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This is another shot that I took during Craig's recent trip to Bulgaria: a stop sign outside a seemingly abandoned factory on the way back from our cloud-ridden trip to the Shipka Monument. We did try and explore the factory, but after passing through this gate and rounding the corner of the next building we stumbled into a pack of stray dogs. As they didn't seem to be keen to share their territory we decided to leave ... quietly, and walking backwards :)

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comment by Steve Crane at 09:04 AM (GMT) on 7 January, 2011

Nice shot. Yet again I'm amazed by how far you've taken the image from the original in processing. I struggle to get this right, often ending up with something that looks fake and over-processed, resulting in a return to the original and processing that is less aggressive.

comment by Doug Hickok at 11:37 AM (GMT) on 7 January, 2011

Wow! That's an eye catching image. Great point of view and color!

comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:00 PM (GMT) on 7 January, 2011

Well... it was nice of the dogs to put the sign there. I agree with Steve... the way you "paint" brings your pictures to life.... and this capture is a good example.

comment by one way photo / Mark at 07:48 AM (GMT) on 8 January, 2011

Stunning colours here.... very arresting image

comment by Dan Kaufman at 03:55 PM (GMT) on 8 January, 2011

This has a tropical feel. I suppose it's because of the lime-green. a masterful touch with the minor transformation de-distracting elements.

comment by djn1 at 11:44 AM (GMT) on 9 January, 2011

Thanks everyone.

Dan: I don't think I've ever come across another reference to Bulgaria looking tropical, but I take your point :)

comment by kendall at 11:28 AM (GMT) on 10 January, 2011

Much like 'No Trespassing', rarely is there a more inviting sign when it comes to abandoned places. Too bad the pack of dogs cut the visit short!

comment by CSJ @ID7 at 11:13 PM (GMT) on 14 January, 2011

Dave, I promise when life sorts itself out a little here, I will take time out to finish PP on the images I shot with you in BG. I will never forget that trip, and heres to the opportunity to shoot some more. I have this image, and I will endeavour to do it justice in time. Thanks again for being a great host..... maybe next time we'll heed the warning on the sign.... love it ..... CJ