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Of all the shots I took in Nassua last month, this could well be my favourite, though I'd be hard pushed to tell you why.

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comment by macroni at 07:03 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2007

Beauty! The light is perfect!

comment by Rob at 07:07 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2007

I really like this as well, and like you, I find it hard to articulate why. I am an unabashed narrow DOF junkie, so maybe that is it; as well as the nice light and soft tones.

comment by Richard Trim at 07:09 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2007

No negatives about this shot Dave... I just love the pink and blue and as they say ... 'great DOF'. See, even I'm learning the jargon...

comment by Miku at 07:30 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2007

Very nice!

comment by riesenriel at 08:10 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2007

Brilliant composed with this light. Gives awesome tones and DOF. Interesting detail of a boat.

comment by Jennifer at 09:37 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2007

I was going to say how I reelly liked this but then I saw the title! Oh well I won't debait the merits of this one - sorry but you started it ;-D

comment by kevin at 09:44 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2007

brilliant light, and I know what you mean-- it's hard to pinpoint what sets this one apart. just brilliant,


comment by crash at 09:50 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2007

wow! nicely done ... would make a nice ad !

comment by Mark at 10:00 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2007

Yeah...this is more like it Dave. I know exactly what you mean about not being able to pinpoint it. For me, sometimes, it's simply the subject that trips me up on that.
This works for a number of reasons though I think. The colours complement, the detail of the complexity of such a simple tool works well (it's a stick with some wire to catch a fish with, right!) and the whole focus is all great. However, what works most for it - for me anyway - is that it follows yesterday's shot, which set the scene.
So then...ok....your site *may not* have lost its appeal for me just yet ;)

comment by dfp at 10:29 PM (GMT) on 7 September, 2007

BA DA BING! this is awesome Dave, as for pinpointing it's appeal, i think it's just another one of those things you wouldn't normally take much notice of, but takes its photo and bingo! it's suddenly amazing.

comment by Mark at 12:46 AM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

Oh and btw...I think all the people that constantly post "Awesome!", "Brilliant!", and "Wow...fantastic!"...no matter waht the shot is.

I think you should block those people. They're really annoying morons ;) Again...well done with the last 2, don't lose track of it all :)

comment by marinowski at 03:44 AM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

Simple & powerful!

Nice shallow DOF.

comment by peter at 07:11 AM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

I like it too, although I cant exactly say why. Perhaps it's the title, which to a word junkie like me is a perfect companion to the picture itself :-)

comment by Mohamadreza at 08:04 AM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

Great shot, lovely.

comment by Keith De-Lin at 03:28 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

This should be a boring shot, but you've managed to make it stunning. The color, the dof, the detail, it's wonderful.

comment by theturninggate at 03:47 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

Nice shot. Did you buy a Canon 1Ds Mark II?

comment by PJ at 04:55 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

Yes, all of the above...and I'm not even a fishing person. I think what makes the shot is the DOF and the fact that the pinpoint sharpness of the shot (focus point) is on the gadget with the metal hook/spring holding the line with the loop attached. This gives the otherwise static shot a sense of coiled potential--tension. So there's a strong sense of "potential" motion. Very nice.

comment by Claudia at 05:11 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

Love the picture, but what is DOF?

comment by Robert at 05:31 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

I like it for the shiny, mechanical tension PJ noted. It would make a nice print for the sportfishing-inclined.

comment by Gidi Morris at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

Its a fascinating photo David.
I think its a cross between the DOF & the fact that you just don't expect it :)

BTW, isn't it time your tutorial was updated? It ain't August no more :p

comment by djn1 at 07:44 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

Thanks all.

Jennifer: :-)

Mark: I'll keep an eye out for the morons, but haven't seen any of them yet :-)

Gidi: I'm aiming to release each new tutorial some time around the middle of each month, so no, it's not ;-)

comment by Dan at 10:03 PM (GMT) on 8 September, 2007

Wow, Awesome, Brilliant, Fantastic.......Great shot........;)
No seriously, actually this and the natural black and white pose from a few shots ago are in my opinion the best of the ones you've posted. Keep them coming, Although I don't comment often I've always got my eye on you!

comment by Mark at 03:43 AM (GMT) on 12 September, 2007

See, its these kinds of photos that got me looking at your site in the first place.....love it. Clear, simple, and sharp.

comment by ben at 07:54 PM (GMT) on 17 September, 2007

Beautiful Contrast and Colours here. Great shot.