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This shot was taken during one of my one-to-one training sessions while I was back in the UK, but it's a shot I would have taken during any of my trips to Fleetwood beach - there's just something about part-buried/abandoned objects that really appeal to me.

In this case though I wasn't especially happy with the original capture: the light was flat, the sky had no detail and, despite its abandonment, the bike looked far too 'cheerful'. With the addition of a few Curves though, and a 'respray' (the bike's colour was inverted), I think it ended up looking a lot better.

As the processing was quite interesting, particularly in terms of changing the colour of the bike, I've posted this one as our latest Mini-PSD.

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comment by Ian Mylam at 11:57 AM (GMT) on 26 September, 2011

Like this one - and the colour change works well. I don't know where you find this stuff - on my visit to Fleetwood Beach last week it was completely clean and free of debris. I think you must have a car-boot load of 'props' with you ;)

comment by djn1 at 12:00 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2011

Ian: I've been tempted to take stuff with me in the past, but so far every shot I've posted of Fleetwood beach is of stuff that I've found there :)

comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:01 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2011

I don't think I see a hand or foot, so it's safe to say the rider escaped unharmed. I kind of like the original color of the bike...seemed like a good contrast to its half burial state. NIce detail and toning.

comment by simon jenkins at 02:26 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2011

Never thought i would be envious of beach trash, the beaches are pristine where i live. Like the colour change as it now sits comfortably in it's surroundings and doesn't scream as red is very good at doing. I like this image very good.

comment by Justin Photis at 02:27 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2011

A 'classic' Chromasia shot if I dare say. Lovely clean, simple shot and the vignetting really draws the eye back into the bike and the colour is much more in tune with the rest of the shot now.

comment by csj @ID7 at 07:57 AM (GMT) on 28 September, 2011

Ian .... I've been on a few walks to Fleetwood with Dave, and I have to say that most of the detritus he finds is often a lot smaller than you imagine. In any normal walk of life you would just walk on by the stuff that he lays down and photographs. Its all about seeing this stuff. I've actually walked by a good handful of photo opportunities on that beach whilst I was with him, because all I saw was bits of rubbish and not photo opportunities. Its not as easy as it looks.... I share your frustration :-)

comment by djn1 at 08:17 AM (GMT) on 28 September, 2011

Thanks everyone.

Craig: this bit was bike-sized, so difficult to miss :) I take your point though, some of the smaller objects are a bit more difficult, especially if you want to shoot from a low angle. I frequently end up digging holes in the sand to drop the camera body into :)