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This is a shot of Blackpool's Central pier, located about half a mile south of the North Pier, the subject of my previous entry. As with my previous two shots, it was taken shortly before sunset on Saturday evening, and for this one I decided to emphasise the various textures within the image – the movement of water in the foreground, the sharp lines of the pier, and the rolling clouds in the background.

If you're interested, the original is here:


Update: this is just a quick note to let you all know that I won't be updating the blog for a few days as the hard drive in my laptop has failed. Coincidentally, I recently ordered a backup machine, but that won't arrive for another ten days or so, so in the meanwhile I need to wait until I can get my current machine fixed and restored from my backup. Fortunately, I do have an almost current Time Machine backup, but don't have any way of accessing the files until I get my laptop back. Fingers crossed it should all be sorted by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.

Update #2: I had an appointment scheduled for 12.20 today (Sunday 30th) at the Genius Bar of the Trafford's Centre Apple store. Unfortunately though, we were a bit late. Just as we were coming up to our junction on the M60 we blew a rear tire and by the time I could pull over it was smoldering on the rim. Anyway, as we had all six kids with us, we decided to ring the AA and get them to sort it out while we huddled on the other side of the barrier - and I'm glad we did, because our spare was damaged too.

We haven't had our new van long (it's a Transit Tourneo) and hadn't noticed that there was a flat spot on the spare, so ended up having to go and get two new tires before we could go to the Trafford Centre. Anyway, we got that sorted out so went off to try and get my laptop fixed.

I got a new appointment for 3pm, explained the problem, and asked how long it would take to fix it. I was expecting them to say some time tomorrow, i.e. Monday, but the 'Genius' said "we don't have the drive in stock so it will probably be Wednesday".

"OK, so what drives do you have in stock? I could do with getting it sorted ASAP so would be happy to pay for a drive upgrade".

"You can't. Although you've got the three year warranty it has to be a like-for-like replacement".

"I can't give you more money and have another drive installed?"

"No. And we don't have any in stock anyway."

"So it will definitely be ready on Wednesday?"

"It should be. I'll order the drive tomorrow and providing it turns up on Tuesday we should be able to have it done by Wednesday".


I have to say that I love Apple computers but their after-sales support, in the UK at least, isn't quiet as efficient as it could be. So long story short, I won't be posting anything until late Wednesday at the very earliest.

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3x2 + piers [Central pier] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Michael Rawluk at 07:52 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2008

That is a beautifully timeless shot. Terrific composition and the processing brought out great tones.

comment by DaveB at 09:04 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2008

Lovely, wonderul subtle tones and great use of a slightly slow shutterspeed to bring out the movement in the water. With shots like these, I'm wondering where the focal point was? I've recently been trying to use hyperfocal techniques (i.e. focussing 1/3 of the way into a shot), but am finding I still get slightly soft results, even with a small apeture. Hope that made sense!

comment by The Obvious at 01:37 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2008

Well done, David. This and the previous post are the reason why I keep coming back ;).

comment by David Chabashvili at 03:26 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2008

This is nice. The shapes and texture on water seems so surreal.

comment by 613photo at 04:19 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2008

Great shot. Love the different textures and the toning, and the subject's great of course.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 06:47 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2008

I like this better than the original. The perspective gives me a good sense of the expansive shoreline. Thanks for shooting at the shore. Love it.

comment by Mark at 03:56 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2008

Nice formal composition. I think this is one of those that screen display doesn't do justtice to - would be great large on a top quality paper.

comment by Laurie at 07:12 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2008

The textures are fantastic and what you set out to do with this one you certainly accomplished very well.

comment by Claus at 09:50 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2008

A little flat because of the lack of contrast, but otherwise a nice image!

comment by Robert at 11:04 PM (GMT) on 27 November, 2008

Hi Dave, came across a video with you on Chase Jarvis' blog.

comment by Jessica Kehrli at 07:41 PM (GMT) on 28 November, 2008

Nice one! I like how soft-ish it looks. The water looks like a frothy latte. yummm.

comment by przemek sikora at 07:45 AM (GMT) on 29 November, 2008

Great shot!
Always I visit your blog I know that I see very good photo.
Good work and please more!!

comment by gavin hart at 08:55 AM (GMT) on 29 November, 2008

Great combination of textures and geometry. I like the subtle tones; not all images warrant high contrast as mood can be destroyed by such. To my eye, this is just right.

comment by Xavier Rey at 09:43 AM (GMT) on 29 November, 2008

nice view !

comment by Alice at 01:34 AM (GMT) on 30 November, 2008

Wow! I love this! So different from the original. Nice job!

comment by Jennifer at 09:14 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2008

Sorry to hear your woes. Hope you're sorted soon. We are all Apple now - hope I don't regret it! Good shot btw.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 10:33 PM (GMT) on 2 December, 2008

I've been traveling the coast of California this past (American) holiday weekend but had seen this current image while in Santa Cruz. As I drove south on Sunday, just below Santa Barbara, as I rounded a bend in the highway, here was a distant cousin to this image. Oh how I wanted to pull over and grab the shot, imagining in a flash that I could come maybe semi-close to the Nightingale magic. Ahh but it was not to be.

I truly love the richness of the sole of all three: land, sea, and sky that you bring out in your toned monochrome.

So sorry to hear of your computer calamity. I’ll be crossing my fingers that all goes well and you’re back online soon to dazzle us.

comment by Jem at 02:18 AM (GMT) on 3 December, 2008

Good luck getting the laptop sorted and everything Dave - I eagerly await the next installment :)

comment by Alex Caballero at 10:51 PM (GMT) on 3 December, 2008

Magnifico tratamiento el que ha aplicado en este hermoso paisaje, con una composicion excelente, buen trabajo...un saludo compañero!!!

comment by ivar at 03:21 AM (GMT) on 4 December, 2008

Excellent image, I can see it blown up to poster size and hung on a wall. Leovely tones and texture. Impressive.

comment by Mike Anderson at 05:33 AM (GMT) on 4 December, 2008

Simple, yet stunning. Well done!

comment by Adam Stevens at 05:49 AM (GMT) on 4 December, 2008

Just found you again. Glad I did. Listened to the David, Chase, David video bit from Dubai. Reminded me of you (don't know what happened to the bookmark!?). So inspirational.... Reminds me of why I picked up a camera and what I should be focusing on in the blogging I want to do...


comment by Korske at 11:36 PM (GMT) on 4 December, 2008

A wonderful capture, David. Well done. I hope your notebook woes have been resolved.

comment by Mike Franklin at 12:37 AM (GMT) on 7 December, 2008

Wow, a wonderful photosite and even tutorials too. I found your blog through Cool Photoblogs and I have to say it has been faved... I would like to add your site to my links and wonder if you wouldn't mind doing the same if you can...

I shall be looking through your whole site in due course.. Keep up the good work.


comment by Jasper at 11:51 AM (GMT) on 8 December, 2008

Very nice texture in the foreground. It leads you right to the interesting subject at the pier. Well done!

comment by Adrian Hancu at 01:48 PM (GMT) on 8 December, 2008

Wow, first impression: are this alligators or crocodiles :)
Beautiful work!

comment by Martin at 07:19 PM (GMT) on 8 December, 2008

Yay, Adrian! Finally someone spotted the gators and crocs. You see Dave, it´s not only me. How are things really going with your online status?! I´m getting worried. It´s been like forever since you updated. Or maybe it´s just that you´ve spoiled us for so long now that we´re getting used to new images from you on a daily basis.
I hope you get your computer fixed soon.

comment by sara at 12:19 PM (GMT) on 9 December, 2008

Gosh David, What a performance you've had just trying to 'get back' to normal'!!
Not to mention two new tyres, and computer costs....
Anyway, I'm enjoying looking at this pic...Never been to Blackpool, so put on a day course next year please? Best, Sara.

comment by djn1 at 07:52 PM (GMT) on 9 December, 2008

Thanks everyone :)

comment by Linda at 07:54 PM (GMT) on 9 December, 2008

Fantastic shot. I live within 30 miles of Blackpool and I love going there. It's a strange mixture of quaintness and ritzy, glitzy glamour!

comment by Vink at 05:18 PM (GMT) on 10 December, 2008

Amazing view ! Superb texture and tones

comment by Anders at 12:05 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2008

I find this picture amazeing! Perfect!

I love to see more!

comment by cfimages at 07:00 AM (GMT) on 16 December, 2008

I love the tone and texture in this shot.