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I initially posted a different shot today, but I’ve taken it down again, as the more I looked at it, the less I liked it (I’ll try to rework it, but suspect that it’s destined for obscurity). I suppose that’s the downside of having a few shots in reserve – it’s tempting to think “no, I don’t like that, let’s go with something else instead”. That said, I’m not sure that this one is much better :-/

Actually, this is a routine thing for me. Whenever I’ve put something up that I really like (i.e. yesterday’s shot) the day after is always a bit of an anti-climax. No matter what I put up I’m inevitably dissapointed with it, and wish that I could have come up with something better.

No matter.

Anyway, this shot is one of several that I took a couple of days ago at a printers near to where I work. This building is actually an old pub (and all the signs are still in place) but, certainly as far as the exterior goes, its days of glory are over. I spoke to the owner while I was there, and he told me that he really thought the outside of the building would benefit from being cleaned – but I don’t suppose it would be anywhere near as (photographically) interesting if that ever happened.

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comment by Houser at 01:57 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2004

Funny - cause I just caught the earlier shot before you flipped em. Not tryin to bust on you, but I think the change was a good thing.

But I play the same games with my stuff, putting weaker images on weekends, when less people hit my site, and stronger images on the weekdays.

I really like this shot. Looks like you dropped the saturation on most colors, save the reds. The building certainly looks like it does have character. I did the same yesterday to a couple images I took, which will publish tomorrow.

comment by Hates_ at 02:06 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2004

I caught the earlier shot as well. I really like the replacement though. It's always tough trying to decide what to post. I always want to post the latest stuff, so of course older stuff which may still be better always gets put at the bottom of the pile.

comment by Jasmin at 03:22 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2004

I love the colours here, they remind me of something very old. Hmmm, was it deliberate to post 2 photos with the same theme (i.e. symmetry) consecutively? I 'm enjoying both of them tremendously and keep flipping back and forth between yesterday's and today's. You've got a wonderful eye for such things.

comment by Daniel from [objective-view] at 03:31 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2004

It's the same from my side. The new picture has a very lomo/cheap-shot-feeling (in a *good* way), which matches the subject nicely. I already thought about making a photoshop action that makes pictures look like those lomo shots. (vignetting/strange colors/somehow not sharp).

comment by Reinhard at 04:12 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2004

It's true. the picture has a lomo-feeling. i like this. your fotos are amazing.

greetings (GrŁezi) from switzerland.

comment by Mikee at 04:17 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2004

You have such a good eye for photography it's amazing.

comment by jane at 05:00 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2004

Like this - been reading about The American Prohibition Act and this shot instantly took me to a seedy drinking hole in New York for some reason. The ads at the side were all a ruse of course.... And then I read your piece and hey presto!! It was a pub after all. I loved the old washed out,seen better days look and you have captured that so well.

comment by craig at 06:56 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2004

it looks like this biker bar in my neighborhood that i've been warned not to photograph, due to the frequent assaults that take place there. i bet you could get a really tough wedding invitation made there.

comment by Tiago at 07:42 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2004

dazzling... love the lomoish feel and those reds!

comment by milo at 11:49 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2004

pop goes the red, really nice

comment by Mike Golding at 11:59 PM (GMT) on 19 March, 2004

For me the previous picture was better, it just goes to show that if your gut was right at first there is a very good chance you were right. There is no accounting for taste, as they say, I think you should have left it up. Why not post two in a day?

comment by djn1 at 11:26 AM (GMT) on 20 March, 2004

Thanks everyone.

Mike: I'm afraid that I deleted the other shot. The more I looked at it, the less I liked it. Add to which that it was one of those shots that I spent far too much time on (and still couldn't get right) and I decided that it was easier to just get rid of it rather than agonise over it some more ;-)