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Under a Dim Grey Sky by Miguel-Santos Under a Dim Grey Sky by Miguel-Santos


São Paulo, Brazil.



A city with 20 million people. Too many?


As I saw that shadow spreading across the city, I thought about ourselves, spreading, sometimes like a disease, across the globe.
I sometimes wonder if we are really evolving...


Thank you donnymurph for suggesting this piece for a Daily Deviation and hellfirediva for featuring it.
I appreciate your kindness and support.



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Given 2011-09-03
Under a Dim Grey Sky by =HMFS
Suggester says: This is a touching and even frightening shot of one of the world's most excessive cities. Everything about the image - from the angle, to the grey-scale, to the clouds, to the intricate detail, to the brilliant title and description - perfectly portrays the overwhelming horror of mankind's systematic destruction of the planet. ( Suggested by donnymurph and Featured by hellfirediva )
:icondonnymurph:
This is an amazingly powerful and thought-provoking cityscape photo.

So Paulo has always been known for its overpopulation and poverty, characterised by sprawling favelas. With around 20.4 million people within its urban area, life in this city must feel very tiny and insignificant.

The So Paulo you portray in this cityscape is dark, bleak and depressing. It is taken from a great distance (presumably from a plane), such that only the main highways are visible - because who cares about those insignificant residential streets where people actually live, right? You've chosen to display the image in black and white, which was an excellent choice, as the lack of colour robs the scape of any areas of individuality. In this, everyone is anonymous; just a component in the urban machine. I feel this even in Sydney, with "only" 4.6 million people - the thought of four Sydneys is nothing short of frightening to me.

The cropping in this image is excellent. By declining to show any sign of the metropolis thinning out into rurality (as they all eventually do), or meeting with the ocean and being forced to end, you have given the scape a feeling of endlessness. Also, the way you have used the clouds to frame to top of the image is clever; their blacks and greys interacting with the scape below, making it feel ever darker, ever more ominous. This particular effect is enhanced further still by the capture of the shadows they cast across the city. I'd also like to point out that I'm glad you didn't decide to include a border, which would close off the image and give off a sense of finiteness which would probably ruin the mood of the image.

Finally, your title and description really adds a professional touch to the image. Without your stirring words, one may see this as simply a bunch of buildings with a bit of cloud and a cool watermark. But your words ensure that no mistakes are made about what this image is intended to portray.

All in all, this is one of the most excellent photos I have ever seen. I do not give out high ratings lightly (as you will see if you view my other critiques), but there is nothing that I would do to improve this image.
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:iconcocosmith:
CocoSmith Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
holy wow!
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   Photographer
ikr! xD
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:iconcocosmith:
CocoSmith Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
lol
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:iconireallywannaknow:
IReallyWannaKnow Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You were in a plane? It looks like a videogame, very nice :)
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013   Photographer
Thanks. If it were a videogame, it could only be 'GTA San Paulo' ;)
And yes, I was on a plane.
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broken-and-whole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
When I look at this, I feel like I'm 5 again. That age where you're really curious and you want to explore everything. Looking at this picture reminds me of this huge maze in which I want to explore every adventure it has to offer. Beautifully done! I love it :heart:
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013   Photographer
Thanks. Glad you like it. To go on THIS adventure you must also have a deep passion for nightmares and dark tales, such is the city of So Paulo. ;)
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:iconbroken-and-whole:
broken-and-whole Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I do! Really? That sounds interesting. What kind of tales? :eager:
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Photographer
Tales of urban drama and human overcoming. But there's also beauty to be found. Such a city is no longer a city, it's a world. :)
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:iconbroken-and-whole:
broken-and-whole Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
...wow. That is so beautiful. :wow: I want to go to a city like that. To see the world like that.
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:iconxthhxaimiforevr:
xTHHxAimiForevr Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
o muh gawd
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Photographer
I wonder what he'd think of this... :)
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:iconshadows-in-twilight:
Shadows-in-Twilight Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is a well deserved DD. it's a really magnificent masterpiece!
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Photographer
Thank you K.
I'm still taking in all the reaction I had from this piece. I appreciate your comment very much. :hug:
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:iconmixdouble:
mixdouble Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Faved...

I feel safe...
There are many cities...
many cities in one...
we live in suburbia...
and the evolution is coming from here...
without top and central control...!

I feel safe...
When I was a kid...
50% of Danes were in agriculture...
Today 5%...
Half the world choose to live in cities...
But we are still a "young" culture...
compared to hunter gatherer times...

cut a branch of a tree...
and two new will grow out...
There are more bacteria in us...
than the number of our cells...
Nature will outlive us...
and...
it was here long before us...!

Thank you for this magnificient photo...
The darkened clouds and the shadow play...
Red filter depth...
is it sand...pebbles...or buildings...?!
does not matter...
beautifull organic pattern...

I feels safe...
I am still evolving...
A hospital can have lots of light...
I can only have a few...
Do not despair...
Keep proportions in your mind...
What can you do...are you doing it...?!

As a tribute...I give you a link:
Several spins around the world...!
on board ISS...International Space Station...
One "level" higher...
above our league...
Enjoy...

[link]

Greetings Jakob.
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Photographer
This has been echoing in my head for the last few weeks.
I can picture your words well beyond my picture.
A thousand thanks, Jakob.
Beautiful link.
Cheers!
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:iconmixdouble:
mixdouble Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello Miguel...
I am grateful for your reply...!
Here is a link for you to a great forum of video talks:
TED...Technology-Evolution-Design...
I have a few favorites...
This speaker here is clear...!

[link]

Greetings Miguel...Jakob.
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:iconafriell:
Afriell Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
:heart:
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Photographer
:iconbowplz:
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:iconstarija:
Starija Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Writer
holy-- O_O
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Photographer
Good 'holy' or bad 'holy'? :)
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:iconstarija:
Starija Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Writer
good~ i would otherwise not fave this at all. ..or it could be a bad holy where this image is shocking and gives someone a heart attack for how awed they are. not me, though.
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:iconbananachoc:
BananaChoc Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Wow, so impressive. ^^
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Photographer
The city or the shot? :)
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:iconbananachoc:
BananaChoc Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Both, of course. Hh ! :D
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:icondancrystalis:
DanCrystalis Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i love this so much! amazing image
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Photographer
Such extreme urban landscape has its wonder, indeed. Thank you. :)
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:iconnordikarts:
NordikArts Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful picture!
It does makes you feel melancholic.
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner May 8, 2012   Photographer
Thank you. :thanks:
It's an amazing city. But it can also be quite disturbing from this perspective.
We suddenly see ourselves in such a different scale. It can be depressing.
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:iconmisssasori:
miSsSasoRi Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omg this looks so amazing and massive and powerful :)
amazing :clap:
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner May 8, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much. That's So Paulo alright. ;)
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:iconvipersstrike21:
VipersStrike21 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012   Photographer
Hahaha it's again one of your artworks! Well what should I say, I'm speechless. It seems to be a miniature world. :D
How did you take this photography?
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner May 8, 2012   Photographer
From this perspective we seem very small indeed. Almost insignificant. :)
I was flying over So Paulo - which can be quite a view at night too.
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donnymurph Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So I was just looking at this photo (I still do roughly once a week) and it only just dawned on me as to what gear you actually shot this with. And now I'm amazed all over again.
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Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012   Photographer
Glad to know you still enjoy this piece. ;)
I had wanted to do this shot for quite some time and on a couple of flights I even used higher level gear. Turns out that this shot really stood out in terms of composition and for what I had in mind for post, it was perfect.
Although I prefer to have both, I choose good compo over pro gear anytime. :)
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donnymurph Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course! I've taken some pretty good photos with my phone, and I've taken some pretty bad ones with my DSLR.
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:icontrinit94:
Trinit94 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Photographer
Wow, astounding!
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Photographer
Indeed. Though not quite a paradise, right? :XD:
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:icontrinit94:
Trinit94 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Photographer
Yeah, but I think you weren't trying to capture a paradisaic image :)
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012   Photographer
True. ;)
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:icontimemit:
timemit Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
stunning, dumbfounding, terrifying and immense :jawdrop:
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012   Photographer
Yep, that's So Paulo alright. ;)
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:iconyoh-boo:
Yoh-Boo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your beautiful photo has been featured here [link] by :iconphotographyworld:
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012   Photographer
Thanks again Marit. I'll send some more points soon. :)
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:iconyoh-boo:
Yoh-Boo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Only send them if you can miss them :) You already helped a lot :hug:
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:iconmichelapezza:
MichelaPezza Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
amazing shot *_*
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much. :)
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:iconguitarmaker:
guitarmaker Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Jawdropping scene love it wish I could make shots like that really impressive!
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:iconmiguel-santos:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012   Photographer
I'm flattered. But I'm sure you'll do them too. :nod: ;)
Thank you for the kind comment.
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:iconmirovia:
mirovia Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful. Surreal.
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