<<< o >>>rider on the storm 54 comments + add yours

First of all: thanks for all the comments on my last few shots – they're much appreciated.

And second: my apologies if you're getting a bit bored with the vaguely odd toning of my latest few shots, but it's an approach that appeals to me at the moment. And I guess that's all I want to say about this one other than that it was taken this afternoon, on my way home from work, and this was how I found it.

Oh, and this is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image constructed from three versions of the original RAW file: one normally exposed, one 1.3 stops underexposed, and one 1.3 stops overexposed.

focal length
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shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
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RAW converter
1.51pm on 30/3/06
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
17mm (27mm equiv.)
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C1 Pro
3x2 + HDR + beachcombing + fylde coast
comment by Jide at 10:30 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

WOW! Great image dave...this is what I'm used to seeing from you...DJN1 is back!

comment by Dazzz at 10:32 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

You can always become a beachcomber if you tire of the other job :-)

comment by Jorge Lesmes at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

Hahaha I first thought It was a parrot or some kind of bird..! haha. Great as always!

comment by Jem at 10:43 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

I really like the toning you've added to the last few shots as well - there's something about the greens that really appeal. Good stuff once again :)

comment by frans at 10:54 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

Great wildlife there in Blackpool! Love the toning! Good job, can you tell us more about the way you did that for the last couple of shots? This one you say is a HDR, probebly u used the toning option while makeing the HDR.

comment by parikha at 11:03 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

This photograph is fantastic! I think the tone is great--it gives your beach shots a very ethereal effect.

comment by David Levine at 11:13 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

I wonder what happened to the rest of the bike? Did someone just stick a seat in the sand, was three fourths of a bike worn away by wind and erosion. Is it still there, under the sand with an ancient rider attached? Or maybe it's a beach dwelling alien plant that just resembles a bike seat on top and it actually grows several miles into the ground with only this rusty, sandy sad looking nub sticking out into the air, enjoying it's view. Curious.

comment by David Levine at 11:15 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

David, the reason I like your pictures is because they spark my imagination very potently

comment by Matt Greco at 11:15 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

wow very cool. Looks almost unreal. I like the idea of an apocalypal shot that focuses on a bike seat.

comment by nuno f at 11:17 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

I think you don't need to apologize for what you do best. It's your work and your creativity and people only have to accept it or not. You've created something during this last years that is unique. Call it a style, a visual pattern, wathever you want, but one thing is for sure... never give up of what you believe and what you think is better.

About today's shot, the tonality was well chosen because it gives a vintage look and creates the perfect bond between the scenery and the object. Great work!

comment by mike at 11:32 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

Why are the edges so soft in this photo? Is that a focusing problem, depth of field, or flaw in the lens? I only ask because i think most of your other photos are really sharp, even at wide angles.

comment by lawrence at 11:40 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

Very nice. I like the result of the sand from the HDR. I very much like the tines in the sky.

comment by muffins at 11:41 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

I really like this one, what a powerful image....

Out of interest, what benefit do you think you get by making a HDR, vs just developing the one raw file in 16 bit and using masked adjustment layers to 'expose' different areas. Is it just easier or quicker doing a HDR or do you feel like you can pull out better detail this way?

comment by Nick at 11:58 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2006

Apocalyptic is right - Mad Max meets the unicycle of doom....? Great atmosphere with such a prosaic subject. How did you get that saddlle look like its yearning for something?!

comment by Brian Ritchie at 12:26 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

Sometimes when I see an image for the first time, it can be very difficult to "parse"; but once I have, it can be hard to recollect those initial impressions. When I first saw this, I thought it was a small tree, but with something very strange melded into the top - maybe a stealth bomber, maybe a space shuttle.What the ...? Now that I *know* it's "just" a bike seat, it's hard to reconstruct how on earth I misconstrued it at first; but I can still see the tail fin!

Actually, I reckon that it's someone who reads Chromasia who deliberately puts these things on the beach for you to find, so they can say, "hey, that was me" ! :-)

comment by Ashish Sidapara at 12:44 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

Lovely tone and great composition.

comment by JD at 12:57 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

You shouldn't need to feel like you have to appologise for anything you do with your site IMHO.

I really like the toning that you've been doing recently.

An might I add this is another great find! I'm sure you have some sort of tardis full of bits which you just take to the beach to help create these wonderful images.

comment by orange goblin at 01:09 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

wonderful tones as always. but what about the harm that this detritus can cause to the eco-structure of the beach, young man? you should do your duty & clear the beach of this rubbish while you capture it's artistic qualities. by the way, if this is not an artificial construct, i don't know what is! reply, sir!

comment by Mike Dougan at 01:37 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

Fantastic! The shape of the saddle and the post give me the impression of some old pompus fool standing on the beach staring into the face of an on coming storm. Very nice.

comment by pfong at 01:52 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

The toning works very well with this image David.

comment by Kristyn at 02:07 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

another powerfully composed shot, you keep impressing me every photo.

comment by Daniel Pape at 02:38 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

I really like the tone you have going. It's definately a winter mood in a Lemoney Snicket sort of way. Great shot.

comment by Claudi at 03:27 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

I like it a lot. Great finding, and I also like the colours they give a certain nostalgia to the photo.

comment by Jesse at 04:03 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

Another signature chomasia shot...love it.

comment by doreen at 04:06 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

very cool. it almost looks like the head of a vulture. or a hawk.

comment by NJP3 at 04:17 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

actually, I love the color tones of these past few images, prrly my favorite part of them. The debris in this one is great, not sure if the seat could be a smidge sharper though, maybe just my eyes...great image.

comment by DeWaun at 05:35 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

Really neat muted tones. Gives such a hauntingly vintage look to it. Framing is great here.

comment by rhys at 07:14 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

i love this, looks like one of a prarie dogs surveying the great american plains! I reckon the toning adds to the general mood, a straight B&W shot wouldn't have the same visual impact, colour just like composition can drastically affect the aesthetics.

On another note, I've been experimenting with HDR too, but the results are VERY grainy when put through Photomatix tone mapping and even worse with CS2's HDR function. any suggestions?

comment by Navin Harish at 07:33 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

I am liking the toning of your recent images. I am also liking your HDR images though I am not sure if you really needed HDR in a shot like this.

comment by Phil at 07:53 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

You really find all this stuff? Brilliant. Great title too.

comment by derLitograph at 08:57 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

is there so many trash on the beach? It makes me wonder.

comment by Olive at 09:06 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

Oh it's a great picture! I think that's your better one... :-)

comment by bruno at 09:22 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

like that effect you have here :)

comment by SteveO at 09:39 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

Now thats really cool :-) I never really liked the toning of the other images, but it seems to suit this one a lot better.

comment by believer at 10:07 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

eheh! this one is great, love the colours of the background and the crisppy feeling of the sand :D keep going!

comment by yuppie at 11:07 AM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

I'm sorry because my english isn't very good. I want to tell you that your photos are wonderful, you're able to transmit emotions and I think that this is the most important think for an artist!Go on!!

comment by tobias at 02:01 PM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

Not sure about the saddle composition, looks contrived. HDR is all the rage so I am currently avoiding it.

comment by aaron @ moeview.com at 03:11 PM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

tough ride that day? You can find almost anything on the beach. Nice shot.

comment by ani at 04:54 PM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

love the tones and when i saw the title i laughed out loud. thanks, as always...

comment by Ryan at 05:10 PM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

Everyone else said all the clever stuff, so I'll just leave you a "This is a fabulous image" comment. I love the composition, colors, and subject matter. This is a very "deep" image that could make one sit and ponder for hours. Well done!

comment by Chris at 05:34 PM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

I love the toning - I've been in photoshop trying to "figure out" what you're doing!
I love how the seat's contour echoes the landscape.

comment by Jim at 05:59 PM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

This reminds me of the "Saving Private Ryan" film - something to do with the tone / colours, and te big expanse of beach, and the feelig of desolation, and abandonment, and all that kind of thing!

comment by lee at 06:46 PM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

nice find.

comment by Adam Lee Dalziel at 08:26 PM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

Wow the quality of your images constantly amaze me - I've never tried the raw format of post development before, I might try it soon - I never really thought that it would make that much difference.

Do you make a living out of this? if not you definately should.

We are not worthy!


comment by djn1 at 08:43 PM (GMT) on 31 March, 2006

Thanks everyone.

mike: the edges looked blurred because I blurred them ;-)

muffins: HDRs allow you to create an image with better dynamic range and less noise than if you just mask different areas of one image and adjust the exposure that way.

rhys: yes, noise is a big problem with photomatix, especially in areas that contain smooth transitions between tones (e.g. the sky). I normally use noise ninja on my HDRs which does a good job of reducing the noise.

Navin: had I not used HDR the saddle would have been very dark, and that wasn't what I wanted for this shot.

Phil: yep, I really find it.

tobias: yes, it was contrived, but not by me.

Adam Lee: if I lived somewhere that had an extremely low standard of living – maybe the outlying rural areas of the Western Siberian Lowland – then I'd probably be earning enough to call it a living ;-)

comment by AirBete at 12:00 AM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

Great tones and pretty cool composition.

comment by Kris at 02:06 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

Great shot, cool tones ... have you been talking to Kenny? ;-)

comment by Dacian at 03:09 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

i'm amazed on how many things you can find on that beach :)

comment by Caryn at 09:23 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2006

Fascinating. I really like this one. Trash turned to art.

comment by AngelC at 11:14 PM (GMT) on 5 April, 2006

great tones and much dramatic. :D

comment by Renatomas at 10:36 AM (GMT) on 6 April, 2006

Una sola parola: Bellissima!!!

comment by mel at 07:13 PM (GMT) on 7 April, 2006

fantastic editing!

comment by mihai at 09:52 AM (GMT) on 22 May, 2006

very good postprocess, love the message, great tones u got here

comment by Lala at 06:17 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2007

wow. your pictures have such an unrealistic feel to it. Its amazing