What If The Earth Stopped Spinning?

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UploadedJanuary 16, 2008
TakenAugust 9, 2007
ModelCanon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Exposure3/10 sec at f/25
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Focal Length12 mm
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There is this pub in the village of Travone that we went to a lot this year. Its a pretty little place just around the coastline from were we were staying. We actually began going there many years ago when on our honeymoon. We use to end our day there by eating our evening meal watching the last sunrays disappear over the Atlantic.

But this year the pub was a very handy west facing location for Cathy to relax with the kids whist I regularly, (guilt reduced) ran down the corn field, tripod strapped to my back, over a gate and through some very posh houses, with even more expensive views, to get to this little gem of a beach.

I have mixed feelings about this image. I totally love the sunset. It began rather muted, but as you can see it managed to peep through the cloudbank, just before it disappeared down under the horizon. My hesitation in posting this is due to the quantity of untidy rocks and this image that distract from a clean composition. It also lacks any kind of water action, which I have become, to like in these types of shots, to give it movement and drama. I do however like the clean simplicity in the sand bars, and feel it justifies being let out from the dungeon of images consigned to my hard drive.

Funny this sun chasing lark. If you think about it, it is not the sun that is moving, its us. It is us. that are spinning away from it. At hundreds of miles an hour from its warm rays. (At mid-latitudes, the speed of the Earth's rotation is 700 to 900 miles per hour )

The sun is the main character, the main focus in the average landscape snapper’s sights. Many people take its presence for granted. I mean its there every day, it is in-fact the thing that defines our day, the length of our day, thou the year. It sustains our very existence. With out it we would not be here. If it stopped, ran out, turned off then god what a disaster. How long would we live? There would be a permanent static sunset and sunrise skirting the circumference of the world. In fact it wouldn’t be a sunrise or set at all, it would have to be renamed the suns edge. The world’s population would have to live within 5o miles of this line, as one side of the planet would be frozen solid and the other side would be scorched to a cinder. We would all have to migrate to the edge of the sun influence. We all would live in consent yellow and red light. Wow what a world that would be. A densely populated ring of kayos around the entire planet.

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  • Howard Simpson

    Howard Simpson gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    Very nice

  • seanie blue

    seanie blue said (16 Jan 2008):

    Check out "Do You Realize" by the Flaming Lips, great lines about revolving around the Sun. What "untidy" rocks? Looks fab to me.

  • j dixon

    j dixon gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    Agree with Seanie- a fabuous image. The colors are great, and I don't think the rocks interfere with composition either.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    Really, really beautiful!

  • Reese M.

    Reese M. gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    gorgeous textures!

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson said (17 Jan 2008):

    Excellent! This shot is breathtaking. That "lark" lands on my shoulder each day When the landscape is in good communication with us, we take a photo of what she wants us to see.
    Those untidy rocks guided imagery to the adventure of getting there, no smooth trek and a decorators highlight of gold in places other than the sun. The rocks reflecting off of the water give us an idea of the scale of the rocks. The undulating islands of sand and water add sensuality. Brilliant!
    (Tripod? I should leave it in the car!)
    What else didn't you post?
    BTW: We would fly off like well, oiled babies on a on a speeding merry-go-round changing table!

  • Amanda Brand

    Amanda Brand gave props (13 Feb 2008):

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. beautiful color

  • Slimeface

    Slimeface said (6 May 2008):


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  • Eugenia Kyriakopoulou

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  • Richard Cressy

    Richard Cressy gave props (27 Jun 2009):

    Beautiful, composition is great, rocks give it strength, great sunset shot

  • Allison W

    Allison W gave props (10 Jul 2009):

    I think the "untidy" rocks add to the image instead of taking away from it. This photo drew me in not only because of the beautiful colors, but also the textures of those rocks.

  • James(randy) Marshall

    James(randy) Marshall said (26 Nov 2009):

    thats 1 beautiful picture

  • Jonathan Bratter

    Jonathan Bratter gave props (26 Mar 2010):

    shouldn't hesitate to post-beautiful pic

  • Nabeel Alam

    Nabeel Alam gave props (1 Apr 2010):

    Beautiful shot!!

  • Rc Meyers

    Rc Meyers said (6 Jun 2010):

    The rocks tell a story, they are breath taking

  • Ursula Tillmann

    Ursula Tillmann said (28 Dec 2010):


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