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This is the first of three 'lost and found' items: two from the beach, one not.

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4.18pm on 18/3/06
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
22mm (35mm equiv.)
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C1 Pro
3x2 + beachcombing + fylde coast
comment by Brett Admire at 06:24 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

I really like what you did with the sky in this the blue fade to black.. I always like these random beach spottings

comment by EssPea Photography at 06:33 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

Beatiful contrast between the sand and the sky. Such rich color.

comment by Ram at 06:40 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

Its Veri WILD Shot David,

Its just lOOking like a long runner shoe used to walk in beach.The gears in the sole enhanced the PHOTO 2 b WILD,Just like a Crocodile (tooth) along side a beach.

comment by JD at 06:43 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

Very nice and simple. It almost looks like its a studio shot (probably just the flatness of the surface and the DOF making the background look possibly fake).
I agree with Brett about the sky. How did you acheive it?

comment by thukai at 07:05 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

Great shot as always, David.
Your blog is truly an inspiration, both in simple shots like this one, and in new innovative shots.

I agree with JD on this one. The shoe is so sharp that it almost look mounted onto the picture. The sky looks great too.

Good job, David. Keep up the good work, and keep on inspiring us.

comment by Jorge Lesmes at 07:10 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

I think thats not one of your best shots...

comment by Dave at 07:13 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

The thing that kills me about the random shoe, whether on the beach, or the side of the road, or wherever, is how did it get there?!? Did the owner step in something so vile that it was worthwhile to continue with only one shoe? Do they continue their journey with one shoe, or do they take off the remaining shoe to avoid the unevenness? Great image!

comment by Justin Haaheim at 07:18 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

Great Shot. Interesting sense of depth and scale.

comment by Fouad at 07:20 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

Would make for a great adidas commercial... the central position of the shoe gives it an iconic quality and meaning beyond that which it usually carries. A shoe so perfect, no matter how old, that it can survive on its own..

comment by Kevin at 07:21 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

Yes...great shot. But when is the tutorials section going to be up and running?

comment by Rick Pabst at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006


Something about this shot just doesn't seem as "sharp" as usual for you. Did you do something different than normal in the processing? Also, did you position the shoe, or is this where it was ehn you found it?

comment by djn1 at 07:30 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

JD/Brett: the sky was darkened using Selective Color to add some black to the blue and cyan channels. This was then faded using a gradient mask.

Dave: yep, I've often wondered how so many shoes end up on the beach.

Kevin: the tutorials, for the moment, are on hold as I barely have enough time to add an image a day. Hopefully, at some point, I'll get something sorted out.

Rick: nope, this was processed pretty much as usual, and the shoe is as I found it.

comment by samcam at 07:31 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

What a shot! the shoe looks like it is gigantic!

comment by Robert at 07:50 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

as it's presented, it's almost monolithic. I agree that it would make a cool print ad.

comment by micki at 07:59 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

What a fun shot! I guess they were so busy packing up, no one noticed the left behind shoe! I've found some odd items on our beaches as well.

comment by Patrick at 08:04 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

I think somebody was running down the beach and was going so fast that they just ran right out of their shoes. It's a rather soothing image form, I think b/c of the shallow DOF and gradients.

comment by Tom from (Lucerne Times) at 08:40 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

Did you take it to the Lost&Found office, David? :-) Nice shot, great contrast, and very pleasing balance of colors.

comment by flying cow at 09:07 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

so where is the old woman who lives here?

comment by djn1 at 09:25 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

flying cow: come back tomorrow and I'll show you ;-)

comment by Carter R at 09:30 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

its a nice shot. well edited and simple

comment by redge at 09:44 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

What a coincidence! My recent entry is similar to yours. Anyway, I've been guessing for quite a long time (since I visit your blog often) that you use gradient mask to get that somewhat burned/faded effect. Now I know that my guess is correct. However, may I ask, do you think using gradient mask maybe too much to be a part of a post processing? I also used it in my past shots but I'm still hesitant and not confident enough to use it as a part of the usual processing.

comment by Michael Sarver at 09:45 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

lovely color contrast...

comment by chiara at 10:13 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

You are such an inspiration. Every day I come back to your site and I wonder how you get the images to look so sharp, interesting and meaningful. I especially like the beach shots and people shots. I spend hours on my images and they don't look have as good... I'm really interested in reading about more of the techniques and elaborations you do to your work :).

comment by dj_evil at 10:48 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

Can't be better, so perfekt. I agree with chiara, you should soon get som books out about how you do with your images.

comment by Ashish Sidapara at 11:43 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

Welll spotted David. Nice composition and dark blue background really makes the subject look cool.

comment by RustyJ at 11:58 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2006

Oh No...David is in shoe trouble again.

Interesting shot David. Thanks.

comment by Clay at 12:35 AM (GMT) on 21 March, 2006

been hearing this statement a lot lately and this is a perfect example.
"Photographers see things differently."
anyone else sees a lone shoe in the sand and either leaves it be, or does a poor job framing it. but a photographer comes along and captures an image people woo over... i mean... it's only a bloody shoe! nice work, and i appreciate the time you put into processing your images. it's the difference between a shoe and a work of art.

comment by Graeme at 01:17 AM (GMT) on 21 March, 2006

Hi David,

I had a similar shot that I took a while back that ran along the same theme.

Love this one though. Well done.

comment by kre at 03:18 AM (GMT) on 21 March, 2006

I was working on a series of discarded items just last week. And I found them to be rather fascinating as the images make the viewers wonder a lot on why the object is there, what it is doing there, what has happened to it etc.

Great colors in your usual saturated colors style. I like it.

Will be putting up my images soon. =)

comment by Navin Harish at 07:47 AM (GMT) on 21 March, 2006

It' s very interesting shot. A shot that kind of makes you think about the history of this show, who owned it, why was it thrown out, how it ended on the beach and so on. This also reminds me of my childhood when we didn't have big brands like Nike and reebok and the only sport shoes available were from a company called "Gola". This looks like one of those.

comment by bruno at 08:10 AM (GMT) on 21 March, 2006

nice! adidas run for life :)

comment by Kristyn at 12:27 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2006

Seems like a commercial for a shoe but kinda not really. Love the lighting.

comment by djn1 at 04:19 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2006

Thanks everyone.

comment by jezblog.com at 05:12 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2006

If that shoe has been in the sea its lookin pretty good.......you should put it forward for an addidas commercial

comment by lee at 05:19 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2006

Pretty simple but works!! Too much darkening of the sky though.

comment by Matthew Greco at 05:45 PM (GMT) on 21 March, 2006

Very nice. The feel of this photo is great.

comment by flying cow at 01:11 AM (GMT) on 22 March, 2006

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
She had so many children she didn't know what to do.
She gave them some broth without any bread,
Then whipped them all soundly
And put them to bed.

comment by prasoon at 10:30 PM (GMT) on 22 March, 2006

stunning capture - did ya just return from MARS? thats some very nice DOF in there...

comment by AirBete at 12:03 AM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

Splendid colors