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I doubt there are many more beautiful sights that the sun setting or rising over water but, as I'm almost totally non-functional in the mornings, I'm glad that I live on the west coast ;-)

By the way, this one looks a bit flat in Firefox (on a Mac), but much better in Safari - which correctly reads the colour profile of the image. Firefox, on the other hand, assumes a generic profile which hasn't done this image any favours.

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comment by ApoChromatic at 07:40 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2008

Very very nice shot, great colors! The character in the lower left part is tiny but has a great presence!

comment by Thomas at 07:59 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2008

If you would like to have your images appear correctly you can use the latest Firefox 3 beta. Just navigate to the url 'about:config' (no quotes) and change the value for gfx.color_management_enabled from false to true. That should make Firefox take into account the embedded color profile and show the photo as it's supposed to be shown.

Oh and that's another wonderful shot obviously :D

comment by Florian at 08:16 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2008

I use safari and i think the colours are just great! (i don't use firefox, so i can't compere it)

comment by Corey at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2008

love the sense of scale, and of course the burst of color.

hey I was wanting to put a comment box similar to yours on my own site. have any tips, url's you could share with me to get me going?


comment by alex at 08:29 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2008

On a PC (XP) the colour rendition in Safari, Intern*t Exploder, Firefox and Opera are all exactly the same (I tried it on two monitors) , but bizarrely firefox makes the image bigger.

comment by maynard at 08:30 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2008

This is very beautiful, great comp. and the graduated oranges capture the eye.


comment by Adrian Park at 08:54 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2008

It renders I little flatter in Safari on the iPhone than the same on my Macbook but the shot still looks great. I regularly check the blog from my iPhone and I'm pleased to report your shots make the phone look much better!

comment by Craig@id7.co.uk at 09:06 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2008

Dave a very bold colour statement... something I'm not sure I could be that confident in making myself, also did you intentionally crop the shadow as a part of the 2x1 crop, or was it tight to the bottom of the frame?... just wondering..... csj @ id7.co.uk

comment by Parker at 09:10 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2008

I've used Firefox for years and had no idea that it interpreted colors differently. I opened Safari just to test on this image and I was blown away. It'll take more than that to get me to switch browsers though! ;-) But I'm glad FF3 will fix the issue, just one more reason in a very long list to look forward to that version. Anyway, thanks for bringing the color issue to my attention. Terrific image, by the way. Even in Firefox! I love the use of negative space.

comment by si at 09:53 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2008

i may just be very stupid, but why is this called 8 minutes 20 seconds?

comment by djn1 at 11:11 PM (GMT) on 15 February, 2008

Thomas: thanks, I'll download the beta.

Corey: email me.

alex: the size of the image varies with the size of your browser's window, so it may be that your Firefox window was larger than with the other browsers you were using.

Adrian: thanks :-)

Craig: sorry mate but I'm not sure I follow your question about the crop.

si: when I started posting images back in 2003 I thought it would be a good idea to add a title for each one. The problem though, 1370 images later, is that I can't always think of a title so tend to come up with something related, but not immediately obvious. In this case, it's the time it takes sunlight to reach the earth – which seemed fitting for a sunset.

comment by nuno ferreira at 12:48 AM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

Tested in Firefox 3 Beta 3, Opera, Safari and IE7 browsers and the colors look the same... rich and vibrant as always. Didn't try Firefox 2.

By the way, Chromasia was mentioned in the world famous Matt Kloskowski's "Lightroom Killer Tips" blog. :-)

Here's the link: http://www.lightroomkillertips.com/2008/friday-stuff/

comment by Bill at 01:00 AM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

I have a 24" NEC LCD monitor for photo editing. As the photo was opening in my Firefox browser, one word formed in my mouth and I said ....


That all I going to say about this outstanding photo. :)

comment by cy at 03:27 AM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

wow! love the color. complimented well with the textures.

comment by Bambography at 08:30 AM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

Oddly enough I can't spot the difference between Firefox & Safari, maybe a very slight bit more depth to safari, but the same impact.
This is a great shot, simple but effective!

Re: Craigs question about the crop, I had the same thought. The head of the shadow is cropped out of the photo and wondered if this was intentional or if it was out of the original frame.

On a side note, a ramblers leaflet just dropped out of a magazine and not only did I recognise blackpools 'Keep Out' signs, but its one of yours! First Digital Camera magazine, now flyers, popping up everywhere now!

comment by Craig @ id7.co.uk at 11:58 AM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

OK fair enough, I think Bambography summed it up a little better for me....... was the head of the shadow cropped, was it in the frame, did you crop the shadow on purpose, was it a concsious / artisitic reason, or just one of those things that happens.... csj

comment by djn1 at 12:17 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

Craig: it was in the frame, but wasn't especially distinct against the dark sand. That said, a 3k2 crop of this one didn't work, nor did the 16x9 with more of the bottom of the frame included. In this sense I guess that the composition is a bit of a compromise.

comment by Chris at 03:14 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

Superb light

comment by derLitograph at 08:21 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

wow, great colors.

comment by owen-b at 10:13 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

Hiya Dave - gorgeous image, with the ubiquitous and effective lone spectator...

But on my iMac it looks exactly the same in both Firefox and Safari...? As in, EXACTLY the same. The colour-calibration plot thickens!

comment by owen-b at 10:17 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

Actually - one aspect does look slightly different in Firefox - it's smaller!

/gives up trying to understand browsers

comment by djn1 at 10:37 PM (GMT) on 16 February, 2008

Thanks all.

As for the Firefox thing: I suspect this may be a Mac only problem.

comment by owen-b at 09:36 AM (GMT) on 17 February, 2008

Hi Dave - I once spent couple of days poring over the SmugMug articles about the problems of using a Mac and getting the colours to work right between Safari and Firefox, but seriously, I'm on a Mac using both those browsers, and while the Firefox version is a slightly smaller image (regardless of window size), I swear I don't see even a discrepancy between the two versions colour-wise.

Is your screen colour calibrated using a profile tool such as Spyder? Are you on Leopard yet? Maybe these things play a part. Otherwise I'm at a loss, because I know what you mean, having seen the problem for myself on my Tiger-equipped system in the past. I don't know what's changed.

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comment by Ben at 11:37 PM (GMT) on 18 February, 2008

This is beautiful, Dave. So soft and sweet.
But the scale is what grabbed me.

comment by Iso at 09:24 AM (GMT) on 24 February, 2008

Hello, and Bravo!
Thank you for all your work outlined here, on this site wonderful and rich photographic your eye, which is a model for me since ...
For quite some time, in fact!
And why not post that now ... Certainly for me to thank you so much inspiration!
See you soon.
(Sorry for my English disastrous)

comment by Claus at 10:12 AM (GMT) on 26 February, 2008

Love the wideangle in this one, it gives alot of atmosfere!

comment by Miguel at 11:21 PM (GMT) on 1 March, 2008

First of all, congratulations on the picture, sunsets are indeed one of the most beautiful things Natures brings us.
In another though, this picture illustrates my current mood: I'm so small in such a big world. How can I make a difference?