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This one was taken six minutes before my previous entry, and while both share the same sky (this one was taken about 90° to the right of the previous one) I've gone for a much softer, colder look with this one.

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2x1 + piers [North pier] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by ROB at 11:40 AM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

Well I would certainly never have expected they were from the same day. One surprisingly warm (although that may be attributed to the day here) and this one quite cool although not cold. Definitely an interesting and surprising contrast.

comment by Catalin at 01:03 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

Almost looks like snow... And I hear it's snowing in the UK anyway.

comment by T.o at 01:36 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

Super. Can't find the words to describe the feeling when watching this photo...Bravo!

comment by Luan at 01:41 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

Great photo David. It is almost inconceivable that the two photos were taken only 6 minutes apart.

Do you have a link to the original like the last one? Do you explain how this look is achieved in any of your tutorials? Thanks.

comment by DedicatedRR at 01:55 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

I like the sort of 'distant' feel in this one...

comment by Simone Colferai Photoblog at 03:19 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

Bella prospettiva e toni ghiacciati per un classico paesaggio.

comment by 613photo at 04:58 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

Wonderful as always. I love the low horizon line. I always say if a photo reminds a person of a different place and time, then it is good. This one does that. Reminds me of some of the piers of Galveston, which are probably gone now due to Hurricane Ike.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 05:15 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

soft, ethereal like snow, yet crisp and brittle as the winter (I'm glad it's warm though in LA.)

The EXIF data is always enlightening (I hear myself saying "I have that camera/lens, maybe I can make a photograph this beautiful some day.") But...could you give us just a bit more comment on your processing? It has been (being able to see) your Photoshop layers in the tutorials that has given me the greatest insight into the mind and magic of Nightingale. Thank you again for sharing your vision with us.

comment by Martin at 07:15 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

I saw a giant crocodile in the water at first glance. :-)

comment by Garry at 10:11 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

looks like spectacular set from a wintry bond movie

comment by bryan k at 11:25 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

lovely! this makes great use of selective contrast -- the sky is so subtle, but the pier is so crisp. brrrr... glad i live in l.a.:)

comment by csj at 11:29 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

So whilst this isn't monochrome (pure mono) whats left in the shot to create these silvery tones, and pencil like effects.... please tell.... csj

comment by janko at 11:51 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

very nice composition. I'm really feeling tiny while watching this.

The sky gives a little dramatic effect I believe. Nice work

comment by Carlos Garcia at 11:51 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2008

Wonderful perspective... this is what cold looks like. The pier is so majestic... stubborn against the sea. Beautiful.

comment by David Chabashvili at 05:15 AM (GMT) on 25 November, 2008

This is nice. I like that soft and pastel look a lot!

comment by birgit at 09:07 AM (GMT) on 25 November, 2008

really looking very cold!

comment by kate at 10:14 AM (GMT) on 25 November, 2008

makes me cold just looking at it. :)

comment by DavidC at 06:44 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2008

I love this look, would love to see a tutorial on this. The tones are a lot like "Barcelona #4" you did a while back. I would love to see more images in this style, it has a very timeless look to it. Great shot! Was this done in Lab Color or is it a b&w toned with a slight bluish green?

comment by djn1 at 07:20 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2008

Thanks everyone.

Luan: I didn't link the original of this one. As for the tutorials: I drew on quite a few of them on this occassion.

Dan: I used three Curves to adjust the image - one for the foreground, another for the sky, and a third for the pier. I then used a Selective Color adjustment layer to tone the image by adding some yellow to the Whites and a very small amount of cyan to the Neutrals.

csj: see above :)

comment by garghe at 09:52 PM (GMT) on 1 December, 2008

this is very nice, love this kind of tones

comment by Robbie Veldwijk at 11:18 PM (GMT) on 2 December, 2008

Very nice photo, it gives me a cold feeling!

comment by eD at 08:17 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2008

Love the monochromatic effect. Great composition too.