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I finally managed to find some time to take photographs today and spent a happy couple of hours wandering around Blackpool's North Shore. This one is a shot of the metalwork that is being buried in the beach to support the new seawall, currently being installed along most of Blackpool's seafront.

And in case you're wondering, this is an HDR image, constructed from a single RAW file using Photomatix Pro.

In other news …

First: if you haven't already seen it, we posted our latest tutorial over the weekend – Portraits: part one. There are some brief details on the tutorials page and some further information here.

Second: I don't know how many of you read Digital SLR User, published in the UK, but I had a commissioned article published in it this month called 'A picture a day'. It was about my experiences of running an image-a-day photoblog and includes eight images. There's a certain irony about the title, since I haven't posted anything since last Thursday, but I still aim to post an image each day, even if I don't always manage to do it. Anyway, I thought I'd mention it as I think it's good news that the photography press are getting a bit more interested in photoblogging.

From now on I'll be a regular contributor to the magazine, and will be writing a short article each month in much the same format as I post here: a single image, the EXIF data, and some explanatory text.

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2.50pm on 19/11/07
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comment by Tom K. at 07:39 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

Artistically inventive and photographically brilliant.

comment by Alexandre Istratov at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

I sill wonder (and you didn't answer it in my previous post) how you manage to get that much blur so close ?

the last bit of metal is already blurred and you're only @ 55mm F/4 ???

very curious indeed :p

comment by nferreira at 08:26 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

I know exactly what you mean. One photo each day is our main goal but that's not always possible. What matters is that we don't give up and don't stop trying. Best of luck in your "Shoot a Picture a Day" project for Digital SLR User. :-)

comment by djn1 at 08:31 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

Alexandre: my apologies for missing your question last time. There isn't any mystery to the blur though, it's just that shooting at this distance (a couple of feet from this structure) and with an aperture of f/4 the DoF is reasonably shallow.

nferreira: I agree.

comment by Craig @ id7.co.uk at 08:43 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

Dave, Dave, Dave, thought you'd been eaten. I love this shot for lots of reasons. 1. Its definately Chromasia. 2. The post-production work is subtle, yet incredibly effective. 3. The image is poetic, almost musical like (and this was the first thing I read into it) , and I just want to clang those metal bars with a sledge hammer.
Congrats on the magazine article , off out tommorow to buy a copy.... Of course you'll mention all YOUR favourite sites in future issues eh!!! ;-) ....Craig

comment by Pete Carr at 09:09 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

I took a similar image the other week with the same lens but yours has way more detail. I guess thats the difference between full frame and 1.6x, if I were to guess. Lovely image, and a great article too. I picked it up on Saturday.

comment by Lightseeker at 09:14 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

Very other worldly.

comment by djn1 at 09:15 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

Pete: part of it is to do with the fact that it's an HDR image - which accentuates the fine detail, particularly in the shadow areas - but it might also be something to do with the sharpening.

And I'm glad you enjoyed the article - I enjoyed writing it.

comment by luminouslens at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

It looks like a modern art installation, particularly with your post-processing. It's so serene and balanced.

comment by Paul @ photographyvoter.com at 09:31 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

magic image - really unusual - superb

comment by garghe at 09:34 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

Wooooow! A kind of "Industrial Zen" :)

comment by PictPicture at 09:50 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

Wow it's gorgeous. I love the detail, and the kinda blurred background. The reflection in the water. It's perfect.

comment by Alexandre Istratov at 10:02 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

No problem djn1, may it be the fact that you use a full frame sensor and me a 1.6, i mean would that make DOF more shallow for you at the same distance with the same lens and settings than for me ? dont think so but I may be wrong

comment by Brooks at 10:26 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

you said you created this from a single image but the tutorial on their site always seem to use 3 images. did you just make 3 different exposures with the same image, then save them as separate images then merge them in the program? love this by the way :)

comment by djn1 at 10:33 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

Alexandre: no, the full-frame sensor shouldn't make any difference; i.e. if I cropped this to the same extent as if I'd shot it with a 1.6 crop sensor then the DoF would be exactly the same.

Brooks: there's a 'single file conversion' option that will allow you to automatically tone-map an image or generate a 32bit HDR file. I use the latter option then re-open it in Photomatix to tone-map it.

comment by Jennifer at 10:42 PM (GMT) on 19 November, 2007

Brilliant (for an HDR !! ) Loved the portrait tutorial - who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks ;-)

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comment by laanba at 02:49 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

Congratulations on the writing gig. That is really neat and I can't think of a better ambassador for photoblogging.

comment by VZ at 03:27 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

The scale of the metal piles is totally disorienting. My head spins. I see these things as huge, though I know they're not.
I'm glad you're back to a true chromasia spirit.

comment by Navin Harish at 06:48 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

Nice shot. Gives the impressions of a sky scraper

comment by Mark Lea at 07:04 AM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

What a great HDR ,not generally a massive fan of this technique...a lot of HDR's look freaky to my eyes. This however I love.

I agree with the previous poster about the sense of scale, they look monolithic in size. I also like the way they glow and their redness in contrast to the the muted green hues of the sky and water.

comment by jkm at 12:37 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

You do find these things, don't you ;-)... it really does look like an art installation, beautifully captured! Great light for 2.50pm. Congrats on the article, will look out for it in the land downunder.

comment by jelb at 05:24 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

Well done treatment..Great composition..Bravo!

comment by Anthony DiSante at 05:31 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

I can't believe I'm the first one to say that this reminds me of AT&T's "More bars in more places" ad campaign. Maybe there aren't many Americans commenting here?

comment by Rose at 06:26 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

Congratz! Nice to see you writing in that magazine, and above al: this is a stunning image.

comment by Richard Trim at 06:51 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

So this short lived piece of accidental 21st Century sculpture will soon to be drowned in concrete ... Amen. richard

comment by denis at 06:55 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

I really love this picture. I wish I could one day be able to shoot such one...

comment by alexandru savu at 07:12 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

I have nothing to say.
Your photos are just great. I'm tired of saying "awesome, great, good colors, etc".

comment by djn1 at 07:14 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

Thanks everyone, I was really pleased with this one too.

Craig: thanks, and let me know what you think of the article.

laanba: thank you :-)

Anthony: I haven't seen the ads. Are they on the web?

comment by Anthony DiSante at 07:25 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

Dave: yes, here's one. There are a bunch of different variations of that commercial, with the AT&T/Cingular bars appearing everywhere.

comment by djn1 at 07:29 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

Anthony: thanks, and I can see what you mean.

comment by Rob at 03:47 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

Classic Chromasia. Thanks for this one.

comment by chiara at 09:30 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

Pure art!

comment by m at 08:37 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2007

I think I already left a comment on this but this is one of those Chromasia defining photo's so It's definitely worth a few words. It's been a while since we've had something of this calibre up. Fantastic

comment by Shawn Kingston at 11:00 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2007

I have lurked this site for years, but I just have to say how much I love this photo. I really like all the angles and the pillars reversing position as they decline into the background. So very cool. Did you just walk up to them and see the picture, or did you have to walk around until you find the right composition?

comment by quaisi at 10:58 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

I like the surreal quality you put in this picture.