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This is a section of Blackpool’s North Pier, shot from the south, and was taken a little while after yesterday’s shot. As with the previous shot, this was PS'd but only to increase the contrast (a fair amount) and the saturation (a little). For some reason I seem to have neglected what could be called panoramic shots such as this, focusing instead (at least recently) on macro images or shots with a much smaller scale. Part of my reason, I think, is that the Canon G5 does struggle a bit with resolution and when I look at other people’s architectural/landscape work (often produced with DSLR's) I often feel quite dissatisfied with my own attempts.

That said, I do quite like this one though suspect the composition could have been a little better; i.e. the pier is a little higher in the frame than it would be if I took this shot again.

And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Caitriona, of the wonderful catriona.net, for fixing my css so that it will work properly with IE5 for PC. For reasons that I couldn’t work out the css I’d used failed to display the main image in IE5 – which was a bit disasterous. All being well, this is now fixed (though please leave a comment if it still isn’t working – I don’t have IE5 so can’t check), and the 6.4% of people visiting my site who use this browser will now be able to see something other than a blank grey page :-)

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Canon G5
1.45pm on 14/5/04
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4x3 + piers [North pier] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Andrew at 09:07 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

I use IE5, at least for the next few months until I get my first new computer in six years. So hooray! Before this, your picture wasn't unavailable in IE5; the page was just very, very, very wide, so it took a lot of horizontal scrolling to get to it.

I think the signs on the pier buildings might benefit from less saturation, because for me it's about the sky, sand, and pier. On the other hand, it does make for a distinct primary point of interest in the shot.

comment by amanda at 09:23 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

I really am intrigued by this shot David.

I love the composition. The colours as always are beautiful.

comment by djn1 at 09:39 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

Andrew: thanks for the IE5 feedback, it's good to know that it's now working ok :-)

comment by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez at 11:10 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

Very cool. Very interesting to see a bridge with no close water nearby. Just cool...

comment by Rainer at 12:08 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004


I liked your site and would love to create something similar for my own use. May I ask you what tool or service you used for your site?

Thank you in advance

Rainer Neugebauer

comment by djn1 at 12:54 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

Rainer: I use Movable Type.

comment by tom at 01:43 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

piers! i love piers.

and i love the fact that this looks like it's in the middle of a desert.

i always think piers are quite sinister, despite the bright colours in this picture i still get the fear looking at it. it could be the frightening web of supports undeneath them. i went under palace pier in brighton the other day, and i can safely say that it was absolutely terrifying, and it smelled like hell.

i think you might be on a mission to scare me, what with the mannequins you posted the other week.

comment by Bob at 04:42 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

Did you turn on the ND filter on the G5? REally nice sky / sand -- just beautifu. The pier play an important role in this photo -- a nice transition between the two -- I really like this one a lot -

comment by djn1 at 08:49 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2004

Bob: No, I didnít use it. I upped the contrast (using the Curves tool) in PS which probably makes the scene look a little brighter than it actually was. This wasnít a massive change, but it did alter the tonal range of the image.

comment by Dirk at 09:18 AM (GMT) on 17 May, 2004

Wether a DSLR or "only" a G5. Please, more of this. There were so much macro-shots in the past and i really like this shot.

comment by Daniel at 09:31 AM (GMT) on 17 May, 2004

A very beautiful shot. Keeping the rule of thirds perfectly in mind.

comment by em at 10:02 AM (GMT) on 17 May, 2004

cool pic, looks like its popped straight out of a holiday brochure!

comment by jane at 10:54 PM (GMT) on 21 May, 2004

Heavenly shot...you have made the place look so beautiful - well done!