Amber Hunting

It was really cold night on the first day of 2016 in Łeba, a small town on the Baltic Sea in Poland, and there was ongoing work with beach replenishment. Wet sand was pumped from the sea on to the shore to build up the beach. It is forbidden to be anywhere near those works, but the desire to find amber is so strong that, despite the warnings and freezing weather, many people came to look for amber in the pumped sand and water.
People used UV lights, because amber shines in it with orange-yellow colour and is easier to find in the dark.
The scene was both surprising and poetic for me thanks to the sudden/vivid patches of colour and light within surrounding darkness. To achieve a picturesque and unrealistic effect, I decided to edit the pictures against all rules, making them brighter and minimizing contrast.