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This is the first of five shots that I took while out and about with Theis Dahl on Saturday. Theis was down in Blackpool for some photography and Photoshop training, and while we spent most of the time on post-production, we did spend a few hours up at Fleetwood – photographing the beach, washed up stuff, the Wyre wrecks, and so on. It was a good weekend.

Of the five shots that I'll be posting there are three others that I prefer to this one, but Theis also has a shot of this plastic bottle so I thought it would be a good one to post first. If you're interested, his shot is here:


Hopefully he'll be posting some more shots from our shoot over the next few days.

In case you're wondering about the colour, my version was processed in LAB Color mode (as described in this tutorial), i.e. I manipulated the 'a' and 'b' channels to alter the colour balance and saturation.

As always, let me know what you think.

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comment by E y e V i s i o n at 09:38 PM (GMT) on 14 June, 2009

Yes, the "oldschool-chromasia" style. Nice tones and DOF.

comment by CSJ @ID7 at 09:44 PM (GMT) on 14 June, 2009

I must say 'Theis' has captured a good frame also, although yours is a reflection back to a time when Chromasia was about these simple objects of life, if you understand my meaning. His is more an attempt at process, and slightly out of his comfort zone looking at his other work, but a good PP session none the less. I enjoyed looking at them. CSJ @ID7

comment by Eric at 10:01 PM (GMT) on 14 June, 2009

and if you ask me, you did quite a nice job with LAB - as usual.

comment by keith at 10:03 PM (GMT) on 14 June, 2009

Yes follow Davids LAB tutorials and you will end up with some really exciting images - in a very short time of experimenting. I'd never really used the lab channels until I used the tutorials.

comment by sharon at 12:30 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2009

Both are great photos but I like yours better. The colors being more gives it a gloomier feel. Which fits for the subject.

comment by 1meter89 at 12:32 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2009

Nice to compare the versions, though I can't decide which one to like more. I guess about this one i like the focus on the bottle and it's clarity.

comment by Olivier Jules at 09:35 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2009

amazing view!! great capture

comment by Charles Verghese at 10:43 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2009

Love the shot...'Simply' Amazing!!

comment by one way photo / Mark at 11:01 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2009

One thing that strikes me is that the cloud formation in your shot is much better, and much more contrasty, than in the other. I guess this is because you got down to a lower angle to include them; if so it's a good example of whilst processing makes a difference, it is not everything, that you still need to consider these things at the time of shooting. Both good shots though.

comment by LightningPaul at 12:43 PM (GMT) on 15 June, 2009

WOW, I have never seen such beautiful garbage. Looks fantastic, even the stones and the sky.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 04:45 PM (GMT) on 15 June, 2009


Ahhh... back home. I have a love of the shore and all of its treasures. It is fascinating to compare the two images. You are a gifted "painter" and I am always captivated by the way you re-imagine what you capture. Litter is cool. Who knew?


comment by Simone at 05:15 PM (GMT) on 15 June, 2009

I like the desaturated tones!

comment by jelb at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 15 June, 2009

Superb composition and lightness..Bravo!

comment by DedicatedRR at 04:08 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

I agree with EyeVision - it's nice to see a photo like this again :)

comment by Michael Rawluk at 05:19 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

Wonderful composition and use of DoF.

comment by pernilla at 07:15 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

Amazing shot! You have made a really good picture of a simple plastic bottle. Like the low angle and the colours.

comment by Chris at 07:46 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

Hi Dave, I like this a lot. The scattered white clouds drifting over the white clear bottle makes a great combination. I also like the color toning you did with the beach stones. The DOF is ideal for this image, the background can be seen but the majority of the attention is focused on the bottle. The bottle just hits the viewer right in the face. Very nice.

comment by djn1 at 09:56 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

comment by Claus Petersen at 05:12 PM (GMT) on 17 June, 2009

Really nice depth, it really helps the bottle stand out is such a great way!

comment by Wade at 01:36 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2009

Such rich detail. Love photographs that carry a concept!

comment by Jennifer at 05:05 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2009

As usual another man's junk is Chromasia's treasure :o)