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Comments (14)

John Adamson on April 11, 2010

I don't know the correct spelling - please correct me if it is wrong. The location is correct.

Hazel Coetzee on April 12, 2010

This is a wonderful aerial shot John - looked at quickly it resembles lots of ants approaching something sweet!

That transparent sea is incredible! Is that a large submerged rock formation at the top left? I think this may be of great interest to Ian Stehbens? Wonderful work John! Well done!!!

Warmest wishes, Hazel

Sarah O on April 12, 2010

WOW This is an awesome photo...Love the aerial view, the water, the village, what one can see through the clarity of the water, it all comes together for a wonderful capture. Very beautiful!

Regards/Sarah USA

lana maria miranda on April 19, 2010

Hello John, how are you? I hope all is well with you and your family This photo is wonderful! The water, fully transparent, makes it, it seems unreal !!!!!!!

Best regard ! Lana

John Adamson on April 30, 2010

Hello Hazel, thanks for your visit and wonderful comments. I guess that is rock at the top left. There is probably coral growing on it as all the beaches near here have coral sand.

Best wishes to you, John

Hi Sarah, many thanks for all your lovely comments and your visit. I am happy that you like it. Greetings from Indonesia, John

Hello Lana, I am fine thanks and I hope this finds you and your family the same. Thanks for your visit and kind comments. Warm wishes to you, John

Mahdi Kalhor on May 1, 2010

Fantastic view.

All the best from Iran,


Ian Stehbens on May 13, 2010

Dear John,

I am very appreciative of Hazel's invitation to see this stunning aerial, and to respond. There are so many responses to it that I am not sure where to begin.

On the one hand I am immediately back in the vibrancy of rural Indonesia, on the other it reminds me too vividly of some of the aerials from Banda Aceh and Nias, post-tsunami.

Your composition and the clarity are marvellous, and I congratulate you.

As you will well know this strait, like others through the archipelago, discharges the huge volume of Pacific tides that must flow into the Indian Ocean as the earth rotates. Hence the stunning patterns of reefs and sand banks never cease to enthral the geographer, and you have recorded some of that here. Thanks for the geolocation that allows us to orientate your image.

But better still is your recording of the human patterns and activities: the deep sea fishing boats in the lee of the island; the myriad of canoes for reef fishing parked on the surf beach; the almost complete absence of agricultural activity and therefore the utter reliance on the sea; the mosque and the school as the dominant social infrastructure. The ratio of fishing boats to households can be approximated!

And this utter dependence on the sea takes me back to Nias and Banda Aceh and elsewhere. How devastatingly traumatic the tsunami was for such communities!

The beauty of your image is counterpoised by the reminder of the 2004 and other traumas that have afflicted people I love.

I expect that I will be in Bali and Jakarta again next month. It is a dream that I might visit Lombok this time.

All the very best, John.


John Adamson on May 14, 2010

Hi Mahdi, thanks for your visit and nice comment. All the best from Indonesia, John

Hello Ian, thank you so much for your wonderful comments. You obviously understand and love Indonesia quite a lot. You have seen things in this shot that most would not see and I really appreciate your comments. I hope you enjoy Bali and Jakarta and do manage to get to Lombok as it is a beautiful Island.

Greetings from Sumbawa, John

beegood on May 14, 2010

Hello John, just stumbled over your paradisiacal photo and the no less exotic name of this beautiful island ~ then understood its exposure to eh powers that shape our destiny on this planet ~ it is all a miracle ~ thank you for sharing this idyllic place with us, all the very best to you!

Warm greetings from old Europe ~ Maja

John Adamson on May 15, 2010

Hello Maja, many thanks for your visit and all your kind words. I am happy that you appreciate it. Due to the popularity of this shot I am posting another of the same Island just seconds earlier.

Warm greetings to you from Indonesia, John

BL (Views? No, thanx… on May 31, 2010

Great vista, John! It's so clear, did you crash the window of your aircraft :-?

All the best from Lake Constance, Bernd

John Adamson on June 4, 2010

Hello Bernd, thanks for your visit and nice comments. A little magic in it looking so clear but the truth is that this was taken on a dull day with not much reflection from other parts of the plane.

Greetings from Indonesia, John

Gala Atonen on July 11

Wonderful shot and great atmosphere L

John Adamson on July 17

Thank you Gala, I appreciate your nice comments and the L. Kind regards, John

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Photo taken in Jalan Soekarno, Sakra Barat, Lombok Timur, Nusa Tenggara Barat 83671, Indonesia

Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 11, 2010
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    by John Adamson
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 16.96mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash