours and lights of your photo.
The atmosphere is so calm and peaceful.
Have a nice day
dkmurphys (59947) 2014-06-16 2:15
Perfect night capture. I like the high quality and the lights management. Good work!
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-16 2:55
flawless blue hour shot this. The light and atmosphere are beautiful but it is the clarity and detailing that make it both a classic and inspiring image. Superbly executed and gloriously presented.
Have a good week - B.
jhm (154490) 2014-06-16 4:06
You took these picture with wonderful soft colour.
I like also it fantastic light on the the long wall of façades, this with a soft blue sky above.
Without tripod would this not are so beautiful.
A lovely composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-16 4:31
Hello John - Attractive and well managed your blue hour shot has a beautiful colour palette and some very fine details across the buildings. What a pity about the blurring of the boats in the LHC, I wonder if a slight repositioning of your tripod would have ruined he composition? Love the silky water and reflections.
cornejo (43499) 2014-06-16 9:40
Hi John, great view in the very well composed and captured by a great pov, in this great and beautiful blue hour photograph of this beautiful villa in Menorca. A pretty picture of a lovely place, with good sharpness, depth, pretty light, color and quality. An excellent job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
All the best from southern Spain.
Didi (60588) 2014-06-16 10:22
Well done for the lights control in the blue hour
That's great !
Noel_Byrne (31628) 2014-06-16 11:58
A golden city on a bed of blue glass, this is a really beautiful image. The long exposure on the water has made this look very magical, and looks to me like a scene from the Arabian nights. Wrong country (continent!!) I know, but it has that ancient world charm and color. Beautiful post.
thanks as always
macjake (69105) 2014-06-17 4:23
so, you're moving into the realm of Blue Hour photography now! I don't think i can recall seeing a blue hour from you before...no, yes?
What jumps out at me right away is that blue sky, and how it has 2 tones...a bright blue and a darker royal blue - love that, its very attractive.
and the F10 was enough to bring out the star shapes in the lights, thats always a nice touch.
yellows (oranges, golds) and blues will always be a sweet match made in photographic heaven, as proven here. it really stands out.
Personally, and this is strictly a personal choice only...i prefer not to take such blue hour long exposures at marina's because of the shifting and bluring of boats in the water.
but what can you do right? sometimes the marina scene just HAS to be captured. I did it in Italy, and i'll do it again just like you have done so well here.
great to see a long exposure shot from you, maybe there's more where this came from?
lousat (92808) 2014-06-17 7:28
Hi John,absolutely great this long time of exposure to take the best by this blue hour!Magnificent view on this fishermen port,caught with brght detail and magic colors,fantastic reflections too like a orange a blue carpet on the water.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
annjackman (21899) 2014-06-19 10:02
This is the type of photo that I really want to learn how to take properly. I never seem to have a tripod when the light is right. The golden light against the blue is super and the buildings are very crisp. The sheen on the water is captivating thanks to your long exposure. I think that I wish that the out of focus boat in the FG was not there but it is still a gorgeous blue hour post.
Kind Regards, Ann
delpeoples (58572) 2014-06-21 4:03
Ciao caro Giovanni
I don't think I've seen a Blue Hour shot from you, and if I did, it was a long time ago. What a pity, because this one is absolutely superb. The blue water is like wet concrete, and I love the tones and coloured reflection. The town behind has been defined beautifully and you judged the light and exposure exquisitely. Excellent work, dear friend.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (25702)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-12
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/10.0, 22 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-15 14:50