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I have to confess that in some ways this shot is a bit of an accident, at least as it's presented here. I had intended that this should be a 3x2 format shot, two-thirds of the shot being taken up by the yellow shutter, but I totally messed up the depth of field which left the leftmost third of the shot far too blurred. Anyway, having decided to go for a square crop I'm much happier with it.

Oh, and I'm puttting this up a bit early as I'm going to chill out this evening: crap TV, chinese food, and a couple of bottles of wine :-)

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comment by gary at 04:53 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Great shot, love it, especially the colours.

comment by Paul Woolrich at 04:54 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Interesting shot! I like the overall composition and the DOF.

comment by Su-yin at 06:06 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Oooh, very nice. Interesting DoF and tones in this one. :)

comment by Victor at 06:08 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Like the lines here, the way the just suddenly stops! Colors are very nice to. I wish the trashcan haven't been there, but there is not much you can do about that... :) Nice shot!

comment by Francesco at 06:32 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

colors make a great atmoshpere here

comment by Ash at 07:22 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Looks great to me...best shot in the last couple of days

comment by Chris at 07:22 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

I agree with most. The colors are great!

comment by Ahamed at 07:56 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Nice contrast between left and right with the color, light and texture. It's like two different worlds.

comment by David at 08:13 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Spectacular framing - I have a thing for square pictures. You're plans for the evening sound great - enjoy!

comment by Portia at 08:16 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Wow! this is a great shot...I love the focus on the side-wall--the design gives a sharp contrast to the backround image ...very creative ...nice work as always:)

comment by Johan at 08:26 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

A greate accident! The of focus side is very intrestingly blured. I'm guessing that the image is a bit altered in post. :)

comment by bmoll at 10:12 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Accident or not, that's fine photo and I like the colours and light. Right half looks like if it was painted - clear, soft, a bit unreal.
Hope you enjoy the low-pressure evening :)

comment by Dutch PhotoDay at 10:14 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Great perspective and screen split.

comment by Sharla at 10:22 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

My first thought upon opening chromasia was that the balance could be improved. Having read your comments, you've already considered that and decided on something else for extenuating reasons. So, there's nothing for me to offer except that is a very interesting shot. Thank you.

comment by Kristyn at 10:52 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Accident or not, it doesn't matter. Still a very striking shot.

comment by ninu at 11:19 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

excellent shot on how this comes out Djn. Love it...the clouds make it even better

comment by nuno f at 01:00 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

Fantastic yellow tone. The global atmoshpere achieved by the square frame is simply fabulous. The man is the elemental key to the cynergy of this composition and a point of visual balance. Excellent work as always. : )

comment by Jamey at 01:18 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

This shot perfectly shows of the thing I'm most jealous of, when it comes to your photography - your ability to make outdoors look like indoors. How do you do it?

comment by justin at 01:41 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

surreal, turned out for the better!

comment by joan at 02:09 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

I can't believe I am saying this, but I would love to see this shot cropped on the left to just about an inch from the edge of the building - maybe just a touch over an inch. In other words about 3 inches lopped off the left of the shot. That is what I have longed to see from the moment I opened Chromasia. I think it would look great, but who am I to speak in the presence of greatness? The colours and the scene are wonderful.

comment by jezblog.com at 03:20 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

Nice colour kinda restricted palate of yellows. Interesting light. Great archetypal guy passing by. I like a good shaven headed bloke to pass by at the vital moment and to be perfectly side on. How long were you waiting for him?

comment by Noushin at 04:27 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

I kind of agree with joan's comment. I like this shot alot, I specially love the colors and texture of the left building. But I think if you crop it about 3 inches, the left side is going to have much more impact than it has right now.

comment by Viking at 05:23 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

I dig the colors.

comment by Geoff at 07:05 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

"I’m going to chill out this evening: crap TV, chinese food, and a couple of bottles of wine :-)"

Great shot Dave, but don't you mean a couple of glasses? :) You know, responsible consumption of alcohol and all that :))))

comment by Rico & Rica at 09:16 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

... drink culture.

comment by pierre at 09:36 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

That's excellent Dave

comment by Navin Harish at 11:57 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

The glommy sky is adding to the interesting nature of this picture. How was the wine?

comment by djn1 at 12:00 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

I wish I'd never mentioned the wine ;-) I should say that the "couple of bottles" were shared between me and my wife, and while a whole bottle is probably a little more that most health professionals would recommend, in the context of spending the w/end decorating while simultaneously trying to amuse five kids, the amount was entirely appropriate ;-)

comment by ROB at 12:06 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

Now this one I really like; accident or not. Awsome disappearing lines, and I especially like the drips on the paint where a little too much has been applied.

comment by Maran at 12:15 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

Nice angle, the background looks like painting.

comment by owen at 01:00 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

Excellent. Shame it went a bit pear-shaped, but I love how it turned out.

comment by HiMY SYeD [photopia] at 01:46 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

One of those everyday glances to the right we all take for granted now and again.

comment by Dan at 01:54 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

Great choice on the crop and framing. Hope you had a great night!

comment by SteveO at 01:56 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

Interesting colour pallette, i like the way the tones on the right complement the colour of the garage door. Dont really like the square crop but by the sounds of it you couldnt get away from it so never mind. Still quite an interesting shot.

comment by tobias at 05:06 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

I have recently been checking out my local takeaways with the same in mind.

I really like this image those lines really draw the eye along nicely. It is very much a snatched glimpse as of from an alleyway. Quite creepy or voyeuristic.

comment by Budi at 05:23 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

I'm watching and following your photographs around a month. Most of them are incredible and very amazing works.

About this photo, beside all of technical matters (DOF, composition, color, etc), IMO the appereance of the 'bald man' at the background is one of the key points that makes this photo unique. That makes a live interaction in this photo. And I love that :)

comment by sanjin at 09:07 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

djn, i have one question regarding your photos in general, if you don't mind. do you process your photos for printing at the same time as you do for computer screen, or do you process the photos for printing only when you want to print them?
for example, this particular photo, did you already process it for printing, or not yet?

comment by Patricia at 09:17 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

The only thing that I can tell you is congratulations!, not only for this picture, I love of them.
I discovered your photoblog because a friend of mine has an other in Spain (www.fijaciones.org). She recommended me to visit yours, I did it and now I'm so happy to meet your page.
Sorry for my english... and congratulations! again.

comment by flying cow at 10:52 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

going a little wine-happy are we? :P
bad, bad djn.

comment by djn1 at 12:59 AM (GMT) on 13 December, 2005

Thanks everyone.

sanjin: yes, I process the high-res' version then resize for presentation here.

flying cow: lol. Only on days where its therapeutic value isn't in question ;-)

comment by Eduardo at 12:41 AM (GMT) on 18 December, 2005

Me gustan especialmente las imágenes que parten el cuadro en dos....precisamente estoy en eso en algunas de las fotografáis que estoy haceindo (no incluidas en el sitio de abajo).

Gran imagen...

comment by otomi at 03:45 PM (GMT) on 18 December, 2005

interesting ..