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At some point in the not too distant past Fleetwood pier was probably a thriving tourist destination. These days it's looking a little the worse for wear, as this shot and tomorrow's will testify.

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2x1 + HDR + piers [Fleetwood] + urban
comment by Furanku at 09:44 PM (GMT) on 18 December, 2007

Did you go back to the thirties to take this pic?? ;-)
It looks so "Annees folles".... except for the DJ mention...

comment by djn1 at 09:56 PM (GMT) on 18 December, 2007

Furanku: there are aspects of the Fylde coast (Blackpool, St. Annes, and Fleetwood) that haven't changed all that much since the turn of the last century - there are echoes of all the decades in between.

comment by Justin Blanton at 10:11 PM (GMT) on 18 December, 2007

Absolutely stunning David -- one of my favorites of the last few months. Well done.

comment by Craig @ id7.co.uk at 11:32 PM (GMT) on 18 December, 2007

Yes I love this tonally, and the detail....the reflection in the glass says, less pier, more backstreet, but the inside through the glass and the tariff clearly say pier....if that makes sense. I love this split tone effect, it looks like a hand toned black and white thats had chemical enhancement.... lovely...

comment by Josef Renklint at 06:52 AM (GMT) on 19 December, 2007

Gorgeous shot. I'm glad to be back viewing your wonderful photos!

comment by Damian at 08:59 AM (GMT) on 19 December, 2007

I love the way this is framed, great shot.

comment by rhys at 12:26 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2007

This definately says 'seaside-Britain-winter-shutdown'. I think I've mentioned this before, but I find that coastal towns seem to come more 'alive' in their charcter during the winter, as this shot proves. I love it.

comment by vasa at 06:52 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2007

A HDR in the true sense....looks like a painting...

comment by djn1 at 08:11 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2007

Thanks all.

rhys: yes, you have mentioned it, and I agree.

comment by Dave at 09:47 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2007

Very cool. Did you use Photomatix? I see there's a bit of a noise issue in certain areas: how do you generally deal with that? Noise in heavily-tone mapped HDR images always give me lots of trouble.