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I can't think of anything much to say about this one other than that I'm reasonably happy with the way it turned out.

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2x1 + piers [Central pier] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by nferreira at 08:40 PM (GMT) on 3 June, 2007

And I'm also happy to see this composition. So powerful!

comment by rambohoho at 08:51 PM (GMT) on 3 June, 2007


comment by San Sebastian at 09:13 PM (GMT) on 3 June, 2007

Beautifull scene. i really like it.

comment by Ed O'Keeffe at 09:20 PM (GMT) on 3 June, 2007

Very powerful photograph, something about the processing makes the sea look a little like icing on a cake, but I think it is more to do with the angle of light than a mistake in Photoshop. I think this effect of the light adds to the powerful look of the sea and really helps make the pier (not sure off hand if this is south or central pier, I think its south). Well done on capturing such an impressive photo David. I would love to know if you used a tripod and where it was taken from, im guessing from central / north pier?

comment by Nick at 09:21 PM (GMT) on 3 June, 2007

I like the pier and the water together. Nice image.

comment by djn1 at 09:42 PM (GMT) on 3 June, 2007

Ed: it's Central Pier, taken from the North Pier, though you can see bits of South Pier in the background. And no, it was hand-held.

comment by Tor H. Eriksen at 10:24 PM (GMT) on 3 June, 2007

This was a very powerful and overwhelming shot. Good details in the waves, nice sharpness on the pier and a lovely look on the heavy clouds, however I would've liked to see increased contrasts and more blackness in the blacks here and there. Else, a very good shot once again!

comment by Skenz at 11:08 PM (GMT) on 3 June, 2007

Minchia! (Maybe it's better not to indicate what means in Italian…)

comment by Angry Buddha at 11:30 PM (GMT) on 3 June, 2007

Beautiful and brutal. Nice work.

comment by Furanku at 11:56 PM (GMT) on 3 June, 2007

Apocalyptic !!!

comment by Justin Blanton at 12:02 AM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

Beautiful David -- the tones are exceptional. I have to say that this is probably my favorite shot of yours from the last few months.

comment by MarkDM at 01:20 AM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

The water almost looks like you could walk across it, like it's more solid than the pier and the Ferris wheel in the background. Nicely composed, too.

comment by Reza at 01:42 AM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

such a fantastic seascape, well done!

comment by Toxic Lens at 03:28 AM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

Reasonably happy? Sometimes you're just too modest, man!

comment by jkm at 04:49 AM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

Ditto 'Furanku' and 'Toxic Lens'

comment by Laura at 07:53 AM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

Great shot! I love the hard-tones of the sea.

comment by mooch at 09:09 AM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

Love this. Great texture and lovely processing. I really am a landscape man.

comment by Chris Johnson at 09:44 AM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

Lovely contrast and texture on the waves - far better than I can ever get - which goes well with the less contrasty sky. I'm interested to know: was the light good enough that you envisaged and captured the smoothly graduated sky and textured sea when taking the photo, or is it something that has come out of manipulating the sky and sea in different ways post-exposure?

comment by Ronald at 10:19 AM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

Great scene!
Love the suspence in the shot!
Wonder if the people in the Familybar are seasick already ;-)

comment by Ash at 04:28 PM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

Great shot Dave, as always :)

comment by Alice at 05:29 PM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

Beautiful! I love the contrast. Makes it seem very cold. Great job!

comment by Erin at 06:15 PM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

Family Bar? That's interesting...Great pic by the way.

comment by djn1 at 08:24 PM (GMT) on 4 June, 2007

Thanks all :-)

comment by claude at 01:45 PM (GMT) on 5 June, 2007

I like the tones and the dramatic ambiance. Beautiful and strong shot!

comment by Stewart Bywater at 11:33 PM (GMT) on 5 June, 2007

I can't believe how much your work has improved since I last looked at your site. (It was already amazing then!) Great stuff. Keep up the good work!

p.s. May I just ask how you coloured this shot?

comment by CĂ©line at 12:25 PM (GMT) on 8 June, 2007

this one is very incredible...