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I'm not going to say too much about this one as it was taken with a new lens that I haven't really had the chance to evaluate yet. Once I've used it a bit more thoroughly I'll post some more information, but for the time being at least you'll have to remain curious. What I will say is that it isn't an expensive lens, and certainly isn't the 85mm f/1.2 that I've been talking about recently.

Feel free to guess though ;-)

Anyway, new lens aside, I am happy with this one and would be interested to hear what you make of it, not least because it's quite different from a lot of the stuff I've been posting recently.

comment by Matt Sergeant at 08:07 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008


comment by Ben Brooks at 08:08 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

Stunning shot, love the over exposure of it. I am not a seagul fan at all but this is a great shot.

comment by Malcolm at 08:10 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

Great high-key effect, and I do like the softness. More than jut motion blur?

comment by djn1 at 08:10 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

Matt: nope :-)

comment by Alain G at 08:11 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

a M42 mount lens ?

comment by djn1 at 08:18 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

Alain: no, it's not one of those either :-)

comment by Malcolm at 08:18 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

135mm soft focus?

comment by djn1 at 08:37 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

Malcolm: another good guess, but no :-)

comment by Jennifer at 08:54 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

Cool shot - a ghostly gull! Reminds me of an episode of Round the Twist - great show, wasted on kids!

comment by Marcie at 09:07 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

Stunning image. Love the soft focus...and how the wings almost disappear into the sky. Am curious to know what lens you are using?

comment by cy at 09:17 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

this is very heavenly. i really like. the softness is very dream like.

comment by Ame at 09:30 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008


comment by John at 09:49 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

A pin hole cap or pin hole lens?

comment by E y e V i s i o n at 09:52 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

There is not so many shots on your site which I really don't like but this one is definitely one of them. Sorry David but I can't even imagine what you see in this. I hope you don't get sore...

comment by JasonH at 10:00 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008


comment by djn1 at 10:00 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

John: no :-)

E y e V i s i o n: no worries - that you like a lot of my work is good enough for me.

comment by JVL at 10:15 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

This is what I see when my glasses are off... I'm not going to try guessing, and since I just got my own lensbaby I wasn't even considering it (even before 2 (!) people guessed it). Your site definitely boarders on fine-art most (all?) of the time and this is one of those examples - Who says you can't blow-out your highlights without having a good capture?

comment by Justin Blanton at 10:27 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

I absolutely love it Dave. Very nice.

comment by Mark at 10:28 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

Don't take this the wrong way, but is it a homemade pringle-can lens? I seen a similar shot in a magazine once...

Great shot BTW!

comment by Bill at 10:34 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

Freshing image in that it is creatively blurred.

comment by Georg Tavonius at 10:39 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

It is a nice idea for a shot, but I had prefered more sharpness in it.
Though I have no Idea what this lens may be. :-)

comment by Richard at 11:16 PM (GMT) on 23 May, 2008

Holga canon mount lens?

comment by jkm at 12:57 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2008


comment by DedicatedRR at 03:05 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2008

I sort of like this one...XP But I think it's a bit too 'distorted' for my tastes...not sure of the proper terminology, sorry. But I do love the lighting.

comment by rhys at 07:08 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2008

is it the nifty-fifty- the 50mm f1.8? Or maybe some kind of Pinhole? Or maybe one of them cheap Russian jobs that you see on ebay? Perhaps something plastic?
Oh well I like the 'arty-ness' of this one, got an impressionistic feel to it.

comment by djn1 at 08:18 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2008

Richard: well done. Yes, it's a holga lens mounted on a lens cap :-)

comment by birgit at 10:23 AM (GMT) on 24 May, 2008

I love this, it´s very expressive.
I would love to see the original of this, to have a clue about how you precessed this image.

comment by jelb at 12:18 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2008

Beautiful effect..very pictural..bravo!

comment by Graham at 12:48 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2008

Beautiful. It really makes you think about the why of photography rather than the how. The feeling rather than the technical.

comment by Claus at 07:40 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2008

Now this is what I call fine art!!!

comment by djn1 at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 24 May, 2008

Thanks all :-)

comment by isi at 03:19 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2008

the ultimate seagul picture?

comment by Oli at 10:37 AM (GMT) on 27 May, 2008

I can see this as a poster-print, reproduced in newly decorated flats all over the country. My first instinct was "IKEA!".
I'm not yet sure whether that's a compliment or not, but it's definitely intended positively (it has huge commercial potential, if not aesthetic appeal).

Personally, I really like the picture, but it wouldn't fit in with my house. Could work well as a desktop wallpaper though.

Always interesting to see new styles, and constant experimentation.

comment by Di at 11:22 PM (GMT) on 25 September, 2008

It looks like what I imagine Jonathon Livingston Seagull to be. Wonderful.