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This is the first of two shots of this structure – a warning beacon, close to the high tide mark on Fleetwood beach – and beyond that I guess I don't have too much more to say about this one. I would be interested to hear your thoughts though.

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comment by Chris at 08:34 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2008

Hi Dave, Nice work. I like the look of a potential storm approaching. I am not sure about that dark element that is directly downwards from the warning beacon. Is that a partial reflection of the beacon in the water?

comment by Miles at 08:46 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2008

I love this kind of simplicity, especially with an element that stands out so well.

comment by Robert at 08:53 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2008

Hi Dave. I like to colour and the low contrast - it gives a moody impression of those dark Sunday afternoons in winter. The colours look natural and not too doctored. I also like the limited DOF, however the beacon looks a bit soft too. The one thing I can't decide upon is whether I like that buoy in the far distance.

comment by Catalin at 08:55 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2008

I really like the way the sky gets lighter towards the beacon almost like pointing towards it. However, I have 2 small issues with the image. On my screen for some reason the beacon almost looks like it's not quite sharp enough. Second, I think the buoy to the right of the beacon is a bit distracting so maybe it's worth cloning out.

comment by Rodolphe at 08:57 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2008

Less is more...much more. Brilliant

comment by michael at 08:57 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2008

I love the little reflection in the sand.

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comment by Nicki at 09:57 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2008

Simple and clear, i like the brighter touch of this pic!

comment by Michael Paulison at 04:21 AM (GMT) on 21 October, 2008

Interesting structure there. The muted colors and softness of this really makes it pleasant. A very calming photo.

comment by Peter Mannfolk at 07:47 AM (GMT) on 21 October, 2008

Enough! Now I´ve been an almost daily lurker on your blog since I got my first DSLR a year ago, and I haven´t yet commented a single image! Just wanted to say a big thank you for all helpful comments and pointers to all questions regarding your work. I am living near a coast not that different from "yours" and your work has been inspiring to say the least. By posting the original captures one can really get an idea of how to "see" the possibilities of creating something magic from what sometimes seemed a rather dull starting point. I have learned a lot by looking at these before/after images, not only post processing-wise. Oh, and this image has that something special; the directed light that leads the eye and makes you think that it´s a studio setting! Keep up the good work David! /Peter

comment by Craig at 12:32 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2008

I like the simplicity and the apprehension that perhaps a storm may be approaching. The low perspective is great, makes me feel as though I'm about to get my feet wet! The only thing for me, as others have said is that the buoy is perhaps a bit distracting, everything else is leading my eye to the beacon. cm

comment by marcus at 01:55 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2008

Great dof and wave movement. I really like the way toned the image, do you mind sharing the curve?

comment by Sara at 03:39 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2008

This shot reminds me so much of happy childhood holidays....
you know, the lovely soft sand, the cold water, the grey stormy skies, the sea spray in your eyes...all very nice, but's it why I always try to go somewhere sunny for my hols now!!
Great shot, I love it for the memories....

comment by martie at 05:45 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2008

What a stark, lonely spot. I LOVE this one!!

comment by will pattison at 09:38 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2008

simply. beautiful.


comment by Carlos Garcia at 03:20 AM (GMT) on 22 October, 2008

I can hear the waves... great perspective. I prefer to see it as the storm passing away. Smell the salt in the air?

comment by djn1 at 10:19 AM (GMT) on 22 October, 2008

Thanks everyone.

As for the bouy: I did think about cloning it out, but decided that it added something to the shot that was worth keeping.

comment by Martin at 10:16 PM (GMT) on 22 October, 2008

Dave, I´m stunned.
This image has got that thing about it that makes me unintentionally hold my breath a few seconds. The "simple" composition is far from simple to achieve. I learn from all your images. I´m so happy I´m a member and can keep learning from your great tutorials. I love the smoothness in the sky. Promise to keep it up!