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Another sunrise photograph that I thought would benefit from the black frame top and bottom. I absolutely love how the colors pop contrasting with the black.


One of my hobbies is to head out bright and early in the morning and wander our waterfront looking for a new place to sit and watch the sunrise. It's actually a pretty easy thing to do, getting up that early in the morning, considering I normally work until 4am. I just don't go to sleep!!


I wish everyone a wonderful Wednesday, hope everyone had a superb Canada Day and for those friends of mine who were out partying yesterday, I wish you a speedy recovery! LOL


My 30th Photograph in Explore!! July 2nd, 2008 Highest #103

4am sunrise. i think it is a steel factory.

explore #402 August 30th

Much more poetic than "Selenium is the Soft Light of Dawn" I think. 4am at 9000 feet on Mount Baker. That's Canada on the other side of those Mountains. Sometimes it worth getting up before the light.

"J'ai tout donné au soleil, tout, sauf mon ombre." Guillaume Apollinaire


4 am in the morning.


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I have a whole series of this heat lightning it danced across the lake for a long

time, this is right from the camera the only thing done was crop in photoshop.


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Forest path 4am. Bjärnum, Sweden

From the book "De kallades snapphanar" by Kim Hazelius.

It was my last day in the Lakes and at around 4am I couldn't get something out of my head: about 31 years ago I raced down to Derwentwater at dawn to this famous spot (Friar's Crag) and took some images with my old film SLR on B&W film. I loved those images and wondered if I could be so lucky with the light again. After that I couldn't sleep so headed down to the lakeside, and this time, mercifully, I was there alone! This time the reflections were not so perfect (and were constantly criss-crossed by ducks!), but the colours were still there and the Lake as ravishingly beautiful as it always was. Compare this with the lake at dusk, posted earlier. John Ruskin reckoned this was one of the finest views in the world. Although I'm not sure how much of the world John Ruskin had seen, I'm not going to disagree with him!


Incidentally the little "gobstopper" of Castle Crag (see earlier image for the view from the top) is just visible from behind some low mist and noted in this image, lodged in the "jaws" of Borrowdale.


I did take rather a lot of photographs here, so I'm afraid more of these are likely to follow!

Driving to Lichfield for the 4am project meet up in the pouring rain.

Wasn't sure I'd get anything in the rain so thought I'd make the most of getting up early and get a few shots on the way!

This unexpected, glorious, sunrise was a real reward for the early start. Then the sky faded to grey again, and remained so. As seen on BBC Look North on Monday (weather pic)!

Essa foi uma das fotos que fiz para a matéria "Curitiba das 19h as 6h" da Revista VIEW #91 (que vai pras bancas no mês que vem com o tema URBANIZAÇÃO), onde 12 fotógrafos irão retratar a cidade durante as 12 horas.. e eu escolhi o horário das 4h as 4h59 am.

Essa não foi a escolhida, portanto não vai estar na revista, mas é só uma amostra do que é a cidade nesse horário ;)

4am project, leeds, uk

....See 4amproject for the reason we were up at 4am.


Would you believe it's the.... MOON?

This is straight from the camera. The moon was setting as the sun was rising. The colors are as I saw it with my eyes. INCREDIBLE! At least for me, I've never seen this before. I knew last night was the perigee of the moon. So i intentionally woke up at 4am to catch the moonset. I was out by 4:15am in search of the moon. This was the last few shots I got of the moon from East Agana Bay. 40minutes before this it was a normal moon and had gone behind the clouds so I thought it was gone for good so I started shooting the sunrise. The sky was purple and pink and I didn't notice this moon until it was almost too late. Thank you Lord that I was at the right place, at the right time, again. =) As God is my witness, this is an actual scene I saw with my eyes.


Come to think of it, looking back it was funny... I was shooting sunrise with the pinks and purples in the sky (i will post later) at the beach. I didn't really notice the moon because the pinks were dotting the sky so the moon kinda blended in. It took about 2 minutes for me to switch from the Sigma 17-70mm to the 50-500mm so i can get in close. I was on the sand at East Agana by Alupang Beach Towers and I was fumbling changing the lens that the camera almost fell in the sand. I also had to switch the tripod head from the camera to the lens and thats why it took 2 minutes.I was so excited to capture this because its the first time in my life that I've seen this. When i was shooting the sunrise, I was tripoded because the shutter was open for seconds and I was on the shore where there were small waves coming in. When I was switching lenses the tripod legs got wet coz a small wave came in but I didn't care. I had to have this once in a lifetime shot.

4am Expression - Portrait of Hilary.

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* It's actually an Eastern Screech Owl, red morph, in the snow!

After the 4amproject photos in the Chiado/Cais do Sodré area, we headed to Santa Apolónia to have something to eat at one of the trailers, where they have hot dogs, hamburguers, and other stuff. This girl probably spent the whole night dancing at the club across the street, called Lux, and she couldn't handle her shoes anymore while waiting in line to have something to eat.

My first night time shoot, was a lot tricky than I thought. Any tips greatly appreciated, especially with the streetlights!! all part of the 4am project :)

Another 4am dessert-crazy baking @home


Pear Galettes


Ingredients used: red Anjou pears, sugar, butter, almonds, eggs, almond extract, salt, wheat flour, flour & water


If you look at the bus stop you can see how cold it was! glad I rapped up :)

My first night time shoot, was a lot tricky than I thought. Any tips greatly appreciated, especially with the streetlights!! all part of the 4am project :)

Christmas Decoration, Exchange Walk, Nottingham

My crazy cat has been waking me up at 4am lately, so this morning I decided to go for a drive. This was my reward.

Taken with Box Brownie No 2 at 4am on 4th April 2009 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK. Fuji Superia 100iso on bulb exposure.


Bus station.


As part of the 4am Project


Silly short clip we made after the 4amproject photowalk. One take, and the music was played from a cellphone during the acting. And there was also no script involved, in case you're wondering. :-P The last part is not advisable for impressionable viewers. :-)


Darth Vader - Pedro Rebelo

Chewbacca - João Nogueira

Second Darth Vader voice - Luis Amaral

Music Director - Nuno Correia


Supporting cast

Mário Pires

Sérgio B.


The Minster Pool.


Walsall Photographic Collective - - The Flickr group for Walsall Photographers.

I woke up at around 4am to see this moonlit scene out of my kitchen window. Holding a camera still for 3 seconds is quite difficult when you're still half asleep but this one didn't come out too bad - it took a few attempts though!

This is the second time I have photographed this fantastic Battle of Britain memorial on the London Embankment and it is the second time I have been disappointed with the results.


There is so much going with a lot of harsh, direct lighting and a busy busy background, that it is so hard to do the sculpture justice.


I was here to do a 4amproject shoot on the 24th April and this was taken @ 4.30am, when the traffic is low and you just have to avoid the various groups of high-spirited party fiends.


I will be returning to this place again and again but will make sure I do some planning first!


Oh, yes, the blurred figure near the lampost in the distance is a Police Constable who only appeared when I appeared and then continued to "shadow" me for the next hour or so. I wish they would just go away and leave me alone - it's not like I wasn't appearing on their hundreds of CCTV cameras! Grrrr

Skåne, Sweden

From the book "De kallades snapphanar" by Kim Hazelius.

This shot is for the 4amproject check out the site and the rest of the shots here.

"The best cure for insomnia is a Monday morning."

~Author Unknown


...up at 4am :( thank goodness tomorrow is a saturday!



Photo taken at 05:02


4am Project is where photographers all around the world go around their city at 4am and take photos.


Kick started off at 3am where I picked up a friend and drove to Central London, parking next to Westminister where we would walk around until we hit Embankment Tube Station. This was the first time taking long exposure photos so go easy on me :)


All images, as always, (c) Gaurav Patel 2010

Went and did some laps of Maindy cycle track in Cardiff as part of the 4am Project.


Here's one of the photos we got,a random but awesome way to spend a sunday morning.


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This one is dedicated to MJSEEE.... I got up by 4am this morning only because yesterdays sunrise was a spectacular one, but I only got the last 5 minutes of it. So I figured the following morning would be quite interesting as well.

Not sure of the meaning in this, I just got a little crazy at 4 AM, got a few of my favorite things from my room, threw them on my living-room's floor and started taking pictures.

I've got some more to come.


Photo for the 4am Project taken during the photowalk we organized on purpose for it! Taken down on the beach in Cascais, the stone wall lit by a single light.

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One of the few photos I took at was very hard to get up at 4am.


But the gentle light and the hundreds of rooftops to be seen from this 10f fire escape in shimbashi was a fair reward.



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