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I’m not normally all that keen on producing nationalistic shots (or, rather, shots that could be construed as nationalistic), but this flag caught my eye. It’s outside the Metropole Hotel in Blackpool (formerly Bailey’s Hotel built in 1785) and this is one of about ten shots – nine of which didn’t work. The others were ok, but it was quite a blustery day and it was difficult to get the flag looking even vaguely flag-like.

On an entirely different tack: I came across a wonderful shot this evening – family portrait 21mm – posted a few days ago on fiftymillimeter. I’ve spent the last ten minutes or so trying to decide what it is I like about this shot, but I can’t really put it into words. It’s definitely worth a look though.

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comment by Kjetil at 12:38 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2004

Splendid, I would say! That must be the perfect angle to take the photo from!

Looks like a beautiful hotel..

And I must agree with you on the family portrait. Can't say what's good with it. ;)

comment by James at 12:40 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2004

Hey I thought we weren't allowed to fly the flag anymore for fear of offending someone :-P

comment by Tom B at 03:18 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2004

I don't really care if you fly the flag. I think it's a great shot. I like the rich colors, the low perspective, movement of the flag and the tilt of the shot. Nicely done.

I also agree on the family portait, the part that I like is that everyone in the photo has a different expression and they are all looking in a different direction.

comment by djn1 at 06:09 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2004

Thanks. And Tom: yes, that's one of the things that makes the family portrait, that they aren't all staring fixedly at the camera - it's a much more naturalistic 'take'.

comment by Peter Crymble at 12:35 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2004

Nice shot. The sky is very blue in this - making the most of the nice weekend! The thing that I am learning from your photos is that a different, non-standard angle can turn a normal photo into something much more interesting. Thanks.

comment by d at 02:21 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2004

this is such a british shot! such patrioticism.

comment by Bonj at 05:32 AM (GMT) on 25 May, 2004

Great colors and clarity.




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