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All being well, we’ll be moving to Blackpool in a couple of months, so we took a trip over there today. Mostly so we could have a look round the area, but also to take the kids to the beach. This sign was at the top of one of the many flights of stone stairs leading down to the beach and looked as though it were made from a car number plate.

As far as post-processing goes, all I did to this image was to darken the sky a little. I was using a polarizer but the sun was at the wrong angle for it to make much difference. Had we had longer I probably would have gone back later in the day as I imagine that the late afternoon sun would have provided a much better shot.

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1.01pm on 14/5/04
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4x3 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by myla at 06:32 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2004

I love this. Ironically tonight I shot an image of a DO NOT ENTER sign, but yours is stunning. I love how the sign seems to glow from the inside.

comment by balth at 07:09 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2004

Nice picture. Something about that sign makes me want to actually follow it, it feels like a danger or a toxic sign. I also like the obvious tresspassing that went on, with the tire tracks on the beach.

comment by Kjetil at 03:55 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2004

Stunning really. Taken a picture like that myself, but nothing like this one of course.

comment by jwtje at 06:41 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2004

Nice contrast!

I like the picture...

comment by Kate at 08:09 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2004

Are you sure you didn't touch up the sea, looks too blue for Blackpool. Add this to my poster list ;-)

comment by Irene at 08:54 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2004

Wow, bold colours. Good composition and a strong message. Almost surreal. Like a - how was it called - ehm, airbrush-painting. Yes, that's the word I'm looking for.

comment by karenika at 12:19 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

as usual, a beautiful shot. i like the contrasting color and the harshness of the sign against the soft nature behind.

comment by Bob at 01:05 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

Love the yellow and black sign! .. also love the colors in the sand.. We've had terrible weather this last week -- I just finished the SINGLE roll of film I brough back from London - I pray the images turn out. Did you see that Canon introduced the new S60? That will be a really nice camera to have on trips.

Your image makes me miss the sea...

comment by LWilkins at 06:04 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

I love the easy going daylight feel of this shot. Well done.

comment by djn1 at 08:41 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

Thanks all. And Kate: no, I boosted the saturation a little but didn't specifically do anything to the sea.

comment by djn1 at 09:32 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

Bob: the S60 looks great and seems remarkably similar (in terms of spec) to my G5 other than i) the maximum aperture is less impressive (f2.8/5.6 as opposed to f2.0/3.0) and the zoom range is smaller but goes to 28mm rather than 35mm. The big plus though is it's a lot smaller and is only about half the weight of the G5.

comment by turnover at 11:02 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

very beautiful !! i love it !

Nice contrast, nice colors ...

Really i love it ! :)))))))

comment by Sofia at 02:06 PM (GMT) on 22 May, 2004

Interesting. It seems someone didn't keep out...