<<< o >>>against the day's light #2 43 comments + add yours

This is one of two entries I'm putting up today, which are too similar to warrant posting on consecutive days, but good enough (IMO) to put up as separated entries. I don't know which I prefer.

But ...

I prefer the composition of this one.

Oh, and I should add that both shots (other than some minor colour balancing) are pretty much straight out of the camera.

focal length
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
image quality
RAW converter
1.03pm on 4/1/06
Canon 20D
EF 70-200 f/4L USM
118mm (189mm equiv.)
aperture priority
C1 Pro
1x1 + fylde coast [scenic] + people
comment by nuno f at 09:06 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

It's incredible how this is almost straight from the camera. It's very well balanced in every aspect and the squared crop was an excellent choice. Great work!

comment by tristan at 09:22 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

i assume the cropping and sepia is not in camera right?

comment by djn1 at 09:30 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

tristan: the cropping was done afterwards, the colour is entirely natural. Well, it's not, but this is how the camera figured out the white-balance for this shot. I liked it, so I left it alone.

comment by prasoon at 09:39 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

seeing this i feel i should play with manual white balance a lil bit to get something similar.. its simply 'awesme' silhoutte :)

comment by michael at 09:58 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

I like different elements from each picture. Maybe you could conbine them. I wish the first picture had the wheel in the background along with the smoke coming out of the guys mouth and the rim of light around his hair. Very nice.

comment by Jamey at 10:16 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

I think this is definitely my favourite of the two. Reminds me that I've got a shot from a while back where the camera threw the white balance way off but Iliked it. Might have to dig it out.

comment by Jennipher at 10:20 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

Happy New Year!! The ferris wheel is a great way to start the new year. What a storyteller you are...

comment by RustyJ at 10:24 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

And now Number 2.

I love the ferris wheel in the background. I first I thought I liked this picture much better than the previous one but now I am not so sure. I really like them both.

This picture for me, brings out the 'The Dispair of the Fair". When ever I go to a fair or an amusement park at some point I always find myself thinking of the seedy underbelly.

And I would like to thank you for posting two pics on my birthday!!

I am honoured.

Thanks again David.


comment by Karl-Petter at 10:31 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

Nice shot, the colourtone gives a nice mood to the seen. I guess you mean auto white balance by saying " how the camera figured out the white-balance" right? Do you know anyway or any tool that presents the white balance information?

I use the EOSViewerUtility that came with the camera to convert my shots. It works quite well but one thing that irritates me is that it's not possible so see the WB information the camera used when in AWB.

comment by Viking at 11:23 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

Funny, I did some white balance experiments the other day too.

Anyway, I dig both shots. I wouldn't have minded if you posted them on separate days.

comment by Mark D at 11:26 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

Beautiful shot, I love the soft focus and light of the pier contrasted with the sharper silhouettes.

comment by Dan at 11:34 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

Definately prefer this one, the crop works well, and the colour is great, sometimes I think the camera decides something is going to be better and changes the WB weather its right or wrong :)

comment by Jamie at 11:45 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

I think I prefer the first one, merely because it appears cleaner and less cluttered. Not that I don't like this one. The depth of field on this is great, he's pin sharp.

comment by laanba at 11:59 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2006

This is my favorite of the two. Probably the balance of the wheel. But the dominating feature of these pictures is the lighting and I just love it. Even your camera is a great photographer! ;-)

comment by Lama at 12:07 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

I very much like the set of colors of this photo and the previous one...
Really nice

comment by Shabbaba shaba shababa babasha at 01:33 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

I was wondering if you could post something nice and cheerful...? It's the middle of winter here, and getting very depressing since all the colors and usually just on the grey scale. (black ----- white)

It would be lovely to see the colors of spring again. Sigh...

comment by Geoff at 02:47 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

I don't think there's a contest. This one wins hands down over its predecessor. The ferris wheel adds so much to the balance of the composition as does the 1:1 ratio. Top shot Dave.

comment by Dave at 03:14 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

Wow, splendid image! I was wondering about the 1/8000 shutter speed. Was the day sort of overcase as the image suggests? I would think that at ISO 100 you'd simply end up with a black image at that speed. It figures that its night time and I can't run out and test! Anyhow, great shot!

comment by peter at 07:44 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

Both pictures appeal to me, but this one is IMO the best of the two. It has a nice monochrome feel to it and balances well.

comment by Navin Harish at 08:07 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

Both of the images are nice but personally I prefer this one. The giant wheel in the background adds interest to this image.

comment by SteveO at 09:16 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

Very nice, i like the crop and the tone of this shot.

comment by owen at 12:18 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

This is definitely my favourite of the two. I like the monotone quality of the light, and the silhouetted man is perfect. The big wheel is obviously a great background.

comment by cristina at 01:08 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

I love it!
It´s so calm...


comment by Chris at 02:23 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

Interesting image... I like the silhouette effect.

comment by ody at 02:45 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

wow..very nice perspective..
i love this rose light..


comment by tc at 02:55 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

This is awesome.
I didn't know you did 'straight out of the camera' shots!

comment by andy at 03:08 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

This is a fabulous shot. The ferris wheel adds a lot of balance to the composition that the previous shot did not have. The coloring and silhouette really give it a moody feel. Well done.

comment by Chamanti at 04:36 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

wow - the fact that this is close to what you got off the camera makes it even more delightful!

comment by Richard G. at 06:23 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

I've never commented before but it's been a long time since I've dreamed on your pictures. Just that : thank you.

comment by tobias at 07:14 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

For me it would be this, the current image that is my favourite. Perfectly balanced and a great use of subdued light.

comment by djn1 at 08:47 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

Thanks everyone.

Dave: no, the day wasn't overcast, but it was vaguely hazy shooting into the sun.

comment by armadillo44 at 08:53 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

The picture with the ferris wheel says a lot more to me then the tighter shot of the person. I love the vast space it creates and the stillness of the moment. An excellent composition. One can really bring any identity they want to the figure, adding to the emotional power of the photo as well.

comment by paflechien at 09:30 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

Very nice picture.

Isn't there any dust on your zoom or on your CMOS ? Look on the sea under the wheel. A black dot !

Or may be it's something in the sea !

Any way nice pic !

comment by paflechien at 09:41 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

It's hard to get the next picture !

comment by djn1 at 11:06 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2006

paflechien: I think it might well have been a bird (rather than dust). Anyway, whatever it was I've cloned it out - thanks for spotting it. As for the link to the next shot: it's now fixed.

comment by gina at 05:08 AM (GMT) on 6 January, 2006

I love this image! I love the perfect circle shape in the background! Great photo. Check out my new photoblog whenever you can.

comment by Crash at 05:47 PM (GMT) on 6 January, 2006

nice speia tones! winter on the boardwalk is indeed chilly !

comment by From_Cracow at 11:10 AM (GMT) on 7 January, 2006

This one is very nice, very, very nic.

comment by C.Santini at 11:47 AM (GMT) on 7 January, 2006

One of your masterpieces, sir.

comment by henri at 04:52 PM (GMT) on 8 January, 2006

Wonderful picture. I especially like the juxtaposition of the ferris wheel and the foreground figure.

comment by Baynesy at 11:13 AM (GMT) on 13 January, 2006

Great shot. I cant believe that this was shot at 1/800th of a second. It must have been extremely bright?

comment by pierre at 11:42 AM (GMT) on 16 January, 2006

Very good stuff

comment by sas at 08:02 PM (GMT) on 5 June, 2006

Good lines, good tones. Thanks. Best works and site!