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Night Flow...

Night Flow... Staying up all night with various gulps of tea, I made my journey towards the Marina section of the Abu Dhabi state amid hushed travelers on the public bus. Hoping to reach on time and being able to find the perfect spot, I set up my tripod and waited with baited breath as the minutes ticked by to the famed mark of 1:00 a.m. As soon as the watch on my wrist struck one, I snapped the pictures of the architectural area beside the famous Marina Mall of a public bus; akin to the one i had arrived in, passing by at this late hour. It was an exciting experience as well as thrilling as this is a taboo time to be outside due to strict laws against roaming around late at night. After staying awake and working hard to reach my chosen location, taking these shots and experiencing them took all my tiredness away and left me with a sense of pride of being able to be a part of this wonderful project. ...

Another day

Another day It’s the Sorae ecological park in Incheon, Korea. It’s a very popular spot especially in summer season. Many photographers were in position already when I arrived at 5:20am. So I couldn’t take it at the best spot. It was rainy in the late night on July.21 So I was worry. Fortunately, the sky was fantastic and very clean at early in the morning on July.22. I setup my camera and took some photos before 6:00am (It’s the OMOE time in Korea.) to take a better photos. I took it with exposure bracketing -1, 0, +1 and I selected -1 stop under exposure one among 18 photos. It was a pleasure to join and share with all of you this One Minite on Earth 2014. Thank you so much OMOE team for this great project! ...

OMOE SYDNEY 22:48 NIGHT

OMOE SYDNEY 22:48 NIGHT Background to the shot In preparing for the one minute on earth project, I tried to envisage what the final photobook would look like. Beautiful pictures of this wonderful planet, from around the world at the same moment in time. I knew that the shoot time for my photo would be a night shot and I could think of no better place than the picturesque Sydney harbour, especially the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. I must confess, this was not the shot I had in mind. When I attended the test shoot a few weeks earlier, I framed a shot that showed the Harbour Bridge, the Sydney CBD, the opera house in the distance and in the foreground a puddle of water that held a vivid reflection of the bridge. I had expected to (and did) take this shot again on the night. I was even prepared to take in a bucket of water to the location if needed, so I could recreate that shot! As it turned out there was no need as it had rained most of the day. As it was very possible that my "bridge and puddle" shot would not work due to tourists or car headlights spoiling the scene, I wanted some alternatives. I walked a few hundred metres down to Sydney’s Luna Park and, with puddles and reflections firmly in mind, took a shot of Sydney's Luna Park face, its matching reflection in a puddle and the Ferris wheel in the distance. Turning and walking back towards my previously chosen location, I was presented with the scene you now see. At this spot, some pavement repairs were under way, which included a long temporary barrier, for pedestrian safety. This had not been there a few weeks earlier. It offered a really nice leading line, coupled with shadow it cast and the harbour fence line. I positioned myself to capture the bridge’s expanse across the frame of my camera and set-up for a long exposure to flatten the water and get some sparkle from the city night lights. A Sydney Ferry was passing through at the time, which I felt added to the image. Life captured in one minute on earth in Sydney, Australia on a Saturday night at 11pm! Credit for this scene must be given to the amazing architects that designed the scene you see before you Location This shot depicts Sydney Harbour, including the Harbour bridge, the Opera house and the Sydney business district to the right. Directly behind me is Sydney’s Luna Park. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, also affectionately known as the 'Coathanger', was opened on March 19th 1932, after six years of construction. Made of steel the bridge contains 6 million hand driven rivets and weighs 52,800 tonnes, 39,000 tonnes of which is in the arch! The Bridge has huge hinges to absorb the expansion caused by the hot Sydney sun. You will see them on either side of the bridge at the footings of the Pylons. The stone Pylons themselves actually do nothing structurally, they are purely aesthetic. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest steel arch bridge, and, in its beautiful harbour location, has become a renowned international symbol of Australia. The Sydney Opera House was opened in 1973, having been conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. Contrary to its name, it houses multiple performance venues and styles. It is among the busiest performing arts centres in the world, hosting over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people. Statistics The shot was taken, within the tolerance levels of the initiative, a few minutes before 23:00, April 6th, Sydney Australia. Photographer Bio Ashley Sowter, Forty something, IT Manager, Husband and father of two. That's two kids...not two wives. ...

Water on Water

Water on Water An afternoon full of beautiful blue sky and fluffy clouds, and I was there .. ...

The Folks Who Live on the Hill

The Folks Who Live on the Hill Our front yard and the first thing I asked for when we moved in. I wanted one when I was a little girl, but that never happened. Well, I guess it did because her little girl is still hanging around. We're off to Colorado for a couple of weeks. See you all on the backside. ...

Three Sisters

Three Sisters These three peaks are from the left and the highest are Moel Hebog 782m, Moel Yr Ogof 655m and Moel Lefn 638m. These three mountains make up some of the scenery for the Welsh Highland Railway backdrop, all these photographs were all taken on location in Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Wales is a very mountainous country and is volcanic in nature to the shores of Ynys Môn may refer to: The Isle of Anglesey in Wales (Ynys Môn being the Welsh name for the isle). The geology of Wales is complex and varied; its study has been of considerable historical significance in the development of geology as a science. All geological periods from the Cryogenian (late Precambrian) to the Jurassic are represented at outcrop whilst younger sedimentary rocks occur beneath the seas immediately off the Welsh coast. The effects of two mountain-building episodes have left their mark in the faulting and folding of much of the Palaeozoic rock sequence. Superficial deposits and landforms created during the present Quaternary period by water and ice are also plentiful and contribute to a remarkably diverse landscape of mountains, hills and coastal plains. Imagine travelling on an old steam engine through this majestic scenery. This particular shot was the sole reason I wanted to join this photobook community, the Welsh landscape has always had a special place in my heart, I have climbed here, and I have walked the many peaks around the country. I wanted to reflect that for the one minute on earth project, so in preparation I visited the western Snowdonia range, around Moel Hebog being the highest peak of these sisters, which are equally spectacular. I had visited the area earlier for the test shoot, and yes much more snow was around then. So here I was a week later shooting those snow tipped peaks, and for me a sight such as this is always a breath-taking moment that should be captured and kept as a memento of this great landscape known as Earth. What a captivating moment this one minute on earth really was! ...

Dead Silence

Dead Silence We were out for a drive, just exploring the spring landscapes. We passed this abandoned house and I asked Tom to turn around so I could shoot it. When he was pulling over, the noise kicked up some turkey vultures feasting on carrion in the vacant field. It was, in an instant, surreal. Their outlines against the foreboding sky were so eerie. It was Plainfield, Wisconsin... and Ed Gein was lurking. ...

Bulu Dua

Bulu Dua one of an unexposed place in South Sulawesi, Indonesia called Bulu Dua . ...

Spring in the Tetons

Spring in the Tetons © Jeff R. Clow Great to be part of this fine new site. This is the John Moulton barn in Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA. Spring is a great time to be at this location - with spring green sagebrush and mountains still covered with fresh snow. ...

Ground Frost

Ground Frost Not really ground frost but I liked the sound of it so stuck with it ! : ) Another image from Christmas day & one of only very few days we have had snow in the far south of Sweden. Captured at a place called Bokskogen about 15-20 mins drive from home. ...

Sunset.. 13+0 GMT, Mumbai, India

Sunset.. 13+0 GMT, Mumbai, India This was not the shot i had planed on 6th April, i actually had to go up a hill next to the beach and capture the whole beach with trees around opposite the sun. When i left from home to the location i got stuck in traffic which delayed my shoot time that made me stay down on the beach, it was a sad moment for me as i was eager to give my best shot to the book and could not make it still i had hope if not the best atleast i can click something good, then there was this image...... Hope you guys like it.... ...

Deep in woods

Deep in woods Rain forest of Mount Fuji, which are often shrouded in clouds.
Here is 1200m altitude. ...

Duernstein - Austria  4

Duernstein - Austria 4 Originally my plan was a shot from the opposite hill to have a nice view down the Danube river, and probably even have the Stift Goettweig, which is situated on top of a hill in the far rear, on the image. On a nice day with sunshine and clear weather this is easily possible, and I made such a photo nearly same time last year. It looked so nice to me, that I planned to come back to this location and do my One Minute on Earth shot there. When we had the test shot 2 weeks before, we had an awful cold and overcasted situation, so that I did not walk up the hill, but tried an alternative on the banks of Danube river. This turned out quite nice. Finally on April 6th, the weather again was not clear, but not as bad as 2 weeks before, so I thought that I can do it up the hill and down to the river within 20 to 30 minutes, that should be ok to get both locations done in time. Unfortunately my preparation was not too perfect, because once reaching the hill, I couldn´t exactly remember which way would get me to my planned location. The only way to get up there in time, was to take the straight way through the forest. This was a steep and slippery tour, but I did it within 12 minutes. Reaching the targeted location totally exhausted, I was terribly disappointed, as the view at this moment was really poor. However, I took a series of shots, with different settings, and then quickly packed my stuff, and made it back to the car within few minutes. Drove as close as possible to the next location, and found luckily an even better place than the one that I used for the test shot. the result you can see above. It was pretty exhausting activity, and a few hours later I had quite some fun with muscle soreness. Nevertheless, the whole One Minute on Earth project was fun, and I am deeply honored to be a part of such a wonderful community of photographers. Here is some historical information about Duernstein: The town gained its name from the medieval castle, Burgruine Dürnstein, which overlooked it. The castle was called "Duerrstein" or "Dürrstein", from the German duerr/dürr meaning "dry" and Stein, "stone". The castle was dry because it was situated on a rocky hill, high above the damp conditions of the Danube at the base of the hill, and it was built of stone. Dürnstein was first mentioned in 1192, when, in the castle above the town, King Richard I Lionheart of England was held captive by Duke Leopold V of Austria after their dispute during the Third Crusade. Richard had personally offended Leopold by casting down his standard from the walls at the Battle of Acre, and the duke suspected that King Richard ordered the murder of his cousin Conrad of Montferrat in Jerusalem. In consequence Pope Celestine III excommunicated Leopold for capturing a fellow crusader. The duke finally gave the custody of Richard to Emperor Henry VI, who imprisoned Richard at Trifels Castle. Dürnstein Castle was almost completely destroyed by the troops of the Swedish Empire under Field Marshal Lennart Torstenson in 1645. Dürnstein Abbey (Stift Dürnstein) was established in 1410 by Canons Regular from Třeboň, and from 1710 rebuilt in a Baroque style according to plans by Joseph Munggenast, Jakob Prandtauer and Matthias Steinl. The monastery was dissolved by order of Emperor Joseph II in 1788 and fell to the Herzogenburg Priory. Today the whole area is a UNESCO world heritage. ...

Between Water and Sky: 14h00'23'' @Meggen, Vierwaldstättersee, Switzerland

Between Water and Sky: 14h00'23'' @Meggen, Vierwaldstättersee, Switzerland It's been quite a funny day today. Charlie, my dog, stared at me with his sad puppy eyes as I was leaving home in a rush, so I couldn't resist to take him with me and being a part of this exciting experience. I left my house late, like I always do. I know I'm swiss and that my country is "the" country of watches, but I never manage to be on time. I drove drove drove, hoping to find the sun somewhere, but obviously, I didn't. I had decided much earlier that I wanted to have a lakescape, so I took the direction of the Vierwaldstättensee, near Lucerne, one of the most beautiful place in Switzerland in my opinion. I looked for nuances in the sky, but didn't find any. The atmosphere on the lake was mystical and it's what I love. As Charlie was with me, I had to find a quiet place, he's not always other-dog-friendly. We landed in Meggen, where there was a little harbour, beach and pier. It was about 15 minutes before the T-Time. I tried many positions, but finally found this one. I forced Charlie to stay away during the 5 decisive minutes, locked him up on the pier, he was mad at me haha. Now my alarm's ringing, and I clicked the shot at 14:00'23''. Like every other people did on the planet at the exact same minute. ...

A rainy day at TATUZAWA

A rainy day at TATUZAWA A famous fall in Fukusima pref(Japan). It's a place that also appeared in the TV in japan. I will not throw away garbage or anyone. Preferred location is to cherish. ...

New york minute

New york minute At 8:00:59. View from Hoboken of downtown Manhattan, centering on the Freedom Tower. The construction could be heard from the other side of the Hudson river in the early hours of Saturday - which is non-stop, 7 days a week - so that the new symbol of New York resilience can be ready and occupied by the end of 2013. My idea was to take a photo which the focus would be on the freedom tower, in construction. I had to take several test-pictures until I had a good one though. From very close, like 6th avenue with a wide-angle, to faraway places like Brooklyn. Then finally at Hoboken waterfront, by its light rail with a 70-200mm lenses I achieved a satisfactory result. I've been in New Jersey with my daughter for the last couple months to help with my 9 week old granddaughter. Being a tutor without a car, it was definitely a challenge I get to where I needed to be at 8am on a Saturday. But anything is worth for a good project. ...

One minute Earth Oresund

One minute Earth Oresund Well I thought long & hard about what I was going to photograph for this fantastic One Minute Earth adventure. So I thought I would continue with a project I'm working on with the Oresund Bridge spanning between Sweden & Denmark. I wanted to catch the traffic coming & going from these two Scandinavian countries. Now this image is some seconds before 23.00 for me as the image captured at exactly 23.00 had zero traffic : ( . Its not the pick of the images but the closest to 23.00. So hope some of you like my One Minute Earth.....of course I can always load the better one several minutes later ! ...

One Thousand Feet Down

One Thousand Feet Down We chose Horseshoe Overlook south of Page, Arizona, because it is a classic image of the Southwest. In addition, the 36% crescent moon would be hanging right above the horizon at the moment of truth. The overlook is about a 4½ hour drive from home, plus, being on the Navajo reservation, It would be an hour ahead of Phoenix, which does not observe Daylight Savings Time. There had been a huge landslide the year before which required a detour onto an unfamiliar road, and we found ourselves behind schedule, and would barely make it to the trailhead in time to climb the sand filled ¾ mile to the edge and our shooting spot. As we got to the end of the detour, our GPS said to turn right, but that didn't seem correct, so I decided to pull off the road and double check our information. What looked like the perfect spot turned into the perfect nightmare as the car sunk almost to the axles in fine red dust. The clock was ticking, and no amount or rocking, gear changing, or wheel turning would get us out. Just as we were about to grab the camera gear and tripod and start running south to our destination, a Navajo family in a pickup truck saw our plight and quickly maneuvered into position to pull us out. Minutes later we were on terra firma, and, after exchanging names, handshakes and our heartfelt thanks, we were once again on our way. Pulling into the parking lot, we grabbed our gear and charged up the hill like Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders, slid down the back side and got to our vantage point with moments to spare. There was time for a few panoramas, a test shot or two, and the moment was upon us! Click, click, click, and the deed was done. It had all passed in a blur. Regarding the image, the tiny speck of white in the center on the far side of the river below is actually a boat, which gives some sense of the immensity of scale to this image. The color of the river, a deep emerald green is due to algae and the severe drought conditions currently prevalent in the Southwest. The Colorado, which means "red colored" is, in wetter years, a deep rusty color from the silt which is carried into the river from run-off from the drainage area which is predominantly Navajo Sandstone. ...

 

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