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I'm really pleased with this one, but before I say anything else about it I thought I'd ask you all what you think.

On which note, you'll probably all hate it ;-)

Oh, and this one definitely looks best with the black theme.

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3x2 + reflections [water] + graffiti + urban
comment by John at 04:59 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

I like it very much. One question--is it a composit image? If not, you have really done a super job at matching the sky and the wall lighting. If it is composited, I would remove the stars from the wall. Nice image either way.

comment by michael sarver at 04:59 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

I'm the first? And a relatively new guy to Chromasia at that!

I love the color...and just saw that it was a reflection! Well done!

comment by Kayleigh at 05:02 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Very nice. I wouldn't change a thing.

comment by trob at 05:04 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

It's upside down, with a flash, right?

comment by Cory Simon at 05:12 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

I'm into it.

comment by J at 05:19 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

damnit, trob nailed it first!

i love that crazy blue against the browns.

comment by djn1 at 05:24 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

trob: no flash. Some serious Curves adjustment, but no flash.

comment by drdubosc at 05:33 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Tricksy. But quite fun.

comment by Francisco Con at 05:39 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

upside down reflection in a mirror of water... just beautiful!

comment by Joseph Draykonis at 05:55 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Absolutely beautiful.

comment by Scotty Allen at 06:02 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Wow, this is fantastic. Really different from your usual stuff. The lighting is the real key to making this work, and it really does work...

comment by JD at 06:02 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

I like it. the colours, and contrast are superb. Sharpness lacks a little but who cares?

I do think that it looks better the right way up (rotated 180'). I find that a little disturbing, it makes me feel a little claustrophobic.

But still great shot

comment by Tobbe at 06:38 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Wow, thats was nice shot!

comment by Dave at 06:41 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

This is probably the only time in my life I will say these two things in the same sentence: It makes my head hurt, I like it. Three words that make your images so appealing to me are color, color, color. Great again!

comment by Monika at 06:51 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

ooo i like it, leave it as it is

comment by matt at 07:13 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Nice shot. like others have said great colours.

what the hell is it?

Is it a reflection!?

comment by matt at 07:13 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

The post button is still enabled...

sorry to be an ass ;)

comment by ben at 07:29 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

confused me at first then got the reflection after a few seconds.. good shot.


comment by owen at 07:31 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Love it. I though it was a night shot at first, then I saw the time of day you shot it, and then I turned my head upside down ..!

comment by hui at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

If you turn it upside down it will feel like a tunnel to time travel to something.
I am just puzzled how you get star to light up at 2:30 PM. (not even at the south pole, or extreme curve manipulation)

Very curious.

comment by Roy at 08:47 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

I was showing Chromasia to a work colleague when you posted this image - it came up with no comments but we were both lost for words!
I was trying to explain the attraction of your site but we both got lost in an analysis of this picture, which to me at first appeared as a section of a recently excavated Egyptian temple to the moon god Thoth, complete with mysterious hieroglyphs, and to my colleague ( a graphic artist) as a fascinating exercise in conflicting perspective and surfaces. It was a perfect example to illustrate how - when you 'push the envelope' of both subject and technique - your photography is intriguing and captivating, posing questions that the viewer really has to work at answering. I love it.

comment by peter cohen at 08:49 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

You have such a remarkable eye, David. How many people -- even experienced photographers -- would walk into that alley and see the real photographic potential of the situation? I suspect not very many. Maybe one.

So I find myself wondering if (in your own opinion) you feel as though you started off in photography with some sort of special gift for this expanded seeing, or is it solely a product of the amount of time you've spent training your mind/eye to see in the more photographically creative way that most of us find ourselves coming here to enjoy?

comment by ruthe at 09:03 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

wow. lovin your photos at the moment, all so different but expertly shot, you have so many ideas that make something great out of something simple. I thought this was snowing in some back alley till i read the other comments!

comment by Chamanti at 09:18 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

As an image this is very catchy because of the colors - very beautiful colors (including the black and greys); but it quickly draws you into wondering what is this an image of and I think that makes it a hard picture to like unless your goal is to provoke thought in an analytical sense - basically it seems more like a puzzle than a thing of beauty or thought-provoking art (sorry if I am being too blunt here). Were this to be more abstract the colors and shapes would just represent what you want them to.

What I gathered about the pic is the walls are inverted (because the graffiti is inverted) the top seems to actually be some reflective surface (like water?) and the blue is a light that can be seen in the water?

comment by Christopher at 09:52 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Is this flipped upside down? I really love the composition, it makes me really want to keep look at. Great job!

comment by joan at 10:16 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

I can't see what others are seeing here, nor can I say what this is, but my immediate reaction, for some reason, was to think of the movie 'A Clockwork Orange.' Not having seen that movie for about 35 years I'm not sure why. It seems to remind me of some horrifying scene in a tunnel or something . I'm happy to see what looks like sky in the image, and the light.

comment by Jonathan Greenwald at 10:21 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Fanstastic effect. At first I wondered why the sky was so dirty, but after nearly breaking my laptop in the process of turning it over, I understood. I agree this shot looks best in the black theme.
Very interesting, David.

comment by Chris at 10:44 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

It has amazing clarity & wonder colors! This is why I keep coming back.

comment by Sam at 10:44 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

I'm unable to shake the feeling that this photo looks like it's actually a screenshot from a video game. In related news, I've now met the day's quota for silly comments.

That said... I really like it. It's a nice change from the beach shots.

comment by Sharla at 10:52 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

At first I was reminded of Sky Light but it didn't quite sync. Then several other possibilities popped into my head. Then each of them was popped. I finally stumbled onto the same fact most everyone else has noticed.

I very glad that I was able to enjoy the shot before I wasted my time trying to figure it out. I'm content now to just enjoy it for what it is, not how it was done (even though I'm very admiring of your final result and where it started!).

comment by mark at 10:56 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Crikey! You're not wrong about viewing it with the black background! I rather liked it with the grey background which is my default but with the black it's almost a different image, very striking indeed. Amazing considering the actual location looks such a shithole ;-)

comment by nogger at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Nicely done. I like the idea of inverting the image.

comment by Geoff at 11:25 PM (GMT) on 9 January, 2006

Awesome Dave. You've raised the bar with this one. That's a really cool shot.

comment by Rob at 12:43 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

The light is just fantastic. It is an upside down reflection in a puddle...me thinks. I agree with Geoff. This one is in a league of its own. Happy freakin New Year.


comment by John at 12:55 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Oh, my! It is a reflection. How couod I have not not seen that last night. I must have been drunk.

comment by Bartek at 01:12 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

This image gets high marks on light and color.

comment by Fyse at 01:23 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

LOVE this shot. One of my favourites of yours. Not suprised to see you've put it straight in the portfolio. It's amazing quite how difficult it is to work out what's going on, just by rotating it. Turn it the right way up, though, and it's instantly clear.

comment by Magusita at 01:26 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

beautiful combination of colors!!!
Veeery nice David!!!!

comment by Jamie at 01:36 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Very, very cool. I love it!

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comment by 磊磊 at 04:26 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

haha...The blue is not sky,it's surface!

comment by Benji Dell at 05:43 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Its upside down!

Anyway...unbelieavable shot.

One problem I have with it- no focal point. I need a face...i bold image, something the eye can immediatly jump to when you see this photo.

comment by ratty at 08:05 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Very cool. i really like it.
it's like a door to the twilight zone...

comment by nuno f at 08:29 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Fantastic shot! Very creative and bold. I never saw an inverted photo be so interesting and the colors are just amazing.

comment by chris at 08:45 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

don't hate it at all :)

comment by jack at 08:48 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

very nice i really like the reflection and the colors.

comment by Nicolas Noben at 08:55 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

So the camera is upside down and you're shooting water reflection right? clever :) I like the idea, the process and the result, but I don't find the content any interesting... sorry :)

comment by dinesh at 08:58 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Looks like a late evening shot coming out of a subway exit/entrance perhaps ? Either way I like it !!!


comment by thomas at 09:07 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

great colours and reflections. i like it very much.

comment by Stijn at 09:53 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

man this is stunning ... love the colours!!!!!! ur right its definetly better black style... how did you do this????

comment by stijn at 09:54 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

oh and the new script works here too lol jsut wanted to let you know lol

comment by David at 10:08 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Wow fantastic! I love your site, its the first site I visit every morning. It really encourages you to look at the world differently. Keep up the good work...

comment by Dacian at 10:55 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

your reflection shots are always impressive. great

comment by Dan at 12:03 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Great reflection shot. and thanks for tricking me :) I did at first think I was looking at the night sky. I like shots like this, makes you think about it.very cool.

comment by Ron at 12:07 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Wow! Very nice. It took me a while to realise it was a reflection. Excellent.

comment by emma at 01:08 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

love it too! and it certainly does look best with the black theme. the colours are awesome.

comment by antmanbee at 01:40 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

How come so many people failed to recognise that the image has simply been turned upside down

comment by Kirstin at 01:42 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Stunning. I was standing up at my desk when I thought 'I'll have a quick look'. The image made me sit down instantly and I've been staring at it far too long now for it to be healthy!

Read all above comments, turned the photo right way up, and it lost my interest. The way you have presented the image provokes reaction, which is what it's all about.

comment by Manual Exposure at 01:45 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

This is just dreamy! The color and the detail are unreal....love it!

comment by Navin Harish at 01:47 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Very nice shot. The sky is absolutely beautiful

comment by Dan :: genestho.ca at 01:58 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Wow! I take it this is an upside down shot. Really spectacular idea. Looks great.

comment by Viking at 07:29 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

It's interesting, that's for sure... But I agree with someone else above who said it lacks a focal point.

comment by prasoon at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

wow.. can't say more after reading in all the analysis n i wonder why you thought that people would hate it.. lovely intriuging capture :)
n yes, it just melts in when seen with the black theme..

comment by Parker at 09:25 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

This is definitely one of my favorites of all your pictures. Great job!

comment by djn1 at 09:28 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Thanks everyone, and I'm glad you liked it, as it's definitely one of my recent favourites.

comment by rachael at 09:28 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

awesome color.

comment by RustyJ at 10:51 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Before I read any comments I am going to put my guess out.

Up is down and down is up? Now I will read the comments.

comment by RustyJ at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Well David...this is another great offering you have put up.

I lke the blue, the orange, the green, the peeled paint. Is that vignetting on the sides/corners?

What made you display the picture upside down?

Thank you, thank you, thank you.


comment by djn1 at 11:33 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2006

Rusty: yes, I added a vignette. As for inverting the image: part habit, part it looked better this way up.

comment by Victor at 01:49 AM (GMT) on 11 January, 2006

uff, this picture is great, congratulations David. In its normal orientation is very interesting, but turned upside down, it's superb. Congratulations again, and thanks for sharing your work!

comment by sirin at 02:37 AM (GMT) on 11 January, 2006

don't know if you need to hear it one more time...but I love it. :)

comment by nick fancher at 06:51 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2006

i love this image. it isone of a handful of your images that breaks away from easily accessible type of image. this challenges you to look for a moment while also rewarding you with a beautifully colored and composed image while you try to figure out the image. fantastic. other favorites of mine are your street ad reflections and the "painted" light images you did at night.

comment by RION Powell at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2006

Awsome photo I must say, did you take it up side down, or was that done later? Thouse aren't stars right, it's just stuff on the ground in water. But awsome, and your very right, black theme works best!

comment by otomi at 07:47 AM (GMT) on 12 January, 2006

it is simply amazing ...

comment by Dave at 11:09 AM (GMT) on 13 January, 2006

I'd just switched the background to black and then read the comments, what can I say that hasn't been said already, truely stunning. You have a great eye of composition and colour and a fruitful imagination...

comment by Seb at 01:42 AM (GMT) on 14 January, 2006

Love this shot!

comment by Ana at 06:06 PM (GMT) on 17 January, 2006

Wonderful composition and lighting. This is my kind of shot, for sure. Great stuff on your site, here.

comment by Mike Dougan at 05:36 AM (GMT) on 22 January, 2006

My favorite of all your work, beautiful colour and texture.

comment by Jing at 11:54 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2006

This is the best!