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I'm not too sure what you'll all make of this one as I suspect that my liking for it is more to do with the story I've chosen to attach to it, referenced by the title, rather than anything to do with the image itself; but as always, let me know what you think.

And thanks for all the comments on yesterday's shot. Look out for a repeat shot this summer of a pair of suntanned legs in stilettos :-)

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3x2 + Blackpool Tower + piers [North pier] + fylde coast + urban
comment by Adam at 08:38 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

I like this shot, the strong "linear" reference the mesh gives.
Makes me think about composition, almost like the bars are lining you up, ready to obey the "rule of thirds".
Is this at the top of blackpool tower?

comment by Sam at 08:40 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

Very impressive. The sepia tone simplifies things and keeps focus on the pattern.

comment by djn1 at 08:53 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

Adam: sorry, should have said. Yes, it's the top of Blackpool Tower facing north. The pier you can see is the North pier.

comment by PhilB at 08:58 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

I like this shot too and agree that sepia works well. Not sure if you ever saw Mike Goldings photo which gives a good feeling of the height of the tower.

comment by djn1 at 09:01 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

Phil: thanks, and no, I didn't see Mike's shot. I think mis was probably taken from the top level of the tower that was closed when we went up, as I didn't see anywhere that wasn't mesh procected when we were there.

comment by Monika at 09:04 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

pretty cool effect

comment by Ellie at 09:17 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

Eep, rule of thirds... yes! lol. i love this, the loss of focus going up the picture, and i always like picutres shooting through mesh or fences.this really is amazing :-)

comment by michael at 09:19 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

Beautiful image. I like how the fence is holding you back from the vast open expanse you should be experiencing when you are so high up. This happens a lot in America as well. They make a big deal about making it to the top of buildings like the Empire State building and then you realize that you get to enjoy the view through a chain-link fence.

comment by frisky? at 10:02 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

yes. this is cool indeed.

comment by cj at 10:06 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

My immediate reaction, is yes, I like that. Reflection though makes me wonder about the colour (neither real nor theatrical). More importantly, what is this shot about? Just some nice shapes? We photographers can't resist this sort of scene, but does it say anything? Great holiday snap.

Your title is beyond me. You'll have to tell.

comment by m at 10:40 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

guess the bars are to stop the blackpudlians habit of jumping off high things?

comment by Robert #2 at 10:55 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

Yep, you get to the top, only to find out you're still in a cage.

I like the way the fence bows outward, giving the impression on first glance that the buildings and world is distorted. On a side note, it also makes the pop-up box for comments seem bloated as well.

comment by mark at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

What are you saying Dave...Life's a distorted cage? Hmm...I could level with that. As an image? Well...it has 'something' about it I must admit but I wonder if what that something is is merely how different it is from the 'norm', but then it does have me tilting my head while looking beyond the cage, so....

comment by Tommy at 11:25 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

I was thinking 'life makes you want to jump' (not personally, just generally), hence the cage. I like the haze... sort of a bonus dof.

comment by bobby d at 11:30 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

I have my monitor set at 800x600 and rolling the mouse up down makes a very cool effect with this shot. Nice shot.

comment by flying cow at 12:35 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

love the tone

comment by Sharla at 01:43 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

Looks like you're using a new lens there: a lateral concave fisheye. Not that I've ever heard of such a lens but you do get a sort of reveres-barrel affect with the mesh.

The tint and the industrial background is perfectly "framed" (over and over) by the industrial wire mesh. I would think that the installers could have done a cleaner, more professional-looking job though.

Also interesting is the dizzying affect of the wire that induces a bit of vertigo. The odd little bends here and there that break the lines only intensifies to affect.

Think I'll stay below. Enjoy the view!

comment by JD at 01:54 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

Definitely interesting.

Feels imprisoned and claustrophobic, almost as if its some sort of wire ball in the sky that might be hurtling across the coast!!!
Maybe almost like an old ride/attraction? Oh yea just remembered that it is, but you know what I mean (I hope anyway)... Maybe if the big wheel had this mesh on it? and was a tad higher, scratch that, much higher!

Anyway, nice processing job over at John's today too.

I personally class processing as almost as important as the photograph itself and was wondering if anyone has thought of setting some sort of competition site up where you enter your processed version of their image?
But then you'd probably win if there was one!

comment by Sam Kaufman at 02:08 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

Quick note: your shots have been fantastic lately. Very Chromasia.

comment by ROB at 06:10 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

Image for thought, it almost looks like water behind the mesh.

And it sure looks like smog, but being on the beach I would expect that is not the case. The sea air generally has an excellent self cleaning effect.

comment by Jose Luis at 06:17 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

Excelent Shot, i like the grid and color.

comment by Navin Harish at 06:48 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

When I saw the thumbnail, I was expecting something different. The grill looked like it has been distorted because of the glass infront.

comment by peter at 08:46 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

The tones certainly add to the bleakness in the scene. It works fine for me.

comment by Mr Pretzels at 09:47 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

A fantastic atmospheric photograph, I like the way the mesh gives an impression of alienation from the rest of the city.

comment by drdubosc at 12:37 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

Works beautifully, needs to be part of a series/collection

comment by Richard Clafton at 02:38 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

I have been up that tower so many times in my youth. Memories of many west and rainy days spent in Blackpool came flooding back.


comment by John H at 04:25 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

Great shot! First colour tone is perfect and the cage effect works really well, good one...

comment by Crash at 05:51 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

I'm liking it ... the buldge in the fence looks a little surreal ... the fog lends a nice air of mystery too ...

comment by Patrick at 06:26 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

I like this image much more than yesterday's. The glass in floor just didn't do it for me, but this view through the mesh is great. It almost seems surreal, like you're in the top of huge monster making it's way towards the pier.

comment by djn1 at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

Thanks everyone.