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Sometimes, the world can seem like an overwhelmingly large place.

In other news: as most of you probably know, clicking on the left side of any image on my blog will take you to the previous entry, while clicking on the right will take you to the next. As this isn't immediately obvious I've added some navigation arrows that appear when you hover over each side of the image: inspired by those on friskypics.com.

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comment by njr at 06:49 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

I like the image, David.

I don't like the arrows though: they spoil the pictures!
(I know they disappear when you move off the picture, but...)

comment by djn1 at 06:53 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

njr: thanks. As for the arrows: yes, they are marginally intrusive, but I think that the navigation was confusing without them. I'll see if there are any more negative reactions and, if there are, I'll tone them down a bit.

comment by MQPhoto at 07:21 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

I love this one, the man and his dog. Perfect shot

comment by sheila at 07:23 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

Wow...fantastic image....

comment by Garry at 08:30 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

I love the way you can turn an apparently bland image into something as striking as this one.
Re. the arrows... I find them useful, and it's simple enough to move the cursor off the image if they're in the way.

comment by Tony at 08:38 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

Love this image David.
And yes arrows are a useful addition for some people. I think they might look a little blatant on this image just because of content and tone.

comment by wojtek at 08:38 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

this is one stunning and particularly enviable picture. I'd love to see it in large scale, 5x3.5 m for example, wow, much impressed

comment by howi at 09:55 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

In my opinion photography is about emotion and this one fits the way I'm feeling in a perfect way. Thank you David for this one.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 11:33 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010


Just wonderful... just wonderful... and moments like this help me to remember how small I am... and that's a good thing... thank you.

comment by Csaba/EyeVision at 01:12 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

Nice minimalist shot. I like the low and almost invisible horizon. Well done.

comment by Peter Crock at 01:49 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

Gorgeous minimalism here.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 02:04 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

a testament to "Less is More"
very well done !!

re the nav arrows: can you move them off the image proper? increase the margin-left and margin-right for the img tag and move the arrows into this space.

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comment by Al at 02:29 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

Simplicity at its best. Glad to see your improving the usability of your website David!

comment by Jason at 07:05 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

As you would say, this definitely falls into the "I wish I had taken that one" category! Very nice :)

comment by lightseeker at 08:43 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2010

Well seen. I like the way you've kept the figures just below the horizon line.

comment by Chris at 05:22 AM (GMT) on 27 May, 2010

I like this a lot. You made it look like they are out in the middle of no where, stranded on a remote island. I like the placement of vapor trails being on the opposite side. It makes the eyes constantly scan the entire picture. Very creative as always. As for the arrows, they are not a distracting addition to your website. If I don't want to see them, I'll move my mouse :)

comment by photo ex machina at 12:38 PM (GMT) on 27 May, 2010

Awesome pic! That man in the corner must feel very exposed to the universe!

comment by rhys at 02:58 PM (GMT) on 27 May, 2010

a damn gorgeous image, just superb

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comment by vz-nostalgia at 06:57 PM (GMT) on 27 May, 2010

I noticed that every time you move toward minimalism, you create a memorable image, Dave.

comment by Philip Jensen at 09:22 PM (GMT) on 27 May, 2010

I really like this one, at first I though it was shot at Iceland or something - It really looks like snow! In my mind, it's still ice, I somehow like it better that way. :)

comment by Dave C. at 11:18 AM (GMT) on 28 May, 2010

Like the arrow idea, but I have to agree with earlier commenter that they are big and intrusive. A small arrow just on the edge of the photograph might do the trick?

comment by faisal at 01:14 PM (GMT) on 28 May, 2010

this is just fantastic. huge fan of minimalism and this is right up there. Nice work. Oh and thanks for the link. :-)

comment by Jem at 03:06 PM (GMT) on 28 May, 2010

I love this Dave. Composition is just beautiful. Very nice indeed :)

comment by djn1 at 07:32 PM (GMT) on 28 May, 2010

Thanks everyone, and I will think about the navigation buttons when I have a bit more free time.

comment by Jasper at 06:24 PM (GMT) on 29 May, 2010

Impressive shot. I like the composition and toning.

comment by s.hu at 01:52 PM (GMT) on 31 May, 2010

Favorite shot of yours in some time. Absolutely startling lighting. Simpler is better :)

comment by Charles at 08:59 PM (GMT) on 2 June, 2010

Love it. Especially the sense of scale is very powerful. Great work as always.

comment by bee at 07:34 AM (GMT) on 6 June, 2010

Impressive photo! How you manage to tell a whole story with a photo that hardly has more then some white space!

comment by mooch at 10:28 AM (GMT) on 6 June, 2010

Wow, this is truly magical. I don't know why but it does evoke a sense of despair. The last man alive, on a spit of sand looking out to a land that no longer holds another human out there to give him hope.

Or the light is great and that streak of detail in the sky provides just enough context and interest to just make the shot.

comment by Laurens Kuipers at 09:22 PM (GMT) on 8 June, 2010

Great minimalistic shot and nice compo!

comment by Josh at 07:39 AM (GMT) on 11 June, 2010

I think everyone else covered it. You have been taking some simple yet stunning pictures recently.

comment by Tamea Burd at 02:18 AM (GMT) on 14 June, 2010

What a stunning image. I've never seen anything quite like it. Just beautiful.