Stonehenge, UK

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    The early morning sun peeking over the stones that form the outer ring of Stonehenge. The misty fog that blanketed the plain had just burned away minutes before. The sun's effect on the stones is magical, transforming them from mere rock, into texturally rich monoliths, and providing a wonderful dance of light and shadow.

    This photo was submitted to Tate Britain's "How We Are Now: Photographing Britain" exhibition that ran from 22 May — 2 September 2007. The photo was one of four photos I submitted, this one in the Landscape category.

    The exhibition aimed to take a unique look at the journey of British photography, from the pioneers of the early medium to today’s photographers who use new technology to make and display their imagery. Part of the exhibition was an open call to photographers using Flickr as an entry point. There were 7,876 photos submitted in total, of which 40 were selected as finalists.

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    ban_anna11, Florian Demmer, jhhymas, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. ban_anna11 99 months ago | reply

      such a stunning sunflare!

      I find it very hard to believe that there are no other comments!!

    2. sullian 97 months ago | reply

      how and where?

    3. Grufnik 97 months ago | reply

      I thought I had provided more information in the caption, but apparently not!

      In response to Sullian's question of where the picture was taken, it was at Stonehenge, in the United Kingdom, very early in the morning. (You can see the exact location on the map that this photo is linked to).

      As for how I took this picture, it is a story more about planning than any particular skill. Before visiting Stonehenge I had browsed the official website which noted that a special passes allow you to come in contact with the stones themselves. Normally, visitors only get to circle the stones along a path that is a significant distance from the stone circles. The passes are either for the morning before or the evening after normal operating hours. I chose the morning pass which meant that I was there by 0600.

      There was an stillness about the place, as there no one was there yet, and the site was enveloped in a fog. I thought that I was going to be disappointed in that the sun would be hidden, but over time the fog burned off nicely, and this photo op presented itself.

    4. David M Hogan 84 months ago | reply

      Fantastic image! I love the lens flare

    5. thehollyandtheivy2008 84 months ago | reply

      An outstanding photo. Thanks for sharing.

    6. ken&nicky 69 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot. Well done.

    7. Moign Khawaja 69 months ago | reply

      This photograph has been featured in a photo essay titled "Solar Eclipse: Myths, beliefs and superstitions" published on my blog web.me.com/neomartian. Due credit has been given. Please contact me through my website if you have any queries. Many thanks.

    8. Sundials by Carmichael 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Gnomons, Styles and Nodi, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. -Mina- 62 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot! love how orange it is

    10. .::Prad Patel::. 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Heritage Key, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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