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Sundial by misteriddles Sundial by misteriddles
From the castle on St Michael's Mount, Cornwall.

28mm lens. Ilford XP1. Toned in photoshop.

Actually, I have a mild clock phobia. All but one of the the clocks in my house are for decorative purposes only. I render the rest inoperative so I can't hear that infernal ticking. Even my alarm clock faces permanently towards the wall so I can't watch the seconds of my life drain away in its measured flashes. To me, clocks are a form of Chinese water torture.

It may also explain why I hate the regimentation of techno.

I like music which, like life, is fluid.
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ozzyscl Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Nice picture, I was there last week, and I have a similar picture (but I have to say I like yours better).
Great shot.
KaisJohn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
This wonderful picture has been used in my News Article [link] Thank you.
aPPlejaZZ Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2006   Photographer
Fantastic photo!
FrenchLoveur781 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2004
you mean Mont St Michel, in normandy?
misteriddles Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2004   Photographer
That's its twin in Normandy, France. This one is near Penzance in Cornwall, UK.
FrenchLoveur781 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2004
oh i had never heard of it. was it built in the medieval ages too??
gothicrei Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2003
beautiful pic love your work here at DA...

CLAW :blackrose: *Lilith*

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angeliceyes Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2003
wonderful! in a few hours I will probably have 50 clocks like things in my favorites!!
lunaizar Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2003   Photographer
Unlike you, I have a unhealthy relationship with clocks - I like to see and hear the seconds tick away and turn into minutes and hours . Though at times I desperately wanted time to stop, even just once, I don't mind it..

Gorgeous photo, it's rather timeless[heh], I love the composition and sepia tone..You've got a great eye.
akyra Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2002
cool shot... love how the background just stretches on, forever it seems... :P (Lick)

you know, if you wanted to argue it, time doesn't really exist. you could claim that it's just a figment of the collective human imagination to help explain and codify the world around us, so our limited perceptions and smallish brains can (attempt to) make sense of it all...

really, when you think about it, the past doesn't exist, neither does the future, except in our heads. there is only 'now'... so what are you doing now?

:p (Lick) ;) (Wink)
freespot Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2002
This really is quite stunning ... would make a great print. *hint, hint* ;) (Wink)

So simple and calm ...

=) (Smile)
eilidh Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2002  Professional Digital Artist
Another fantastic shot. The sea being at the background makes it look almost other-worldly....
gvcarroll Featured By Owner May 26, 2002
Oh, I am so with you on the description for this. I despise the sound of clocks ticking, especially when I'm trying to fall asleep. I used to have this night table alarm clock that ticked, and I finally had to throw the damn thing in a drawer because I couldn't deal with it anyone. The only exception is an old clock my dad used to have, looked like digital style numbers, but instead of an LCD it had these tabbed numbers - kind of like a roladex - that used to make a soft flipping noise every minute. That was comforting. I can't even stand have the little colon flash on my laptop's clock though, I can just feel the seconds being leached away from my alloted time on earth. Disbelief

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engeljaeger Featured By Owner May 26, 2002
Looks great!!!
fotokultur Featured By Owner May 20, 2002
had to grab another +fav!
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cyan Featured By Owner May 17, 2002
I like your description, but I like this photo even more! I haven't yet figured out a way to get everything properly exposed (say, just for technical purposes) in a scene that has very high contrast in brightness.

normally i wouldn't keep the main subject in the center (i noticed you don't do that either for many of your portrait shots) but maybe this one would be an exception since the entirety of the clock is quite enough to make a point in this image. beautiful shot!!
corporatewhore Featured By Owner May 2, 2002
thats one insane photo..

i love it!! the lighting, composition and tone.. Woooo
moon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2002
This is really lovely! the color is amazing - and the perspective you've shot at is perfect. Gives the whole image a "sun-like" feeling. Seems like one is looking for the edge of the world which goes on forever.
utro Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2002
This is gorgeous! So surreal! Beautiful tone and lighting. Wow!
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msa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2002
Everything will pass, only time will last forever
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faithwalker Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002  Student Photographer
Great image! I love the tones and composition!
Fella look right
bookdiva Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002
This is such a beautiful photo..the colors give it such serenity, and the dial itself, a historical monument to time. You framed this to perfection! I like the textures of earth and sea...
We are all but a flicker
in the candle of time.
fat-asstronaut Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002
the simplicity and feeling of calmness byt he water... is awesome... grea scene capture.
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kgcreative Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002  Professional General Artist

You graphic artists (I include myself here sometimes) with not camera skills, or with no time to shoot for a subject should either PAY for your images, or ask for PERMISSION. I just don't think is fair to expect great photographers to simply "donate" their best work so the rest of us can just take it and use it for our own purposes without even acknowledging who it was that provided the wonderful photography, or worse yet, without paying for it.

/off soapbox.
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dark-euridice Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002
I don´t kwow why, but i´ve always loved clocks...... and this one is absolutely awesome.... time has that mistery, that feeling of no return, of ilusion without remedy.....:) (Smile)
Direct to my favs...... :) (Smile)
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fangedfem Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002
Upset at se55's comment- just not needed~

Anyway~ this is a gorgeous shot! The tones really give me an olden day feel- love how the horizon seems neverending =) (Smile) you have such an incredible eye Nod
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princerupert Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002
Great detail... :-) (Smile)
simba Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002
Great photo. I have always been fascinated by sundials. Looks like about 5:30. :D (Big Grin)
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And that has made all the difference.
lightningbolt Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002   Photographer
Damn, sometimes it's the simple things... I also don't like clocks, don't have a watch... This is really good, I like it :-) (Smile)
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se55 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002   Filmographer
why can't u donate good pictures like this to the stock gallery... we graphic artists that lack camera skills need good stuff to work with :D (Big Grin)
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digitalis Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002
beautiful photo. the lighting is wonderful.
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exorist Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think i seen this sundial when i went to st michaels was a long time ago now though.

lovely shot mate!

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kgcreative Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002  Professional General Artist



Curiosity was Framed.
Ignorance Killed the Cat.

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syncretism Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2002
the thumbnail caught my attention...
...but the full splendor of this shot
is in the details...

*nudges everyone to open it to full view*

amazing... the tone as well
and how the water stretches to the horizon...
...seemingly endless, perpetual
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