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Rocky Beach and Transparent Adriatic Sea near Omis in the Evening, Dalmatia, Croatia

After a beautiful day on the beach, there is nothing as enjoyable as sitting by dusk on the shore, waiting for the sun to go down and watching the rocks slowly turns gold and red.

Omis Riviera is a good place to escape from urban life and its bustle. It is also a place of history, which attracted many famous historical figures and even Roman Emperors.

The amazing natural beauty of the Dalmatian coast was well known since Antiquity, when the Roman Emperor Diocletian made the place its retire from Rome. When people begged him to return to the throne in Rome, Diocletian replied: “If you could show the cabbage that I planted with my own hands to your emperor, he definitely would not dare suggest that I replace the peace and happiness of this place with the storms of a never-satisfied greed.”

To capture this sunset shot, I walked for about 10 minutes along the rocky cost. With the cicadae’s singing and pine tree breeze around me, I found the place with the best composition. Perfectly lit underwater rocks creates foreground interest and leads the eye to the rock formation in the centre and further to the Biokovo Mountains in background.

During the shoot the strange thought came to me. If Diocletian was retired here nowadays he could reply: “If you could show the photo that I captured with my own hands to your emperor, he definitely would not dare suggest that I replace the peace and happiness of this place with the storms of a never-satisfied greed.”

June 2014, single image, focal length 16mm, aperture f/11, shutter speed 62 seconds, ISO 100, 10-stop ND filter, tripod.

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