<<< o >>>mid-winter 42 comments + add yours

I don't know about the rest of you, but personally, I'm sick of winter: it's cold and the light is terrible. I'm longing for some warmth, beautiful light, long evenings, sunsets, gentle breezes and paddling in the sea.

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comment by Tibs at 08:24 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

Great shot!

One of the bset you've posted of the ol' Tower

comment by rhys baker at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

love it!
try moving to the north east! I lived in the north west for about 25 years, the north east isn't as damp and chilly (well, ok maybe it is sometimes). this has a wonderful old-time nostalgia feel to it, the toning is spot on.

comment by Jamey at 08:41 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

Stunning shot.

comment by Adriana at 08:57 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

well if winter produces this wonderful work let;s pray for a little bit more of cold weather. Love this one. Looks like my grand ma's old pictures from the port. Love it

comment by Jennifer at 08:57 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

Well photographically you don't seem to be doing so badly under the circumstances ;-)

comment by Richard Trim at 09:03 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

I just love the so so so washed out pink tint... It's got the exact feel of Victorian /Edwardian Blackpool . A lovely balance as well.
When was the tower built Dave?

comment by Pete Carr at 09:10 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

Looks like it was taken 100 years ago. Very nice. Like the others say, without winter you might have missed this shot.

comment by Roded at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

wow! great capture , love the fog so much .

comment by nferreira at 09:38 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

Very vintage! This works perfectly well.

comment by Alice at 09:54 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

I'm sick of winter too! I love this shot! The toning is wonderful. Reminds me of something from the 30s or 40s. Great job!

comment by Robert at 09:58 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

Sorry, I can't sympathize. Winter in Florida is a break from endless days of humid, stifling hot with glaring light.
Like most others, I like the tone and how a combination of it and the gritty seawall dramatically ages the image.

comment by Claude at 10:18 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

Great reflection shot! The tones are beautiful. I like the texture of the sand in the foreground.

comment by Mark at 10:36 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

I like it.

comment by Richard Trim at 10:36 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

I can only agree with Robert. Too many Brits become paranoid about about English weather. I just feel we are are so lucky having consistantly inconsistant weather patterns.
Yes David, I totally agree with you about the 'low light levels' senario at this time of year. But heck man you're a professional now, and should be able to cope with such hurdles and dilemmas. Treat them as a challenge to extend your creative abilities. Laughing ....

comment by ryan at 11:43 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

Yep. Fully sick of it. And I'm in Austin, Texas where we aren't even suppose to really have a winter. We've had about a month of something resembling a winter this year... getting old.

comment by dacian at 11:51 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2007

i've been posting pictures from last summer/autumn lately. i hate how everything's gray in the winter. we didn't have any snow this winter either.

this is a very nice shot. cool old look.

comment by [ PIXEL VIKING ] at 12:08 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

Those shapes in the sand are great. The 'old newspaper look' and the foggy tower top is nice too. Who isn't longing for summer. I'm definately with you on that thought...

comment by Mark Palmer at 12:50 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

I love this... but I prefer photographing Blackpool in summer, so I agree with you. Although... there was some fantastic winter sun yesterday :)

comment by roy at 01:45 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

What are you talking about? the lights at its best on Glasgow winter afternoons!

comment by Kennedy at 03:44 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

Wow, this shot is amazing! I think you've done awesome with it. Perfect angle. And the lighting is great as well. =).

comment by louise at 08:37 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

Wonderful... Thanks to your photos if i went to blackpool i'd already know my way around... :)

comment by milou at 08:42 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

Personally I love this time of year; the drama in the weather and the sense of elation when a tiny smidgen of sun decides to pop out. Very British, what? what?! Reflections on sand pictures are a favourite and this is admirable and certainly helped by the toning which gives it a timeless quality, I guess.

comment by Doug at 10:02 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

I feel the same way david, i'm not normally too eager to get back to the hot sticky weather, but this winter has been crap weather-wise.
I just want one BIG dump of snow first, and looking at the BBC weather site, i may just get it this wed/thu :)

Nice picture btw, the fog didn't get here until about 5pm lastnight, was beautiful all day.
I'm in Pendle by the way

comment by Artepp at 10:40 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

Incredible!!! They moved the Eiffel Tower!!! Which surprising image. The winter light is very beautiful. Cheer

comment by David Chabashvili at 10:49 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

Very good shot! I'm also very sick of winter :) cant wait for a warm spring day to go out and shoot....

This tower really looks like Eiffel !

comment by Ronnie at 11:17 AM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

I feel the same about the weather David...Although..As long as you can produce these kind of great shots...
Love the toning, like you are looking back in Time!
At work we have some Paramedics visiting over from Quatar...They walk around like its Antarctica overhere, dressed like Eskimo's! Lol!
They wish we had their temperatures I guess...

comment by Tom at 01:52 PM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

Superb toning: looks like an old 20's postcard.

comment by Ovidiu at 02:32 PM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

Great shot! Nice post-processing!

comment by Psychodudu at 06:21 PM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

A little flat and dull. The fantastically clear lower part of the image detracts from the supposed aged look imho. Not sure you need to include so much of the promenade, either to achieve your objective, infact the crop in it's entirety is a little questionable. I do, however adore the tidal patterns in the sand, but could curveshave accentuated them even more. There now, that's restored the balance a little....lol! Sorry, David....it's a bit hard to breathe in here.

comment by djn1 at 09:23 PM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

Thanks everyone, and that includes Psychodudu ;-)

comment by P.J. at 10:03 PM (GMT) on 4 February, 2007

Good shot. Although I'm not so sick of winter yet as it started real late for us. But, I'm sure another couple of weeks will get me wanting warmer weather, too!

comment by Nicola at 07:36 AM (GMT) on 5 February, 2007

Gerat capture... eral MAC ;)

comment by mooch at 08:54 AM (GMT) on 5 February, 2007

I rather like this. A 50's era sort of shot. Love the way the tower disappears also.

comment by Crash at 06:49 PM (GMT) on 5 February, 2007

love that crazy fog! where is that tower ?

comment by Billy at 11:33 PM (GMT) on 5 February, 2007

Great shot. Good angle. Interesting subject. Nicely composed.

comment by Chris at 01:42 AM (GMT) on 6 February, 2007


comment by Curly at 01:08 AM (GMT) on 8 February, 2007

This is an exceptional shot of the tower, magical!

comment by jen at 09:34 PM (GMT) on 8 February, 2007

Very magical. Looks it was pulled from the newspapers of the 1920s.

comment by MikesRightBrain at 10:47 PM (GMT) on 11 February, 2007

David, one of my favorite shots of yours as of late. Wonderfully done.

comment by Sudeep Mukherjee at 01:44 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2007

Living in India, Calcutta to be precise, winter is the best time of the year :P It gives us a break from hot, humid weather.

Glorious shot!

comment by Paul Woolrich at 08:15 PM (GMT) on 27 March, 2007

This is simply superb I like how the tower is covered by mist at the top.

comment by Graham at 08:57 PM (GMT) on 1 April, 2007

That's one of the more interesting reflections I've seen recently. I love how you can see the tower and the sand under the water equally.