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This was shot in the same window as this shot, and I know that this effect could be created in photoshop (minus the reflection), but there's something quite satisfying about producing it this way instead.

Oh, almost forgot: I ate my camera earlier today – as promised on yesterday's entry – but forgot to photograph myself doing it. Damn ;-)

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12.45pm on 16/12/05
Canon 20D
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2x1 + reflections [glass] + people + urban
comment by m.bradshaw at 09:18 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2005

This mirror is so fun! I like that the lady with the stroller has her eyes closed.

comment by owen at 09:21 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2005

Remind me if I'm ever in Blackpool never to walk by this window :)

comment by Sourena at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2005

The first thing that came to my mind was the look of old photos. It's great as usual.

comment by Troy at 09:38 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2005

I like that you are actully in the shoot too. That's one wide stance you have there..... There is also a man in the reflection that is look at the reflections too; I assume to figure out what you are doing. It's the alyers of people tht I like.

comment by VelviaPix at 09:39 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2005

but... where are you?

comment by djn1 at 09:42 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2005

Troy: I'm not in the shot.

VelviaPix: this was shot at an angle.

comment by Noushin at 11:44 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2005

To me this is — EXTRA — ordinary! I love the reflection and the fact you see more people in the reflection. I think I even see you, did you have a white shirt on and sitting on steps??

comment by flying cow at 11:47 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2005

darn! i was counting on a picture of the camera being devoured.

comment by flying cow at 11:48 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2005

i love the washed unique tonage in this picture. its almost dream-like.

comment by mark at 11:55 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2005

brilliant. I love the way the woman on the right hand side (of the reflection) has a different expression in the reflection to that she actually has in her 'real self'...of course, that isn't strictly the truth as this shot captures both sides and the reflection is just that...a distorted image of that side of her.

The treatment? Well...as ever it's just f*****ng brilliant isn't it.

Can I make a comment though? If you're going to add a plug for your sales on this comment template Dave.. please would you ditch the red text.... It's possibly the worst colour you could put on grey....you should know that ;-)

comment by tc at 12:01 AM (GMT) on 17 December, 2005

Amazing colour. Photoshopped? I prefer this to your three piers.

comment by Martin at 12:07 AM (GMT) on 17 December, 2005

Great. Again the colours are great..
Nice perspective !

comment by Parker at 12:45 AM (GMT) on 17 December, 2005

Awesome picture. It does have a very old-time photo feel to it. Reminds me of "Schindler's List" for some reason. I'd love to see more pictures like this one, maybe some portraits done in this style.

comment by trob at 08:20 AM (GMT) on 17 December, 2005

Is this done in the same place as the pigeon photo from a while back? Or at least in front of the same building?

comment by djn1 at 11:38 AM (GMT) on 17 December, 2005

mark: I added the 'purchasing prints and images' thing to the comments window as I frequently get emails asking me if I do prints. I take your point about the red text though, it's not necessary.

tc: yes, the colours were photoshopped, but both women were wearing red. In this instance I added a partially opaque Hue/Saturation layer to colourise the shot. This washes out the colour and adds a uniformity to the colour palette.

Parker: yes, some portraits would be good.

trob: yep, same window.

comment by barmagenta at 12:36 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2005

It's true, it's much more satisfying to be able to take the image itself using a camera, than processing afterwards with PS. Must be the difference between being a photographer and a graphic designer? Anyway, I love the colour ranges here, was that played with or is this the original shot? Like it all the same.

comment by mário ferreira at 02:24 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2005

Sorry, but realy i dont like this; you make best normaly

comment by Meg at 07:04 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2005

It makes me sad, it's so dark. It seems like a really cynical look at the holidays

comment by djn1 at 09:13 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2005

Thanks everyone.

Meg: it wasn't intended to be cynical. I guess, for me – in the context of having five kids, a house that still needs decorating, a full-time job, and so on – it captured something of the stress that many people feel at this time of year. Sure, it's the festive season, and I'm going to enjoy it, but it's tiring nonetheless.

comment by bob at 02:22 PM (GMT) on 20 December, 2005

I love this spot -- I don't even have to look at your link - I remember the other shot well --- nice - no - VERY NICE subtle tones here... the holiday shoppers -- good stuff...

comment by Troy at 12:30 AM (GMT) on 22 December, 2005

So you're not in the shot? I would have bet the farm tha tthe person in the upper right was you... with your legs really wide for stability. looking agin, I guess what I thought was a scarf around your neck is actully an arm. hehe. And what I thought was your hands on a camera must be a white shoulder on their coat. Oh well.