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It's a while since the weather's been good enough to take decent reflections on the beach, but not only was it sunny yesterday, it was also quite warm ... which was nice :-)

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12.51pm on 21/4/06
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1x1 + Blackpool Tower + fylde coast [scenic] + reflections [water]
comment by Dev at 05:53 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

Fantastic effect! :)

It almost has the feel of an old painting, aged and blistering.


comment by bravelee at 05:56 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

wow, cool

comment by Paul at 05:56 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

Well b***er me!! I think this will shut all the naysayers from yesterday up! Very nice indeed, gorgeous colours and a shot I know I wouldn't have seen!!

comment by Gavin at 06:13 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

Wow, I agree with Paul, this surely will. The metallic like colours are just incredible, the way you've presented this is great. I'm a big fan of reflections.

comment by paflechien at 06:52 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

i grree gavin& paul, very nice reflection, it makes it thought of another picture of tree reflected in water, but i cant remind me where i saw it.

Great david

comment by RensNL at 07:00 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

and once again you've done it....


not much to say but WoW

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 07:01 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

Yes, agreed, very nice reflection and texture.

comment by Johan at 07:14 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

I see what you mean with you reply to my question yesterday. This picture is very nice, as was the one yesterday, but this has a more tangible critique point. It’s just easier to say why this is a good photo and that calls for more comments.

Cool effect on this one! But by turning it up-side-down it makes the waves go upwards and me get whimsy. :) But I love the colors, the golden crust.

comment by Robert at 07:49 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

Yeah, the inversion is a nice touch. Great color in the reflection; seems later than the 12:51 indicated in your EXIF info.

comment by Rui at 08:27 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

gorgeous reflection! :)

comment by seriocomic at 08:40 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

Excellent image. Every element of this photo works in every way. Well done.

comment by JD at 09:10 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

I've always been a fan of your reflection shots and this one is no exception :)

Glad to see you made the most of the sunshine for its brief appearance

comment by Ellie at 09:34 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

Awesome reflection of the iconic tower, i love the tones. Well captured as usual... you sure have done it again, WOW!

comment by Jennifer at 10:10 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2006

F.A.B. :-)

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comment by Mark at 01:49 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Strangely enough I wasn't overly enamoured with it at first Dave but further viewing has brought me round somewhat, the top left corner making an impact. Just think...if you lived in Paris... ;-)

comment by Brian at 02:28 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Beautiful shot.

comment by Nicola at 02:40 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

This is so... spectacular!

comment by Maran at 02:53 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Hey I posted reflections this whole week but people don't understand that it's a reflection!

Like the way the way you choose to compose the picture, sorting the texture from small to big against the reflection.

comment by Kev at 03:54 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Beautiful shot; looks like a Monet.

comment by blake at 04:36 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

fantastic shot again. I love the "tin foil" effect. Reminds me a lot of this one, which, ironically, I didn't find in your "water reflections" category of your archives.

comment by Nicolas Noben at 04:46 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

I usually just sneak peak and no comment, but this one I have to. Brilliant frame. Looks like a fn painting

comment by bruno at 07:45 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

very very unique shot :) beautiful

comment by Louise at 08:48 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Wow, so very talented. At first I tought it was the Eiffel Tower... :)

comment by Stefano at 09:40 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Very interesting shot! Nice colours, and I like how the water dissolves at the bottom of the pic

comment by oli at 10:29 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Wonderful. Brilliant colors, perfect toning. it looks like a comic. perfect !

comment by Peter - Wait-A-Second.de at 11:25 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

hehe, such a cool reflection!

comment by Lee at 11:36 AM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Amazing! You've got these reflection shots down to a fine art!

comment by Renato at 02:31 PM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Nice reflection! I really like this shot!

comment by PlasticTV at 02:51 PM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

This is gorgeous! It calls to mind a pensive person, always deep in thoughts, always looking down. You always have very innovative ideas. :)

comment by Jannine at 03:27 PM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Awesome. Absolutely awesome. Presenting it upside-down creates a tension that keeps me looking at the photo. When I look at the bottom of the photo, all is well. There is a Monet-like sweetness and I relax into the photo, my eyes move smoothly across it and I slowly take it in. When I look at the top of the photo nearer the shoreline, my brain registers that something is "wrong". My eyes jump around trying to resolve the upside-downess of it and I get a slightly dizzy, sick feeling. It's a deceptively demanding photo. Love it.

comment by Jannine at 03:51 PM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Oops. Backwards ... should be "top of the photo AWAY from the shoreline". See, it has got me dizzy!

comment by Sharla at 04:59 PM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Art reflecting art? I too thought of Monet and the expansive warm colors he used in "The Hôtel des Roches Noires at Trouville," but I also thought the "style" was reminiscent of pieces by Pissarro and others. Oddly, I prefer the strength of this presentation over many classical pieces. How's that for a shot that stimulates?

My compliments. The simultaneous presentation of three elemental planes fascinates me. There is the flat scene of the tower and buildings, the montage of gradients of color from yellow to blue, and the water-carved texture from bold sweeps down to that busy section. Yet, the planes are not mixed haphazardly. The shot is busy where it can be busy and flowing where it must be.

Walking by the same scene, I think I could have noticed any one of those elements and enjoyed it until the light changed. I don't think I would have noticed all three simultaneously. And if I had, would I have noticed them upside down? Lastly, would I have had a camera? Oh, how I do wish!

comment by disappointed chromasia fun at 06:22 PM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

apologize for my rudeness yesterday, glad to see this one, bravo!

comment by A.R. at 07:16 PM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

I really enjoy your creativity.

comment by Jennifer at 07:16 PM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Could I trouble you for your view? 17-40 or 24-105 L F4? You use your 17-40 a lot, but if buying now which would you choose? PS I have the same camera (sadly don't get the same results!!!). Thanks

comment by djn1 at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 23 April, 2006

Thanks everyone.

Jennifer: I'm not sure which 24-105 you're referring to, but either way I suspect I'd recommend the 17-40, it's an excellent lens.

comment by reen at 06:34 AM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

i really love this photoblog..
all of 'em are gorgeous..!!
dream to be like u..

comment by Navin Harish at 07:50 AM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

Amazing shot.

comment by 'Pong at 09:41 AM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

This is beautifully evil. Much reminds me of an MC Escher print with a hint of impressionism or the other way around. Well done!

comment by garyx at 01:11 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

Thats a great reflection image. Looks like you were in the right place at the right time. Nice one.

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comment by alan at 10:23 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

The first thing I thought of when seeing this image was "it is a Monet". Lovely shot!

comment by KPK at 07:37 AM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

Great reflection shot.

comment by Jimmy at 04:14 PM (GMT) on 27 April, 2006

I love this shot, for me its one of your best shots yet. Thats proably because I'm fascinated by such reflective shots. Bravo!

comment by Mohammed Adenwala at 03:00 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2006

Very creative! Nice work!

comment by Robert at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2006

Love the shot!

comment by Miguel at 12:19 AM (GMT) on 5 May, 2006

THis reminds me of the Eiffel tower (even knowing it's not).
Great picture!

comment by Ioannis at 12:41 PM (GMT) on 8 May, 2006

This is a great reflection, particularly its colour. Good work.