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This is the second of the portraits I mentioned yesterday, and rather than explain this straight away I thought I'd see what you thought of it first. I like it, but at least a part of my liking for this one is to do with the way it was taken rather than the image itself. Anyway, I'll explain it later.

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comment by Anvi at 07:11 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Surreal! The background seems like it's warping out of existence.

comment by Carter Rose at 07:13 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

i like it. If this was done in camera then I like it allot more...but we'll just have to wait and see what your explanation is.

comment by djn1 at 07:15 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Carter: yes, this is a straight shot.

comment by samcam at 07:28 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Seems like you were moving when you took this shot.. Looks great!

comment by Andreas at 07:32 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Very surreal, but I like it. Especially the background.

In the future It would be interesting to see a "before" and "after" picture, if you know what I mean? One unedited version and one edited version just to see the difference and see how much work has been done in PS. One photo I'd like to see a before picture of is the " many strange things" photo you uploaded on March 3.

comment by Caryn at 07:33 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

There's something about the yellowed lighting, desaturated colors, and gracefully arced lines that I find very appealing. Add to that the subject's smile, and it's a it's a lovely photograph with a nice feel to it.

comment by alan at 07:41 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

I'd venture a guess that there is at least one plane of reflection in this image if not more. This might be another "puddle" shot or something similar. Whatever the origin and technique... just a beautiful image. Bravo!

comment by Benjamin Riley at 07:44 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

a bit overexposed and a little to blurry for me

comment by Rob at 07:50 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

I like it. Not crazy about the white part at the very top - seems to look better with that out, although I think I get why it is there. Otherwise I like the creamy colors and that nicely with the creamy look.

This looks like a photo that was dropped into a quart of vanilla ice cream. Yummy.

comment by Bob at 08:29 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

I see the balance with the white angular stripes top and bottom, but I'd have liked it better cropped 2x1 from near the bottom right, and with a tiny bit more saturation of her hair and cap. That preference is the result of viewing against the white background. It does look a lot better in this square aspect when viewed against one of the darker backgrounds you provide (gray seems best to me). Also, not that it matters, but did you flip the image horizontally?

comment by Lee at 08:35 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

I have no idea how you've taken this shot but I really like it - looking forward to hearing the technique!

comment by Napfisk at 09:16 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

My first comment here, but that's due to the fact I've just been staring wide-eyed and open-mouthed at these photographs of yours.

I used to dabble a bit with photography and now with Photoshop, but this is just amazing. Hats off!

Whatever you (or others) might think of some pictures - as a professional you're bound to be very critical of your own work - I've not yet seen one that I didn't like.

comment by Dom at 09:19 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Love this image like so many others of yours. In fact, you've really inspired me to take up SLR photography - I'm now in my first month and really enjoying it. Keep up the great work!

comment by Kenny at 09:40 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Looks like another one of your drive-by shootings. Maybe you are in a bus with a big window and some of the white blur is another vehicle? I like it very much, especially the colors.

comment by ROB at 09:49 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Her smile makes this one for my eye. I just keep going back to her face.

Another one that has knocked my socks off. I too look forward to hearing how...

comment by mark at 09:58 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

I think Kenny might have hit on something ;-) What I like about this is the way it makes me think of the tower...when it's quite obviously not.. :-)

comment by djn1 at 10:05 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Yep, Kenny's got it right. This was another shot from John's car, on our way home after taking some shots down near the Pleasure Beach.

mark: yes, I thought that too, though I guess you'd need to be fairly familiar with Blackpool to make the connection.

comment by Jon at 10:09 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Really nice image I like the colour range, must admit I would have considered cropping the white top area.

comment by mark at 10:55 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

Dave - true...but then my 'familiarity with Blackpool' in this sense is actually created from the shots of yours...on here...

So I'd argue that and say that you wouldn't need to know Blackpool at all to see that....not on this site :-)

I was tempted earlier to jump in and give the game away - I recalled you describing it briefly to me the other day - but thought that would be unfair...so now I can actually comment on the shot....

Where does the curve come from? It reminds me again of the Big One you included in the paradise shot and I have this picture of a pub below it...hmm..Anyway, suffice to say I like it.

comment by djn1 at 11:04 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

mark: I can't explain this shot, at least not in terms of the content. We were driving back along the seafront and I was taking picture of people walking by. I was concentrating on panning the shots and wasn't paying much, if any, attention to the background. So, it's a bit of a mystery really.

comment by Joey at 11:15 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

I really like motion blurr shots as evidence by my recent posts. Keep it up.

comment by mark at 11:21 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2006

My favourite kind :-)

comment by Andrea de Keijzer at 12:06 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

I've only recently discovered you blog and I always look foward to opening it each night and finding a new pleasant surprise. When I saw this photo I thought of Paris, without really knwing why, then I noticed the background and how it looks as if the Eiffel Tower was stanging there, blurridly. I shall try some moved shots of my own.

comment by PARCPHOTOGRAPHY at 01:44 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Hmmm weird approach, but I love it!


comment by Robert at 02:57 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

OK David, now that you spilled the beans, on occasion it would only be fair that YOU drive the car and let John get some shots! ;-)

comment by Matt Greco at 03:12 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Great movement. Looks like she's hallucenating or something.

comment by dan culberson at 04:45 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

This is a neat image, but the explanation doesn't actually provide much clue as to how this happened. That's a strange array of reflections and swirls...

comment by JELIEL³ at 05:02 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

ooooohhhhhhh that's just nice. Feels kinda dreamlike

comment by bruno at 05:47 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

sooo nice. is it eifel tower in backround? :)

comment by M. Chase Whittemore at 07:26 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

umm... best photo I have seen in a long time. the movement is great!

comment by Louise at 07:33 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Yes, I don't know how it was done but it is beautiful. Beautiful smile, soft colours and hat...

comment by Ellie at 08:33 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Awesome, but i agree with Carter Rose, 'If this was done in camera then I like it allot more' but still, its surreal and me like!

comment by Lex at 10:55 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Spot on. Why pay for a model/studio/lighting when you can get an image like this for free.

comment by Ioannis at 12:57 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

I'm dying to find out how you did this. Great shot.

comment by Moeview at 02:15 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Only the pros can pull this shot off. Your a pro. If I took this it would be lame. Nice work

comment by andrew at 02:54 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Makes me think of Paris. Lovely colors and emotion in this one.

comment by Chris Yakimov at 03:52 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

I love it!

comment by Christian at 03:59 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Sometimes a lucky shot makes art. I love it.

comment by garyx at 04:52 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Looks like a multi-plane reflection - inside a lift looking out through a passing bus across the street, that sort of thing? Now I’ll read what others have to say...

comment by garyx at 05:00 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Ok. So now I now how it was done, I still find the crease/angle on the left of the picture fascinating. I like the end result btw.

comment by Easa at 06:17 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

WoW ... it's so good ... I love it !!

comment by djn1 at 07:07 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Thanks everyone.

comment by GeckoZ at 07:39 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

i like this shot more then ytd's! i love it's blurness which brought out some sense, and the smile on the lady's face. beautiful!

comment by Sebastian at 08:24 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Great shot! I was definately thinking reflection on this one again from some sort of oddly shaped reflective material.

comment by Tom B at 08:43 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2006

Another fantastic image. I continue as a daily visitor to your site and continue to marvel at the number of wonderful images you continue to post day after day.

I really like this shot but feel I may like it just a bit better if the bright streak of white at the top of the shot were cropped.

I look forward to seeing how you achieved the shot. Best wishes

comment by gordon at 12:35 AM (GMT) on 9 March, 2006

i think the light ethereal nature of this image. the blur the white hat.

comment by Navin Harish at 06:49 AM (GMT) on 9 March, 2006

Very nice shot. I like it of the same reason I like this shot of my son

comment by Rob at 10:40 AM (GMT) on 9 March, 2006

Great colours and a very interesting result to a "drive by shooting" so to speak!

comment by Gary at 05:56 PM (GMT) on 9 March, 2006

very cool abstact