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Some of you already know this – as you mentioned it in the comments on yesterday's entry – but for those of you who don't …

I'm really pleased to announce that chromasia was voted the Best European Photoblog and was a finalist in the Photoblog of the Year and Most Popular Photoblog categories in the 2007 Photoblog Awards. Thanks to all of you who voted for me in 2007, congratulations to all the other winners, and if you would like to vote for me again in 2008 (which I would very much appreciate), you can do so here:


As for this shot: Rhowan and Harmony found some balloons at the side or the road as we walked to the beach. They spent the rest of the trip waving them around, chasing them, and racing them across the tidal pools on the beach.

And it's been a while since I posted an original, so if you're interested you can take a look at the rather flat original here:


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1.04pm on 1/1/08
Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
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C1 Pro
2x1 + piers [North pier] + fylde coast [scenic] + children
comment by Gerry at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 3 January, 2008

well done for the awards, well deserved

and as for the shot, well as good as ever...

comment by Hunter at 08:18 PM (GMT) on 3 January, 2008

Winnie the Pooh quote FTW! Congrats & nice shot.

comment by Jennifer at 08:56 PM (GMT) on 3 January, 2008

Certainly cheered me up!

comment by Kevin H. Stecyk at 09:07 PM (GMT) on 3 January, 2008

Gorgeous photograph David. I love how the children are flying, just like the bird.

I voted for you; Good luck!

comment by Adam James at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 3 January, 2008

Ok, unabashed praise, why not...you are just very, very good...

comment by Eirik at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 3 January, 2008

If this was shot by an amateur-photographer, I would have contributed the synchronized running, the seagull's position, the reflections, the waves - all those small elements that make this photo stand out - to luck. Having seen countless of your images, I bow to your skills instead :)

comment by PhilB at 09:53 PM (GMT) on 3 January, 2008

Congrats Dave.

Really like this shot too! ;-)

comment by Sharla at 10:23 PM (GMT) on 3 January, 2008

Those pink boots ... but enough about the shot. My first desire is to congratulate you for the recognition of c h r o m a s i a as the outstanding photoblog that we know it to be. I offer my highest concurrence and look forward to another stellar year, day by day.

comment by ROB at 11:32 PM (GMT) on 3 January, 2008

Wow what a difference between the two images, I have ficked back and forth about 10 times seeing the changes. The original is almost a throw-away, the published just stunning.

On the image though, and nothing you could have planned, the synchronised steps of the two runners is a perfect little addition.

comment by Minh at 02:19 AM (GMT) on 4 January, 2008

The composition and toning are perfect in this one. Real soulful. Unforgettable.

comment by Rob at 02:31 AM (GMT) on 4 January, 2008

Nice work here, and congrats on the awards.

comment by DedicatedRR at 03:03 AM (GMT) on 4 January, 2008

What an awesome shot! Your girls just add such a wonderful touch to this photo, giving it almost a surreal feel about it.

comment by bryan k. at 03:34 AM (GMT) on 4 January, 2008

man, you have the touch! i like the hand-colored look a lot of your shots have had lately. it isn't that i mind a heavily photoshop-adjusted image, but this approach gives a lot of soul and timelessness to digitally enhanced photography. and congratulations!

comment by kate at 05:45 AM (GMT) on 4 January, 2008

really, really nice- a "two little girls' parade"- love the remarkable balloon and left red boot unison, but then i was in the color guard in h.s.!

comment by javga at 10:03 AM (GMT) on 4 January, 2008

Very cool! What a great overview. Those running kids (with balloons) are completing this scene in a beautiful manner.

comment by pixeltoko at 07:34 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2008

You did a good job here. It has the feel of an old picture. Very subtle. Good one!

comment by djn1 at 09:53 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2008

Thanks everyone :-)

comment by Martin at 08:33 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2008

I found your site through the photoblog awards. I'm glad I did. This photo alone makes it more than worth it. Wow.