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Over the last couple of days I’ve taken quite a few shots, some of them related to Easter, but for one reason or another I’m not really happy with any of them. I don’t know about anyone else but I’m often not really sure quite what makes for a successful photographic trip. On both occasions over the last few days I’ve been relatively certain that at least a few of the shots I’ve taken have been worthwhile. But when I’ve looked through them they just haven’t been worth putting up. Yet on other days I might go out and take a whole string of shots that I’m happy with. Oh well.

Anyway, the photoblog world seems to be relatively quite over the Easter Break so I don’t feel too bad about putting this one up. Actually, I quite like this one, but I was hoping to be able to put something a bit different up today.

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comment by Andrei Gurgel at 10:37 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2004

beautiful shot. Congratulations.

comment by myla at 11:24 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2004

I know what you mean. And I found that going back to nature provided me with the photographic inspiration I was needing, there's nothing like climbing a mountain to 2,700' and realizing that you're not anywhere close to the summit (14,410'). As for citishots, this one is really awesome -- I love when you not only see what's on the inside, but what's on the outside as well. This captures the diners (and their view) nicely (as always!) :)

comment by Deceptive at 11:24 PM (GMT) on 11 April, 2004

I have the same problem sometimes but often when I go back to them I find a few that I like, sometimes just trying a different crop can bring a photo to life, after all you have a lot of pixels to play with. I used to work in music and I can draw parallels, one day a track you are working on can seem like the best track you have ever heard, the next day you wonder what you ever heard in it. Itís for this reason I never delete any of my photos.

I like your entry today; the sharp reflections coupled with the faint view of whatís going on in side the restaurant work well and are those traffic wardens about to put a ticket on your car?

comment by Tudy at 03:30 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2004

I love the colors in this.

comment by Peter Crymble at 11:38 AM (GMT) on 12 April, 2004

Just a quick note to say that your shots are really inspiring and rather excellent. I'm about to setup a photoblog to0, but there is just no way I would have enough photos to put one up a day. So thanks!

This UK weather (bright white skys) doesn't make for the best of photos either!

As for the restuarant window shot, its pretty nice. Preferred yesterdays - I wonder what it would look like in b+w?

comment by Mana Amir at 01:55 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2004

i love this one quite a bit. especially since i dont get to see anything even remotely as nice in snowy denver, colorado. our architecture is so very boring in comparison. ugh. its easter for godssake! stop the snow already....

comment by djn1 at 06:05 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2004

Thanks everyone.

Deceptive: this will sound a bit odd given the amount of post-processing that I do on some of my images, but I really try to avoid cropping images wherever possible - it seems like cheating somehow. Post-processing is normally something I employ to get an image to look like how I saw it, or would like to see it, whereas cropping seems like an admission that I screwed up the shot from the start. I do take your point though, there are many interesting shots that can be found within other shots, it's just something I'm not all that keen on.

Peter: I tried yesterday's and today's shots in b+w and didn't really like how either of them turned out. Yesterday's, especially, seemed far too flat compared to the colour version.

comment by Andy at 09:00 PM (GMT) on 12 April, 2004

Very good shot. The reflections add a lot of depth to the image and create the "story" underlying the image. Well done.

comment by stephen at 02:10 PM (GMT) on 15 April, 2004

I don't see anything wrong in cropping or tweaking levels. The creative process should be boundless, if you find yourself playing by the rules too often, go out be careless and break them all.