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I've haven't had a spare minute today, and still have a hundred and one things to do before I can go to bed, so I'll put this one up now and explain it tomorrow. What I will say though is that I'm pleased with the result.

And thanks for the great discussion yesterday – I only with I'd had time to join in.

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comment by m. at 11:02 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2005

wow... i'm dizzy. getting headache. : )

comment by Fred at 11:04 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2005

Sorry. It doesn't work at all for me ... Maybe with a slower shutter speed it would be even more blurry and the color would merge togeteher and could form a nice painting or something. But here ... I don't know ... I can't wait to hear why you've decided to post this picture ... But I guess you had a good reason :-)

Fred @ 400iso.com

comment by flying cow at 11:06 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2005

it doesnt work for me. the colours looks brilliant on a black background but thats it. i dont like the extreme blur i guess

comment by gocyclones at 11:12 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2005

Looks like it was taken from a car...

comment by bene at 11:13 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2005

are you sure that this is the photo you wanted to put up?

comment by djn1 at 11:14 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2005

LOL: try looking at it bearing the title in mind.

comment by Ed { tfk } at 11:15 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2005

I guess having an explanation helps with understanding images, and when it's partly abstract it leaves much more to the imagination. I'm interested what the white and blue streaks are.

comment by Jem at 11:28 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2005

I really like the colours - nice abstract work! Are those highland cows in the forground? :)

comment by henning at 11:59 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2005

nice and a bit unusual for you dave. looks almost like a Canon ad... ;)

comment by Justus at 01:00 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Personally I think this is a great shot and it's equally wonderful that there is no explanation. All we are left with is the pure emotion of the shot and nothing else. It communicates more powerfully when we have to fall back to our instincts and just let the swirls of light speak for themselves instead of being spoon fed an explanation. Awesome shot.

comment by michael sarver at 01:27 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Finally you post an image that looks like I could have taken it!

comment by matt at 01:47 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

All I will say is that if I posted a photo like this I wouldn't get a single comment...essepecially not anything positive. You have quite the following.

comment by peter cohen at 01:53 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

A photo that's a painting! :-) :-) :-)

comment by James at 02:01 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Nice to see you putting up something a little more 'abstract', if that's the right word. Would look fantastic as a huge print.

comment by Diane at 02:32 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

I opened up this page and thought...WOW...beautiful. I love it. A chance to think beyond the box! Literally...very meditative.

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 03:04 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

I like the colors, and you can almost see identifible figures...does require some explaining though.

comment by Brian Ritchie at 04:04 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

This reminds me of a photo (probably in some book on imaginative photography techniques) of a girl in a cornfield, where the direction of blur matches the angle of the cornstalks - looks like an impressionist painting. The strong colours make this more abstract, and I like it that there's just a touch of white sky above the dark hills. It also reminds me of several ECM album covers; but finally (and far less flatteringly) the green and white lines in the distance remind me of what happened when I took a long exposure just when a night-time flight touched down!
Perhaps, with a trick of the eye, they could be chickens pecking, rather than horses; then this could be titled Avian Flu!

comment by Geoff at 04:25 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Lovely colours. That purple sky and the vivid green go great together. I suppose they are horses, though they look like dogs to me :O
Is that snow on the ground? I see a fence and a road. But the fluttering things. Are they some sort of flags/pennants in the breeze? Or could it be a vehicle somehow? Nice shot Dave. I like it for the fact that it's a little unusual.

comment by hannan at 04:35 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Thats what i call,
A moment of Tranz..
Btw i like it very much

comment by FP at 06:02 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

I believe you were riding when you took this shot. I look on it like a painting rather than a photograph. I like it.

comment by VelviaPix at 06:15 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Sorry Dave,
I can't say I liked this one (for a change). If you see it with less intense colors, there is not much to it, and to me an image should go beyond color. Don't get me wrong, it is just a matter of personal taste, I am sure you'll get many "wow!s" :o)

comment by Photo Traces at 07:01 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Beautiful shot. I can not wait for tomorrow's explanation.

comment by Roy at 08:10 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Homage to Ernst Haas?

comment by bmoll at 09:49 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Maybe it doesn't sound like, but I am being serious now: Looks like if two hobbits from a moving fellowship were photographed by the third -drunk one. Meadow, mountains, probably water and two short persons, all mixed in blur makes that feeling. But it isn't bad, it's rather interesting (truly) and I like it some way :). Can't wait for your story and infos, D. Greetz.

comment by djn1 at 10:48 AM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Hmmm. I'm not sure that I do have a story for this one, at least not one that makes a great deal of sense. For me, it's about colour and movement – the sense of space and the inability to work out quite what the scene is about. As for what it really is, not that I think this makes too much difference, the two things are Shetland ponies, drinking at a pond in a field; the white and blur blurs in the middle-distance are a mystery; and this was shot from a train.

I guess you either like this one or you don't ;-)

comment by bmoll at 12:29 PM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Ponies, right :) That proofs while something's not clear at all, one makes the thing what they want it to be. If you had confirmed those shapes are hobbits, I'd write these mysterious blurs are some casted spells ;) but in this situation I'll simply end up with "A really nice, refreshing work".

comment by djn1 at 01:41 PM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

OK, I lied, they're hobbits: I just didn't want to draw attention to the fact that there are mythical creatures living on the outskirts of Blackpool ;-)

comment by jasonspix at 02:57 PM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

The Shire is in the UK! I actually like this shot. It's not always about a shot telling a story. The color and feeling of movement do it for me.

comment by JD at 03:13 PM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Hi (first time posting :s )
Interesting shot, I like the colours, especially the purple and green contrast.

Is how you envisaged the final result???

I also wonder whether this would have worked as a still image (not from the train!) I imagine there would have been lots of different textures!

comment by prasoon at 03:39 PM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

good one. The colrs are just fantastic.. Given that you were in a train, such a shot within 1/5 second just is awesome..

comment by djn1 at 06:55 PM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

Thanks everyone. This type of shot is something that interests me, though I haven't done many recently, so there will probably be more at some point (including tomorrow's).

comment by Alan at 09:15 PM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

The colours are nice, but I would never have known those were horses -- wild or otherwise.

comment by still at 09:55 PM (GMT) on 12 November, 2005

These one make me thinking to a picture of the great chinese painter Zao-Xou-Ki, by colour and composition. Just an umber of motion...I like this dreamy shot .

comment by m at 10:26 PM (GMT) on 13 November, 2005

mythical creatures living in Blackpool too.

comment by bob at 07:55 PM (GMT) on 14 November, 2005

nice shot, David --- I'd like to try my hand at this -- John and I were just talking about this -- apparently, there's a few more great examples in a past issue of View Camera Mag --- good stuff for sure...

comment by labbai at 08:33 PM (GMT) on 14 November, 2005

HTML is allowed. Leave a clear line between paragraphs. Like these "movements"...

comment by Kim at 01:30 AM (GMT) on 15 November, 2005

For me; I don't need to know what the subject of this photo was in order to be engaged. A fleeting emotion/feeling/moment? Like a waking dream--beautiful!

comment by iva sakarova at 10:15 PM (GMT) on 21 August, 2010

impressionistic picture...