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Of the three of these that I've put up over the last couple of days, the first was probably my favourite (by a small margin) but I really like this one too, not least because it has a slightly more bleak feel than the previous two. That said, I did produce a version of this one toned in a similar way to the one of the bucket. If you're interested you can view it here:


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3x2 + beachcombing + fylde coast
comment by ninu at 07:12 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

Well compared to the nice melted bucket shot, this one doesn't really compare. That shot absolutely was the best I think of the series David. The Norfish Seafoods one wasn't bad either... The one thing I do enjoy about the composition in this one is how you've worked on the bottom layer with the rocks and graininess of the sand. Nice job there!

comment by Ameen at 07:15 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

I liked this one. great use of lighting here. nice one

comment by Jamey at 07:19 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

I preferthe colour version of this but I'm usually fond of the way you process colour. I like how the lighter-coloured pebbles on the left side of the frame balance the container out a bit, spreading the brightest parts of the picture around slightly more than if it was the container on it's own.

comment by Jonathan at 07:30 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

While I liked the other two better, I still can't get over your amazing post-processing. Absolutely amazing.

comment by Adrian Park at 07:30 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

I'm really liking this series Dave and I have to agree that I prefer the first one - the melted bucket. I prefer the toning in that one (slightly more saturated colours) but ultimately I think the form of the melted bucket suits the overall surreal feel of the series better than the others. It's got a bit of Dali's clocks going on!

Have I missed the secrets of your post-production in a previous post or is that a closely guarded secret? ;) Judging by the request for an outline of your techniques, I reckon you've got a book in the making there!

comment by Weston Boyd at 09:06 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

I like this.

comment by Brett Admire at 09:09 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

This one is good. I prefer the color version more but the melted bucket is my favorite of the series.

comment by Tristan at 09:30 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

I think the second one works better because of the depth given by the colour and lower perspective.

comment by Trish at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

Hm, I love them all, the color version of this one as well. I think my favorite is the first though... the shape of the bucket, the detail of the dirt and sand and rocks, and then I like how (in the first shot) you can't see the ocean, and it just looks like it's sitting on the edge of nothing. This 3rd one, esp. in color, is my 2nd favorite.
Did you find the containers sitting like they are in the shots, or did you set them? Just curious. :)

comment by marco's light opinion at 11:13 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

Dave, till this afternoon I've been convinced that the first of the three shots was the best. Now I'm strongly tempted to say that this one is the best and may be I evenly prefer the color version: tones are wonderful and colors seems to come out from the same tonal range. Great shot, actually.

comment by frisky? at 11:14 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

i'm really diggin this series dave.

comment by croz at 11:18 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

m y head is mashed into exhaustion as I'm travelling a lot in Germany at the moment, however If my eyes are really seeing what I think I'm seeing this is a truly decent image.. the muted colours really work big time.. off to Gelsenkirchen in five hours .. must sleep.

comment by Jennifer at 11:25 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2006

Thought this was great - til I saw the colour version which is WOW! Still like the poor squished little bucket best though :-)

comment by Dave F at 02:59 AM (GMT) on 1 July, 2006


I need to know, are these just randomly occuring containers you find along the beach that are resting as you find them? Do you stand them up or move them? How far do you live from this cornucopia of beach subjects? You've taken the benign and made them sublime, again! Great series!

comment by Isabellnecessaryonabicycle at 04:24 AM (GMT) on 1 July, 2006

Hi David
I really like this last series... somehow I think that your beach stuff brings the best out in you. ;)

I haven't abandoned you recently - I emigrated to Australia at Easter so I've been a bit busy here and there, but I have been viewing if not commenting.

Nice shots, with great atmosphere and clarity. Thank god for crazy people who throw their junk into the sea, eh? ;)

comment by MOONHEAD at 10:45 AM (GMT) on 1 July, 2006

I also prefer the colour version of this shot. How long did you have to 'work' on this image Dave to achieve the result displayed?

comment by dave at 01:32 PM (GMT) on 1 July, 2006

love how you make the ordinary look so extrordinary! cheers :)

comment by john Washington at 03:15 PM (GMT) on 1 July, 2006

I like this one as well. I love that symbol on the can, it adds to the photo.

comment by Colin at 09:45 PM (GMT) on 1 July, 2006

There is so much busted stuff on this beach.

comment by djn1 at 09:56 PM (GMT) on 1 July, 2006

Thanks everyone.

Adrian: nope they're not closely guarded secrets, it's just finding the time (and the right way) to get them across. We're working on it.

Trish: I shot the first two as I found them but did stand this one up.

Dave F: it's about a 20 minute drive to get to this beach.

comment by Adrian Park at 06:13 PM (GMT) on 2 July, 2006

Thanks dave, I look forward to understanding your approach a little more. Of course, learning a bit about your post-production techniques is one thing - taking the great shots to apply the techniques to is another challenge completely!

comment by m at 09:39 PM (GMT) on 2 July, 2006

Prefer the alternative choice! The added warmth I guess.
Could the three pics be telling us a story?

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comment by Sharla at 01:06 AM (GMT) on 5 July, 2006

A bit late posting but I'm sure you'll forgive me. ;-)

I don't have much to say (I know, I know) but I did want to comment on the holy light you seemed to have found for this series. Amen.