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These signs appear all along the seafront at Blackpool: on sliproads and steps down to the beach. In summer they're taken down during low-tide, but at this time of year they tend to be left in place. Oh, and the title refers to the fact that I've put a couple of these up before: this one and this one.

On a totally unrelated matter: I wonder if anyone could tell me where I can get hold a B+W 113 neutral density filter with a 77mm thread. I've been trying to track down one of these in the UK since before Christmas, but with no luck – mostly because nobody seems to be importing them at the moment. So, if anyone does know of somewhere where I could pick one of these up (either in the UK or further afield) I'd be really grateful if you could let me know.

Thanks to a comment from cj I've now managed to order the filter from Germany.

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

Always perfect, as usually !

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

May be here : http://www.2filter.com/prices/products/bwnd.html

comment by Roy at 06:09 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

A nice trompe d'oeil, which took me a moment or two to decipher. I like the horizontal division and the way foreground and background planes of focus appear to be mirrored, but also inverted, in both halves.

comment by lawrence at 06:09 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

very nice, i like the contrast of the glassy water witht the rough tide in the back. also nice dof on it. thanks for sharing!

comment by John at 06:38 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

My first thought was "Citizen Kane."

comment by RensNL at 06:46 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

nice picture.. the yellow really jumps of the page.


comment by Manolo at 06:59 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

nice shot. Interesting contrast.

comment by Robert at 07:22 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

Eye-pleasing symmetry on the reflection; leads you right to that strong yellow.

comment by tobias at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

I may be able to help, how much you willing to pay. Considering you have been looking for rather a while, that is. Email me.

comment by Matt Simpson at 07:56 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

Nice. This one really pops.

Am I right in thinking you've taken this one before? I'm too lazy to go through the archives myself at the moment.

comment by djn1 at 08:12 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

paflechien: thanks, I'll check them out.

tobias: the going rate ;-)

Matt: not this one, but they're all pretty similar.

comment by ps at 08:37 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

ahother photo of this sign, i like it very much...

comment by EssPea Photography at 08:59 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

I want to go in...

comment by Nick at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

Ah, the Canute of Blackpool! A great mirror image shot; what's clear in one half is confused in the other. Super stuff.

comment by jgarcía at 09:46 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

Delicious. I like much. I congratulate to you.

comment by Andrea de Keijzer at 10:22 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

Hey, I've been comming by to see your blog everyday for the past month or so. I am quite impressed. I also love photography and just started my own photoblog. It's a nice feeling to post and share my little slices of life. I lived in Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands for a year. It was right by the coast so you images form the beach and the ocean bring me back to my sea side days. That's all for now, come by my blog if youhave time. I would love some comments. Andrea

comment by Mystery Me at 10:58 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

A fitting image after what happened in Blackpool today.

A great shot.

comment by micki at 11:06 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2006

I love the way the yellow stands out.

Good luck on your hunt for the filter.

comment by Raymond Tse at 12:26 AM (GMT) on 2 April, 2006

This shot works since it's pin sharp - well captured.

comment by noushin at 01:47 AM (GMT) on 2 April, 2006

Reflection is what make this shot. And I love how the bottom part of the sign is getting lost in the ripples.

comment by foxymoron at 10:49 AM (GMT) on 2 April, 2006

Wow. I like your work.

comment by Tom from (Lucerne Times) at 02:11 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2006

Really great.Excellent idea,sharpness,colors and reflection.

comment by cj at 04:55 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2006

Speedgraphic(.co.uk) used to say that they could get any B+W filter. Don't know whether that is still the case.

Schneider Germany say that Daymen international in Wolverhampton is the UK B+W importer, but their website doesn't mention the fact. I know this because I was after something equally obscure recently. I didn't need to pursue Daymen because a friend got what I wanted in New York.

If your german is up to it then foto-huppert.de claims to be the ultimate B+W shop. I've dealt with them in the past and they speak english by email (I've just looked out of curiousity and they are listing the filter you want for 79 euros).

What are you planning to do with a filter factor of 10,000?!!

comment by Matthew Greco at 05:30 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2006

good eye on this one!

comment by lee at 06:41 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2006

I thought this looked familiar. Must be had finding new photos for everyday now...

comment by djn1 at 07:53 PM (GMT) on 2 April, 2006

Thanks everyone.

cj: thanks for the link - I've ordered the filter. As for what I'm going to do with it: you'll have to wait and see ;-)

lee: I like these signs. Besides, there are at least another 20 of them that I haven't photographed yet ;-)

comment by Peter at 11:00 AM (GMT) on 3 April, 2006

I love the absurd message of the sign on this location. Well captured as always.

comment by Jason at 11:59 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2006

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