<<< o >>>end of the road #2 39 comments + add yours

When I first processed this shot I left it in colour, with an uncropped 3x2 aspect ratio, and was pleased with how it turned out. At least I was pleased until I realised it was almost totally similar to this one, only not as good ;-)

Anyway, I cropped it to 2x1, converted it to a toned image, and now think it's sufficiently different to merit posting.

Oh, and this one definitely should be viewed with the black theme.

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2x1 + beachcombing + fylde coast
comment by ninu at 08:09 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

Finally, I am number 1...haha. Nice composition and I enjoy the smooth tones of the stones.

comment by John Enriquez at 08:11 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

I think I like this one a little better because of the tones. I get a feeling of solitude (for lack of a better word. Is this the same tire as the other one?

comment by djn1 at 08:13 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

John: no, this is a different one.

comment by SB at 08:23 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

I like the photo.....my eyes keep diverting from the sharpness of the stones to the softness of the waves bubbling up on to the beach, then drifting further back to the distant clouds, giving me a sense of being on a deserted island somewhere far away......probably that feeling of solitude John commented on above.

As an aside, I am reminded of an article in National Geo a few months back that highlighted the vast, enormous, immense amount of man made crap floating about in the many seas that embrace our planet, and have to wonder whether this tyre is a homegrown one (for want of a better expression) or literally off the back of a ship somewhere in the atlantic/pacific etc and has ended up on our shores purely by chance. I am not some soap-box save the planet activist by any stretch of the imagination, but have to shed an internal tear at images like this which show just how man is ruining the earth. At the same time, acknowledging that the image is also something quite beautiful.

Well done, your work today has certainly given me lots to think about.

comment by Lynn at 08:30 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

Although the subject matter and positioning of it isn't my cup of tea, I love the softened capture of the stones on the beach, going down to the shore and the clouds. It's very peaceful.

comment by Lee at 08:36 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

Is the sky always so dramatic in blackpool? Im from Liverpool and i can never capture the sky like you do. - Excellent picture!

comment by moe darbandi at 08:45 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

I found the previous comment funny. A dramatic sky always adds to most photos. I prefer this shot in black and white, it definitely has the feel of solitude.

comment by Ellie at 08:52 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

Excellent cropping! Please send youre dramatic skies down south sometime! At first i thought this was dull in composition, but not i notice that the tyre blocks your view of the sea, i'm constantly trying to peer round it to get a better view of the waves... cool composition.

comment by Brett Admire at 08:59 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

great shot! the tone is unique and i like this alot more than the colored image... this one is more dramatic

comment by ROB at 09:52 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

This one tempted me to play with the site colours, think the black makes this one stand out even more.

Agree with Ellie too the skies you seem to capture always surprise me, but then so does the amount of flotsam you come across on the beach.

comment by Benjamin Riley at 10:11 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

Dave, I like this shot, however, not as much as the colour version of a similar tire that you mentioned. This one does have a good "feeling" , but for me, color adds the eye candy. I have photographed and posted some tires on my site in B&W also (mainly because of the lack of color in the sky at the time) but adding color is more appealing. I do like the somewhat centered and low-to-the-ground orientation, and the waves in the background do draw the eys around the tire like Ellie said.

comment by Andres Tieck at 10:23 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

I dont understand how you transform a ordinary object in a peace of art. wonderfull

comment by marcal at 11:47 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2006

nice shot! I like the full range of grays.

comment by Lino from Oz at 12:31 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

Exellent shot. Very good in B/W.

comment by Andres Tieck at 01:54 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

I dont understand how you transform a ordinary object in a piece of art. wonderfull

comment by GeckoZ at 02:06 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

i felt that this shot is much better then the previous colour shot. as in angle-wise. the beach and stones looked similar. hahaha~

comment by Micki at 02:31 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

What a lucky find on the beach for you! Great shot.

comment by Gordon at 02:36 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

I really like the round shapes and tones on the bottom part of the image compared with the darkness and strong lines of the tire. The tire is nice partly because it doesn't really "work" with a traditional beach motif.

comment by Matt Greco at 02:37 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

Nice job putting the ugly ahead of the pretty. good eye

comment by jessie at 03:27 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

your photography makes me envious. simply gorgeous, cheers.

comment by Kelvin Chan at 03:43 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

you make me want to live near a dirty beach. just so much to photograph.

comment by Carter Rose at 03:58 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

Another interesting photo from Chromasia suprise suprise yeah yeah whatever....haha Its good and well cropped and edited. Your skies always seem interesting. Im not sure how you do that. Maybe its an England thing. Because the skies on this side of the pond arent anything to look at near as often as yours are.

comment by GeckoZ at 04:17 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

does anybody find the tire somewhat too big? tt's how i felt.. but i like it on the overall though.

comment by Sean at 05:34 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

I actually thought of the first one immediately! Nice toning and composition.

comment by Weston Boyd at 06:27 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

As did I. Still nice.

comment by Navin Harish at 08:03 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

The choice of B&W indeed works well for this image.

comment by prasoon at 08:44 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

have always liked your beach shots n i love this one too :)
nice tones here..

comment by Heath at 09:20 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

I really like this one for a number of reasons.

1. Great tones
2. Excellent composition and cropping
3. It reminds me how lucky I am to live somewhere without so much crap (tyres, televisions, etc) washing up on our beaches.

comment by PlasticTV at 09:59 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

i like how the patterns on the tire echo the lumpy clouds and wavefront. But i detest beach rubbish. Not only do they make it unpleasant (and sometimes dangerous) to play or swim, they are hazardous to shallow marine lives as well.

Photography should have a purpose, other than being purely aesthetic. While your pictures of random objects washed up on shore are certainly beautiful to behold, i hope they will also serve to remind their viewers to be more mindful of leaving undesired traces behind next time they hit the sands and sea.

comment by Deb at 10:06 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

That same quality we were talking about yesterday. Twilight-Zone. The surreal lighting makes it look like a studio shot.....the tyre somehow vaguely menacing in its salience. Like some alien object masquerading as the mundane.

comment by malko at 11:01 AM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

Nive shot david !
Can u explain how you get this kind of colours ?
This is not black and white, something different...

thx and keep on doing such pictures

comment by Bruno at 01:28 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

great shot, it looks like picture from store. i like all of your photos but this one is one of my favorites. :)

comment by Iain at 02:47 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

Looks alright. Perhaps the background is a bit busy? That said the fluffy clouds echo the breaking waves lower down. Nice.

BTW. Your site is ranked number 24,817 in the world at http://www.silktide.com/.

comment by Christian at 04:35 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

I''ve been watching your work for a while. I enjoy your shots wich give me a lesson of photography. As you are showing with this pic, garbage becomes art. Your site makes me feeling like sharing my work too. So I 've started mine for 3 days now. I do work hard to get a success like yours. Thanks for sharing my pics David. I look forward your criticisms.

comment by miles at 06:39 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

I like this better than that colour one. There's plenty of gorgeous detail in the ground and sky, which doesn't fuss it up imho.

comment by Lama at 09:56 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

so well matched title :)
end of the road... the shore + this tire

great effect

3x2 looks so good here...

comment by djn1 at 10:15 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

Thanks everyone, I was pleased with this one too.

comment by Jazz and soul Spanish singer at 11:05 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2006

Wonderful picture. It reminds me of a certain calendar picture...

comment by trob at 05:23 AM (GMT) on 22 February, 2006

I could never tire of tyres on the beach.