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about the ‘Blackpool Tower’ category

Shots of, or containing, Blackpool Tower.

9 January, 2011 // the evening dreams #212 comments

This is a companion shot to this one, a shot of Blackpool Tower, taken on my trip back to the UK in October. In many ways I think I prefer the first shot I posted, but I do like this one too.

On a related note, I'll be using this image for our latest Mini-PSD: the 52nd to be added to the archive since we started including them as part of our tutorials. If you're interested, I'll be uploading it at some point tomorrow morning.

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25 October, 2010 // the evening dreams6 comments

I still have quite a few shots from my recent trip to the UK, that I'll blog over the coming weeks, but I think that this one may turn out to be my favourite from the trip.

I'll also be posting some more from last week, taken while wandering around Bulgaria with Craig, but in the meanwhile here's one of his:

http://www.id7.co.uk/portfolio/archives/1010241900_clean.php

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9.48am on 10/10/10
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18 July, 2008 // maurice #210 comments

This is the second shot of Maurice that I mentioned yesterday, and while it's clearly not as lively as yesterday's, I like this one too. That said, I doubt it will be to everyone's taste, so feel free to tell me what you think.

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3.08pm on 16/7/08
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17 July, 2008 // maurice #121 comments

This is the first of two shots of Maurice, a Blackpool based cabaret singer I photographed yesterday afternoon. My brief was to produce some images that could be used to promote his act, some of which needed to include a recognisable local landmark, so what better landmark to include than Blackpool Tower.

In terms of the post-production: this is a combination of a straight shot and a pseudo-HDR image. I used the HDR version to bring out the detail in his trousers and waistcoat - both of which are a dark brown pinstripe - as despite the use of fill-flash these still appeared too dark in the final shot.

As always, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

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3.14pm on 16/7/08
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13 June, 2008 // the sweet shop34 comments

Given that my previous image received a mixed, though mostly positive response I'd be interested to hear what you make of this one. Like the previous one, it's an HDR, constructed from a seven shot bracketed sequence using Photomatix Pro, but while the last one had almost CGI feel to it, this one is a lot less intense.

That said, if you didn't like the last one because it's an HDR, you're unlikely to like this one any better ;-)

Nonetheless, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts as this is a technique that a) I still find fascinating, and b) will probably do quite a lot more of in the future.

8 April, 2008 // out with the old11 comments

I was chatting with John Washington yesterday regarding the recent series of shots he's been posting exploring the notion of nostalgia (of which this is a particularly good example). Anyway, having had that conversation, I was browsing through a folder of old images today and came across this one which a) also has quite a nostalgic feel, and b) entirely coincidentally, was taken with John's camera. All of which seemed like a good excuse to post it.

On another matter: I finished the latest tutorial in the Digital Workflow series today, so should have some time to get out and about to shoot some new material tomorrow.

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7.47pm on 12/8/04
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7 February, 2008 // riverdance #616 comments

First of all, thanks for all the great comments on yesterday's shot. I really liked it, so it was good to hear that you did too. The downside is that it's all downhill from here, at least as far as the Riverdance is concerned, as I don't think I'm going to get a better shot than that one.

As today's: unless I can think of a new angle, or something dramatic happens, then this will probably be my penultimate shot of the Riverdance. As with yesterday's one of the things I was trying to do is capture/illustrate the scale of this boat – and I think it comes across reasonably well in this one.

Oh, and if you're wondering about the line of people in the distance, they are standing at the other side of the exclusion zone; i.e. around 800m away from where I'm standing.

I've also posted the original image, not because there's anything special about the post-production, but because I thought you might like to see the original scene:

.../archives/riverdance_6.php

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3.33pm on 6/2/08
Canon 1Ds Mark II
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20 November, 2007 // keep out #723 comments

First of all, thanks for all the great comments on yesterday's shot. It was good to finally find the time to produce something worth posting, but even better to hear it was well liked.

As for this one: it's been a while since I posted a keep out shot. I've been keeping an eye out for them, but there's only so much you can do with a series of old number plates on chains, so I haven't managed to get too many that I'm happy with this year. This one though, I like: mostly because of the upside down sign, and the hook hanging in mid-air, but also because it works well with the rest of the scene ;– i.e. it reads like a commentary on Blackpool in the wintertime ;-)

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3.05pm on 19/11/07
Canon 1Ds Mark II
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24 October, 2007 // little planet #235 comments

Yesterday, I said that I wasn't especially happy with the first 'little planet' I put up. I'm much happier with this one :-)

And again, it was constructed using the instructions on daily dose of imagery.

Update: just a quick note to let you know that I won't be posting anything new today (15.10.07). I'll get something up tomorrow.

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23 October, 2007 // little planet #128 comments

I'm not especially happy with this one, but it's something I've wanted to try for a while, and given that it took me ages to do I thought I'd post it. It was inspired by this shot on daily dose of imagery and was constructed from nine original images, stitched with Stitcher, then converted to a 'little planet' as per the instructions on daily dose.

Let me know what you think.

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3 February, 2007 // mid-winter42 comments

I don't know about the rest of you, but personally, I'm sick of winter: it's cold and the light is terrible. I'm longing for some warmth, beautiful light, long evenings, sunsets, gentle breezes and paddling in the sea.

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4.43pm on 1/2/07
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13 January, 2007 // winter island #227 comments

This one isn't hugely different to yesterday's, but I thought it was worth putting up. Again, it's taken from Fleetwood, facing south towards Blackpool with Blackpool Tower on the left. In this shot though you can also make out the North Pier, just appearing from the haze.

In some ways, I think I prefer this one to yesterday's (perhaps because of the more restricted colour palette), but I suspect that the majority of you will probably go for yesterday's, not least because the figures in yesterday's shot add more than the ones in today's. Anyway, let me know what you think.

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11.26am on 12/1/07
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12 January, 2007 // winter island #123 comments

Yet again, it's been far too long since I posted anything, but things are starting to get a little more settled now so I should be back to the image-a-day thing reasonably soon.

As for this one: it's the first of two quite similar shots that I couldn't decide between. In some ways I like this one best, but in others, I prefer tomorrow's. Both are taken from Fleetwood, facing south towards Blackpool.

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11.13am on 12/1/07
Canon 20D
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5 October, 2006 // out of phase26 comments

I had hoped to put up a picture of Finley today as he fell asleep on the settee, snuggled up to all four of our cats. If the cats had all been asleep too, I might have got the shot, but they were far too interested in the camera to stay still long enough for me to get a decent shot ... which is a bit annoying. Next time Fin' has a nap I might drug the cats and drape them around him ;-)

Anyway, failing a 'young boy and his cats' shot, I raided the archives and found this one; a reflection of Blackpool Tower in a rather distorted shop window. A year ago, I would have loved this image – I had a big thing for reflections – but, for some reason or another, I'm not quite as keen on them anymore. What do you think?

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5.28pm on 2/5/06
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30 July, 2006 // on a summer's evening30 comments

Well, yesterday's was pretty much a straight shot; today's isn't ;-)

This is another HDR (high dynamic range) image, and I do appreciate that these aren't to everyone's taste but, as you know, I do quite like vaguely surreal images.

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8.43pm on 25/7/06
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22 April, 2006 // tin foil tower49 comments

It's a while since the weather's been good enough to take decent reflections on the beach, but not only was it sunny yesterday, it was also quite warm ... which was nice :-)

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12.51pm on 21/4/06
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27 February, 2006 // plant in operation43 comments

You'll be pleased to hear that I have a straight shot to put up tomorrow, but in the meanwhile here's one more HDR image. This one is a bit more typical of the genre and demonstrates quite clearly how these images have a much more evenly distributed tonal range than normal photographs yet the local contrast (the red sign for example) is still quite pronounced. Take a look at the histogram for this image and you'll see what I mean.

Also, a few of you have asked me about the workflow for these shots: basically, I convert the RAW files in ACR, import them into Photomatix, generate the HDR file, play around with the tone mapping setting until the image looks reasonably close to what I'm after, save the tone mapped file, and finally, open this image in Photoshop for final editing (Curves, colour adjustment, noise reduction, and so on).

On another matter: John is having big problems with the domain registration for johnwashington.co.uk at the moment but you can still access his site at the following address:

washingtonmedia.co.uk

Hopefully he'll be up and running at his usual address shortly.

24 February, 2006 // under the north pier101 comments

This is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image, created with Photomatix. HDR's are composite images that utilise several different exposures of the same scene (in this case, six exposures at f/5.6, between 1/15th and 1/500th) to create an HDR image to which you then apply a tone curve. I'm not sure I understand quite how it all works, but basically the software works to create areas of local contrast within a scene rather than applying a uniform contrast across the image.

If you're interesed in reading up about this follow some of the links from the HDR flickr pool. I intend to shoot a lot more of these so will put up more information as and when I get my head around how it works. For the time being though, I do like the result.

As for this attempt: technically, it could be better, especially since the original images are slightly out of alignment with one another (tripod on sand, windy, and so on), but I just love the surreal effect. I wish it didn't take quite so long to postprocess though – this one took around three hours from start to finish ;-)

Oh, and I first came across this sort of image on LONDONRUBBISH.

Anyway, as always, let me know what you think.

21 February, 2006 // back streets48 comments

Apologies for the lateness of today's entry but we got some new mobile phones today and have been having all sorts of fun with bluetooth and attempting to set them up to run on OS X – it's not been pretty.

Anyway, here's today's entry, albeit a bit late, and it's one that I'm particularly pleased with.

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4.03pm on 17/2/06
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2 February, 2006 // life's like that30 comments

I'm not too sure what you'll all make of this one as I suspect that my liking for it is more to do with the story I've chosen to attach to it, referenced by the title, rather than anything to do with the image itself; but as always, let me know what you think.

And thanks for all the comments on yesterday's shot. Look out for a repeat shot this summer of a pair of suntanned legs in stilettos :-)

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