<<< o >>>the morning after 39 comments + add yours

My apologies for not joining in with the comments over the last few days, but I've been flat out. Hopefully, in the next day or so, things should settle down a bit and I should have more time to devote to chromasia.

As for this shot: yes, it's another shot of a discarded item on Fleetwood beach.

focal length
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1.21pm on 10/7/06
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
17mm (27mm equiv.)
aperture priority
C1 Pro
minor rotation
3x2 + beachcombing + fylde coast
comment by [ PIXEL VIKING ] at 10:24 PM (GMT) on 12 July, 2006

Do you pick up the litter that you find, if so, the beach must be very clean :D

comment by Chris Bamber at 10:28 PM (GMT) on 12 July, 2006

I just wish I had the photographic eye like you do! I find things or places to shoot, then quickly run out of ideas and can't yet 'see' them after processing like this!

I like this shot and in a strange way the cloud pattern seems to add the perspective instead of the beach itself (or maybe its a good combination of the two...!?)

comment by Alec Long [Shutter And Pupil] at 10:42 PM (GMT) on 12 July, 2006

Reminds me a bit of Pirates of the Caribbean from last night. Dark and brooding.

comment by Brett Admire at 10:50 PM (GMT) on 12 July, 2006

I really like the processing on this.. except I'm back and forth if I like the bottles tone. Can't explain it but it's still a great image IMO. after converting to B+W with the Channel Mixer on this image how did you do the curves? It seems a little different that your normal shots

comment by moe [ desperocity ] at 10:52 PM (GMT) on 12 July, 2006

i think the somber emotion is perfectly captured and processed in this shot.

well done, as usual.

comment by geckonia at 11:00 PM (GMT) on 12 July, 2006

I like the balance between the bottle and the sky. Nicely composed. BTW, I used to see your site with a grey background, then I hit the "white" link and can't get the grey back. :-( Is there a way to see it it grey again? Thanks!

comment by djn1 at 11:36 PM (GMT) on 12 July, 2006

PIXEL VIKING: this was taken on a section of the beach that seems to attract a lot of debris so no, I don't tend to pick stuff up. I might move it a bit though ;-)

Brett: I don't have a fixed way of working with Curves so I'm not sure that I've done anything especially different with this one.

geckonia: there's a fair bit of behind-the-scenes recoding going on at the moment, one consequence of which is that I've simplified the stylesheets. I may well add the grey one back in again in a week or so.

comment by San Sebastian at 11:45 PM (GMT) on 12 July, 2006

Great contrast, i like it ;)

comment by Adrian Hudson at 11:46 PM (GMT) on 12 July, 2006

Sorry Dave, it is too obvious that you (or someone) has stood the bottle up. It worries me. Still, people like it and your processing as ever is excellent. So maybe it is just me!

comment by djn1 at 11:53 PM (GMT) on 12 July, 2006

Adrian: it was me. It's the beachcombing equivalent of "say cheese!" ;-)

comment by m i k e b at 12:13 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

I enjoy this image very much. I really like the slight coloring you did to the sky.

Two things I notice:
1. The image appears to slightly dip to the right (skyline).
2. I would like to see the subject be a little sharper (personal preference for this shot).

Neither of those comments take away from how much I enjoy the photo though ... just thoughts and observations.

comment by Molly at 12:17 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

I like that title.
(and the photo)

I know the feeling.

comment by Eric Rudd at 01:40 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Sorry, I'm a Photoshopist wannabe. How do you get the vignetting around the picture? Does anyone here know? Thank you.


comment by Manuel Ch at 02:40 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

¿ Es posible vivir de la fotografía?

Is my dream.. and I'm here... in the university.. studing civil engineering on computers... mmm...

your site is my homepage!!

comment by Skip at 04:05 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Did you take the cap off to check for any messages? If you found no messages, did you think to rub the bottle? It sure appears to have come to this place from the deep for some profound reason.

comment by Brad at 04:24 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

amazing feeling, great image, wish I had a beach around that I could get to all the time without having to drive for an hour when I dont have time :P

comment by thlayli at 04:34 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

the upper portion of sky seems green to me, and i like it.

comment by Alex JAmes at 05:20 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

I must say, 921 photographs later, i'm beginning to get a little bored with the beach, images of the beach, ect. I know you don't do this for the fans, but sometimes i feel as though i'm looking at the same image i say week ago. i think you should try and focus on something new - expand your horizons.

comment by dave at 07:13 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

love the tones! you make the ordinary piece of junk look extrodinary!!

comment by Mark at 07:40 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Hey, that looks like the bottle I put a message in to you David! Looks like it made it all the way from the US! Seriously great work as usual.

comment by thomas at 09:53 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

hope your day before was a better one. ;)

comment by Thomas Solberg / Project neXus at 10:52 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Great shot. I think it looks a bit spooky with those tones, but in a cool way :-)

comment by Eve at 11:22 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006


vos photos sont magnifiques!! bravo

j'adore!! (en esperant que vous comprenez le francais)

une francaise de Paris...

comment by navin harish at 11:28 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

SO what did the message in the bottle said?

comment by Raymond Tse at 01:43 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Nice low angle and well processed.

comment by Crank at 02:27 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Interesting at first. The more i look at it, the more it seems ...'ordinary'? or done before. And the less of a fan of the shot i become.

you're being 'cranked' (see url)

comment by Craig at 02:42 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Very good perspective.

comment by weijan at 03:19 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

great photo & processed tone ! love it.

comment by mihai at 03:41 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

amazing processed! i like the dark tones....

comment by Andre at 04:03 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Eric I noticed you asked about the vignette around the image, you can either do that by using poor quality lenses (which I know is not the case here or you can use a product from pixelgenius that allows you very easily to apply burn in on corners, left side, right side, bottom, top or middle. so check out www.pixelgenius.com, their products are really great and for what you get I think it's good value.

I am a big chromasia fan and the thing I admire is that every day without fail there is a new image and always an interesting image, sometimes maybe not spectacular, but looking at the thumbnails I think the jury has returned that quality, image composition and technique is outstanding.

comment by Rob at 04:21 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Like the tone here. nice.

PS Eric and Andre, good quality lenses vignette too, especially when used wide open. Even the best Canon L's will do it.

comment by Timothy Gray at 06:49 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Such an amazing image. The bottle seems larger than life...great angle!

comment by Karl Baumann at 08:51 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Really nice tone, cool composition and great postprocessing.

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comment by Brian at 09:13 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Hi Dave,

Quick question regarding the shooting mode. Do you usually shoot using Aperture Priority (and not Manual)?

comment by Brian at 09:18 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

Oye, another question:

The photos here, when compared to the other photoblogs you link to (who take photos of the same things and in the same places), seem to have a lot more post-processing done on them. Would it be possible for you to give us another quick run-through of your process from RAW to the final photo that you post on this photoblog?

comment by djn1 at 09:44 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2006

m i k e b: you're quite right, the horizon is a litte off. I'll amend it when I have the time.

Eric Rudd: the vignette is achieved by using a masked curve.

Skip (and navin): nope, no message ;-)

Alex James: I agree. The beach is my comfort zone, where I go when I don't have much time. And you're right, it's well past the time when I should put something different up.

Crank: everything has been photographed before, in a variety of styles.

Brian: yes, most of the time I use aperture priority as I'm more interested in DoF than a particular shutter speed. That said, I do use manual quite often when I'm using flash or the lighting is particularly odd.

comment by Mary at 12:38 AM (GMT) on 14 July, 2006

Cool. I like the tonal range. And, I like that you stood the bottle up. All the other lines in the pic are horizontal, the bottle adds some vertical.
When I walk along a beach or where ever and I see something interesting, I tend to stand it up straight to take a look. Seems very natural to me that you stood it up.
One last comment - Thank you for blogging the photo info. I'm fairly new to photography and I've learned a lot from this.

comment by Sysagent at 06:12 PM (GMT) on 16 July, 2006

Great stuff as usual David.