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Yesterday was yet another family birthday – this time for our nine year old daughter – and this shot was taken as we took a spin on the big wheel on Blackpool's Central pier (which can be seen in this shot).

And I do know it's not a particularly great shot, but it was the best I could manage to commemorate the day. I should add that I did take quite a few as we went round on the wheel, but I was somewhat distracted by a) my daughter's enjoyment, b) the height, c) the rustiness of the various bolts that held it all together, and c) the view, which was splendid. And all of those shots were terrible ;-)

Update: Having looked at this one again I don't think it's anywhere near as bad as I first thought ;-)

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Canon G5
5.49pm on 30/8/04
aperture priority
4x3 + piers [Central pier] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by brad at 12:57 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

those rusty bolts will always get to ya... nice colors!

comment by Tristan at 12:58 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

Not the most interesting shot, but still fun and colorful. Also nice to hear you (and your daughter) had a good time.


comment by Alison at 02:27 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

Ten points for getting on the thing in the first place.
Ferris wheels scare the crap out of me.
This shot makes me feel a little uncomfortable because of that, and the fact that's it's very 'caged in'. I love the colors though.

comment by myla at 04:19 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

Sometimes it's more important to savor the moment than try and get the shot; and you managed to do both. Very interesting angle on this one, Dave. And 9 years old? Wow. That's a great age =)

comment by Mando Gomez at 04:20 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

I love it! This is one hell of a photo - simply beautiful and wonderful to look at.

comment by nordilux at 04:50 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

the colors are very nice but I find the composition too busy for my taste. it takes too long to figure out all the parts of the image and what goes where.

comment by **sirop at 09:00 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

um? cupsule? lovely vivid color!

comment by fraxinus at 11:03 AM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

I'm beginning to think that the sun always shines in Blackpool - you should start selling your pics to the tourist board Dave!

comment by Frank at 04:33 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

I don't normally like your work -- much of it seems too cutesy or sentimental -- but this is a superb, brilliant shot! The colors are great, and I don't think I need to "figure out" what it is. It's just a great arrangement.

comment by mandar at 04:42 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

Awesome colors. I wish I could follow you when you go out and shoot. Thats the only way imaginable to learn to capture colors like you do.

comment by Rob Collier at 06:34 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

Excellent color mate.
Spot on.

comment by Sarah at 07:38 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

Its about the birthday and will be one of those that you remember when you're ninety. Happy birthday little girl :-)

comment by djn1 at 11:29 PM (GMT) on 1 September, 2004

Thanks everyone, even Frank (cutesy and sentimental? ;-)

Fraxinus: yes, it's permanently sunny in Blackpool. Actually, what's great about living by the sea is the weather seems to change more quickly than it does inland, A typical day (this week at least) has included overcast skies, torrential rain, and brilliant sunshine. As for the tourist board: we'll see :-)

comment by Frank at 05:37 AM (GMT) on 2 September, 2004

Yeah, cutesy and sentimental. Unless I'm confusing your site with chromologic (or chromoscenic? kronosphasia? crone-amnesia?) Just not my style of photos. Take a look at W. Euguene Smith's Pittsburgh photos, those are the photos I love most. Not that I could ever dream of taking them.

If you want specific examples, I'll email them to you. But you have to give me constructive criticism in return. Ya dig?