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First of all, thanks for all the great comments on yesterday's shot. It was good to finally find the time to produce something worth posting, but even better to hear it was well liked.

As for this one: it's been a while since I posted a keep out shot. I've been keeping an eye out for them, but there's only so much you can do with a series of old number plates on chains, so I haven't managed to get too many that I'm happy with this year. This one though, I like: mostly because of the upside down sign, and the hook hanging in mid-air, but also because it works well with the rest of the scene ;– i.e. it reads like a commentary on Blackpool in the wintertime ;-)

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3x2 + Blackpool Tower + piers [North pier]
comment by Tim at 07:36 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

This surely is a great shot, imho. I like it because my eye wants to focus on the beach and the pier on the right. But then the sign is pulling my eye all the time. Nice work me thinks.....

comment by Tom K. at 07:47 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

Henri Cartier-Bresson would be proud.

comment by Craig @ id7.co.uk at 07:56 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

Not so much a Bresson "decisive moment" - as it is a very well seen moment to capture. I'm liking the return to your best work. I'd happily hang this up and be happy with it..... looks very cold up North!....tonally this shot is spot on for me.


comment by birgit at 08:10 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

an early winter shot...
but well composed! I like the way the sign is leading me into the picture, even if it says "keep out"

comment by Damian at 08:10 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

Nice shot. I am going to send a link to it to my step brother, for his birthday on Thursday.
When we were teenagers he (and my sister) worked on Beach Patrol in Blackpool, even in the Winter. It really sums up what it was like at times, especially people ignoring the signs.

comment by Shazeen Samad at 08:28 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

Beautiful angle and mood, Love the tones you have used here.. Cheers!

comment by Ameen at 09:49 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

love it! love everything about it.

comment by Sharla at 11:51 PM (GMT) on 20 November, 2007

I'm fond of the Keep Out pics and this is a great one. Someone not familiar with your series might look at this one and get a nice story from it. It looks like the man with his dog has removed the sign so they could trespass to the beach.

Your search link was a nice recap of the series but I didn't see the original or this one or this one.

(I said I was fond the series!)

comment by Alice at 01:01 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

I like the contrasting messages in this shot: "keep out" but the person (and a dog?) are there anyway. Nicely done in b/w too. Keep up the great work.

comment by Rob at 03:36 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

I've never been to Blackpool, but man I love the place ;-)

comment by Navin Harish at 05:01 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

Nice shot. Great persective, The board seems to be quite new. The man in the center of the picture seems like hitch-hiking.

comment by Michael George at 05:02 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

I really love this one. Is that snow?

I'm from Florida and I've never seen snow but I just moved up to New York City so I'm hoping to venture out to the coast to witness snow on the beach. I think that would be pretty crazy...

comment by thomas mueller at 08:57 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

wow djn. that's one of your best composed images for weeks! the processing works very well and i like the highlighten scenery. i love it!

comment by mooch at 11:05 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

You have a real thing for this sign (or I presume, these signs). I like the tones to this. Is it a duotone? It's not quite black is it...

comment by Rhys at 11:49 AM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

What a stunning image! I am finding it hard to get out at the moment to shoot any new material, this has given me a kick up the bum to get a move on! An inspiring shot. Cheers.

comment by One Way at 12:36 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

Quite humourous ;-) and a lovely shot

comment by shockers at 01:29 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

Its sooo frustrating to live here, pass these things everyday, and not get the picture. Yes your processing is good, but you have to be able to find the picture in the first place, which you do magnificently.

comment by shooter at 06:41 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

Another gem of a shot, one that is full of narrative, this and the last have been some of the best you have posted for a significant time. I do envy your proximity to this veritable treasure trove of images....

comment by djn1 at 07:26 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

Thanks all.

Craig: yep, it's getting a bit chilly.

Sharla: only two of them don't get picked up by that link, but I take your point :-)

Michael: no, it's sand, but I've processed it to look a little lighter than normal.

mooch: it's toned with a Curve with more yellow in the highlights.

shockers: I was lucky with this one as it's the sign that makes the shot.

shooter: yes, it's a great place for photography.

comment by Roy at 07:38 PM (GMT) on 21 November, 2007

On my brief visit to this beach earlier in the year I passed one of the DJN 'Keep Out' signs and had to resist the urge to breach your copyright and photograph it ;-)

This is very nice; the intriguing depth of field is admirable and looks almost like a view camera has been used with lens swing.

comment by m at 08:35 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2007

I fell on safer ground now, this is much better. I can say I like it although I would like moe BLACK

comment by imarsorama at 09:53 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

How come this is f/4 ?! The background in focus suggests it is more towards /9 or /11
(or a com-po-si-te, shush, shush :)

comment by nicolas at 12:48 PM (GMT) on 18 December, 2007

humoristic image, i think this panel didn't keep out. I hope you did...