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The power of sand

The power of sand
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Copyright: Les Winder (rewind) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 5 N: 133] (1139)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-09-13
Categories: Nature
Camera: Pentax K5, Pentax DA 16-45mm F/4
Exposure: f/8, 1/750 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-13 9:53
Viewed: 2168
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I went for another walk in the desert early this morning and thought about the patterns in the surface rocks which I have noticed in many other locations where the rock is exposed. It is noticable that the wear pattern lines in the rock in Bahrain are always in exactly the same direction. I checked out the orientation of the lines in the rock surface and they are in the NNW/SSE orientation. I quick look on the internet to look at prevailing winds in Bahrain reveals that for 70% of the year the wind blows from the NNW, usually strong enough to start blowing the sand around. It seems a reasonable conclusion that the wera pattern in the rock are caused by sand erosion. The photo was taken facing SSE, i.e. with my back to the wind. Desaturated, contrast increased to show the wear patterns better and resized for upload.

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  • Pet Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 14 N: 29] (381)
  • [2008-09-13 11:44]

Quite awesome, Les !!
It looks like if you were on Planet Mars.
I love the rude contrast you gave to your photo.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-09-20 15:35]
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Hello Les, I like this one a lot! Great note, good use of B&W and very well composed shot. Great details with lovely shadows, thanks!


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-10-16 2:26]


Génial cett roche, quel effet font les trace sur la pierr, mangigique et le NB va à merveille.

Bravo et amitié


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