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This one was taken about about 15 yards to the right and a minute before yesterday's. Again, it's an HDR constructed with Photomatix Pro using three bracketed exposures.

Let me know what you think of it.

Oh, and if you're interested we have 150 signed and numbered calendars for sale. Full details are available on our store page:


Update: I probably won't be posting any new material until Saturday or Sunday as I've run out of time to shoot anything new or raid the archives. I'm photographing a friends wedding on Friday though, so may get something up on Saturday, but if not I'll try and get something posted over the weekend.

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12.13pm on 15/12/07
Canon 1Ds Mark II
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2x1 + HDR + piers [Fleetwood] + urban
comment by scott at 08:17 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2007

wow...today's and yesterday's are great shots. they almost don't even look real! i love the hdr effect you get on your photos...i will have to work on that myself.

comment by Chris H at 08:54 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2007

This is interesting. The composition is awesome and I like the 'grunge' look, which is probably a product of the HDR. The colors, however, seem wrong. It makes me think of a butcher shop with blood splattered all over the windows... some sort of evil torture cell or something. Freaky!

comment by Andrew L at 09:13 PM (GMT) on 19 December, 2007

Very interesting shot. I can't tell whats on the other side of those doors. I didn't think of anything ominous until I read Chris H's comment, but I can see that. Love the detail in the doors and the colors though.

I just signed up for your tutorials a couple days ago, I'm excited to see what's next!

comment by DedicatedRR at 12:01 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

Waaah a calendar!!! That'll have to make up for not having a coffe table book yet. ;) Will have to order one as soon as my dad lets me. ^^; As for the photo...I love the colours and the cropping, well done.

comment by jkm at 01:03 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

Today's and yesterday's image both look like paintings and I think the colours in both are great. Yesterday's picture immediately tells a story whereby today's image wants you to zoom up close to decipher the little messages on the doors and once you get closer, you realize that there is a lot more to this photograph than meets the eye. Also LOVE the tractor on the beach (looks like one of Matt Doyle's shots) and if it
made you tick I think four hours was worth it - beats sitting infront of the box ;-)

comment by Michael George at 05:47 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

I. Love. This.

Sorry I can't be more helpful with my critiques, but hey, when I like something I like something.

comment by Tom K. at 06:39 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

A devastatingly unforgettable piece of imagery.

comment by Josef Renklint at 08:21 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

Interesting concept.

comment by Craig @ id7.co.uk at 09:29 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

Genius in the simplist form. If you saw this prior to taking the shot, its genius. If you didn't its a fantastic after thought, and still genius. I would probably have just walked on by those doors!. The post production leaves me with a definate taste of Chromasia, and is recognisable amongst a thousand images, well done Dave.....

comment by Navin Harish at 09:55 AM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

This looks more like graphic art than photography. I guess I would have liked it more with the wall visible too.

comment by Jennifer at 12:06 PM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

Urban, grungy splendiferousness - I like!

comment by Jay at 02:40 PM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

Very nice! I love the grungy feel to this photo.

comment by Sharla at 04:30 PM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

Yesterday's didn't feel right because the merging perspective lines were blocked. Today's feels totally different. I like the feel of regularity—its even division of space—and the reduction of perspective to a flat artist's canvas. The windows look more like a photographic composition. It's that composite effect that I find most interesting. What should be disappearing baseboards are just artistic elements and it really helps that the corners are absolutely square.

comment by Rose at 09:03 PM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

Strange image, at first. But the better you look... very nice.

comment by Dylan Tucker at 09:50 PM (GMT) on 20 December, 2007

Very Interesting shot. I really like it.

comment by behindthelens at 03:40 AM (GMT) on 21 December, 2007

This has to be one of my favourite images on your site. It has a great fine-art style to it...as always the post-processing is top-notch

comment by Rob at 04:22 AM (GMT) on 21 December, 2007

I love this one.

comment by blabto at 03:34 PM (GMT) on 21 December, 2007

Excellent capture. Not only the content but the completeness..... those doors just fit perfectly. Good work

comment by Mike at 10:06 PM (GMT) on 21 December, 2007

Well that's different! Thought I was looking at graphic work for a second. Nice job. I like to see HDR used in atypical ways :)

comment by N.Gifford at 06:46 PM (GMT) on 23 December, 2007

Stunning - I think I need to put PhotoMatix on my wish list so I can start producing some awesome HDRs.