Explore the Elements Photo Contest

Explore the Elements Photo Contest.

Below is my entry for the Thomas Cook photo contest. You can see the full details by clicking here. This is a really cool contest and I think you should enter it also :)

Below are the four elements.

Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness , physicality and gravity.

Rock formations at Mono Lake California as defiant as can be. Shot minutes after sunset.

Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit.

Right after the sun sets over Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe Nevada, the sky makes its presence known.

Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism.

Well after the sun had set the waves were getting really big at La Pared beach in Fuerteventura Spain, out of the corner of my eye I spotted this surfer, it was starting to get really dark but he didn’t care, he just wanted to surf into the night.

Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom

Azure window in Gozo Malta. After the sun set the wind followed the blue hour, you could hear it cutting through the rocks making a beautiful melody that just made me smile.

I nominate everyone reading this post, but I also nominate my following friends:

The amazing Jaci, Mr Siracusa, Sweet Caroline, The one and only Vijay, and of course the lovely Inma. I think you guys can win this thing.

Azure Window

Azure Window in Gozo

I have never been to Azure Window before and only seen a few photos, so I had no idea what to expect. When I got there I couldn’t help a smile on my face. I mean its popular for a reason right?

The place was not very busy and I was very happy about that, I managed to get a few really good shots when the sun was still out, but this one after the sun had set just does it for me. I walked around the rocks for a while and tried to find a good spot, I shot a few frames form different angles but this is my favorite. I like how you can see the pool below and the winds going through the window.

After I got done shooting I was a bit hungry and thirsty, for my luck they have a very nice restaurant right here where you can get some really nice local wine and some great local eats.

Camera Settings:

86 second exposure at f/16 ISO 50 shot on a tripod on bulb mode cleaned up in Lightroom.

Sunset photo of Azure Window in Gozo Malta

Sunset photo of Azure Window in Gozo Malta

When you go there make sure you bring a tripod and a bottle of wine or drink of your choice, a blanket and something warm is not a bad idea. Now that you are all set up get ready to have a great time taking some incredible shots.

About Azure Window:

The Azure Window is made of a limestone known as Lower Corallian. This is the oldest rock found on the Maltese islands. The rock, which is subject to erosion, gives Malta its distinctive coast while the Upper Corallian influences the landscape of the interior.

The arch is disintegrating because large pieces of rock have begun to fall from the underside of the arch. The rate suggests that the arch will completely disintegrate within a few years. Its dangerous condition has led to warning notices being placed along the cliffs to stop people walking over the top of the arch. In April 2012 a large piece of rock was dislocated and resulted in the window being made larger and more unstable, as well as a reduction in its nearly perfect oblong shape.” Wikipedia.