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I did intend to put this one up last night, but fell asleep at 7pm and didn't wake up again until 7.30 this morning. I think the last few weeks finally caught up with me. Anyway, I feel much more awake today, and should be back to normal fairly soon.

As for this one: like yesterday's, it was taken in the desert just off the Hatta Road outside Dubai, and I think I prefer this one. I suspect though that most of you will probably prefer yesterday's as it conveys a better sense of scale.

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comment by Ash at 07:55 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

I do prefer yesterday's, but I still love these two more than the other sand ones you posted ;) Like you said, a better sense of scale.

comment by Richard Trim at 08:02 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

It would be difficult to beat yesterdays ... but perhaps this is a bit of social history.' Maybe the guy who tipped over the work bench and walked out on the job yelled ''Sod this for a bag of sand'' (corrupted quote).

comment by rob at 08:32 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

Really like this shot, like the burning that I think you have applied to the sand to give shadowing

comment by E y e V i s i o n at 08:37 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

I think this one is better. I mean more "chromasia-style". Pretty nice tones.

comment by Tom at 08:46 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

It looks almost like a moon landscape. I think I like this one more than yesterday's, but then again, that one was nice as well...

comment by Dave at 09:04 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

I think as far as the titles go, yesterday's seems more "the edge of nowhere," it looks like a forgotten outpost. As far as todays image is concerned, I find it interesting that there is a rather sturdy table at the edge of nowhere. I imagine that may come in handy when completing all the necessary paperwork to go past 'the edge of nowhere.' :-) Great images!

comment by Mike at 09:28 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

Surreal colours and definitely a sense of desert rather than beach.

comment by Maarten at 09:58 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

if it wasn't for the sky, I'd guess this image was shot on Mars or something... Don't know why but the processing gives it a very spacey look.

comment by Richard at 10:00 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

David. I spent quite a few moments looking at this one. The lighting is excellent and ads to the texture. I noticed that it was HDR. You know me, often visit, less so on the comments, but this shot has a certain something in the lighting that just...well, does it for me.

comment by Jennifer at 10:16 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

I actually like this better in spite of the HDR! Fab.

comment by Ryano at 10:49 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

I much prefer this one David! The sharpness and the lighting on the object really do it for me! bravo!

comment by Peter F at 11:16 PM (GMT) on 28 March, 2007

I like the mystery of this one.

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comment by Taylor Hain at 01:04 AM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

This is a wonderful image. I love the subtle tones of the sky. Great work as always.

comment by navin harish at 03:27 AM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

Nice angle and colours. I like the perspective. Seems like the blackpool beach doubles as a junkyard.

comment by Andrew at 04:29 AM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

i really like the tones. the sky matches the sand very well. Its an excellent photo.

comment by Photo Buffet at 04:38 AM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

I appreciate the mood you've woven into this image. The rocks give it an otherworldly feel.

comment by Deepak Prakash at 06:24 AM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

Beautiful image. Fantastic perspective.

comment by José Brito at 10:27 AM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

When I took the first look at this one, I could swear you used the flash. Apparently not. Great work! =)

comment by theturninggate at 12:31 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

I prefer this one. In yesterday's, the sand was just sand. In this, however, the sand seems as if something malevolent. It almost looks like a special-effects shot. It's kind of strange and disturbing. The perspective is fantastic, and the desert seems both desolate and alive. I don't comment here often, but I think this is one of the best shots you've posted in ages. How much post-processing was involved? I'd love to see the unprocessed RAW.

comment by Alice at 02:15 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

I think this shot is good too, but of the two, I prefer yesterdays. That one had a much more lonely feel to it whereas this one is good, but just makes me think of any beach. Nicely done on both photos! Keep up the great work.

comment by Mohamed at 02:50 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

Hi David - this has turned out really well. I've been meaning to process the 7up one but haven't got round to it. Sky here is nicely done.. also, did u apply sharpening selectively to the sand?

comment by Jon Swainson at 03:28 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

Love the processing here. The sand in the foreground is particularly good.

comment by P.J. at 04:20 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

Such a well-processed image. Great detail and color. I like the DOF.

comment by .:CushmoK:. at 05:37 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

beautifully done..

like a dead horse on the sand...

comment by mal at 05:46 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

This is beautiful Dave! This is my fav of the trip shots so far! The desert must have known that you were coming to provide this great prop to! mal

comment by djn1 at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 29 March, 2007

Thanks everyone.

comment by Gavin Hart at 12:40 PM (GMT) on 30 March, 2007

Nice intimate study. The spacial dimension although not so obvious as in yesterday's, is actually there if one peers into the distance. Lovely texture in the sand and softness in the sky.

comment by Daniel James at 11:58 AM (GMT) on 25 July, 2007

A fantastic image. I love the yellowed sky and how well it compliments the sand. Very well done.