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This one isn't hugely different to yesterday's, but I thought it was worth putting up. Again, it's taken from Fleetwood, facing south towards Blackpool with Blackpool Tower on the left. In this shot though you can also make out the North Pier, just appearing from the haze.

In some ways, I think I prefer this one to yesterday's (perhaps because of the more restricted colour palette), but I suspect that the majority of you will probably go for yesterday's, not least because the figures in yesterday's shot add more than the ones in today's. Anyway, let me know what you think.

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2x1 + Blackpool Tower + piers [North pier] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Jennifer at 08:21 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2007

yup - you're right - yesterday's for me. The colours and the way your eye is lead in from figures, diagonally to the tower. Nice one though.

comment by Mal at 08:55 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2007

Close call Dave! But todays image for me. I agree that the softer and resticted tones in this one provide a slight feeling of intrigue. I also feel that the layer of cloud acts as a natural framing element which you have exploited well. Yep, this one, lovely image. Mal

comment by EssPea | Photography at 09:13 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2007

Both are good, but I like the first due to the people!

comment by nariman at 09:13 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2007

Very calming. Like the stretched frame...works better than any other composition. very stable and strong...I also like the repeating pattern of the docks...Are those two people holding each others' hands? one adult one a child?!!

comment by Harmony at 10:10 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2007

I strongly prefer this one over yesterday's. This reminds me of eastern paiting - the gentle tone and the omission. According to eastern painting: You don't have to tell everything.

comment by John at 10:23 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2007

I cast my vote for yesterday's.

comment by Roy at 10:54 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2007

Yesterday's for people placement, today's for colour and aspect ratio - on balance I'd go for today's, but it's a close call.

comment by alberto at 11:02 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2007

I prefer this for composition... only I'd like a bit more contrast in the brown wood on foreground... (sorry for my english, I hope you understand my opinions)

comment by Bill at 11:56 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2007

I agree with most of the above that today's aspect ratio suits the scene better. I actually prefer yesterday's colors, but a 2:1 or 16:9 crop of yesterday's shot puts the cloud band in an awkward spot.

comment by Chad Hilligoss at 11:57 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2007

Both have their strengths. I like yesterdays for the people on the beach. I like todays for the warm "beachy" tones in the palette. This area just seems massive, and you have represented it well. Great job.

comment by Susie at 12:19 AM (GMT) on 14 January, 2007

I prefer today's photo... I like beaches without people!

comment by Pete at 12:56 AM (GMT) on 14 January, 2007

I'll vote for yesterday's shot too - mainly for the great blues, and the people. Whichever I prefer, both are miles better than anything I've produced from that side of the Fylde! :-)

comment by P.J. at 01:24 AM (GMT) on 14 January, 2007

Another very good image. Nice job!

comment by Nicolas at 04:04 AM (GMT) on 14 January, 2007

#2 is better.

comment by Ovidiu at 12:58 PM (GMT) on 14 January, 2007

Wonderful pastel colors!

comment by Richard Trim at 05:50 PM (GMT) on 14 January, 2007

What a lot of fun you have created David. As much as I like the first one with my comments on washed-out Suffolk colours. This is balanced by the slightly stronger tower and the subtlest suggestion of more metal structures in the furthest distance in today's picture and so adds another ingredient. It makes me want to move into the shot and become part of it. Overall it's a draw ... well maybe!

comment by Richard Trim at 05:54 PM (GMT) on 14 January, 2007

Oh! ... and, to answer Narimans question, I think the person in the middle distance could well be struggling with a push chair ...Go on tell us Dave ...if you can remember.

comment by m at 06:01 PM (GMT) on 14 January, 2007

This one!
Both are bit bit muted for me but I perfer the composition of this one. Yesterdays sky and cloud structure don't fit with the beach and as well as this one fits together.

comment by m at 06:03 PM (GMT) on 14 January, 2007

Is that Libby with the pram and a few of the kids in the distance ;-)

comment by elenuzzy at 09:05 PM (GMT) on 14 January, 2007

it's like a dream... very nice colours

comment by djn1 at 11:03 PM (GMT) on 14 January, 2007

Thanks everyone.

nariman (and Richard and m): it's either an adult and a child, or an adult and a large dog. I didn't notice at the time, and it's not obvious from the high res' version, but it's not a pushchair.

Bill: yep, the crop wouldn't have worked with yesterday's.

comment by Lisa Wilkinson at 11:46 AM (GMT) on 15 January, 2007

this one for me without a doubt, love the subtle colours and way you can 'just see' building pier etc. ps love the bucket pic, how did you post process it?

comment by Osiriums Ventaka at 01:59 AM (GMT) on 16 January, 2007

Very well!
Good composition and nice tones!
Nice envorienment!

comment by Simon C at 09:18 AM (GMT) on 16 January, 2007

I think I like this one better. I prefer the tones, and the 'widescreen' view. Impeccable composition.

comment by peter at 07:47 AM (GMT) on 17 January, 2007

This one gets my vote. It's the restricted colour palette that does it for me, and the way the tones gently blend.

comment by Chris at 04:02 AM (GMT) on 18 January, 2007

Beautiful. Love this one.

comment by DedicatedRR at 09:03 PM (GMT) on 12 October, 2007

This looks like an old postcard painting...beautiful!