Update: following a couple of the comments on the first version of this image I've reworked the sharpening on this one; i.e. the version that's up now is a bit softer.

Update #2: following glen's comment, and having checked out my own link to the Lennox satellite platform, it's pretty obvious that this is a different rig entirely. As such I've changed the title of this one to "oil and the sea".

This is another shot from our walk along the beach yesterday and is probably my least favourite of the seven that I'll be putting up. I don't think there's anything particularly wrong with it – if I did I wouldn't be putting it up – but I'm undecided about the 'flatness' of the sky. Does it provide a good counter-balance to the crispness of the foreground? Possibly. Or would it have been better had there been a little more texture, maybe a cloud or two that were more visible? Also possible.

Anyway, the rig in the background is the Lennox satellite platform (I think), an oil and gas rig off the north west coast of the UK. Oh, and if you haven't seen it, check out Paul's night shot of this structure – it's quite spectacular.

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12.51pm on 29/4/05
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