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Often, when I put some up that was taken ages ago, I feel almost obligated to apologise for having nothing contemporary to post, but on this occasion I'm not too worried about it as I'm pleased with this one. It's a shot of John, taken in early 2005, and I must have processed this one at least a dozen times (and not been happy with the result). Anyway, I'm happy with this version.

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2.03pm on 29/4/05
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
17mm (27mm equiv.)
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C1 Pro
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3x2 + piers [St. Annes] + people
comment by Geoff at 11:09 PM (GMT) on 1 December, 2006

Lovely tones on this one David.
I don't think you should feel the need to apologize for using older pictures. I do it all the time :) Sure, a blog is about development, but going through the archives, re-evaluating, and reprocessing images is also development.
I really like this shot. The contrast and the sepia toning work really well, and it's an interesting composition.

comment by Eric at 11:37 PM (GMT) on 1 December, 2006

Someday, David, I'd like to hear a bit more about how processing images is therapeutic for you. Is your workspace a haven, where you can escape from the frenetic pace of day-to-day life? Sometimes I imagine you sitting down with a drink, and some classical music, othertimes, I see the opposite, all based on your pictures.

Then again, maybe I am reading too much into it, again.


comment by Angry Buddha at 01:00 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

It almost looks like he is looking out at the desert. Nice shot.

comment by Robert at 01:24 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

The texture and tone work great together. As your title implies, they strenghten the feeling of being in a strange, alien world.

comment by Ben at 04:46 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

Beautiful photograph. Everything about it is great.

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 06:44 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

Very interesting, it seems very flat (the water), but the contrast is great.

comment by P.J. at 07:30 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

Very cool look to this shot. A great photo and great effect.

comment by Peter F at 09:08 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

I love the texture in the water. Great PP.

comment by ps at 09:10 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

Chromasia style... :D

comment by Shervane at 09:51 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

Brilliant perspective! I love Your perfect use of light!

comment by navin harish at 10:32 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

Great composition

comment by brecht at 10:56 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

do you know the song?

comment by Wolfgang at 11:15 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

Brilliant shot!

comment by Craig Judd at 01:27 PM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

Old Skool images are fine, why would your old work be a reason to apologise, its yours you produced it, it just wasnt ready for public consumption unitl now, I do it all the time on id7.co.uk some of my old work way surpasses that which I see day to day, dont worry about it mate....its all good.
Craig @ id7.co.uk

comment by roded at 01:32 PM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

wonderful composition and contrast nice work!

comment by Tibs at 03:00 PM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

Great shot

comment by m1979 at 03:54 PM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

bellissime foto, il tuo stile è veramente unico! ma qual'è il tuo segreto?

comment by Richard Trim at 05:57 PM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

Now Dave ...that is a photograph that really turns my head ... not to say that others haven't as well. There is something about piers that intrigue me as well ... and I love the vaguely Edward Hopper feel to the whole mood of the composition.

comment by Jeff Ambrose at 08:47 PM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

I like the leading lines here, I can't figure out if I'm looking at water or sand but I like it either way.

comment by djn1 at 10:15 PM (GMT) on 2 December, 2006

Thanks all.

Geoff: well put.

Eric: my office is a mess, but it's my office, and I do feel as though it's a bit of a haven. And I do often have a glass of wine, but don't often listen to music.

Fellow Eskimo (and Jeff): it's wet sand, rather than water.

brecht: yes, I do, and I know that it's not especially fitting. I like it though and Hunky Dory was/is one of my favourite albums.

comment by Jamey at 02:24 PM (GMT) on 3 December, 2006

Lovely shot, probably a recent fave.

comment by Ries at 10:33 PM (GMT) on 3 December, 2006

a-m-a-z-i-n-g! this is superb... really.

comment by JD at 11:46 AM (GMT) on 5 December, 2006

your right to be happy
its a great shot, would work just as well without john in the frame

comment by Chris at 04:16 AM (GMT) on 6 December, 2006

Looks like he's chimping...


comment by Matias at 05:16 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2007

Does anyone feel a little off balance in this picture? Almost like the pier is unstable. Although the horizon is flat, I still feel like i could fall off if I'm not carefull.

I think that makes me like it more.