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More archive raiding again this evening, but I thought I'd try something a bit different with this one. And if you're not entirely sure what you're looking at, I'll explain it later :-)

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16x9 + piers [Fleetwood] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by clarence at 07:35 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Great processing, looks like clouds over a mountain range, but not sure.

comment by graham at 07:37 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

This one is certainly interesting, looks like a thermal inversion on the first cloud layer and then a normal cloud above that. It certainly adds drama, if not a little confusing, just how I like it. Great

comment by Tony S. at 07:41 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Very cool! Looks like a tidal wave is about to crash on the village.

comment by Mark Ellis at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

doesn't work for me.

comment by kikko77 at 07:50 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

wow. suits the title. I find the greenish vignetting a bit out of place though.

comment by Jennifer at 07:54 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Wow - looks kinda apocalyptic! Do tell how.

comment by nogger at 08:08 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

I'm guessing it's another one of your reflection shots. I'm not sure it works but it's certainly interesting. Looks like someone dropped a mountain range on Blackpool. (I'm guessing it's Blackpool.)

comment by kurt at 08:23 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

brilliant. fantastic post processing - what a dramatic atmosphere.

comment by tetsu at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Stunning perspective shot! Really nice work. :-)

comment by Richard Trim at 08:41 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Seems to be at least two superimposed shots .... surreal but for me it doesnt work. I'd prefer top see the bottom part in its entirity. The beech settlemnnt from a distance makes you want to walk in to it .

comment by djn1 at 08:48 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

nogger: it's not a reflection.

Richard: it's a single shot.

comment by [ PIXEL VIKING ] at 08:51 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Looks like it could be a new ice age moving closer. Very impressive...

comment by Sarah at 09:59 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Beautiful. Your skies are always wonderful.

comment by Aayush at 10:10 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

1 word...wow! keep up the good work.

comment by Pete at 10:11 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Nice shot - I recognise it as Fleetwood from the pier and the Mount but can't figure out what's in the background - it's seems totally out of scale to be the Lake District hills.

comment by John at 10:11 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Interesting processing; looks like a composite of 2 different landscapes and 2 different "cloud-scapes."

comment by Tibs at 10:12 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Its one of two things:

1. Another good shot

2. A photo taken around winter time, snow has melted in some places, and not in some areas. The building is a fark, and the place behind is still covered in snow

comment by rambohoho at 10:12 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

amazing shot!

comment by Pete at 10:13 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Think I've just sussed it by staring at the screen too hard - have you inversed the colours on the lower cloud layer?

comment by Joseph at 10:49 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

I don't know what it is, but its powerful. it does remind me of a arizonian desert scene, but your title makes me think different. it looks like the layer of clouds that look like a mountain range have been inverted. just tell us?

comment by djn1 at 10:56 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

Ok, I'll confess ;-) The original was a fairly standard scene, but in this version the entire sky was inverted, hence the rather odd and ominous appearance.

If you're interested I've posted the (not even vaguely surreal) original here:


comment by rj at 11:06 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

cool stuff... those mountain wanna-be nimbostratus really had me fooled.

comment by Jide Alakija at 11:08 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

You're gonna hate me....but I think the fact that you put the original up spoiled it for me. I kinda think you may have overprocessed it for me....but good work none the less.

comment by samdaniel at 11:43 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

whoa, thats a really creative image, your works amazing. i've just set up my forst photoblog. www.samdaniel.net if anyone wants to check it out!.

comment by Kat at 11:57 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

First thing I thought of when I saw it was The Trail of Tears painting by Robert Lindneux. That same feeling.

comment by JM┬░ at 11:59 PM (GMT) on 20 September, 2006

ghosts leaving ice-land....feels like a Myth !! Your Image is "superbe"

comment by Lex at 12:03 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

At first I thought that Blackpool had become a site of intense geological activity then I saw your comment and to my relief the latter is true. Once again, a picture to make you stop and stare and think!

comment by Richard Houtby at 12:46 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Looks like a double-exposure.... one of a wave crashing on the beach with an artistic filter applied... and then the buildings zoomed out shot blended on top.
If not... I want to reserve the right to try a shot like that!! ;)

comment by m i k e b at 01:01 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

ahhhhhh, the trickery! i love it. thank you for the details.

comment by Joseph at 01:08 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

I was right!! I was right!! woo!! =D I must say, I prefer the processed one.

comment by Kevin at 04:23 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

I like it! the clouds look like a painting. I like the subdued tonality

comment by Toxic Lens at 04:25 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

The old inversion trick... Very nice! The standard white clouds get so old...

comment by Stuart at 04:48 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Nice example of creative processing making the shot. The original wouldn't have been worth posting, but this is very eye-catching.

comment by Ali at 05:55 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

perfectly surreal!

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comment by Rog at 07:19 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Love the processing David and like some of the others thought Blackpool must have suffered a shift in the Atlantic floor and now has a mountain range!! Nice one......

comment by thomas at 08:03 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

really great djn. i love the effect of the clouds.

comment by Hennie at 09:50 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

fabulous photo - it really draws you in.

comment by simon at 10:00 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

it isnt blackpool, it's fleetwood beach.

comment by owen at 10:20 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Wow - the clouds do look like a mountain range. Awesome.

comment by Philip at 10:58 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

I think it's too much photoshop work. Makes it look unreal. Plus the houses are too small.

comment by Paul Courtney at 11:06 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Excellent shot Dave,
This cloud colour is more what I'd expect to see in a shot taken at Fleetwood, none of those fluffy white things you see in other countries!!
Have you been to Kansas?

comment by JH at 11:51 AM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Lovely cloud formations, almost looks like mountains in the background.
Great post processsing to.(as usual)

comment by Wilce at 12:15 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

WOW this is excellent well done brillant processing as usual

comment by debster at 12:22 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Looks like a tsunami

comment by navin harish at 01:15 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

This is so amazing. Simply brilliant

comment by Maran at 01:30 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Nice photoshop vision.

comment by Mary at 01:51 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Interresting. JM commented almost my exact same thoughts.. Kinda mythical and icy. Nice effect.

comment by Craig Wilson at 01:59 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

This shot has a very mystical feel - I love it!

comment by herwann at 03:07 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

That's amazing how beautifull it is, really great job...

comment by Chris at 04:47 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Wow David, that is an amazing shot!

comment by Tom at 05:39 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Wow, thats somthing very special, its beautifull, a shout that grabs your attantion.

comment by Adriana at 06:17 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

I agree with Tom it grabs your atention so much and yet no idea if it is snow. fog or just some clouds. Great job.

comment by sb at 07:05 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

nice job. you do lot of fun and creative stuff with pictures !!

comment by JD at 08:44 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Hoooooookay. Interesting, though bit of a shame you told us how! But since you have........I always have trouble separating background from foreground - what's your technique? Background eraser, extract, the pen tool? Spill the beans as I ALWAYS end up with the pen tool and feel sure there's a better way of doing it.....

comment by Bob at 08:48 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

You always bring a fresh perspective to your work--whether it's the camera angle, DOF, post-processing, cropping, or orientation. This is a perfect example, where only the most creative would ever think to experiment in this way.

I often question your decision to show your "original" images. You know the old cliche that says it's not a good idea to see how sausage is made? But I suppose that In the case of a photoblog--where much of the exchange is informative and instructional--I see your rationale. But I have noticed that whenever you do show original shots there seems to be (not surprisingly) a bit of a letdown in the ensuing comments. Perhaps that fearlessness and vulnerability is another of the fresh perspectives your work embodies.

As a finished work, this "version" of the image is really wonderful!

comment by djn1 at 09:42 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Thanks everyone :-)

Bob: I often wonder about posting the originals too because, as you note, it inevitably leads to a letdown for some people. However, for me, photography is about the end result, not the steps in between. Sure, it's great when you have a wonderful shot straight out of the camera, but that mostly doesn't happen, and each shot requires more or less work to turn it into something worth viewing. This one, in my opinion, required that extra step of inverting the sky to transform it into an interesting and worthwhile shot.

comment by Alistair - Digiphotology at 11:49 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2006

Bit late with my comments on this one and most of it has already been said. But I just have to say congratulations on you creativity. Full marks to Pete for working it out, I was half way there. The inversion is a masterstroke, surreal!

comment by mooch at 12:15 PM (GMT) on 22 September, 2006

The processing on this is beyond me, I really like it though. Very cimea-esque. Massive landscape and great impact, especially the colours.

comment by m at 12:40 PM (GMT) on 22 September, 2006

A gazillion times better than the original. :-)

comment by dacian at 03:54 PM (GMT) on 22 September, 2006

haha, it reminds me of one of mine, from last month:

comment by shahin at 11:58 PM (GMT) on 22 September, 2006

exelent, it's very nice with soft colors...

take care...

s h a h i n from iran ...

comment by Matthias at 12:00 AM (GMT) on 23 September, 2006

cool. It loosk a little bit like painted. There is no day after tomorrow ;-)
Very great - good job

comment by Jeet at 07:43 AM (GMT) on 23 September, 2006

breathtakingly beautiful !!

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comment by Irene at 10:14 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Absolutely fascinating photo! I like it....

comment by rocketfoot at 10:16 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2006

is this one a montage? love it! beautifilly cross processed colours and just an amazing 'seaside' shot!!!

comment by Sil at 07:55 PM (GMT) on 13 October, 2006

Really cool cloudscape.

I never thought it was mountains for some reason, perhaps I caught the hills to the lefts position with it all.

And I like the ominousness of it as well.

comment by Werner Heyckendorff at 07:47 PM (GMT) on 22 October, 2006

Great shot and very creative post processing.
Interesting technique to inverse to lower cloud layer. It makes it almost impossible to figure out what the hell is going on just above the horizon.

comment by GreenA at 06:35 PM (GMT) on 25 October, 2006

Good picture. Thank you.