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This is the third and final image in this small series, and in many ways I think this is probably the most dramatic, not least because of the lone figure. And I don't think he was in any immediate danger, other than in terms of getting quite wet, but he's probably got steadier nerves than me :-)

As for the post-processing: though this one looks quite unnatural the redness in the centre of the eruption (for want of a better term) is present in the original; i.e. it's the sand in the water rather than anything I've added to the shot. Clearly, it didn't look quite this red on the day, but nor is it a figment of my post-processing imagination ;-)

Let me know which of the three you preferred.

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comment by Rizla at 08:23 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

Unusual not to find many comments before I get here. Nice, dramatic shot. The colouring gives the water and air a sulphurous look. If you couldn't see a little of the sea at the right hand edge you might think it was of volcanic origin.

comment by Mal at 08:26 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

Simply spectacular. I liked yesterdays for the brooding almost sinister drama of the scene but this erruption is fantastic. Hell just exploded under Blackpool! Mal

comment by Pete at 08:29 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

Great shot - I was braving the elements on Sunday but was cowering on the footbridge near the Tower. Still managed to get soaked by a rogue wave though. You're braver than me, especially with your brand new camera! Love the colours on this and the implied power of the waves.

comment by owen at 08:37 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

Wow - that's some real power there being thrown straight up in front of that man. What a great viewpoint he picked! The light in this is just something else. Wonderful.

comment by John at 08:47 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

Spectacular! Nice work.

comment by Richard Trim at 08:49 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

A total suprise ...and in the best of all possible ways. It almost suggests a metamorphosis from marine forces into volcanic forces ...
Another option is in its similarity with the explosions during the blitz.
That guy is definitly not taking photographs... but although he looks so blase (damn can't find the accent)... I bet the adrenalin is flowing!
David, it would be interesting to see the original (in some cases ) as well as the processed version.
I love all three of them ... the power of the sea has an obvious attraction for a geographer and for an 'oldie' stuck in the heart of England.....

comment by m i k e b at 08:55 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

no doubt more dramatic. i also like the choice of crop used here. i bet those extra pixels in the new body really helped out here. nicely done david.

comment by EssPea | Photography at 08:55 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

My favourite of the three, looks like that guy is about to get creamed.

comment by Marek Nierychlo at 08:56 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

I think this one is the best. the first wave is only a wave. Boring there is nothing where the eye could hang on. The second is a good black and white photo. My eyes first concentrate at the building an after them the scene. But I think the waves aren't dramaic enough. This one is very cool because of the color and the wild water on the one side and the wild water on the other side.

comment by JamesG at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

Really wonderful, it has a 'Turner-esque' feel in colour and blurring of detail on the right side, which grabbed my attention straight away.

comment by Ted at 09:24 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

I have to admit that in general, you post process more than my personal taste, but this image is simply stunning. It really is the lone figure that makes the shot. It's so dramatic and kinetic. I would be curious to see this image unmodified, if you're so inclined.

comment by Benjamin Chait at 09:32 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

I do like this one best ... great lighting, and you captured it at a perfect moment!

comment by San Sebastian at 10:11 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

Great colours and composition.
Beautifull scene.

comment by eric at 10:17 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

Great shot, the colors seem not so unnatural with this light, may be more natural than the dramatic effect on yesterday's black and white image. Bravo !

comment by Jennifer at 10:29 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

Powerful image and love the mysterious section to the left, not too sure about the colouring - think I have an aversion to yellow since a bad choice of Dulux for the kitchen which I wasn't allowed to paint over for quite some time ;-) Though if you did have a mental picture of a volcano I can understand why you would choose this colour!

comment by Pete Carr at 10:35 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

Very nice. That guy really doesn't seem scared.

comment by Ryano at 10:40 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

1 word. Awesome! End of comments...

comment by Emma at 11:01 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

Wooow! Awesome shot!!! I really like the post-processing and the composition. Congratulations

comment by Tom at 11:14 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

I liked all three your shots. Especially the diversity in between them; first a kind of close-up of the crashing waves, then a nice dramatic overview and finally a combination of those two. Well done!

comment by Suri at 11:26 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

amazing picture !! Certainly the best one of the three...

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comment by wes hargrove at 11:54 PM (GMT) on 22 January, 2007

definitely the best of the series! i love the way you captured this, excellent job. and i see you're enjoying your 5D, congrats!

comment by Psychodudu at 12:17 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Bloody Hell! Now that's what I meant about fluidity, and dynamism. The tones, the lighting, the lone figure. It's all good, dude, it's all just soooo good. I am in awe of your talents, David. Just one thing....are you happy with the crop?

comment by JD at 12:20 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

clearly your enjoying the 5D, its sparked a mini revolution in some ways for your work... definitally some of your best ;)
I love this sone... very strong, love the composition... definitally prefer the subject of this, but the processing of the first...

anyway, just wondering if you've used your peleng on the 5D (if you still have it???), I'm not too keen on the circular fisheye so I'm getting a zenitar 16mm (they're nice and cheap too)

comment by Markus at 12:26 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

I love this one, think it's the silhouette and the colors that makes it stronger than the others in my eyes, mostly because the person gives a sense of scale and the colors makes it even more dramatic. Allthough the first and second in the series had a more threatening look to the ocean, or colder in any case :) Great work!

comment by Osiriums Ventaka at 12:48 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Lovely colors!
Very good textures and details!

Nice composition!

comment by m at 01:13 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Best shot for ages. Up there with the likes of more tea and SG Blackpool.

comment by orange at 02:21 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

The BEST of the three!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great color! Stunning capture

comment by Kennedy at 04:05 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

I'm liking this one the best. Not too sure why, I just really like it :). Well done.

comment by Urv at 04:45 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

This one was by far my favorite. The light from above and the strength of the wave make it almost look like it's God showcasing his power to a pensive man. Absolutely stunning.

comment by Ali at 04:50 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

this one, this...so nice! and then the first.

comment by P.J. at 07:15 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Wow! That's a wild shot!

comment by peter at 07:21 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

This one gets my vote; more action with the lone figure providing a sense of scale.

comment by Mark at 08:02 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Dave, what a fantastic and dramatic moment. Having a human element in this image really makes it for me. And your post processing is of course, great.

comment by Jennifer at 08:27 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

PS: just viewed on the laptop and the colour looks great - is it time to get a Spyder I wonder?!

comment by {-P-} at 08:54 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Wow, the power of the sea is just well represented here. Very cool shot.

comment by Manuel W. at 09:11 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Gorgeous shot. But the second is in my opinion the best.
And David: Is it normal that your site changes from rapidly from black to white every time someone visits your site? Also when I refresh the main site or open the comment window... Maybe it's an issue you want to know.


comment by louise at 09:15 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Stunning... the yellowish color is so interesting... almost like fire

comment by Artepp at 09:43 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Heu, c'est très impressionnant!!!. C'est un très beau contre-jour.

comment by ps at 09:52 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007


very, very nice... (as always :)

comment by riesenriel at 10:45 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Stunning... the power of the sea again. Nice contrast between the person, who's is so quiet.

comment by francesco at 11:00 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Cool, but I think the post pro has removed too much details... or contrast i dunno. It looks like a little 'washed out'.. IMHO.

comment by Rodion Kovenkin at 11:09 AM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Dont know such word to say how good it is....

comment by pinto at 01:15 PM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Simply stunning. Power of nature very well caught.

comment by Diane - Daily Walks at 03:15 PM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Yes. I'd say that this is a "pretty wonderful" capture!

comment by Susie at 03:46 PM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

This is a very cool picture, the water truly does look like lava... but my favourite of the three is the second one!

comment by Jerry Moores at 03:47 PM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Profound! You are an inspiration David!

Jerry in Tampa

comment by Regis at 05:59 PM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

This is really impressive !!!

comment by Damian at 07:37 PM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Really like it, reminds me of times walking along lower promenade after the illuminations, and when we lived right by the beach at Knott End. But IMHO the guy in the hoodie destracts the eye.

comment by Joe at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Beauty! I'd be more worried about my camera than that guy getting wet!

comment by djn1 at 10:10 PM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

Thanks everyone, I was pleased with this one too :-)

comment by Peter F at 10:24 PM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

I try not to leave comments like 'This is awesome!'... but this is awesome.

comment by caitriona at 11:30 PM (GMT) on 23 January, 2007

super! definitely my favourite of the three. it's been too long since i checked in here... good to see you're still keeping on strong.

comment by navin at 07:02 AM (GMT) on 24 January, 2007

This is awesome. Among the best images I have seen

comment by mooch at 01:00 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2007

I just love the colour and texture. Mental imagery. I like the way that you framed this and thus put it into perspective.

comment by MikesRightBrain at 08:41 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2007

WOW. This one's a keeper. Probably would look just as dramatic in BW. Amazing shot, David.

comment by oldshutterhand at 09:12 PM (GMT) on 24 January, 2007

brilliant photo, the spume reminds me of magma.

comment by Chris at 05:00 PM (GMT) on 25 January, 2007

A fantastic shot.

comment by Ronald at 07:51 PM (GMT) on 25 January, 2007

Jsut amazing!!!!

comment by Chris at 06:40 PM (GMT) on 26 January, 2007

wow! wow! wow!

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comment by Chinkin C. at 12:04 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

Very beautiful.

comment by Marcin Tomczak at 07:39 PM (GMT) on 14 March, 2007

i like this :)

comment by Jonathan at 06:23 AM (GMT) on 20 March, 2007

First time comer to your website, and all I have to say is...HOLY FREAKING SMACK.

Your timing is impeccable.

Consider yourself bookmarked!

comment by Urv at 09:56 AM (GMT) on 7 April, 2007

I keep coming back to view this one even though it's from a while ago. If I wasn't working as a coffee maker I would definitely buy a copy.