Archive for May, 2009

New 4am Date! 21st June – Summer Solstice

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse by Alex Crick

Here we go then! A brand new date for our diaries – 4am on 21st June which also coincides with Summer Solstice!  The light at 4am will have changed. For some of us it will be lighter at that time than in April, and for others it will be darker. AND it’s on a weekend too! Perfect. Thank you John Colby for suggesting the date.
This time round I thought we would go for a theme. I tweeted on twitter and it was a popular idea. So, I need your votes! Which theme shall we go for?
Here are some of the suggestions I’ve received.
Portraits: It could be a self portrait, or of friends/family. It can be inside/outside/where ever you fancy. It can be just your face, or a wider shot of all of you!
Pets/Animals: If you have a pet this will be relatively easy. However if you haven’t got a pet, or you want to be a bit more adventurous it will be a good chance for some nature spotting. Patience is needed for nature photography and with an hour time slot, this could be a good challenge!
4 things in one photo: In keeping with the 4 theme of the project. The aim of this theme is to have 4 similiar items in the picture. It could be people, cars, buildings, stars, lights, trees, signs, whatever you like!
Shadows: Where there is light, there are shadows. Take a look at the light sources you have and see what shadows they cast. The lighting may be from your home, street lighting, car headlight, the moon, tourchlight, candlelight. What interesting shadows can you catch dancing around at 4am?
One Colour: Okay, I’m going to have to pick a colour for this theme and it’s going to be red. The main colour theme in this photo is…you’ve guess it…red! Will there by a brilliant red sky? The trailing lights of a car? Flames (but don’t set fire to anything!)? Traffic lights, buildings, posters, art…..
Industrial Buildings: You might have to venture out of town for this one. Perhaps at 4am factory workers will be arriving for their shift. Maybe the area will be deserted adding extra atmosphere to 4am.
Street signs: This is a worldwide project – let’s see the name of the towns and roads you live in! Capture the signs and the background, even yourself with the signs.
Vote time! You only have one vote from you pc, so please have a think and choose your favourite theme.
The poll is open for votes until midnight on 20th May.


City Skylines at 4am

4am Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf, London by Abdul Haseeb Basit

Downtown Atlanta, Ga USA 4.09

Downtown Atlana, USA by Atlsat

Blue Water in Boise Idaho USA by Question Seven

Blue Water in Boise Idaho USA by Question Seven

4 am project Portland City Scape

Portland City Scape by Helen McConnell

4am.  Houston, Texas.
Houston, Texas by Martin Proll

It’s great to see a glimpse of skylines from other cities. And it makes you think about how many lights are on at 4am too! Are people really still working in all those offices at 4am, or has someone just forgotten to switch the lights off….


36000 feet at 4am

Alison and Kristy 36000 feet, somewhere over the Congo 2

Alison and Kristy 36000 feet, somewhere over the Congo 1

Alison and Kristy 36000 feet, somewhere over the Congo

Alison and Kristy recently send me their 4am photos taken on the 4am April.

“At 4am on the 4th we were en route to South Africa from the UK. These were taken at 36000 feet, somewhere over the Congo; we think we were just crossing into the DRC, for what it’s worth. It was 4am UK time, ‘cos that’s what we were on”Wow! I think it’s safe to say that this is the highest point a 4am photo has been taken. It’s out of this world! *sorry!*

Are we all set for another 4am date? I’m going to annouce it in the next couple of days. Hope you can all join in the 4am photo fun! :)

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