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More minimalism today, but I really like this one too. Let me know what you think.

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10.30am on 14/3/07
Canon 5D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
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C1 Pro
3x2 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by nferreira at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 15 March, 2007

I like it a lot. Remind me the first photos that I saw in Chromasia a few years ago. By the way, did you found the right pebble beach that you were looking for?

comment by djn1 at 09:14 PM (GMT) on 15 March, 2007

nferreira: thanks, and yes, we found the beach – near Arbroath, in Scotland. We're just waiting to hear if we get the commission. If we do, I'll let you all know.

comment by Boje [ Gonzo Gallery ] at 09:35 PM (GMT) on 15 March, 2007

Where's the spade/bucket/kite/shoe/child/wharf? You must have been jogged as you cropped ;)

comment by deceptive at 09:41 PM (GMT) on 15 March, 2007

It's a winner for me, very nice. Did you add the blur in?

comment by Jennifer at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 15 March, 2007

Dream like and relaxing - a hit ;-)

comment by urib at 10:08 PM (GMT) on 15 March, 2007

I would've liked to see more depth of field. Seems like there is very little foreground in focus - the background (the sky + water) is wonderful as is, but I personally enjoy more of a gradual progression between foreground/background. I've been meaning to ask - I don't suppose you're on Flickr as well?

comment by peter at 10:26 PM (GMT) on 15 March, 2007

I can hear the sound of waves and wind. This picture makes me want to make for the nearest beach.

comment by Ryano at 11:01 PM (GMT) on 15 March, 2007

Very relaxing image. I almost want to follow the water back into the sea. The grains of sand are beautiful also Dave :)

comment by JD at 11:14 PM (GMT) on 15 March, 2007

Re: Arbroath - cool, if you need some people to stay with, my sister's got some spare rooms :-)

comment by Robert at 02:45 AM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

Hey that's pretty cool. You don't see it and go WOW!, but it just sort of relaxes you and feels right. Then you start wondering about the mist, and start wondering about how it was shot, and check the EXIF... then remember it's relaxing and sit back and enjoy it some more. I bet the print is nice.

comment by geckonia at 04:40 AM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

I really like the natural colors here. Especially in the sand. I have an idea... Next time dig a hole and get the camera down even lower.... be one with the sand!

comment by Simon C at 08:41 AM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

These sort of shots rarely seem to work for me - but I do like this. It's the very near grains that are most in focus and they grab the attention. I wonder if focusing elsewhere would have changed the effect of the shot significantly?

comment by milou at 08:48 AM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

I like the shallow depth of field. Looks warm and hazy as though I've taken 40 winks on the sand and just woken to see the tide encroaching.

comment by Roger at 09:22 AM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

Great shot David, the shallow DOF makes the picture.

comment by andyp at 01:56 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

Really beautiful, the sharp foreground combined with the haze of the rest of the shot is great.

comment by si goodchild at 02:42 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

Blimey, that is a shallow DOF for F8 and 40mm. You must have set the focus (manually) to around about it's closest focus distance.

comment by s. at 02:54 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

nice shot, but what is wrong with the lens. f/8 and such a shalow dof? I've never seen that before.

comment by col at 04:15 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

The beach stuff rocks David. Lovin' everything about this photo, colours, textures mood.... more please!!

comment by col at 04:19 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

BTW - there's gradient on this, right?

comment by bmoll at 04:54 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

My eyes try to focus on the blurred horizon which is a bit annoying, I must say. Great colours, nice slight vignette. Greets, b

comment by Cheksa at 05:00 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

Great shot, very simple, but it says a lot of things.

comment by sfarrell at 07:46 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

Great roll out of focus. Almost as if a cloud descended onto the beach. Wish I could see it in a panoramic.

comment by mal at 11:34 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

I'm actually enjoying the fact that my eye is finding it hard to find a focal point in the image, which makes me take in the whole scene. lovely image. mal

comment by djn1 at 11:50 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2007

Thanks all.

Boje: I was going to put up a shot of a bucket this evening, but I'll put it up tomorrow instead ;-|

deceptive: no, this is pretty much as shot as far as the blur is concerned.

comment by gypsy at 12:20 AM (GMT) on 17 March, 2007

Like sands
through the hourglass
are the
the days
of our Lives

-- famous saying

comment by Claude at 10:12 AM (GMT) on 17 March, 2007

I like the shallow DOF, nice effect.
A great shot!

comment by Bert at 12:39 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2007

the blur of the background is a great idea. I like it.

comment by Andrew at 05:53 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2007

You've had a lot of photos of the beach and I'm guessing its because you live so close to it. I enjoy all of them. It must be a great place to live, judging by the photos.

comment by djn1 at 07:36 PM (GMT) on 17 March, 2007

Andrew: yes, I love being by the sea.

comment by P.J. at 05:48 AM (GMT) on 19 March, 2007

What great DOF in this one!

comment by Amy at 02:53 PM (GMT) on 20 March, 2007