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I've sat and thought about what to say about this one for around five minutes, and can't think of anything constructive other than that a) I like the light, and b) couldn't think of a more meaningful title.

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2.14pm on 6/9/06
Canon 20D
EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM
160mm (256mm equiv.)
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C1 Pro
3x2 + fylde coast + urban
comment by Neil at 07:05 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2006

very cool light. I'm looking for the sniper :)

comment by Photorama at 07:09 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2006

Real great light... Really... But, what did you do in postproduction? I'm courious...

comment by Andrew at 07:20 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2006

Great tones.

comment by Rick at 07:44 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2006

1/1600 at f/5.6 seems like it would have been pretty bright. How much was the sky reduced?

comment by scott at 07:49 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2006

I'd kind of like to see the unprocessed RAW for this one. The image you've posted has a decidely apocalyptic feel... Great stuff.

comment by Alistair - Digiphotology at 08:28 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2006

Wher did you take this from?

comment by Mike at 09:06 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2006

Thought provoking image. Nice contrast between the wash of light on the building textures and the monochromatic clouds and sky.

comment by Claude at 09:18 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2006

It's a nice contrast between the building and the sky. Great lighting. A beautiful shot.

comment by Paul Courtney at 09:21 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2006

Hi Dave,
I love the way that the horizon perfectly bisects the building. Really good lightiing lifts the otherwise sombre mood.
I like it.

comment by nogger at 10:48 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2006

Five minutes? Good grief! You obviously take this photography stuff pretty seriously. :)

Control Tower springs into my head.

comment by m at 11:25 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2006

Blackpool is in a sombre mood. Not surprised really!

comment by rambohoho at 01:26 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

this is an unordinary image from your beach photos. with a narrow angel of view and an unusual front object :)

comment by m i k e b at 02:04 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

Very cool lighting and muted tone. I see you are having fun with that new lens!

comment by Clay at 05:12 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

I'm getting curious about your apertures, or rather lone aperture setting... Seems like 90% of you photos are set to f/5.6 and usually ISO100 or 200 with slightly varying shutter times, although this shot is quicker than most. But why the 5.6 all the time? Is it to maximize the sharpness of the L glass, or is there ever really a need to change it in Blackpool with the perennially cloudy days? I know with my indoor concert photography, I rarely change my f-stop because of the reasonably controlled lights, but outdoors there are endless possibilities with apertures, DoF, over-exposing, under-exposing... I guess I'm just hung up on how you can continually offer different perspectives with the same f-stop...

comment by John Zeweniuk at 07:04 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

the light is great, and the quality of the grey in the cloud is great too

comment by krizalid at 10:12 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006


I'm following your work since a long while now and this is my 1st comment. (forgive my faults, I'm not an english native speaker) I wanted to tell you a big thank you for all what you've done. I won't be very original saying I love your work, but I do. Your photos talked to me instantly and gave me the envy and the inspiration to make photographs too.

About this one, I really like it. First, I thought it was an HDR image, but it's not. Very good processing and beautiful light.

Can't wait to see the next one. ;)

Best regards.


comment by thomas at 11:03 AM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

touching the sky... the image is a non-chromasia, but i like it!

comment by roy at 02:59 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

looks a bit like a model

comment by Sean Galbraith at 03:39 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

Very nice lighting treatment.

comment by Fred-Eric at 03:50 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

Le ciel est magnifique, j'adore. J'ai juste une petite impression que la batiment penche vers la droite un petit peu. Mais bref en sommes cela reste une excellente photo. Bravo beau traitement et belle lumiere.

comment by Kelvin at 04:58 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

sorry to say but your pictures are getting a bit boring and not very special anymore compared to all the other photoblogs out there. back then you were the first one to do HDRs so well and impressive. and your experiments with the smoke. my god that blew me out of my mind. but now i don't feel the same impact that i had when i look at your recent pictures. i guess with such a fancy photoblog (actually i don't even know what it is anymore, with your tutorials and commissions. isn't this a company website now?) i was expecting better pictures.

comment by Kat at 06:29 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

Kelvin is obviously entitled to his own opinions, but I couldn't disagree more. I think this picture is tres chouette (for your french followers). Really though, to be unoriginal the lighting and the monumental feeling of impending doom draws me to this picture. Keep up the great work :)

comment by Jeroen Broeckx at 06:30 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

Fantastic. No more words. :-)

comment by CurlyToes at 09:18 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

Yeah, the light looks good, although I would have preferred it to have been warmed up rather than cooled down, so that it looked more like a vivid sunset.

comment by djn1 at 09:54 PM (GMT) on 9 September, 2006

Thanks everyone.

Photorama: the original scene was quite bright, but the balance of light; i.e. the very bright front of the building, is pretty much as it appeared at the time. The end result is an exaggerated version of the original scene.

Alistair: from the Talbot Road car park.

nogger: :-)

Clay: with most of the Canon lenses I own f/5.6 (to f/8.0) produces the sharpest results.

Kelvin: sorry you're not enjoying your visits. As for the photography: it's what I feel like taking, and I have thought of taking some more smoke pictures (and other similar 'novelty' shots) but I've been busy with other stuff.

CurlyToes: I did think about warming it up, but decided on a more sombre feel instead.

comment by glipto29 at 05:16 PM (GMT) on 11 September, 2006

espectacular e imponente fotografĂ­a.