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Copyright: Les Winder (rewind) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 5 N: 133] (1139)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-07
Categories: Decisive Moment
Camera: Pentax K5, Pentax DA 16-45mm F/4
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-11 6:15
Viewed: 2148
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo of the so called "Rim Rock" that surrounds the central plain of the main island of Bahrain. The rim rock is about 40 million years old at the top and gets progressively older as one looks down through the sedimentary layers. It is full of fossils such as sharks teeth, shell fish etc. Extensive quarrying has been going on for years but the recent huge investment in building projects in Bahrain, funded by the high oil prices of the last three years or so has resulted in a massive demand for rock to landfill parts of the sea for coastal development projects. This was one of the most beautiful parts of the rim rock and is in full view of one of Bahrain's tourist attractions, the Tree of Life. To me this is tragic! See my earlier posting on Page 5 "A splash of colour" which is also taken in the same area. Soon the whole of this part of the rim rock will be gone and another part of Bahrain's heritage with it. It is also ironic that the rock from this is being used for projects which affect the environment by damaging the intertidal zone where much of the breeding grounds for the marine life exist. My first posting for a long time!

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Hello Les,

Your note is very interesting.
The destruction of Rim Rock does seem a real shame. I wonder what actions, if any, one could take to slow it down or put a stop to it.

I read your intro. I got my start with a Pentax K1000 also.

As for your photo. I like the way the debris spreads out before us radially. I think this is a very interesting subject artistically (not to mention the interesting context introduced by your note).

Getting a shot at a different time of day when the light would be striking it at an angle might reveal the shape of the landscape, which I imagine could have dramatic effect. I like to experiment with the same scene under different conditions. Also, you might try the same shot with the break in the rim off center.

Enjoyed the shot!


Hi Dad,

It is a horrible thing that this is going on, and I like your note. I think there is potential for a much more dramatic photo to illustrate the destruction, with the use of lighting, a less central compostion, maybe a very low pov or even a fisheye. I would also be good to get a sense of scale. I love the blue sky though it makes the gap really jump out at you.


Very good, nice and sharp and lovely colours. Interesting note too ... it is a great shame.
Cheers, John.

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