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This was taken a short while before Sunday's shot, and again, was taken at 200mm through a car window. As I mentioned, one of the things I realy like about shots like this is that there's no real way of being sure about how they will turn out. And I guess this is appealing insofar as most of the time I spend a great deal of time thinking through exactly how the final image will appear. With this sort of image the best you can do is second guess the outcome and keep your fingers crossed.

Oh, and if you don't like this one, come back tomorrow (and the day after) as I've got two shots that I'm really pleased with.

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2.51pm on 22/1/06
Canon 20D
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3x2 + abstract + people + urban
comment by schmee at 07:02 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

i can't tell if that's the same person twice or two different people. i love the ghostly tone. well done (again).

comment by Monika at 07:07 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

wow....I love it david

congrats on the bloggies btw, you've got my vote =)

comment by peter cohen at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

Like one of those old pinhole camera shots... Some unknown glance from some other dimension is the way those so often feel. This one too. Very nice.

comment by Micki in Virginia at 08:10 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

I loved the other blurred shot a day or two ago, but this one is fantastic! I'm looking forward to seeing the next two.

comment by Jon at 08:22 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

Hi there I’m new to photoblogs I am really impressed with your site publishing a picture a day is no mean task. I like the variety of your photography. Today’s picture is interesting as it has plenty of mood but there is just one thing I want to rotate it very slightly clockwise – all the best

comment by djn1 at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

Jon: I did think about rotating it, but in this instance I decided that I quite like the slightly off-balance look.

comment by Klaas at 08:39 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

Like your blurry picture a lot. Strangely, I put up a blurry picture myself (http://www.wijnne.com/2006/01/up_and_down_the_stairs.htm) this afternoon. Maybe it's the time of year? Anyway, it's nice how you can get a good composition even though things are out of focus, blurry, unsharp, whatever. Congratulations with the nomination and good luck.

comment by ROB at 09:01 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

Most everyone else would have shot junk "through" a car window you have outdone yourself.

While I am sure there will be some who do not apprecaiate this for the photograph, as an artistic piece its a winner. Still; looking forward to tomorrow and the next day.

comment by John Washington at 09:16 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

Again - I love it, and of course it is completely a subjective matter whether you like this kind of shot or not.

I bought the POLAROID BOOK the other day and I have to say that I think there are some fantastic pictures in their which have provided me with some ideas.

I think Dave is right in saying that intuition and chance help in this kind of photography, but to me the spontanious nature of them just add to the effect.

comment by Gary at 09:50 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

looks like a holga

comment by kyle at 10:18 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

I like how you added blackand white into it.

comment by nuno f at 10:51 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

This works very well. The mixture between b&w and sepia makes this photo very ghostly and misterious. Not everyone like this kind of shots, but when it is well made, like this one, there's no doubt that we're in presence of a amazing work, well crafted and very pleasing.

comment by noushin at 11:22 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

This has your signature all over it. I like it, looks like an old photo.

comment by Robert #2 at 11:28 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

Between the ghostly figure (figures?) and the cathedral appearance of the backdrop, this is one mysterious, spooky shot. The ghost of the hunchback still haunts these halls...

comment by Fyse at 11:55 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2006

I wasn't so keen on Sunday's, but I love the ethereal atmosphere of today's. I guess I think the blurring adds something to this photo, with the double figure and suggestion of a cathedral (as Robert #2 said), whereas to me Sunday's just seemed accidental. I can't stop looking at this one. I've been flicking through the other photo blogs I read, and this is the third time I've returned to chromasia and this shot. Beautiful.

comment by Zequie at 02:24 AM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

I love it....is beatiful, congrats David, I like your photoblog very much, you 've got my vote.

I have some days visiting you site, but it's the firts time I post a comment.

See you.

comment by flying cow at 03:38 AM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

something is not 'clicking' with me in this shot.
cant quite point my finger at it.

comment by joan at 04:48 AM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

I love this shot. It has a historic feel to it, reminding me of stories throughout time where people have had to flee with no more than what they can carry- that kind of thing. Evocative and beautiful.

comment by Pooh at 05:57 AM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

just lovely. I like the vertical patterns softened by the blur, and your subjects are eye-catching, hard to tell if it is the same person or time elapsed. Great toning as always.

comment by Navin Harish at 07:50 AM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

This picture has that tone of mystery to it. The clotes of the blurred figures are looking like someone from 30's, specially what they are wearing on their heads.

comment by Ellie at 08:25 AM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

I love the tone of the picture, but i think its just slightly too 'ghostly' the repeated vertical lines lead you down the picture to the person, i like it :-) did you achieve this by changing the gamma in Photoshop, or am i talking rubbish?

comment by Gustaf at 09:02 AM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

This reminds me a bit of Edmund Leveckis stuff. I like it.

comment by SteveO at 09:39 AM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

This is a really good shot, it looks like the kind of wobbly camera secret filming intros you get at the start of some spy games/films etc Very nice indeed.

comment by Piotr Esden-Tempski at 11:55 AM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

Wow! Amazing shot! The repeating pattern in the background adds rhythm and underlines the rhythmic move of the person. It reminds me a bit of the shots from Lord of the Rings when someone puts the ring on and sees the ghosts.

comment by Lee at 04:28 PM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

Ive seen too many blurry photos, please go back to your regular style.

comment by Michael Dominic at 04:38 PM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

groovy...I like the motion. It looks like she has wings.

comment by ostrosc at 06:31 PM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

very interesting..

comment by djn1 at 06:34 PM (GMT) on 25 January, 2006

Thanks everyone, and I guess I should have explained (or maybe not) that this is one person rather than two, the motion blur being responsible for the shadowy figure on the left.

comment by CurlyBoy at 08:01 PM (GMT) on 26 January, 2006

I think I've figured out what I like about the blurriness in this shot, and why I didn't like the blurring in Untitled #12.

Without the blurring in Untitled #12, you'd have a very serene, peaceful, happy kind of shot. Blurring it makes it seems busier -- which takes away from the serenity and peacefulness of the shot, without really adding anything to it. So you're left with a cheerfully-colored, blurry shot and not much else. On the other hand, this shot would be rather dark and mysterious without any blurring, and the blurring improves on that aura of mystery.

Nice shot!

comment by Jen at 04:03 AM (GMT) on 5 June, 2006