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I think I've probably got somewhere between 5 and 15 shots to put up after being away earlier this week (I've only had a quick look through the 200 or so shots I took, so there may be more, or there may be less), most of them taken on the last day in around London. This one was taken in the British Museum and is one of several attempts to capture a clean shot. What I didn't want – but managed to capture quite successfully, several times – was a shot with people wandering in and out of the frame; i.e. random heads, legs and arms. On the whole I'm reasonably pleased with this one other than I had a bit of trouble sharpening it without making it look unnatural. This version's ok; i.e. it's reasonably sharp, but I think I would have preferred a little more clarity.

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comment by Liisa at 07:37 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2004

wow, this is great!! love it!! beautiful composed.

comment by pixpop at 07:47 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2004

Dave, it's a striking image. Did you try photoshopping out the people cut by the frame in the other shots? You might get an even better composition that way. (I think I know the answer ;-)


comment by James at 08:02 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2004

The last couple of shots are of a style I've not seen you try before; you don't go in for shooting people (other than your family). This probably makes this shot even more striking, as its the last thing I'd expect to see on chromasia. Well done.

comment by djn1 at 08:33 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2004

Neil: I suspect you guessed right, I didn't try Photoshopping out the people in the other shots. I do sometimes spot edit some of my images, but it's a case of removing small blemishes rather than whole (or rather fractions) of people ;-)

James and Liisa: thanks.

comment by Tom B at 09:14 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2004

Your composition is fantastic. The scene has a an almost sterile and futuristic feel to it.

Where did you aquire your PS skills. You are very skilled in tweeking your photos to get the very most out of them.

comment by lynn at 09:43 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2004

the combination of the pure and stark (near) whiteness and the word "thy" does it for me..and the identical strides of the foursome in the righthand foreground are an added.

comment by Lara at 10:05 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2004

this really struck me when i clicked on your link today, David. I feel like it cleared out my fuzzy brain for a moment. :)

comment by Maxine at 10:30 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2004

Amazing pic Dave! I used to go so often to the British Museum and never saw it like you portrait it. Amazing! Just hope there are some pics from inside the library :)

comment by Raj at 10:42 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2004

Love this pic.....the ppl appear small and it gives an impression of a massive space/hall with a translucent roof. I do spot a pixel or two of a shoe or something on the left border, right at the middle. Do you? :-)

comment by djn1 at 10:58 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2004

Raj: yes, I suspect that may well be a shoe :-/ I'll probably post an amended version tomorrow. I'm averse to grossly manipulating a shot, but I think I'll be able to live with myself if I remove 1/2" of shoe ;-)

comment by Brian at 03:43 AM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

Very Clean Shot, I really admire your style in most of your pictures

comment by myla at 03:45 AM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

Positively surreal. One of your best yet. (I know, i KNOW I say that every time =)

comment by zx at 05:43 AM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

Great shot! the musuem looks so clinically clean :)

comment by djn1 at 06:43 AM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

Following Raj's comment I've posted another version of this shot. I took a look at the original, and I don't think it was a shoe - it looks more like a small shadow on the unsharpened high-res version - but it was a bit distracting so I've changed it.

comment by amanda at 08:14 AM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

the stairs look drawn.
a very interesting shot from you david.

comment by tiffany at 08:56 AM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

I swear I can *hear* this photo.

comment by Rool at 09:52 AM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

This is one of my fave so far, I really like it. As said before,there is a futurist and clinical feel, really interesting...

comment by jwtje at 02:20 PM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

Really awesome photo!

comment by Sandra Rocha at 03:40 PM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

very interesting shot, someone already said, and thats my idea also, its looks futuristic :-)
love the wide clear space, a great capture, shoe or no shoe lol

comment by djn1 at 03:56 PM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

Thanks everyone - I was pleased with this shot. Actually, having now had the chance to look through the rest of the shots I took while I was away, I rather regret putting this one up when I did. I have another shot of the quote from Tennyson (the lettering on the floor) but don't think it's anywhere near as good as this shot. If I'd realised I'd have put it up first, but may not bother with it now as I think it would be something of an anti-climax after this one.

comment by Bob at 07:31 PM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

One of my most favorite places -- you captured it well. I went to school in the same area and used to go to this very spot at least 3 times a week -- I'd sit and read and watch all the people go by. Since then, I've taken clients there -- Americans -- they just loved it... I know the vantage point from where you've taken this shot well... superb...

comment by HD at 08:54 AM (GMT) on 21 June, 2004

great shot!

absolutely beautiful!


comment by Irene at 10:32 PM (GMT) on 21 June, 2004

Everything has been said, I can only ad a big 'WOW'......

comment by Andrea at 02:35 PM (GMT) on 6 July, 2004

Spectacular! All of the people on the white background makes for such wonderful composition!