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After yesterday's rather over-the-top HDR I thought it was about time for something a little less (over-)processed. So here's a reasonably straight shot, processed almost entirely with ACR.

On a related matter: I upgraded to CS4 a little while ago, not because I thought there would be any real benefit, but because I thought I ought to keep up-to-date for the tutorials. Anyway, the changes between CS3 and CS4 aren't massively significant, but one change that I do like is that there is now a post-crop vignette tool within ACR; i.e. you can add a vignette after you have cropped an image. As I often crop to 2x1, 1x1 and 16x9 this is a useful addition, and while it's an effect that can be easily achieved in Photoshop, it's good to be able to add it from the outset.

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10.52am on 31/12/08
Canon 1Ds Mark II
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16x9 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Tom at 07:04 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2009

Very cool shot. Love the colours. And the title is just brilliant. :-)

comment by Laura at 07:13 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2009

Great shot. I especially like the colours.

comment by Chris Wray at 07:20 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2009

I agree with the others, its the colour contrasts that make this one.
I'm a lover of the post crop vignette too, but use Lightroom, which I guess is pretty much the same as ACR.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 08:36 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2009

Dave: I like the contrasts between the chain and the rope. The unpredictable hanging on to the sure. C.

comment by Aaron Brown at 11:01 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2009

Great catch!

comment by JVL at 11:35 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2009

ACR and Lightroom have idential sliders, so yeah, ACR and Lightroom 2 both have post crop vignetting which is definitely good for the 2x1 crops (which I too have been on a bit of a kick of late).

Two things I consistently like about your images are contrast and sharpness, you obviously have an eye for the former and a steady hand for the later.

comment by Brooks at 12:03 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2009

brilliant. seriously.

comment by Michael Paulison at 12:54 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2009

The way you can bring out what you want us to see is remarkable. Soft, yet strong colors. Outstanding clarity. Beautiful.

comment by Mario Jean [madoc photo] at 02:59 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2009

Superb textures and tones mix.
Very beautiful image greatly composed.

You are a great artist. Very inspiring. I bookmarked you site :-)

comment by Simone at 09:54 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2009

Fashinating shot...I like the cold tones!

comment by Thomas at 10:11 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2009

You have an amazing blog. Congratulations on winning the "most popular photoblog award for 2008" at coolphotoblogs.com.

comment by Sara at 11:11 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2009

Just love it....did you change the rope colour in hue/saturation please?
Thanks, Sara.

comment by Claus at 11:32 AM (GMT) on 5 January, 2009

I just love the colors in this one, a wonderful image this is!

comment by Jem at 01:20 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2009

I love this Dave. Now and again you post a shot that really takes my breath away, and there is just something about the DoF, sharpness and colouring of this that I adore. Great work :)

comment by Laurie at 02:30 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2009

This is beautiful in mood, composition, tone, and detail. Wonderful simple lines.

comment by Craig at 10:01 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2009

Yup really like this one. the sharpness is great and the subtle colours are right up my street!

comment by csj at 10:54 PM (GMT) on 5 January, 2009

I like both extremes of the HDR methodology that you have shown recently. I'm not opposed to it because it adorns the front of most "amateur mags", no not at all, but I still aspire to at least have a go at this, and perfect it to some standard. I like the process from a more graphic perspective than just as a pure photographic technique, and using the method in a subtle way works equally as well for my eye, of course its all totally subjective, but I appreciate your efforts in the blistering cold (NW), and extreme heat (Sagrada).... ;-)

comment by Matt at 02:02 AM (GMT) on 6 January, 2009

I love this shot, the colours are amazing again, never mind the depth of field. A typical Chromasia shot in my opinion.

comment by LightningPaul at 11:44 AM (GMT) on 6 January, 2009

Really fantastic! The details, texture and colors are great. Also the background is superb. I like it a lot.

comment by David Chabashvili at 02:10 PM (GMT) on 6 January, 2009

Like this one a lot! Fine color here!

comment by EgoPimp at 12:38 AM (GMT) on 7 January, 2009

Absolutely stunning, some of the best photos are on this site. This shot is minimal and gritty all at the same time, superb.

comment by Kristian at 01:23 AM (GMT) on 7 January, 2009

Amazing bw capture. I love the way you always keep something in color. Making it stand out. Happy new year by way :-)

comment by Ilan at 06:00 PM (GMT) on 7 January, 2009

Interesting image. Open for interpretation.. Is that the weakest link? Or it supports the chain below it?
The image can be taken for many different explanations.. Nicely done :)

comment by Christine Seiler at 06:42 PM (GMT) on 7 January, 2009

A wonderful picture!

comment by djn1 at 08:36 PM (GMT) on 7 January, 2009

Thanks everyone.

Sara: no, I didn't change any of the colours in this one.

comment by Rob at 07:11 PM (GMT) on 11 January, 2009

Gorgeous! I love the colours, the tone, the contrast between chain and soft wispy rope. Really well done!

comment by Graham Hall at 10:27 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2009

NIce processing

comment by Denis at 05:21 PM (GMT) on 21 February, 2009

Clean shot, nice mood in the picture. Very arty.