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It's been a while since I posted any urban shots, and I have to say that I'm really pleased with this one. And as someone is bound to ask, here's the original:


As you can see the final image is a bit of a transformation ;-)

On a partially related matter: the second of our online Photoshop tutorials went live today – Black and white: part one. If you're interested, there's more information on our tutorials page.

And finally, I was out with Craig Judd last weekend, who was up in Blackpool for some Photoshop training, and I'm pleased to say that he's started posting to his blog again. I'm sure that some of you will have seen his work - I'm pretty sure I've linked to him before - but if not, his site is here:


You may find that his shot for today is a familiar sight :-)

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3x2 + reflections [water] + urban
comment by David Chabashvili at 07:18 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2007

Excellent! I Love reflection shots, and this one just perfect. Tone is great. Feels like the water is moving. Good work!

comment by Jennifer at 08:14 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2007

Wow - great processing - I'd have binned the original - you certainly have vision. Must read that B&W tutorial me thinks!

comment by Malcolm at 09:21 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2007

I' like to know if you sared work on the original, knowing that you waned to finish with this, or if it was more a case of experimening until you found an effect you like. This is a striking image and I cerainly would not have see it in te original.

comment by Josef Renklint at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2007

Nice ripple effect. Good job.

comment by craig@id7 at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2007

Dave, is this image a case of the "sows ear" that you mentioned last week, its a million miles away from the original shot, and a true testiment to all those of us that bag a shot, but dont resolve it as we see it in our minds eye. Excellent stuff.... more please.

comment by Minh at 09:34 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2007

As others have mentioned, unbelievable processing. The resulting image is haunting and memorable. Your photoshoppery skills are of the highest order! If you ever feel the need to add another section to your site, it would be great to be able to purchase a step by step how to guide on the start to finish processing of some of your greatest "hits".

comment by Minh at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2007

BTW not sure if you or your viewers have come across these two blogs, but if they liked this shot of yours, these two photobloggers tread similar terrain:

Beautiful stuff!

comment by Ash at 09:37 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2007

Great shot Dave; I'm a big fan of these reflection-type shots. I do like seeing your original images - they give me a little more hope in that your originals are not vastly different than mine. That being said, do you ever think you're giving away your secrets a little too much? Some secrets are best left alone for the benefit of the audience ;)

comment by nferreira at 09:45 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2007

The difference between this photo and the original is enormous. You really master the processing skills very well. Who knows how to do it... really knows how to do it! :-)

comment by djn1 at 10:02 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2007

Malcolm: I've shot a lot of reflection shots so had a reasonable idea about how I wanted this one to look. That said, it's never possible to see exactly how they will turn out.

craig: no, not this time. I thought this one would work from the outset.

Minh: that's a good idea, that I'll bear in mind though I am covering some of them in the tutorials (and thanks for the links).

Ash: fair comment, and if this was a gallery I wouldn't be giving any secrets away. As it is though I thought I ought to put the original version of this one up.

nferreira: thanks :-)

comment by Alistair - Digiphotology at 10:42 PM (GMT) on 21 September, 2007

Not sure what day you took this shot Dave but I was down here on Tuesday an the council were actually disinfecting the area. As you are probably only too aware it is the unofficial overflow urinal for the Palace night club not to mention a preferred dossing location for the local smackheads.

The B&W version is a distinct improvement over the original.

comment by Rob at 04:55 AM (GMT) on 22 September, 2007

Nice work. I like the abstract nature of this image very much.

comment by Rhys at 07:38 PM (GMT) on 22 September, 2007

Great image, the PP works really well. At first I thought it was Preston Bus station, is it?

How do you chose between using the 5D and the 1ds? just curious as I'm going to update my 20D soon and can't decide what to replace it with, but the 5D is a serious contender.

comment by djn1 at 07:52 PM (GMT) on 22 September, 2007

Thanks all.

Alistair: I think we just missed each other by the sound of it.

Rhys: I use the 1Ds mkII when the final quality of the image is crucial and when the durability and performance of the camera is essential (e.g. my recent commission in the Bahamas), but would rather use the 5D when I'm wandering around town. It's much lighter, and the resolution isn't that much lower. I guess it's a case of the best tool for the job in the hand.

As for the location: it's a nightclub on Blackpool seafront.

comment by Joe at 02:26 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2007

Awesome. Just awesome.

comment by Polly at 09:49 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2007

Excellent transformation.