Wednesday, August 15, 2007

PoW! 40th Week

Here are this week's FPC's PoW!s, in no order of preference:

Point Reyes
"Point Reyes"
by: born19june
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 1/200, f/16, 37mm, ISO400

Photographers Description: Point Reyes is a prominent cape on the Pacific coast of northern California. It is located in Marin County approximately 30 mi (48 km) WNW of San Francisco. The term is often applied to the Point Reyes Peninsula, the promontory bounded from Tomales Bay on the northeast and Bolinas Lagoon on the southwest. The headland is protected as part of Point Reyes National Seashore.

The cape protects Drakes Bay on its southern side. The headland is largely drained by Drakes Estero. Inverness Ridge runs along the peninsula's northwest-southeast spine, with forested peaks around 430 meters (1,400 feet). West of the ridge, the land flattens out and the vegetation turns to scrub. The Mount Vision Fire in 1995 burned part of Inverness Ridge.

The peninsula is a popular recreational destination for the nearby San Francisco Bay Area, especially for hiking on its many trails and sea kayaking the shores of Tomales Bay and the coast.

Vegetation native to Point Reyes includes Bishop pine, Douglas-fir, coyote brush, monkeyflower, poison oak, California blackberry, salal and coast redwood, among others.

During the Cold War, submarines repaired at Mare Island Naval Shipyard were tested in the shallow waters off Point Reyes following shipyard repairs. Navy safety personnel used a small monitoring and communications hut on the peninsula for monitoring submarines during these sea trials.

Point Reyes Lighthouse was used as the radio station for Antonio Bay in the John Carpenter film "The Fog".

Point Reyes lends its name to the town of Point Reyes Station, California.

Editor's Comment: Is Titanic the Movie making a comeback? This photo has a very striking composition. And is just awesome in all aspects. Great Work.

beauty @ work [2]
"beauty @ work"
by: [2]rokbot[2]y
Sony DSC-R1, 1/320, f/8, 71.5mm, ISO160

Editor's Comment: There have been many shots such as this. And obviously there are probably photos beyond the pages I have scoured that are more striking than it. But among the ones shared recently, this one has the blessings of both tonal and compositional excellence. Immediately, when you see the thumbnail, you will invariably like to look at the big picture.

by: scubapup
Canon EOS-1D Mark III, 1/500, f/5.6, 700mm, ISO800

Editor's Comment: This aint no ugly duckling. I would call this a beautiful duckling. Wonderfully Captured. This can be a lovely painting hanged on my living room. :)

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