<<< o >>>burning arrow 13 comments + add yours

The Blackpool Illuminations began in 1879 when eight arc lamps were first used to light the promenade. These days there are thousands of lights (illuminated between late August till early November) of which this is one example. I'm sure I'll probably be photographing many more of these, but this one seemed as good a place to start as any, not least because it's on our way to the beach.

Oh, and I was a awarded a noteworthy for my entry for the Photo Friday challenge Mother, which I'm really pleased about. Thanks to everyone who voted :-)

capture date
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
focal length
image quality
white balance
Canon G5
10.49am on 1/8/04
program AE
4x3 + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Henry at 11:11 AM (GMT) on 3 August, 2004

The cupid stands out so much from the sky. Interesting how the image is "slanted". Did you want to make the arrow horizontal with the image? I like how the feathers and hair strands show up sharp and clear.

comment by Nazanin at 11:46 AM (GMT) on 3 August, 2004

Beautiful subject and colours, the whole thing feels like a painting in children's book

comment by Kjetil at 12:19 PM (GMT) on 3 August, 2004

Very interesting, indeed. The G5 is really good at catching the colors of different subjects. It is really cool with the bright yellow against the blue sky, and the black "shaddow" behind.

Not surprised that you got the noteworthy though, you deserved it.
The picture is beautiful! So, congrats!

comment by Urbanite at 03:01 PM (GMT) on 3 August, 2004

Looks like you had/have more sunshine at your seaside than I did at mine :( Another great shot, and just midly scary.

comment by Tintil at 03:21 PM (GMT) on 3 August, 2004

I was born and bred in Blackpool so I'm particularly fascinated by the images you take of the town. The tourist board should definitely hire you as you always make it look so amazing! Even though I've seen the illuminations more times than I care to remember, this image is really captivating - the composition is perfect.

comment by Tristan at 04:13 PM (GMT) on 3 August, 2004

I arrived at this website and as soon as it loaded, I had an instant smile. It's just such a bizarre photo (for me anyway).

comment by John Washington at 06:58 PM (GMT) on 3 August, 2004

Again a quite superb image.

comment by Ray at 11:57 PM (GMT) on 3 August, 2004

Nice shot, and yet another idea pops into my head. Ta for the inspiration :)

comment by djn1 at 07:17 AM (GMT) on 4 August, 2004

Thanks everyone.

Henry: this is one of about ten shots, some of which were shot at a more conventional angle - I thought this one worked best.

comment by Jeremy at 10:58 PM (GMT) on 4 August, 2004

Great color, although I am a bit leery of taking complete pictures of another artwork... it seems as if the sculptor, painter, whomever did almost all the work of this shot. I realize photography is capturing existing stuff, but could you have cropped/taken a more unique angle to make this image more your own?

comment by djn1 at 12:23 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2004

Jeremy: this is one of about 20 identical pieces. The Cupid's – all identical to this one – are on one side of the road, and they face a rather unphotogenic red devil on the other, and all of them are sponsored by a local nightclub. So this is a piece of commercial advertising rather than a sculpture or a painting. Besides which, isn't your comment akin to me saying "I'm a bit leery of taking pictures of buildings ... it seems that the architect did almost all the work of this shot".

comment by Jeremy at 04:41 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2004


This wasn't really a criticism, didn't know that you would take it that way =) How long did you dig through the archives before you found that shot? =) Anyways, just an opinion.

BTW.. that shot was one of the first I ever took checking out my camera. And yes, sometimes the architecture, signs, etc do make the picture

comment by djn1 at 07:41 AM (GMT) on 5 August, 2004

Jeremy: no worries, it's just that this issue has surfaced before on chromasia, so I wanted to respond. And I found the building shot by looking at your portfolio category - you've done some good stuff :-)